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Posted by anonymous on 06/26/2007
I went for dinner with my husband, we live close by and were excited a new restaurant opened up in the area. There were not many options on the menu, so we both decided to get the burger. Considering the tiny menu, we expected the burger to be amazing - not so. Although small, the burger meat itself was flavorful -however, there was only a small triangle sized peice of cheese, and a white-bread bun that seemed to be bought off the shelve at Gristedes (it was pathetic). The bun could have made the burger, instead it ruined it. For a $13 burger on a menu with so few options, we were highly dissapointed and still hungry. The owners/managers seemed frazzled, unfriendly, and new at this restaurant thing ... It's too bad because the decor is nice but the food/service is what ppl come back for. We won't be going back.
Posted by Ole Hill-er on 06/25/2007
A welcome addition to the Murray Hill restaurant scene...or lack thereof. The past years my options have been limited to the Third Avenue pub crawl, Penelope, Pizza 33, Les Halles, Dos Caminos, Blue Smoke and various ethnic delivery food that is questionable at best. After my palette tired of these spots, a lof of cash was spent on taxis going downtown in search of more inspiring food. Murray Hill ever ended up being the destination of the evening... Resto happens to be a cozy, non-bar atmosphere which combines an interesting genre of food (Belgian) with a standout beer and wine list to match. Appetizers like bitterballen and the deviled eggs(served on pork toast) are rich, yet extremely satisfying. The burger is very tasty and served on a simplified bun, keeping it real for the trio of beefcheek, hangar steak and fatback. A more hearty entree choice, the beef cheek carbonade is brisket -tender and falls onto the fork and into your mouth. Last but not least, the frites are as they should be - cripsy and thick cut, as they are served in Belgium. Now a devoted Resto-fan, and having been there at least every other week, the friendly staff knows who I am...which is key in any neighborhood joint. Now that I am saving taxi money by staying in my neighborhood - it's all being spent on Belgian beer and fatty food. Hoping I might have some left over to join the gym...
Posted by Deana on 06/24/2007
I only found out after I had eaten there that this restuarant had gotten so much hype. My boyfriend and I live in the neighborhood and stopped by to grab a late night meal. I ordered the lamb ribs and the frise, he got the burger. The lamb ribs were awesome, cooked really nicely, a little fatty with a nice crispy texture. The frise was classic, and done right. The burger was really good, only wished the bun was toasted, but other than that the taste was there. Fries were fine, but still prefer East Village.... Beers were great, and staff knew what to suggest. I found the atmosphere to be very casual, and the crowd was good. All in all, would definitely go back.
Posted by Shinro on 06/17/2007
I too had read the glowing review in NY Mag, so decided to give it a try. The atmosphere is nice--clean and the beers are great, although a bit pricey. The people also seemed very nice and accomodating, but the food was so-so. The effort is there--just poor execution. We ordered the burgers, medium, and they came out black, inside and out. I could tell the meat was quality and it had a nice salt crust, but why on earth would you destroy such good meat by turning it into a hockey puck?? The gruyere should have been melted, which it wasn't. When I pointed out how burnt my burger was, one of the managers went out of his way to explain how it was because they use special cuts, shoulder, sirloin, etc., which made no sense, but he seemed nice, so I didn't make a big fuss. We ordered the strawberry sorbet and got strawberry parfait. We ordered the sausage of the day, which was ok, but it was boiled, not grilled. They should point this out, IMHO. I hate boiled sausage. I still would have given this place another chance, but for the fact that on top of all of these missteps, they charged me $1 for the stupid mayo. I guess they had it on the menu as a special dipping sauce, but I just wanted it for my overdone burger. I don't think I'll go back. $60 for 2 burgers, side of sausage, 1 beer and 1 strawberry parfait that we didn't order, and ,oh yeah, the mayo. Pretty steep.
Posted by NY Foodie on 06/03/2007
My fiance and I were so excited to try Resto. The best part of the experence was the beer. Drinking Kwak out of funny wooden mug handles was great as was the bar atmosphere. The tables were too long so I felt far away and shouting to my fiance. The appetizers were dissapointing. We had the soft shell crab which was all tempura bredding and you couldnt taste the crab at all. The bitter ballin, meatballs, were the size of green olives and they gave you 5. It was pretty lame. We both tried the mussles and fries for dinner. I had the whitte ale ones and he had the chile flakes ones. They were fine, nothing to beag about and the fries were pretty bad. Pretty lame experience and I wish it was as amazing. For a menu with only 7 entrees I can't believe everything wasnt perfect.. or at least decent.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/01/2007
To make long story short : food is mediocre, portions so small that you need at least two to order; pork sausage i had wouldn't be enough for our cat; service unproffessional; pomme frittes definitely have nothing to do with Belgian ones- diner type. We (two people) did not get any value for $140.00 we left there. I am very much surprised how major newspaper critc didn't see that or may be he was treated differently.
Posted by from the neighborhood on 05/24/2007
I've read the reviews and heard the buzz, and that just made my experience all the more disappointing. My husband and I went with friends of ours for dinner. The menu is exceedingly restrictive and the appetizer portions are not a good value. We had the mussels in the ale and garlic, which were fine; nothing to really brag about. My husband had the beef cheek entree and found it quite average. Most disappointing were the fries; Belgian fries should be unbelievable, but the fries at Resto lack the flavor and texture that really great Beglian fries should have. Overall, you walk away paying a lot more money than the bill seems like it should add up to, and you're not all that satisfied.