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Posted by Richard on 09/26/2007
Had friends in from Vancouver and they wanted to go to a neighborhood kind of place with atmosphere. Resto really suited us. I have been wanting to come here after reading their reviews in NY Mag etc. Waitstaff, bartenders and host (Steve) were all awesome. I will be coming back soon. By the way...the food is simple yet fantastic. Don't miss trying the frites!
Posted by JAD on 09/17/2007
We went to Resto last night and had a very nice meal. The restaurant is charming and the service is attentive. I started with a special: grilled sepia with melon and a pepper aioli. It was delicious. My boyfriend had the lamb ribs that were fantastic- although a bit fatty (as lamb ribs are) they were extremely tasty with just enough yogurt dipping sauce. We each got the burger and, I have to say, we were a bit disappointed. You can only get them cooked medium, which seems strange for a restaurant that is not a chain. Despite that, they were good, but not memorable. They came with fries and a salad which was very nice, but the fries were just alright. The beer menu is extensive, with several excellent and reasonable beers. I would recommend this restaurant, but, if you are looking for a great burger, I would suggest going elsewhere.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/12/2007
We were really looking forward to trying the burger here, since we were told it had received a high rating. The burger was tasteless and the bun was the soft kind you might find in a supermarket. We had several appetizers that were extremely small for the price. But the worst part of the evening was the NOISE LEVEL. We couldn't hear each other speak, much less the waiter. I missed most of his description of the evening's specials, and I asked to have them repeated twice. We left without ordering anything for dessert because we couldn't wait to get out of the place. Our ears were ringing for hours afterward. What a relief the NY street noise was! In all, the four people in our group agreed that the food was quite unremarkable, and a very poor value. If you insist on trying this restaurant, bring earplugs and make sure you have aspirin on hand as well. You might very well leave with a headache.
Posted by TJSnacks on 08/26/2007
I had two amazing meals at Resto. I went for dinner and I ordered the bitter ballen, heirloom totmato salad, and pork toast to start. All were good, but the pork toast was definitely outstanding. For mains we had the beef cheek, the sea bass, the chicken and the burger. The beef cheek was the stand out. The meat is melt in your mouth good, and the fries have the meat juice dripping all over them. I am going back just for the carbonade, I could eat it every day. Had some of the assorted belgian chocolates for dessert, they were good. Also liked the peanut brittle, a random touch, but was really freaking good. Was crowded when we went, but not too bad. Got there around 7:30..... The second meal was brunch. I got the eggs benedict over waffles. , girlfriend got the hangover pasta. Really good mimosas. Cool vibe during brunch. Staff was really friendly and there was no wait to sit down. Service was pretty good both times.
Posted by Burger Meister on 08/23/2007
We went last night to check out the burger that won raves in NY Mag Cheap Eats. What a mistake. In a town of great restaurants at all levels, and dozens of great burgers, this place was the biggest stinker we've experienced in years. The clueless host can't keep straight who's waiting to be seated. The burger is some bizarre imimtation Big Mac, but with a rank and entirely second rate stinky cheese layer. There's plenty of great cheese to be had in NY these days. This ain't it. The beers are nondescript to poor. The place is unbearably noisy. It's overpriced to boot.
Posted by dehydrated UES gal on 08/22/2007
A friend of mine and I stopped by Resto last night- we are burger gals and wanted to see what the buzz was all about. Definitely go early- it's less crowded and loud. We had unremarkable mussels, and salty burgers and VERY salty frites. Which was a shame- because the fries have potential. We liked having selections of dipping sauces for the Frites and the beer selection was fair- other Belgian places in the city have more variety. The bussers were pushy and repeatedly came to the table as we were obviously still eating. Would drop by for a beer and appetizer only in the future. But please someone hide the salt from this restuarant- I'm still dehydarated the next day!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2007
Unquestionably the best brunch I have had in the city this summer. The eggs benedict are like nothing I've ever tasted: the bacon filled waffle in place of the usual english muffin & slab of canadian bacon is brilliant - somehow the meal seemed light, while still providing all the sinful tastes you'd expect. The hangover pasta is also a must. Best bloody mary I've had in years (literally) and though the drinks seem pricier than the rest of the menu, the portions and quality make up for the cost.