Resto
Resto

Resto

  • 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


    Brunch

    Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian, American, Gastro Pub
  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGastro Pub
Resto reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (45)good for groups (24)great for brunch (23)romantic (13)special occasion (12)notable wine list (11)late-night find (11)great for lunch (10)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Smart food, cozy service
    vivipix
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Charming spot, delicious, intelligently prepared food, thoughtful service, and true to its Belgian inspiration, gotta try the brussels sprouts, spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Was a little gem just east of Park on 29th Street. They even have a little butcher shop. With 2 weeks notice they have a whole hog special with all you can drink. Cool
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    SarahDNYCVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went for my birthday and were a group of 7. We had amazing service. The food is unbelievably delicious! All of our guests were really happy and all wanted to come back. Francis is a fantastic chef and his menu is very inspired. We can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experiences Vary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Have been many times and have eaten at the bar as well as tableservice. This night was slow in the restaurant so the servers were circling us like sharks. I appreciate attentive service but this was a bit too much. We asked for the food to come out at a slower pace so that we could enjoy our time but it came out very quickly. Probably because the restaurant wasn't busy and they had nothing else to do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, disappointing service
    CannibalFan
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The food here has always been great, but the service has sharply declined lately. My wife gave up on the place recently, and sadly I'm probably doing the same. The wait staff here used to be great, but now it feels like they can't be bothered to stay on top of things even on a slow night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flavorless food + Overpriced
    thomahawk69
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Came here on a Friday night. Place was half full. The place has a nice charming feel, but that's the extent of my compliment for the restaurant. We ordered the burger and the steak & onions, and both were disappointing. The burger lacked flavor and for $22, it was definitely not worth it. As for the steak, underwhelming is an understatement. First, it came on a plate with one cipollini onion, 2 green leaves, and the steak. Horrible presentation. Second, the steak was lukewarm, felt like it had been sitting out under the heat lamp for at least 10 minutes. Third, the onion was cold. I felt like I was robbed after eating that meal. The drinks were decent, but not for $14 each. This place is super overpriced, would not be going back again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late night Monday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food was great,especially the steak tartare & lamb riblets. Don't know if it was because it was Monday late but the place was pretty empty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    Lfhhouston
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Three of us went there for Saturday brunch. Ole' King Cole Bloody Marys were excellent. I had the egg white frittata, while my friends had the buttermilk pancakes and the fat cat breakfast sandwich. All were very good. I got the side of the whiskey sausage (tasty). The fat cat should be tackled only by the very ambitious. Coffee was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    great food, great little place, great brunch in a great location. the vibe is Belgian, but they don't overdo it (they do have moules) - they also have an attached butcher shop, so the meats are awesome. great traditional breakfast dishes, with good home made baked goods for upgrades. nice beer list. charming ambiance, high quality ingredients. food perfectly prepared. a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Resto
    Zooro
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I have been pleasantly surprised on every level from greeting to the service the portions were a good size
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    AmySVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Beers were really expensive, food was ok but not something I would want to come back to. I ordered the muscles and they were flavorless. My husband had the chicken which seemed to be ok.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great find for lunch
    AnExpatWifeVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I met a girlfriend here for lunch on a quite Monday. There were only a few other diners in when we arrived and a table of 7 arrived shortly afterwards. Service was good and the food was excellent. It was the kind of restaurant I would happily go to alone and not feel intimidated. It is not too big that you are lost in the crowd but also not so small that you are surrounded by couples. I had spagetti with ham and egg and as a bit of a fried egg expert my only criticism would be that the egg was a bit too crunchy on the bottom (oil was too hot). apart from that everything else was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service needs a little work
    nicclee
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service was a little slow and inattentive. It took a while to get our coffee and tea. And the waiter forgot a side order we had requested. We kept having to ask for water. However, the food was good and the price was reasonable. It's a nice brunch spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sophisticated Belgian Gastropub
    WholefoodPrincessVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I loved this place when it opened over 5 years ago (who thinks of Belgian cuisine? Belgian beer? Turns out the region is distinctive and delicious!) The quality has stayed high, and for friendliness and ambience, I would recommend this tucked-away gem to New Yorkers and tourists as a special treat. It's not cheap, but it's good value, and works for groups at happy hour or as a sweet date place. Is there such a thing as a beer sommelier? If so, all the servers at Resto qualify. The food is seasonal and share-able -- do not miss the frites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gingerchef
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was delicious and beautiful to look out but for the small plates i feel they were a bit overpriced especially because of their size and when my large plate came out, it was turning cold rather quick. The desserts were the cherry on top of the night and the two waiters we had, knew so much about the food and the drinks menu and was so helpful! The whole decor of the place was very farm to table, a lot of rustic wood work and dark colored walls but in front the sun was still shining so it really made the place feel bright, warm, and inviting and it was so nice to look at the little garden they had in front which really made you know they do care about their ingredients and where they come from. I cant wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best meal I've had in a long time
    EatWellVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Two of us decided to sample half the menu. No misses! The standouts: deviled eggs on pork toast, squid ink pasta and baby lamb ribs. Absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, not so good service
    newyorker212
