Resto is trying to keep up with its name and to be laid back neighborhood gathering place with amazing Belgian food with a touch of New York City. Fresh seasonal ingredients from local farms prepared on traditional French technique made Resto a destination in Gramercy Park/Murray Hill for a delicious dinner, late-night bite, or weekend brunch. The best thing about Resto besides being a mecca for meat lovers is the extensive Belgian beer list and knowledgeable staff that is happy to help you with the selection.
The man behind the project is Christian Pappanicholas who grew up in the restaurant industry. His father owned two restaurants for 30 years and Christian was involved in the family business since the earliest age. His college career took him elsewhere so he got a degree in finance and entrepreneurship at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Five years into ‘grown man’s world’ and he ended up in French Culinary Institute where he learned from most distinguished chefs. His passion for food and his end entrepreneurship spirit made him work on finding a way to break into the competitive NYC restaurant scene. The idea for a Belgian restaurant came up to him while spending time in Belgium during his friend’s wedding. He was intrigued by Belgian culture through sophisticated pub food and the Monastery brewed Belgian beer so once he came back he knew what to do. In 2007 he opened Resto, and since then Resto has been well received by the local community and was even named Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the New York Times. In 2011 Christian opened The Cannibal Beer & Butcher shop, which is a butcher and beer shop, so you can buy great Belgian beer and a nice piece of meat you can enjoy preparing at your house.