Resto, French slang for a casual restaurant, opened its doors in 2007. Owner Christian Pappanicholas wanted to create a casual Gramercy Park neighborhood spot with bar and sidewalk seating that served Belgian fare. Executive chef Bobby Hellen’s menu emphasizes traditional French techniques, as well as nose-to-tail dining, a culinary philosophy made famous by British chef Fergus Henderson. Diners huddle over dark wood tables in a dimly lit room. Meat-centric dishes like côte de boeuf, poularde in half mourning, housemade charcuterie, and large format feast menus (with one week notice), can be paired with beer or wine.
Resto’s sibling, The Canibal, is located two doors down. It’s a retail beer, butcher, and specialty goods store.