We had dinner recently. Among the 4 of us, we had deviled egg, asparagus/morels, and bitter ballen to start. There is nothing wrong with any of these appetizers, but they're not truly fabulous either. We then had burger, beef cheek, mussels w/ bacon and leeks and the chicken. I am amazed that in other threads it's mentioned that RESTO has one of the better burgers in NYC. Meat was thin with not much flavor, bread was similar to Wonder-Bread (I saw waiters bringing a plastic bag of them into the kitchen). Mussel portion was copious, but I only finished not even 1/4 of the steam pot as they don't taste good at all. The beef check was too sweet and not at all tender. Chicken was okay, but portion is insultingly meager.
The dessert selection is not very exciting. The waffle is just that, waffle. The chocolate bread pudding was weird and the passion fruit sorbet (for $9) consist of three little scoops of same flavor -- tart, tangy and not very good.
I am glad we went, so that we won't wonder anymore about this place. Surely we won't return (service was okay, but main courses took 50 minutes to appear and dessert 20. Waaaay too slow). But I wonder why CHers seem to think this is one of a better restaurants in NYC?