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Posted by Disappointed Customer on 08/20/2007
After reading the amazing review on NYMagazine I couln't wait to try Resto restaurant. Too bad I finally did try it. The drinks were good but at one point they stopped adding alcohol to it, which was pretty cheap. we started with the ribs, which were overdone and ultra fatty. Maybe 0.5% of meat in there if at all. We proceeded with the their own sausage served as a hot dog. What a shame, a sausage cut in half! As main course we had the burger, which is now part of my top 10 worst food ever. It was salty and way over done. According to the waiter it was made with pork fat so it could not be cooked medium rare... Now, why would you mix pork fat in there to begin with? Last but not least we had the cheek- which was slightly larger than an appetizer, but the best dish of the entire meal. Dessert selection was a joke, so we passed. And finally, as we were leaving the restaurant, the host rolled his eyes to the waiter giving him the signal that he could clean the table to the next guest.
Posted by NYCfoodguy on 08/09/2007
After reading the glowing review in NY Magazine, I couldn't wait to try what was described as the best new burger in NYC. Now that I've had it, I would describe it as the "most over-rated, over-salted hockey-puck in NYC." My wife and I both had the burger which we were told was prepared only one way- medium. I found this a bit odd because no great burger should have to be cooked more than med rare, but I decided that the chef must know best. Oddly, the burgers both came out medium well at least. It was fairly tasty if you could get past the saltiness and over-cooked-ness (my own word). It was also quite small- slightly larger than what would be called a slider at most restaurants. The fries served with the burger were quite tasty, however. We shared an order of mussels which were pretty good but certainly unremarkable. Our club sodas weren't bad either. We wont be rushing back anytime soon.
Posted by AppleB86 on 08/01/2007
The food was tasty, but the portions were very small. The lobster croquette with pea leaves and shoots was very good, but tiny; the poularde with corn pudding & spring peas was appetizer-sized. After having read the NYTimes review, my five friends and I looked forward to delicious dining and catching up with each other. As soon as we sat down at the table, we realized this was a bad choice. The noise level was unbearable; it was impossible for any of us to hear each other and we all had to shout to be heard by the person next to us. The food was not good enough (never is) to justify the impossibility to converse.
Posted by KR on 07/29/2007
I came here with a friend on a Saturday night after hearing all of the buzz..we weren't disappointed. After telling the waitress the kind of beer we like- she chose our beverages perfectly. Our appetizer- the pork- was absolutely awesome and our entrees (the burger and mussels) were both pretty good. To be picky, the burger could have been bigger and the mussels were above average at best but the space, great service and delish appetizer/beers made up for it. Definitely a much needed addition to Murray Hill!!
Posted by Dissatisfied Customer on 07/26/2007
I was really disappointed with my experience at this restaurant. Not only did they take a long time to seat us, they also told us to move tables because they needed to accomodate a larger party. This was when the restaurant barely had any customers and there were many other tables that they could put together. I've never had a more humiliating experience. And our food stunk to add to our already sour situation.
Posted by Beer Lover on 07/11/2007
Heard about Resto through all the reviews and having an appreciation for good beers, wanted to check it out. The food described also sounded very interesting. We ended dining as a group of 4 which i think was a good thing as we got to try many different menu items. We started out with the deviled eggs, bitterballen, lobster tempura, and the tete de cochen (pigs head sandwich). The portions were not oversized but the quality was great. For entrees we got white ale mussels with frites and dipping sauces and the large format poularde (curry Chicken). Both were amazing. In the mix of all this we drank a variety of draft and bottled beers. The atmosphere was a little loud but overall, I walked out of there full but not stuffed and had a great time. I will be going back.
Posted by NYU Law on 07/08/2007
My boyfriend and I tried Resto out after hearing all of the buzz. We didn't get an appetizer so I can't give any opinion as to the size or value there. However, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. The selection of Belgian beers wasn't bad (although a little pricey, but that's par for the course) and the different beer glasses they serve corresponding to each beer are fun. I tried the white ale mussels (moules frites) and my boyfriend had the beef cheek carbonade. It was definitely not a light meal, but both entrees were worth a return visit. The beef cheek was incredibly tender and the fries soaked in the gravy were fantastic. I love mussels and while these weren't earth shattering, they were a good rendition of a classic dish.