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That's one way to start a photo shoot at The Butterfly, White's new downtown cocktail bar and supper club in collaboration with cocktail wiz Eben Freeman. The food is a departure from White's renowned Italian cooking, focusing more on American comfort food classics like the aforementioned patty melt, fried chicken, and spinach and artichoke dip. Take a look at some of the food, and shots of the interior, in the slideshow above.
About the author: Nick Solares is a NYC-based food writer and photographer. He has published Beef Aficionado since 2007, with the stated purpose of exploring American exceptionalism through the consumption of hamburgers and steak. He has written over 350 restaurant reviews for Serious Eats since 2008 and served as the creative director for the award-winning iPad app Pat LaFrieda's Big App for Meat. You can follow him on Instagram (@nicksolares) and Twitter (@beefaficionado).