Mother's Day in Forest Hills
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
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?
Someone had posted a link to this site "dish du jour"..
They had a review on a french Bistro named Rouge in FH... I haven't tried it but others might have....
I don't capitalize the word "french" on purpose.. lol
Political reasons.. :)
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!