111 E 29th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.743713 -73.982773
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Kips Bay, Midtown
What started out as a place best known for its Belgian beers and great burger now has taken its place as one of the city's premier purveyors of whole animal cooking. Their "large format feasts" are perfect big groups of carnivores, and there's a meat bar next door called Cannibal. And of course the Belgian beers haven't gone anywhere.
Nice find – Food is good and the beer list is great too. I guess overall it's similar to all the other great Belgian places in NY but I actually like this place better because the ambience is so nice. Even when it's busy, you don't feel crowded in like a pack of sardines (like so many other NY restaurants).
An enjoyable dining experience – Went a mth ago on a Sunday as I was in the area. We made a reservation an hr before dinner. I was worried that if a restaurant still takes reservation an hour before the seating, it may not be that good (meaning it doesnt have business). It turned out it was 80% full when we arrived at 6. The atmosphere was perfect. Loved the decor. We had fries, mussels, beef cheeks, devil eggs, and other appertizers. Most are deep fried or very greasy. But well, braised beef cheek is supposed to be greasy. Luckily my dishes weren't dripping oil. Overall I'd say it was an amazing dining experience. Server is friendly and recommended a beer we enjoyed. Price is reasonable. We had a great night. Definitely recommended.
P.S. We got the Devil Eggs dish for free because the kitchen made it by mistake. At least they told us frankly the reason we got that free dish. And yes, that makes us happier and more satisfied. But the food quality is good regardless.
ok food, terrible service – We were seated right away for our reservation but it took no less than 10 mins for the server to come over and finally take our drink order. We soon found they had run out of chicken (one of 4 lunch items on the brunch menu) so we ordered their "famous" burgers. 45 mins later, the burgers finally arrived. In the meantime, we were parched because no one came by to ask if we wanted anything else to drink. Food was just OK, service was TERRIBLE.
Almost perfect except for the service – I have been to Resto twice. The first time with my girlfriend and the second time with a group of friends. They have a nice selection of beer (Leffe, Chimay, etc.), good food (mussels, frites, burgers, sausages, etc.), and a simple and cool setting. My only grudge was the service. During my second time there the hostess lost it when one of our party left early. After comping us frites and mussels (nice touch) she grabbed the fifth chair from our table and said "I guess you're not going to be five tonight!". I took off one star for that :-). Get a grip!
Average experience – Went to Resto on a Friday night. Had to wait 30+ minutes for a table, which was OK b/c the beer and wine selection is good. Be forewarned that you won't get a Miller Lite here and the size of the beers are about 10 oz. Our waitress insisted we order apps and dinner at the same time. It was obvious she was trying to rush us out of the restaurant... We had the lamb ribs and white sausage for appetizers. Ribs were so unbelievably salty that we could barely stomach them. This was obviously (hopefully) just a one-time kitchen mistake. The sausage and acompanying mustard were tasty. I had beef cheek - it was rich, stewy and very well cooked. The mussels were good (had the beer sauce), but you really can't go wrong with mussels. Best part of the dinner was the french fries. Bottom line - Resto is average. If you like different beer and beef cheek or you're craving mussels and fries, go for it. But know that the service isn't great and the food is not exceptional. It's also extremely loud (or was at least on a Friday night).
YOU SHOULD BE ASHAME – I am ashame that a restaurant like that represent my country.
1. French Fries are frozen
2. Shrimp Croquettes are like a cheap shrimp Tempura.
3. Beef stew is awful, tasteless and served over the french fries which make the FROZEN fries even worst than they are.
4. Hamburger is only served well done. Seems like they cant find someone who knows how to work a grill.
5. Mayonnaise taste like Butter.
7. Hire someone to translate the writing in your bathroom.
I do not have the choice but to give one star. If could i would not give any.
Good biers – If you like Belgian ales and beers this is the place. We sat at the beer and had Josh
"the bartender" take us on a journey. The apps were great - double cooked pork and veal. The place was full by 8 o'clock on a WED NIGHT. The crowd was the typical 20 or 30somethings who were craving some tasty beverages. I recommend checking this place out.
Not living up to the hype – Horrible!! The french fries weren't properly cooked plus they were each about 1 inch long. The bun on the burger tasted like a store brand dinner roll. It was loud. The service was awful. We told the buser about 10 times that we weren't done. I don't have any idea why this place is getting so much positive press.
Terrible – I went to Resto with my boyfriend some time in August after being told that it was "the best new burger in town" and "great Belgian cuisine." Halfway through the appetizers, we decided that our friend who recommended it might have the worst taste in cuisine, hates us, or was talking about an entirely different restaurant. For our main course, I received a batch of overcooked and half-rotten mussels - probably the worst I've had in my life. One was literally green and had a hole in it like it had been eaten by an insect. My boyfriend ordered a burger - usually pretty hard to screw that up yet the waiter failed to ask how he wanted it cooked and let me tell you, what he got gives new meaning to the term "well done" - more like so shriveled up and dry you had to drink half of a beer to get each bite down. It was also served on one of those orange buns you buy from a discount supermarket. Not quite what he was expecting for $14. The waiter was rude and had a major chip on his shoulder. I've been to roughly 30 restaurants in Manhattan in the past 4 months and rank this one dead last. The food is inedible and not to mention way overpriced, the service is horrendous, and I would only recommend it to people I strongly dislike.
A bit disappointing... – NY Mag listed this as one of the best burgers of 2007 - it's fair at best. Not impressed. The bun is exactly as one at McDonalds, server said they only serve the burgers 'medium', which is great, however, they arrived just about well done. The beers and mussles were great and overall I liked the place, but if you go for the 'best burger' you will be quite dissapointed.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Resto on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.