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Resto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restonyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 685-5585
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch & Dinner:

    Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 11:30pm

    Saturday 10:00am - 11:30pm

    Sunday 10:00am - 10:30pm


    Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, American, Belgian
  • Executive Chef: Preston Clark
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We have Movable Feast Available. See more at www.restonyc.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: We hold monthly beer dinners and offer large format feasts. Nose to tail dining featuring pigs, lambs, and goats. restonyc.com/largeformatfeasts.asp

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue
  • Public Transit: The 6 train is available on 28th street and Lexington Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The nearest parking garage is on 31st Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue.

A word from Resto
Resto, French slang for casual restaurant, opened its doors in April 2007. The concept of a laid back neighborhood gathering place with approachable Belgian food in the style of New York, was created by the owner, Christian Pappanicholas. Resto has become a destination in Gramercy Park/Murray Hill for a delicious dinner, weekend brunch or a late night bite. The knowledgeable and friendly staff is well versed in the extensive Belgian beer list and the thoughtful wine list which focuses on a selection of French, Italian and Spanish wines. The menu is crafted using traditional French technique, with an emphasis on seasonal, mostly local, farm fresh ingredients. Resto prides itself on elements like a revolving seasonal menu as well as large format plates such as Cote De Boeuf, Whole Roasted Pig or Lamb. Resto's dining room can accommodate 75 guests with 12 seats at the bar where we encourage full dining. We also have our baby brother "The Cannibal" next door; a retail beer & butcher shop.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGastro Pub
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent local food offerings and a great and creative cocktail list. On the flip side, the noise level is through the roof , so be prepared to not do too much conversing with your party and say "what, I can't hear you" a lot !!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Fantastic hostess who had incredible knowledge of beer and wine list, took us on personal tour of Cannibal next door (where we bought more). Very friendly staff who obviously like where they work. There for brunch and some v creative items on menu. Would return for dinner"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the price was right! We both had sandwiches which came with sides and it was perfect. The server was also very nice. It was a relaxed atmosphere, my friend and I talked nonstop, it was lovely."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I went to dinner here on Saturday night and it was amazing. Solid cocktail list, great beers, over 20 wines. For appetizers we had the pigs head cheese terrine which was amazing, deviled eggs on top of fried shredded pork square, side of mushrooms (the only dish I wasn't crazy about), and a side of radishes, amazing. Entrees: flank steak, pork, chicken. Steak perfectly cooked. Pork was good, loved the bean topping. Chicken was extremely tender and juicy, delicious carrots. Ended the night with a cappuccino. Next time we go I'd love to share the 60oz lamb dish, saw another table get it and it looked fantastic."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great beer selection; helpful and friendly wait staff; unique and tasty menu."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Resto didn't have my reservation from open table- open table should confirm their reservations are working but it was a very quiet night and we got seated immediately."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Found a delightful restaurant. This was our last night in new York . Well worth the visit"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I liked this place; the service was friendly and attentive (which, for New York, is a nice touch, I suppose). I just felt like the folks should actually eat the food and see what they think. For example, the tuna sandwich was delightful, except the bread was so hard it flew out of the diner's mouth. Onto another diner's plate. I find this a common phenomenon with very young, current restaurants, who are great on concept, but it's as though they haven't really eaten much. Given that, I thought Resto was a place that could very easily rise above this. I hope they do!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Service very slow for Sun brunch . My waffles were dry & overcooked. My husband has a lamb bacon special that was actually very good. Will try it he restaurant again. Neighborhood gem. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Went on Sunday 1st June, had a fantastic meal and the service was excellent"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my meal at Resto. Had a bunch of veggies as appetizers and the pork shoulder for dinner. Everything was very good. Only complaint was the restaurant was a bit loud. Other than that, great place. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I always enjoy Resto. It feels considered in every regard--the decor, the menu, the general ambiance. Delicious and reliable. Nice!