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Dec 27, 2000 09:18 AM

new year's eve in forest hills, queens

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one of our restaurants is located in forest hills. in the past 5 years we have been booked solid well in advance of new year's eve. this year, although the price is the same, we have fewer bookings.

our other two restaurants in manhattan are booked for new year's, so i am trying to get a reading on what folks are doing for new year's in forest hills.

all thoughts are welcome.

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  1. What restaurant is this? I'm still looking for somewhere to go close to home that isn't crazy packed with amateurs.

    1. Frankly, the local restaurant scene here in FH is so mediocre and with the tradition of most places jacking up prices for New Year's Eve, many of the locals that I know are simply opting to stay at home and either order up something simple or are having house parties where people bring "pot luck".

      I myself am staying in on New Year's Eve but going to the Garden City Hotel for brunch on New Year's Day which is a tradition I and some friends have been following for several years.

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      1. re: bobbyrab

        I'm with you, Bobby. I'm having my traditional NY's Eve...having friends over (the same ones every year), and going out to pick up roast Chinese duck, pig, and cuttlefish from Elmhurst...the kosher vegetarian friends just come for dessert....

      2. All other things being equal, I'd expect a restaurant to be somewhat cheaper in FH than in Manhattan. Of course, a good quality restaurant in the neighborhood would be an asset.
        Ahem.. what was the question?

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        1. re: diprey11

          this op is from 2000, and as far as Forest Hills for New Years Eve, you could do much better....if you've got a car and a babysitter, head out to Elmont to King Umberto's, $100 per person, for endless great Italian, and warm fun atmosphere. No pretension, just good honest food.

          1. re: janie

            janie, I have always enjoyed King Umberto; I just wish FH had such a good, honest traditional Italian restaurant.

            I didn't realize that the original post was from 2000. It just goes to show you how little progress FH has made in attracting some decent eating establishments.

            Happy 2011 to all fans of good food!

        2. Hi eric,

          Since New Year's Eve will likely be the last day that Wafa's is open before it closes (for good?), I plan to get a bunch of take out from there, stay in and enjoy it for one last time until....who knows?

          Wafa's will be sorely missed.


          Glendale is hungry...

          100-05 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

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          1. re: Glendale is hungry

            This damn snow has made it awful to go around...otherwise we would have ordered from them this week. I actually hate falafel...well, I can't handle falafel. There's was the only one I could handle...and it tasted so good. However, when she finally opens up a new place, she will already have a reputation and a waiting clientele.

            1. re: EricMM

              Hi EricMM,

              That's my hope though I think it's still up in the air when (or if) it will happen.

              If I do learn of a definite new location and an opening date, you can bet I'll be posting like a madman about it.


              Glendale is hungry...

            2. re: Glendale is hungry

              Hey, I was there first! ;-)

              Wafa will be sorely missed, unless she gets around to open a new shining place where a professional stove can fit, and not a doghouse.

              Let's ask her, everyone, for the contact info/email exchange, so that she can get her old customers back in a mouseclick once a new place opens. Wouldn't it be nice?

              100-05 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375