I'm not entirely sure that we would have come in to review Trestle on Tenth if it wasn't for the fact that they have an amazing patio and an excellent new sandwich shop in their backyard. This restaurant opened back in 2006, which might as well have been a century ago in this neighborhood. I think there were actual trains on the High Line instead of Italian tourists back then. And despite having been around since New York's industrial era, we hear absolutely no one talk about this place. Ever. So there just wasn't any urgency for us to get in and levy an opinion. But we did anyway, and after a few meals, it would seem to us that nobody talks about this restaurant because there's really just no reason to.
The food at Trestle is mostly pretty good. We've been for dinner a few times and brunch once, and aside from a really bad burger, we haven't been mad at the things we've eaten. It's just that no one dish caught our attention or even left us particularly satisfied, especially considering that it's not cheap here. Sure, the roast chicken and the pork loin taste pretty good, but they aren't going to make you want to come back for them. And when you add in the fact that the service here is an absolute mess, you start to think that maybe there's no reason to come back for anything at all. We made three separate visits to Trestle on Tenth, and on each one we found ourselves wondering where our server went, and why it takes thirty minutes to pour a glass of wine or come back for our order. It just feels like there's nobody paying attention to the overall operation here, and as a result the entire staff seems to have the "oh sh*t, what's happening" look on their face all the time.
I suppose none of this matters all that much though, because Trestle on Tenth seems to always be full. There's a steady stream of neighborhood types coming in and out of this place, and they all seem to enjoy it. If I lived over here, I'd much rather be spending my time and money at Cookshop or Westville. Or maybe even The High Line, now that there's food up there instead of trains. Food and tourists.
We hit this burger at brunch, and it was easily one of the worst burgers we've had in recent memory. The meat was grey and bland and dry like a mouthful of sawdust. Order something (anything) else.
The chef at Trestle on Tenth is from Switzerland, and as a result you'll see a lot of Swiss influence on the menu. This "rösti" is a bacon-onion potato hash with house made sausage, and it's pretty good. It seems that the more Swiss you go when you order, the better off you'll be.
If you're here for breakfast or brunch, the pastries aren't a bad way to go. We had a good rhubarb muffin thing, and their home made sticky buns are pretty solid too.
This salad changes with the seasons, and the spring version we had recently was pretty awesome. The veggies are fresh and nicely arranged, and the basil ricotta bed they lay on tied the whole dish together. Get this.
This buttery pasta is simple and tasty, but you could probably make this yourself with a good recipe and a few trips to Eataly. Not worth the $14 it cost us for a half order.
This is pretty excellent as far as roast chickens go. The meat is tender and the skin is crispy, just like you want it to be.
This massive hunk of pork seems to be a fan favorite here. It's like a giant smoked pork chop that's been glazed with something sweet. We like it, but it was also pretty damn salty. You've been warned.