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Resto, New York, NY

Resto

3.7
3.7
959 Reviews
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, American, Belgian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 11:00pm Sunday 10:00am - 10:00pm Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 685-5585
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Francis Derby
  • Catering
    We have Movable Feast Available. See more at www.restonyc.com <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Resto offers both semi private and private space with several options for dining. Resto features two private rooms which may be reserved separately or in tandem for larger parties. For Semi private events bookings are available for 8-18 people.
  • Private party contact
    Emily Pilkington: (212) 685-5585
  • Neighborhood
    Kips Bay
  • Cross street
    Between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue
  • Parking details
    The nearest parking garage is on 31st Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue. <br /> <br />
  • Public transit
    The 6 train is available on 28th street and Lexington Avenue.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 959 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 2.7Value

NoiseModerate

959 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They did not honor the Restaurant Week dinner menu pricing. We left before ordering

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Menu changed, food was poorly cooked, service was mediocre at best. Must have been change of ownership. No more unlimited drinks for brunch

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is creative. Lots of great veggie options.

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  4. carac

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very nice experience at Resto. I think I ordered the wrong thing, but the food was pretty good.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great burger!!!!!

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  6. NYDiner

    New York City

    299 reviews

    3.0

    299 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant has a wide selection of European beers which comment a varied continental menu. The deviled eggs never disappoint as a starter. My strip steak was nicely cooked. The decor is simple but tasteful and the service is helpful.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server and the other staff were very nice and helpful. The appetizers (crispy meatballs & deviled eggs) were decent. The problems: They weren't serving the chicken or the burger - i.e., a big chunk of their tiny menu - and were offering two specials instead, one of which cost $110 (i.e., roughly five times the price of the chicken or the burger). Given the narrow options, two of us ordered the moules & frites, which were served in what seemed to be a bit of the water they were boiled in, with no butter or any other flavor. About one in three mussels had not been cleaned and was far too sandy to chew. Perhaps these types of problems explain why the restaurant was so awkwardly empty. It's a fairly large place, and we were one of only three parties there when we arrived.

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  8. Chauncey

    New York City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Black kale salad exceptional. Great scallops.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and appetizers at Resto are top notch. They have a really outstanding beer list also. However, it seemed like every beer we selected they didn't have. It's rather distressing when you're presented with a fantastic beer list only to find out you can't get a lot of the beers you want. Other than that, would definitely return.

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  10. sarahb

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Went late at night on a Friday. I think we arrived when servers were being reduced. Restaurant was only moderately full. Menu reads great and food was great. The spotty service and slow attention didn't help the evening. That said I'd go back and still recommend just put a bruise on an otherwise nice night.

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  11. Valenzjb

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and drinks were very good. However, the service was not great. We ordered a sampler of dipping sauces for the fries which was not served until 30 minutes after we got our fries.

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  12. Walter

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is delicious but somewhat overpriced given the small portions, even for the entrees.

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  13. DanO

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Surprisingly good--great knowledgable service (Jeremiah our waiter was outstanding), excellent, flavorful food (octopus, calamari appetizers, steak for 3, fries), good whiskey to start (like the big single ice cube), Belgian draft beer and wine. Just a great meal for my 2 sons & me.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very delicious and love the atmosphere. The staff was a bit slow, we had to send a dish back because they brought it out after everyone had already finished their meals, but it didn't ruin the experience.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Couldn't ask for a better dinner.

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  16. Nicoleeco

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!

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  17. Eatoutalot

    New York City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful beers. Every dish a delight. Nice ambience and most to tail dining if you wish

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  18. PK800

    New York City

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went mid-week, midday. The place was not crowded and only moderately buzzy. The burgers and fries were tasty, the service unobtrusive. We stayed 90 minutes and were comfortable throughout. It's a well-run place with a nice feel to it and quality food.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Resto does an amazing job of creating delicious, unique dishes that do not feel forced or overly thought-out. They do all their butchering in-house (which I only recently learned) so take advantage of their carnivorous offerings!

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  20. Tony

    New York City

    361 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    361 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Better than average pub food is what you get at Resto. Chicken was a bit overcooked. Cod starter tasted like fish mashed potatoes. No standouts here. Service is aggressive. Very noisy.

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  21. nonickname

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is usually quite good, not this time.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was terrific. Tight setting but great experience.

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  23. JimDandy

    New York City

    55 reviews

    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We returned to Resto after the recent two star review in the NYTimes. Is it a two star experience? Not really. The service is friendly despite the close quarters and noise. But the food was hit and miss. The "double" burger consisted of two horrendously overcooked patties. I asked for medium rare, and the waiter said they do them medium. Fair enough. But these were beyond well done. Salads were good. The caramel creme brule for dessert: disappointingly over-sweet. This place gets an enthusiastic twenty-something crowd, and they seemed content.

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  24. manhattan

    New York City

    241 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    241 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I'd eaten a while ago at Resto and found it okay, but not a restaurant I'd return to. With its new chef it seems to have improved. I mainly had small plates and starters. The brandade was excellent - especially the grilled oiled bread served with it. Steak tartare was an unusual version, with some textures and flavors not usually encountered. I confess I prefer the classic version, but this one was also good. The chicken liver pate on toast was scrumptious, as was the charred octopus tentacle. The least interesting dish was a side dish of beets. There was nothing wrong with it, but it didn't have a lot of flavor. People at an adjoining table loved their scallops and duck. The caramel rum creme brulee was very good. Service was efficient and helpful, though I have never heard the word 'guys' used so often in an evening. Seating is cramped, but it's a bistro.

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  25. Macoool

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed the meal here. Outstanding server who made good recommendations. The duck and Brussels sprout side were delicious

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  26. msbny

    New York City

    171 reviews

    4.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been going to Resto since they opened with my husband, family, friends for lunch and dinner. I don't have burgers often but their burger is the BEST burger in the city. And you must get the assorted dipping sauces with their magnificent fries. You will have difficulty selecting your favorite. They have a fantastic beer selection but if you're not in the mood for beer, they have a very nice wine selection as well. Everything is tasty here but outside of the star burger, the kale salad is very delicious. I would also recommend them for brunch. The egg dishes are great. I have not yet had a disappointing meal here. I will always go back.

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  27. 808jjhfitness

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The steak and eggs were spectacular

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  28. Danielnyc

    New York City

    32 reviews

    1.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2015

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Our server was nice, but he couldn't do anything about the reverberating noise that literally made it hard to hear a couple of guys talking across a small table, even when leaning in. Larger groups, drinking a lot, booming loud voices, it's that kind of place. The food, which I was looking forward to from Bruni's old review, turned out to be tired and disappointing. The vaunted burger was kind of dry and overall gray, more grease than flavor. The starter salad was nice, but the price tag was way out of line for quality, service, ambience. If you have wealthy vikings in town and want to impress them with a faux-bistro vibe, go for it.

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  29. NYDiner

    New York City

    299 reviews

    4.0

    299 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Resto can be counted on for serving "comfort food" after a busy day at work. The extensive list of European beers is a good place to start. I am partial to the "small plates" - particularly the Deviled Eggs and the Broiled Octopus. The menu is limited but still offers sufficient variety. The service is friendly and helpful.

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  30. Chas

    Palm Springs

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Outstanding beer choices, one of the best in the city.

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  31. foodiefinds

    New York City

    180 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Bloody Mary's are outstanding and we all enjoyed the new foodie invention of "avacado toast" as well as the egg dishes and terrific maple sausages...

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  32. BradG

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Server didn't get orders correct. Good ratings and comments don't seem to apply to brunch.

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  33. SAHM

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Although we were a bit older than most of the diners here, we had a very pleasant weekend meal and were glad we tried Resto. They have a "boozy brunch" drinks specials that we did not take advantage of, but the pomegranate Bellini I did have was delicious. Menu for brunch is not large but we all found things we liked. Desserts also were quite nice. Wait staff could not have been more pleasant or more helpful, overall a very enjoyable meal.

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  34. DLEXLUTHER

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun spot! Happy hour at the bar 5-7 is perfect to catch up with an old friend. It's not going to be busy at 5 & you aren't going to find someone to meet but makes for a civil conversation at a reasonable level. Food was delicious. Service was great.

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  35. NYDiner

    New York City

    299 reviews

    4.0

    299 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    There is along and varied list of Euopean beers. The menu is somewhat limited but offers suffice to choice. I keep returning for tasty food and excellent beer.

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  36. Steve

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The grilled octopus starter and the duck were very good. Service was courteous, but a bit slow on the drink orders and got stranger. After clearing our starters, one server asked if we'd like to see the dessert menu. We said we'd rather see our entrees first. Then, after clearing the entrees, a different server came to tell us that our creme brulee would be another few minutes. We told her we didn't order creme brulee and she hovered a bit with dessert menus in her hand without saying anything. A few minutes later, the first server arrived with a creme brulee saying sorry about his mistake earlier and he ordered us something sweet on the house "because something sweet makes everything better!" We were never shown a dessert menu, but we're not really dessert people. At least they forgot to charge me for a $14 glass of wine that was a kind of short pour.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant itself is very nice and the staff sat us on time. However, it was very loud in there and they had music playing at very loud levels on top of that. I literally could not hear my wife from across the table. Our food was ok but nothing to write home about. The draft lines were down so I could not order the beer I wanted and they ran out of the dessert we tried to order. Our server was very nice but she had numerous tables so our orders were a little slow in getting to us. Overall, it wasn't a horrible experience but I would no go back or recommend to others.

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  38. AnnieEats

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As a Brooklynite, conceding to brunch in Manhattan for my out of town friends should have been a tragedy. Resto was not. I loved the bellinis and my food was delicious. The staff was incredibly accommodating and allowed us to linger because the 80's music took us all back to our childhoods. So much so that we demanded the playlist and waited for the manager to enlighten us. I would go back with or without the out of town friends' excuse. My hangover pasta was the perfect excuse to eat carbs!

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  39. Anja

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a good time at Resto. The server was very nice, attentive and knowledgeable. I never had to wait very long for anything. I liked my Moules Frites also. The French fries and Bernaise sauce were also exceptional. I plan to come back.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great time at Resto. The service was great and the food absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommend it to a friend (especially the younger set) @ 69 & 70 we were without a doubt the oldest in the restaurant but we did feel very much at home.

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Google Map for Resto

111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Kips Bay
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 11:00pm Sunday 10:00am - 10:00pm Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, American, Belgian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    The nearest parking garage is on 31st Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue. <br /> <br />
  • Public transit
    The 6 train is available on 28th street and Lexington Avenue.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Francis Derby
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 685-5585
  • Catering
    We have Movable Feast Available. See more at www.restonyc.com <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Resto offers both semi private and private space with several options for dining. Resto features two private rooms which may be reserved separately or in tandem for larger parties. For Semi private events bookings are available for 8-18 people.
  • Private party contact
    Emily Pilkington: (212) 685-5585
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