Belgian Bites And Beers At Resto

One of my favorite ways to wile away a lazy winter weekend afternoon is to pop into a restaurant in those quiet hours between lunch and dinner for a snack.  Nothing substantial, just something salty, something sweet, and a tall glass of something soothing.  We found ourselves on 29th Street this weekend and were immediately pulled in by these signs:

 

 

My go-to food guru, the illustrious Adam Gross (who is currently in Paris cooking with the finest chefs in Europe!), introduced me to Resto a few years back.  A Belgian restaurant that prides themselves on delicacies like fried balls of veal and a curious concept called “nose to tail dining”, it’s not the typical spot you’d go to for a bite and a beer as a vegetarian.  What’s the draw then, you ask?  Simple: the frites.

Resto takes their taters and creates thickly sliced, perfectly salted french fries that when, dunked into their array of dipping sauces, are simply heavenly.  The sauces come in flavors such as lime pickle, mayo and onion, sriracha, gribiche, and my personal favorite, sweet chili.  It was the exact amount of sweetness to offset the salty…mmm.

 

 

Combine them with the right combination of brewskies and you’re in for a treat.  We started with a pale Blanche de Namur, merged into a Ter Dolen Armand, and capped the afternoon off with a wildly hoppy Biere De L’Amitie.  When in ordering doubt, as the bartender.  Along with awesome recommendations, he’ll give you a bit of a history/geography lesson, too.  Gotta love those brilliant Belgians.  Or in this case, brilliant New Yorkers who work in a Belgian restaurant.

 

 

If you don’t fall into the vegetarian category, I’m sure Adam would encourage you to order the meat, and lots of it.  Since deep-fried pork jowl is not exactly my area of expertise, I’ll let Adam give you carnivorous suggestions when he returns to NYC.  Pork jowl aside, we definitely enjoyed our Sunday snack.

 

 

What’s your go-to restaurant for a bite and a beer?

 

WHERE: Resto
111 East 29th Street
New York, New York
212.685.5585

 

By: Jessica Tiare Bowen

 

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13 Responses to “Belgian Bites And Beers At Resto”
  1. Andrea says:

    Yum! Don’t tell my husband we missed this place on our latest trip to NYC. He’s a huge Belgian beer fan!
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  2. What a great place to hang out! Those Belgian frites look so delicious. I’m a dipping sauce type of gal and those flavors all sound good especially the sweet chili. We loved the frites when we were in Brussels and they used a mayo based dressing. People were walking around with the frites in cone shaped paper holders.
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    • Used York City says:

      Brilliant! Street vendors in New York should follow along with the clever cone idea, I’m sure it would be a hit!

  3. My go-to restaurant at the moment is my local pub! on my doorstep and serves great food!
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  4. Jackson says:

    Oooo those dipping fries look phenomenal!

  5. Some of my favorite beers are named after women: Grolsh Blond and Nutty Brunette at BJ’s Pizza and Brewery.
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  6. Pamela Morse says:

    I am drooling about the frites..The whole thing looks very yummy and my style. When I was in Chelsea in Sept my hotel was next to a Belgian cafe where the hotel guests had vouchers for breakfast. Also lovely..similar. forgot the name

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