Taps: 7 / Bottles: 120
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
A-Resto is medium-sized for a spot in the heart of NYC. It is dimly lit with and not terribly crowded for a Saturday night with a number of tables sitting empty even around 9 pm. The vibe is friendly with hipster-leaning servers and a rustic-meets-Paris type decor. The bar is small and not terribly happening, but Cannibal next door was pretty full.
Q-The beers are served in appropriate glassware and with a proper pour by our server. They are also served at the right, i.e., not too cold, temperature, which is nice. The beer list is mostly bottles with a few, maybe 5, tap items. All of the big-name Belgian beers are on offer, as well as a few oddballs, so quality was good.
Ser-The servers are quite friendly and they know their beer. When I ordered something a little off the beaten path, our waiter recognized as much and could comment on the weird French bottle I selected. TIming of food delivery was good, too. Nothing fancy, just good service.
Sel-The bottle list containes nearly every mainstream Belgian brew you could think of short of Cantillon or Westy. There are also a few French beers, which is always nice to see, and a decent selection of American takes on Belgian styles. If you aren't into Belgian styles, you'll probably leave disappointed, however.
F-The food is fancy for a beer joint and has a heavy French/Belgian influence to match the beer list. It is above-average in quality, but in NYC, you have to bring out the real good stuff to get high scores from me.
V-Resto is not outrageous, especially for NYC, but the prices are a bit high.
O-A nice, upscale beer restaurant with a solid selection of Belgian styles.
07-16-2014 03:39:27 | More by spoony
4.38/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Resto is not just a place to drink good beer. It is a place to dine. Please note that I didn't say "eat." I guess it's a bit more refined than most of the places that focus on beer in town. The food is good and fits the NYC culinary world well. If you are going out for a nice dinner, but want a good selection of beers, this is definitely a place to keep in mind. Just keep in mind the area and that the vibe and decor will follow along those lines. Oh, also, the beer here is Belgian in theme.
08-30-2012 17:43:43 | More by RblWthACoz
4.38/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
One of our new Manhattan favorites. This was on our list based on recommendations from the staff at Teresa's, our favorite local.
Resto is located just a bit east and south of Rattle n Hum, our favorite bar on this end of town. About a dozen bar stools and seating for about 50. Cool bistro vibe, a bit cramped but not overwhelmingly so.
Beer selection is largely focused on Belgians and American renditions of Belgian styles. The beer and cocktail list is pasted into pages of old library books, a very cool touch.
Food was outstanding, featuring simple but highly detailed bistro plates. Hangover pasta (a twist on carbonara with a fried egg), skirt steak and eggs, deviled eggs over pork "toast", all outstanding.
Service was great. We loved this place!
12-11-2011 20:38:27 | More by sholland119
4.4/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Resto is a Belgian Gastropub. This is more of a restaurant than a pub but it has enough good beers to qualify for this site.
When you walk in there is a bar to the left and some tables in the rest of the place. The decor is European and somewhat inviting. The bar area is usually packed.
Beer wise they have a large selection of Belgians and American Belgian styles. The selection is eclectic and there are always interesting beers to try in the bottle. The taps will be things you have heard of but are good. There are six or seven beers on tap at any given time. Here is the current list:
pretty things, ‘jack d’or’, cambridge, ma
popperings hommel, west flanders
piraat, west flanders
maredsous 8, namur
hof ten dormaal, brabant
koningshoeven quadruple , tilburg, netherlands
st. bernardus christmas ale, west flander
A nice list. The tap lines are clean and everything I had has been good.
The food is very good here as well. Their namesake burger which is a pork/beef blend is excellent. They also do a full animal feast for large groups where they willmake a full meal from the animal of your choice. I have done this once with a goat and had a great meal.
The place can get pricey but it is a nice place that focuses on the beer, has a beer somelier for pairing and generally does well. I would recommend Resto for people who enjoy Belgians and pairing it with high class pub food.
05-06-2011 02:40:26 | More by sleazo
4.78/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have been going to Resto for a few years and absolutely love this place. I work within walking distance of the place, which is on a strange block in NYC and kind of in the middle of nowhere, but that just adds to the allure in my opinion since anyone going there had to hear about it or sought it out to visit.