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went here for brunch with a group of 4 before 12 so the restaurant wasn't too crowded. Our entrees were delicious however two at our table noticed that their breakfast sandwiches only had bacon one one half of the sandwich and not the other (?). Service was very spotty and not very good. At one time a server came out and took one persons drink order but not for the rest of us. We had to constantly ask for drinks, utensils, etc. throughout the meal because we were never asked/offered by the staff. I hope that this was a one time glitch in their service because the food was great but it felt weird to constantly wait/ask for service throughout the 90 minutes we were there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun food, fun environment.
    murs
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    we've eaten here several times. the food is always delicious. try the kale salad, radishes, grilled chicken entree, and everything we've had for brunch has been incredible. the service is suitable, not overwhelmingly warm but nice enough. the ambiance tends to be energetic with lots of people and good music for dinner. downside - the temperature is inconsistent.. too warm or too cold. as a tequila drinker, the cocktail menu falls shy of serving my taste and the wine by the glass menu is limited. however, the wine I have enjoyed was very nice. great restaurant for the area. it's becoming our go-to sunday brunch and dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    broven
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I made the reservation as it was associated with Cannibal which was full, and it appeared to have menu items that my kids would like. Yes, it was Labor Day weekend and things were quiet, but the attitude we received was uncalled for. The food was tasty but for my entree, barely an appetizer portion at $25. Admittedly the steak frites was very good and the kids loved them. Unfortunately we got attitude from everyone. In fact, after our server first came up and I asked a question about a menu item, his response prompted my wife to say, "Boy was he a d**k." It didn't get a whole lot better after that. To their credit, I think Resto is good for older couples/groups that know the restaurant and the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Belgian night spot
    inwoodart
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The best thing about Resto is their extensive Belgian beer menu. Best in town. The food was fine as well. There were a couple of glitches in the service. The waitress was too pushy for my taste, and then when we ordered a second round of beers, they never came. And then they were on the bill. But they were gracious about taking them off.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • near-perfect burger
    AtematicVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The deviled eggs on square bitterballen and beers got our lunch rolling nicely, but the burger...oh the burger. This is a perfectly-sized pork and beef blend patty, not obscenely huge, crisp on the outside, moist and exploding with flavor inside, with a fried egg, pickle, and gruyere on top. It is beautifully balanced, exuberant, delicious... Resto has a great laid-back vibe, ideal for enjoying good company with their excellent beer offerings and food, which all enhanced the experience of The Burger. I am smiling remembering it two days later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our meal
    Swagle
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had the best waiter who filled our glasses before we ever had to ask; also great recommendations. Really enjoyable and off the beaten path.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy.
    CatcherVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good excellent. Service great except when I pointed out the cocktail special for brunch ( 7$ ) add on. The service asked the manager and the manager stated it had been discountineud but made no contact or effort to us as customers. I did tell the server that was part of the reason we came. Great find though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DanNan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Mussels, great portion and in a great broth but the actual size of them on the small side. Burgers somewhat over cooked but great char on them and the fries, just salty enough and delicious. Fair selection of wines and overall, a good local joint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh Wow - still happy!
    conversationalistVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The greeting was lovely and felt very genuine; I was shown to a nice table but given a choice of another. I was treated like a valued guest, and the menu was explained to me in a genuinely interesting way - the wine by the glass were reasonable for NYC - but exceptional in taste. The food - how to describe the peach tomato gazpacho with crab? Or the lamb roasted in heaven? Or the corn off the cob with lemon basil and a poached egg? I was glad food was paced not too fast because the space was fun, with lots to look at, and I wanted to savor every bite. The staff were conscious of the space available to them and I loved their choreography of motion; each member was responsible for a part of the restaurant, but aware of/cared for every table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was OK
    diner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I was not blown away at all. The service was great but the portions were way too small and they have a mushroom dish on their menu which was inedible! I probably wouldn't recommend this place, nor would I go back. Sorry!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    Cammie22
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The service here is amazing. The waiter was very knowledgeable and so friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. We were there for restaurant week. We had the country pate which was delicious and was a fairly large portion. For entree, I had the crispy pork belly. It melted in my mouth. For dessert, we both had the chocolate sundae. It was amazing! We had the beer pairings and every beer paired perfectly with each dish. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The ambiance is very nice. The beer list is excellent. The food portions were to small. However, the desserts are delicious. The service was very good
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 860 reviews are from the Resto reviews archive.
  • Good drinks/apps, average entrees
    jeanluc
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Nice setting. Good martinis, extensive beer/wine list. Appetizers are pretty good. Decent service. Entrees are small and underwhelming - bland chicken, bland steak. This is a good place to come to get fries and beer.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kentVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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 !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bogart
    Bogart
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, great night
    Vondelay
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • juicy
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great beer selection; helpful and friendly wait staff; unique and tasty menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC20something
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
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  • Good food and attentive staff
    love2dine
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Found a delightful restaurant. This was our last night in new York . Well worth the visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but needs some work
    AmPeasVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
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  • Brunch was suspect
    DJRAwayVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service, Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Went on Sunday 1st June, had a fantastic meal and the service was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dinner spot
    MrCEVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate