Resto
Resto

Resto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restonyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126855585x
  • 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:
  • 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
67 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (30)good for groups (14)great for brunch (13)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (10)romantic (9)hot spot (7)special occasion (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kent
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
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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
  • Lovely
    Ashley
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I always enjoy Resto. It feels considered in every regard--the decor, the menu, the general ambiance. Delicious and reliable. Nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 847 reviews are from the Resto reviews archive.
  • hit or miss
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dinner
    LittleAmy
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Only one word : Great ! It was delicious and amazing. A nice moment ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent service!
    dpatri
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Our waiter was delightful. Absolutely made our meal! Food was great. Interesting new flavours I enjoyed. Neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good food
    opinionatedVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gastro wows
    Eire33
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner for a group
    Vivian
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cute trendy cozy
    natalie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
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  • Great brunch!
    suthersVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • your place for carbs and calories!
    jeunefille
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • way too expensive very little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    way too expensive very little portions of food go there if you want to leave hungry
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  • Good for after-work drinks
    jsheehan
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Food was meh, but the drinks were good. Stick to apps.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get a group and order the lamb
    Andrew
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic