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Resto

3.7
1054 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Gastro Pub
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  • Neighborhood Gem (1677)
  • Great for Brunch (760)

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, American, Belgian
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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
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Phone number
(212) 685-5585
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Francis Derby
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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.
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Private party contact
Emily Pilkington: (212) 685-5585
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Catering
We have Movable Feast Available. See more at www.restonyc.com
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Cross street
Between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue
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Parking details
The nearest parking garage is on 31st Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue.

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Public transit
The 6 train is available on 28th street and Lexington Avenue.
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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
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.6
service
3.6
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

They did not honor the Restaurant Week dinner menu pricing. We left before ordering

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2016

The food is creative. Lots of great veggie options.

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carac (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2016

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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 5, 2016

Great burger!!!!!

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vipNYDiner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on May 15, 2016

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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Chauncey (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

Black kale salad exceptional. Great scallops.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 2, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

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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vipValenzjb (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 21, 2016

The food is delicious but somewhat overpriced given the small portions, even for the entrees.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

Couldn't ask for a better dinner.

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vipNicoleeco (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

Great food!

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DefiniteGem (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2016

Wonderful beers. Every dish a delight. Nice ambience and most to tail dining if you wish

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vipPK800 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

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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vipTony (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2016

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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vipnonickname (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2016

The food here is usually quite good, not this time.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Food was terrific. Tight setting but great experience.

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vipJimDandy (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

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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vipmanhattan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

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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vipMacoool (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

Really enjoyed the meal here. Outstanding server who made good recommendations. The duck and Brussels sprout side were delicious

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vipmsbny (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2016

The steak and eggs were spectacular

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Danielnyc (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 17, 2015

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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vipNYDiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 29, 2015

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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vipChas (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2015

Outstanding beer choices, one of the best in the city.

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