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant for brunch. had i only come for brunch i would have given the place 5 stars, however i came for dinner one night and the food was rather disappointing. I ordered the pork shoulder. It had no flavor. It was bland, and greasy and just not enjoyable. I took it home b/c i felt bad throwing it out as i did not eat much. but when i tried to eat it the next day it was even worse and i ended up throwing it out. skip the dinners here and go for brunch or lunch. Deviled Eggs is definitely their best and most prized dish. also great bloody maries."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This little spot was suggested by a friend and did not disappoint. The dishes are delicious and not fussy or overdone. Just honestly good food. We had a collection of small plates and split an entree. Lots of well prepared meats and the deviled eggs on pork toast are worth at least 2 orders. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Only one word : Great ! It was delicious and amazing. A nice moment ..."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Our waiter was delightful. Absolutely made our meal! Food was great. Interesting new flavours I enjoyed. Neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food is consistently good, but the service was a little off. the waiter was very earnest, no sense of humor. And, when they were out of the wine we ordered he recommended one $25 more."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Disaapointed, beer was slow to be served changing keg caused 20 minute delay, food delayed also.Dinner Served in 50 minutes after speaking to manager. Beer was comped. Shrimp app was cold, mussels anf fries and Kale salad were good however. Food service needs to get coordinated so that it does not negatively impact the qualityof the food and drink."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We had a group of eight, including two children (6 and 8), and went to Resto on a Sunday night at 6:30 pm. Service was delightful, and we had a fantastic meal of the cote de boeuf and lamb shoulder, both for the table, along with a number of vegetable side dishes, all very nice, especially the mushrooms. They didn't rush us to turn the table, and we had a delicious, relaxed, leisurely meal with plenty of time to catch up and enjoy each other's company. The lamb was rather overcooked for my taste, but I suspect we had a stealth orderer at the table who asked for well-done. I especially enjoyed the music mix they had going, and the volume was perfect -- you could hear it, but you didn't have to scream over it to talk to tablemates."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "we shared the lamb shoulder. There is plenty to feed three! would come back to try something else. This place is good for a date night or just to come with friends. One odd thing was we walked in and the hostess was having a conversation with another coworker at the restaurant and told us to wait. We watched them have a mini conversation and stood there and waited for like two minutes until she sat us. That was really weird.. and kind of rude. We were very dumbfounded."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This place is great! I usually come to their adjoining bar (cannibal) for beers and snacks but the restaurant is defo worth checking out. The lamb gyro is beautiful and the baked eggs were loved by the other half. Bloody Mary was pretty solid too!!! AND they take those all to hard to get brunch reservations"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Terrific and imaginative brunch menu, Excellent coffee. Attentive but not pushy service -- they let you sit and have a good time. However, the noise level was pretty deafening. I had a hard time understanding the person with whom I was sitting!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "way too expensive very little portions of food go there if you want to leave hungry"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food was meh, but the drinks were good. Stick to apps."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "if you can't get a table at penelope, resto is a decent place for brunch. the waiter forgot our order of fries and the food was all mediocre for the price."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Owner Christian Pappanicholas and chef Preston Clark have made this one of my favorite dining destinations in the city. The food and the staff have been consistently top-notch in the near half dozen times I have visited this casual restaurant. With a tight, focused menu, it has been hard to find many flaws in any of the dishes. The lamb shoulder has been my favorite of late. It's succulent and flavorful. It's not cheap but it's well worth the cost and wait since it feeds at least six people with 'normal" appetite. At times the service could be slow especially during peak dinner service. This is offset by a friendly staff and there is always a knowledgeable sommelier-type to aid with drinks/wines."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went in for restaurant week. Their food was absolutely incredible, and they sold us on the idea of heading back. We'll definitely be doing this again. Great servers, very knowledgeable... and when they say to get the deviled eggs, GET THEM!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Hits on most notes, lively, great food and drink, spot-on sommelier approach, and competent service."