Mother's Day in Forest Hills
- johnpressman May 4, 2004 02:08 PM
Any reccs for a place to take my Mom in FH for Mother's Day? I know this is probably the WORST day of the year to eat out (along with Valentine's Day) as well as FH being a wasteland foodwise. Any suggestions?
Wow, you really aren't psyched about the occasion huh?
Well, I have to agree with you that Mother's Day, just like 2/14, is usually a less-than-ideal day to have to go out for a meal... just because places are flooded & quality of service & product usually decline.
However, I would hardly call FH a wasteland foodwise.
I know that it isn't exactly comparable to some other renowed neighborhoods, but FH does have a few good gems itself. I only wish you were more specific in your request for advice. For example, what does your mother like in terms of cuisine?
Let me just run off a list of good places in FH that I know about.
Italian- Portofino (Queens Blvd. & Ascan Ave)
Cajun/New Orleans- Mardi Gras (Austin St.)- Chilean Sea Bass to die for; occasionally available as a menu special
Nouveau Latin- Cabana (70th Rd. b/w Austin & Queens Blvd)
Brick Oven Pizza- Nick's Pizza (Ascan Ave.) One of the best Brick Oven Pizza joints in the city! Although I don't know if this is appropriate for you on a Mother's Day occasion.
re: Maria La China
Hey John...in case you don't get Momma to Emma's this year, why not try the equally endearing BEAUTIFUL BUKHARA a little ways up the 108th Street hill...follow the "Hot Samsa" neon sign and order up a couple - very satisfying...move right on to a lagmann or pelmeni soup course and large garden salad...then over to the grilled shish kebabs in multiple varieties - try that veal liver and make your Ma happy!...not much on atmosphere, but you'll eat a load for a little.
There's another similar Uzbeki place on 63rd Drive near Saunders on the south side of Q.B. called CHEBURECHNAYA which has an even larger menu...it's on my 'Hound agenda.
Have a nice flight.
re: Mike R.
Hi Mike R.! and thanks everyone for the suggestions. I am curious, however about the Uzbeki places in and around 108th street in FH. How does Salute and Beautiful Bukhara compare? I took Mom to Just Like Mother's for her B-day and that was fine but how about these Uzbeki restaurants?
I've eaten at "Rouge" several times in the last few months and I've been very happy with it. The onion soup is a classic, but my personal favorite is the scallops made with bacon and basil cream. They absolutely melt in your mouth! I had brunch there Sunday and enjoyed that too. For $14.95 they give you a choice of all the regular brunchy things and a miomosa, bloody mary or wine. I had the eggs Benedict, which came on a croissant and had a nice lemony hollandaise. They never seem packed, so you should be able to score a reservation. Oh, and the service is very attentive without being annoying- on my second visit the server remembered my cocktail of choice!