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15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 7
Bottles: 120
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
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111 E 29th St
New York, New York, 10016-8028
United States
phone: (212) 685-5585

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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 11
Photo of Augustiner719
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.

Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A friend of mine told me in the past that if my wife and I were in town, there was a restaurant that he and his wife wanted to take us to. Well, we were in NYC this week and the four of us had dinner here his past Tuesday night. Good looking place when you walk in, sparse decorations but comfortable. Nice looking bar with all the glassware laid out on shelves behind it. Sat at the bar for a drink before dinner. I like the beer list: they take an old college text book and glue the list onto the pages. We got some scholarly book on advanced physics and at first it threw me off, but then I got the joke. Bartender was friendly and gave my friend some suggestions. Had a draft Petrus Oud Bruin, served in a branded goblet. Moved over to our table and were served by a very patient waitress, as our table kept chatting and not figuring out what to order. I liked the app we had, which was deep fried doughy meatballs called bitter ballen. The mussels & frites were good, but not the best I've had lately. The two deserts we split were tasty: a waffle and an order of beignets, which were moist and flavorful. Also ordered a bottle of Scotch Silly, and it was served in a branded glass also. Prices were a bit on the high side for beers and food, but the selection and quality were quite good. I noticed on the menu they had a prix fixe option for both lunch and dinner, which seemed like a good deal. Resto was a nice place to meet and relax with friends over some good food and Belgian beer.

Photo of citrusjim
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

In NYC at xmas time (late review), BeerFly lead me to Resto. We were here twice in the same night. First, we were looking for a nice bar to warm up in and have a beer. We were near by and popped in. As it was early, not too many customers were there, just a few at the bar like us. We had a St. Bernardus Christmas Ale which was perfect. The beer list is heavy with Belgians.

We came back for dinner. We had missed their pork night, but we were still able to take advantage of many of the great pork dishes. I had ribs and GF had a pasta dish. Both were great. Great starters too.

Service was friendly, the vibe is neighborhoody, and the value is spot on. I am a sucker for beer-centric fine dining spots. This is a great one.

Photo of Charthepirate
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My Fiancee and I took an out of town friend big foodie, but not a huge belgian beer fan here for brunch. We were warned of a 30 minute wait, but by the time we got around to figuring out what we wanted while waiting at the bar, a table opened up. At the bar they had a few tap options, and a huge stack of glassware, supposedly the proper glass for each beer.

Upon sitting I gave a suggestion to our guest, (Mardsous 8) and I went in for a st. Bernardus. Our waiter was highly knowledgeble and made some suggestions, with samples.

Both the guest and I had the burger, and My Fiancee the French Toast. Both were absolutely top notch, and the dark belgians paired wonderfully. The serving sizes were a bit small, but no one left hungry. The fries were great too, especially with the creamy, mild mayonnaise

For Dessert, the Leige waffle is a must, Our party shared one, and I paired it with a rodenbach. Interestly, the waitress came back when I ordered it to make sure i understood that a rodenbach is a sour beer. I've had rodenbach before, so the warning wasn't necessary, but it demonstrated a knowledge of the beers being served above and beyond the "Hey what's Good?" question.

Despite having many of the beers, hunters of belgian exotics might not find anything totally new there, but for those who just enjoy great belgian beers perfectly paired with great food, resto is a great destination.

Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

There's just no way of telling how long it'll take to get downtown, let alone dealing the parking thing. Gave myself ample time and found the bridge wide open and the FDR moving unusually well, and then landed me a mint parking spot just off the corner at Lex. I was way early, but shouldn't couldn't wouldn't complain. Put my name on the list, an hour and a half's wait but not really, or so they say, and then mulled around suspiciously sidewalkside for a while with the others en table waiting. Ooooh, a couple dropped off, she's in but he doesn't want to wait anymore; leave, go on, leave, just brings me closer to a seating is all. Took down some of the waiting time looking over the beer menu and here's Trouble on 29th now...

Seemingly smallish place down below street level with windows opening out over the sidewalk. An "L" shaped marble topped bar seats a dozen or so on shiny shiny stools off to the right; the barback there being a wood unit with glass shelving over mirrors holding glassware, wines and booze below. Lots of appropriate glassware shaken down from some poor distributor and some steins and mugs above. Brand spankin' new pressed tin ceiling with blended in ductwork, wood plank floorings, and white stucco walls over midway wood board trim at the seat backing height. Old salon type hairdryer shaped bulb drop lamps across the middle of the room, martini glass shaped glass lamps over the bar, and twisted metal lighting fixtures on the walls. Nearly a dozen and a half tables throughout; a large 6 seat table below the front window nook, 4 smaller tables angled in a row adjacent to the bar, and twosies to the rear, shuffled and pushed together when need be. Rumors abound of a 4 seat marble table in the kitchen where you can watch everything from front row center, if you can score it.

7 taps (Grotten Brown, Strubbe Pils, Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet, Chimay Cinq Cents, Delirium Tremens, Ommegang Wit), and 45 bottles; the list broken out by style (saison, trappist, lambics, abbey blonde & tripels, abbey dubbels & brown ales, wit, amber, red), all Belgians and an infrequent Belgian style selection from Ommegang. Middle of the Belgian road for the most part; although it appears they've since added another dozen bottles, and kicked the range and quality up some (Cantillon Gueze & Kriek, Fontaine Schaerbeekse Kriek, Des Geants Goliath), and still no Stella, Hoe, Leffe, blah.

Looking over the food menu, I'm convinced that either it's written partially in another language, or they're just making up words. Every item on the menu has at least one word that I cannot decipher. It was nothing for Trouble, however, as she's paid library late fees for the decryption book on more than one occasion, and thus provided her usual assistance.

We started with apps, I had the double cooked pork with Belgian endive vinaigrette, paired with a Grotten Brown. I figured that if cooked pork is good, double cooked pork must be twice as good. And Frisee Au Lardon (Endive, with poached egg, fine herbs and lardon, which is basically French bacon) for Trouble, paired with an Ommegang Wit. For entrees, I had the burger, yes, the burger, with Passendale cheese & onion, the best burger ever, made from ground hanger steak, beef cheek and fatback. Holy shit, the thing was like butter, holy shit, paired with a Saison DuPont. My frites came with dips; lime pickle, sweet chili & mayo (The pickle was the pick, had some nice heat to it). She had the beef cheek carbonnade over frites, paired with a Corsendonk Brown. Truly amazing, the beef just melted, it was so good, and the frites just soaked it all in, "Just heavenly", says she. Dessert; I had the mango sorbet, she had a Liege waffle, with crème fraiche anglaise; and split a Liefman's Kriek. They also comped us a walnut tart, caramel, chocolate ganache and banana ice cream. It was killer and you know I hate goddamn walnut anything.

It was just a perfect meal; food and beer, in a comfortable place albeit a bit loud, good service, this you really ought to see.

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