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We were really excited to try Resto after reading some nice reviews. Unfortunately, during dinner we knew this would be our first and last visit. The food is okay but is overpriced. There are many superior choices to Resto for brasserie type cuisine and the food did not equate with the overall pricing. It wasn't special enough. The bar looked lively and the bar menu seemed like a better way to experience Resto."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal at Resto on Sunday evening as part of restaurant week. The appetizers were very good. My husband raved about the sauce on his fish course. I opted for the wine pairing and the Chardonnay with the pasta was excellent. We plan to return."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Food was delicious and waiter was wonderful. Wine was perfect and the timing for each course was impeccable."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I ticked off notable wine list but it is the Belgian and Belgian-style beer list at this place that is really notable. Very great beers presented in a fun way set inside actual books. The food was delicious also. We had a Restaurant Week prix fixe for $38 that came with a tasty pate appetizer, creamy and a little spicy cavatelli entree and a great chocolate cake/ice cream/cookie crumble dessert. Also had the short rib entree, which was fantastic, the haricots verts special with veal ragu (very good), and a bacon apple crisp dessert that was amazing. We were tucked at a table next to the bathroom and kitchen hallway and the tables were close together, leading to more than one person trying to squeeze between to use the restroom though."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I especially enjoyed having my meal at the bar there. Great cocktails Great beer selection."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The flavor of my spare ribs was nice. The beef was cooked beautifully. But it was very fatty. I peeled off layers of thick fat. When an entree is $28 and smaller than my palm, I expect to be able to eat it all. Thank goodness for the frittes and other vegetables we ordered a la cart or I would have left starving."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This little restaurant is right around the corner from my apartment, and I had been meaning to stop in for months and finally did this past weekend. The food was incredible! We tried the butternut squash, roasted cauliflower, veal, pork belly and octopus, and a special pasta they were serving that evening and loved it all. The butternut squash and the pasta were definitely our favorites. The service was great and the atmosphere in the restaurant was fun, but a little loud."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The eggs benedict, sausage, baked eggs and waffles are amazing. I love thick bacon but their bacon was a bit too fatty and chewy for my taste. The music was hilarious 90s rap which was strange. It's nice that you can make resrvations for brunch. I highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We tried Resto purely for convenience - it was a very cold night and we did not want to walk far to find a place in the Gramercy neighborhood near Park Ave. I had heard Resto had a reputation for good burgers. Resto’s menu did not have much selection and the bar next door seemed more interesting than the dining room. We ordered a burger and crispy chicken with pesto sauce. The burger was very average and the crispy pesto chicken was just….. weird tasting. Resto's entrees don’t come with anything besides the meat you ordered - this isn't a high class Italian restaurant though! The entrees are overpriced given the number of other good restaurant options nearby, and I would not return."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Let me start by saying the food was as always very fresh and tasty, but the service and the portion sizing has changed since my visit approximately one year ago. It seems since being named to the Michelin guide the portions have shrunk. That being said pricing has been maintained so I suppose you cant have your cake and eat it too? While the service was adequate i found it to be lacking in terms of assistance and meal customization. It seemed to be difficult to sub out Kale for spinach or mixed greens. Again nothing too egregious but definitely not the entertaining and informative service i had last time. Overall still a solid spot but perhaps a little smug as they are buoyed by their new found popularity."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "It' got that sort of west coast/W'burg vibe. Menu is interesting...it reads well, and tastes almost as good as you would expect. Staff is a little overwhelmed on weekends, and noise level is in par wiith a club."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "On our trip to NYC we solicited friends who used to live there for restaurant and bar suggestions. One friend used to live above Resto and said it was a place she ate at all the time. We started at the bar with a pair of Belgian beers we never knew existed. I cannot remember their names, but my wife got something like an IPA (they didn't have any actual IPAs) and I got a tripel. Both were brands I had never heard of...they were really good. Dinner followed. My wife got the short rib and I got the monkfish. Both were cooked superbly, and the flavors were out of this world. The waitstaff was fun, energetic, and engaging. They have us other good recommendations for our trip. This has to be on your list."
    Dined on 1/17/2014