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Mother's Day in Forest Hills

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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?

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    Maria La China

    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.

    Good Luck!

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    1. re: Maria La China
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      Chicago Mike

      Another Italian option: La Vigna... very close to FH on Metropolitan.

      1. 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.

        1. re: Mike R.
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          johnpressman

          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?

          1. re: johnpressman

            Nobody makes a Hot Samsa like the B.B....there have been raves for Salute, especially their skewer-meats.

            You could conceivably eat your way around FH & RP trying one or two Uzbekis each day...while they're shorter on atmosphere, they're long on value.

            1. re: johnpressman

              Nobody makes a Hot Samsa like the B.B....there have been raves for Salute, especially their skewer-meats.

              You could conceivably eat your way around FH & RP trying one or two Uzbekis each day...while they're shorter on atmosphere, they're long on value.

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          frankie5angels

          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....

          PS

          I don't capitalize the word "french" on purpose.. lol

          Political reasons.. :)

          Link: http://dishdujourmagazine.com/reviews...

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          1. re: frankie5angels

            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!