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Resto

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
95
world-class

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 5.91%
Taps: 7
Bottles: 120
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

111 E 29th St
New York, New York, 10016-8028
United States
phone: (212) 685-5585

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(Place added by: meguiar on 06-25-2007)
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Photo of TheDeuce
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%

Resto

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.

TheDeuce, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

morebeergood, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Ant4711
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Ant4711, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Kurmaraja, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of spoony
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

spoony, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of citrusjim
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

citrusjim, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of sholland119
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

HV

sholland119, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of kbouch16
4.4/5  rDev 0%

kbouch16, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of sleazo
4.4/5  rDev 0%

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.

sleazo, May 06, 2011
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Resto in New York, NY
95 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.