Atmosphere is very casual and friendly, as the place is always on the dark side indoors but there is always a bustle going on with the staff and people. Everyone always seems to be having a good time and engaged conversations while dining, which allows the place to get loud at times in a good way. The crowd has always been a mix and everyone seems cool and there to enjoy some good food and have some fun. The bar is a great place to hang out as well, with great bartenders and a very good lineup of tap beers as well as the full viewing of the hundreds of different glassware of the shelves for each particular Belgian beer; the glassware is as impressive as the beer selection itself. The bar can get crowded, but it's not a scene where some jerk might start a fight, it's just not that type of place. Bathrooms are always clean as a bonus!
The quality of the food and beer has always been great. The lunch selections are just the right size, with my particular favorite being the burger with a fried egg on top; the burger is a mix of meets and extremely juicy and tasty, and naturally the frites and sauce selections are top notch. Dinners are just as good, and my favorite appetizer is the deviled eggs...I have ordered the deviled eggs every single time that I've eaten at Resto and will do so every time that I go. They are a must have when you go there.
I have always found the service to be excellent at Resto. The bartenders are attentive and extremely knowledgeable, to the point that if you tell them what you are looking for they will pair it very closely; the wait staff is also very are attentive and knowledgeable, and go over the meals and beers in great detail. There is one gentleman (his name escapes me now) that is always there and is by far one of the best waiters I've ever encountered; his love of beer is equal to anyone that I've ever met. Overall, the service has been great, even when the place is packed.
The beer selection is outstanding, and over the past 6 months Resto has incorporated more US beers to go along with the extraordinary Belgian selection. There are some very rare Belgians here, with some very interesting large bottles that can be a bit pricey, but worth it if you like to treat yourself or can go with someone who has an expense account. The beer (and wine) menu is very cool, as it's taped to the pages of old books, so you literally have to sift through 5 or 6 pages to get through the entire list. It's a great novelty act in the food industry and just adds to the coolness of the place.
I go for both lunch and dinner, and the vibe, service, food and great beer are consistently good. If you are in NYC then I suggest stopping in for lunch or dinner for a real treat. The staff always makes you feel welcomed, and the food and beer are so good that you won't mind paying prices that are slightly above average. One of my favorite places to eat in NYC.
09-04-2010 19:55:50 | More by CHickman
3.88/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Came here for a beer dinner, passed a nice little outdoor seating on our way in, dark small interior with a medium sized bar, lots of bottles around and glassware, slightly cramped but that's Manhattan for you.
Service was alright, somewhat inattentive throughout the meal, there would be nobody for ten minutes and then suddenly a flurry of activity.
This was a Goose Island Beer Dinner, so their beers were featured with our meal. The food and beer were phenomenal, the food especially I give kudos to Resto, it was top notch and went well with each beer. Our beer dinner was Belgian themed, as is all of their food and beer.
Tab was expensive but reasonable. Overall, a great place, while I am not the Belgian beer zealot many are I can appreciate this place for its focus on beer and good food. Be sure to come in for one of their many beer dinners.
08-01-2010 17:26:28 | More by TheDeuce
4.83/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
went here for my birthday last night. Very very nice place upon entering, dim lighting sets the mood with the bar on the right and a very impressive shelf of proper belgian glasses and growlers. this place actually does have beer to go in growlers for 25 bucks with the growler and 20 to fill off premium belgian drafts. They menu was impressive with very nice authentic simple belgian cooking. we started with moule frites and had after suggestion by the ciccerone pretty things jack d'or saison. perfect combination. we then movedd to a pretty things pale ale style beer that went well with finishing the mussels and moving towards the belgian charachuterie platter of the best house bacon, sausages, cheese spread and sauces and breads. The ciccerone was very helpful and pointed us in the right direction for beer choices and foods. we finished with the beef rib over mustardy potatoes and had a pretty things dubbel that workd perfect and worked well with our belgian waffle. Really reccomend this place. for nyc and the location its in, its actually reasonable regardless of location. prices are around 15 bucks for a bomber, with specialty beers in the 20s and they have large format bottles for parties. a great belgian bar with belgian food. they have a lot of good belgians on draft and in bottles as well as a few american breweries with beglian styles like pretty things and goose island. they also have a small american craft beer list of non belgians to look through. again, its highly reccommended you go there is your in town.
07-18-2010 20:03:04 | More by Augustiner719
Resto in New York, NY
95 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.