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Posted by Food Fan NYC on 05/18/2007
After reading the NY Magazine review of Resto, I thought I would try it out with some friends. The atmosphere was welcoming and the staff very pleasant. I felt like a regular. The apetizers were great. We had the Bitter Ballen , Lamb spare ribs, and Pork sausage which are highly recomended. For the main dishes we had the chicken and steak specials; The chicken was very tender and one of the best I had. The steak was as good if not better than the citys best NY Steakhouses. I dine out 3-4 times a week and would highly suggest trying Resto, especially if you like meat. The food and quality is exceptional at a reasonable price. If you have room for dessert, try the waffles. They are very addictive and I suggest ordering two.
Posted by IhateResto on 05/17/2007
This restaurant was one of the most disappointing meals I have ever had. The service was poor as were the portions and the prices! It took four of us nearly two hours to eat a complete meal (if you call it that) and that doesn't even include the 45 minutes of wait time for a table. For a small restaurant with very few tables, one would think the ample staff would be able to serve their guests and pay attention to their tables but that is certainly not the case at Resto. Instead, you have a bunch of servers wandering around confused about the menu offerings (for a table fo four, they did not make us aware that most of the appetizers that we ordered come in portions of three pieces per plate) and a kitchen that is overwhelmed to say the least. It is confusing as to why the kitchen is so slow when they barely serve a complete dish to anyone unfortunate enough to choose to dine there. And as if the slow, inattentive service wasn't bad enough -- it took the waitress nearly 20 minutes to return to the table with our credit cards so we could finally leave after practically moving in. Unless you literally live in the building in which this bomb of a restaurant is -- do not waste your time here. If time is money -- they wasted both of mine and then some!
Posted by Liv3233 on 05/06/2007
There is not shortage of great restaurants in the area, but this place is truly a gem. The pork head sandwich is a wonder, but other menu items are just as praise worthy. Belgian hangover pasta tastes like what carbonara should be, the croque madame was phenomenal, frites, mussels, it's all amazingly well presented, simple, and absolutely delicious. The service is friendly and thorough. I have frequented this place a handful of times, and they always remember my favorite table and have always comped at least one menu item every time. The food is delicious, the service gracious, and the atmosphere is laid back but elegant. This is truly a great find!
Posted by MurrayHill Guy on 05/04/2007
Finally a new restaurant that brings a sense of excellent new tastes and styles to combat the marginalized Third Avenue restaurants. Resto is a wonderful new edition to the neighborhood restaurants. Not only is the selection of beer and wine fantastic, Chimay on Tap, the food is delectable. From the mouth watering pigs head sandwhich , the succulent seared scallops, to the extremely tasty burger. The staff is great as well, I can't wait to go back to try more on the menu.
Posted by Mmmm on 05/03/2007
Stopped in to see what the fuss had been about the previous night...big crowd at the bar, and nearly every table busy. Brought some friends and checked it out. OUTSTANDING !! Small plates were out of this world, really good !! The wait staff, totally helpful, as some of the menu items needed explanation. The owner stopped by the table to see how we were doing...very friendly. PLUS...the choice of beers is not to be believed. Thank goodness there was no Budweiser or Coors, a welcome relief. We all walked out pretty content and impressed.
Posted by Kermit Poindexter on 05/01/2007
I had to try Resto because it is right around the corner from Les Halles, my favorite NYC restaurant. Guess what, Resto is even better. Have been back 3 or 4 times and tried a bunch of different things on the menu. Best thing I've had so far is the beef cheek carbonnade which is like the most unbelievable version of your mom's brisket you've ever had with awesome french fries at the bottom. Also everyone raves about the beer but don't forget they also have a ridiculous wine selection. Everyone who works there is very friendly and helpful & Resto definitely has the feel of some place you'd want to be a "regular". This place has just about everything you could want from your neighborhood restaurant.
Posted by Fan of Food on 04/25/2007
Saw this restaurant finally opened so we stopped in for brunch this weekend. My boyfriend and I have a 5 part checklist for brunch which determines if we will come back and further if we will recommend. This place checked all 5 items for brunch. 1. Fresh squeezed orange juice, 2. Good coffee (americano style by the cup- no pots!), 3. Delicious, interesting food, 4. Excellent service, and 5. Clean, aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. The owner came by and it was nice to have a bit of personal touch to our brunch. We will definitely be back and we will definitely bring some friends. Next stop will be for dinner.