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Brunch in Forest Hills area?

new to Queens Nov 19, 2004 10:03 AM

The inlaws are coming to see our new place and we'd like to take them somewhere in the immediate area for brunch - but no dim sum in Flushing - any other ideas? Rego Park/Kew Gardens fine too.

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    ds Nov 19, 2004 01:43 PM

    FH offers a big selection. depends what you are looking for.
    Portofino does a sunday brunch buffet
    you guys can split a pie or two at nick's one of the top brick oven places in the city
    sgt. garcias has great mexican

    dont know of many places that do a ``typical'' brunch though

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    1. re: ds
      Janie Nov 19, 2004 05:56 PM

      Network cafe has one that's pretty good, and mellow atmosphere....very good brunch at Q, a thai bistro, and nice pretty chic atmosphere with open kitchen--they serve breakfast stuff with thai twist-mango pancakes, thai burgers, and other more lunch thai stuff--they also have price fix for $14.95 which include mimosa...I would stay clear of Portofino, I think the place is pretty vile myself...Nick's to me is not brunch place, it's a pizza parlor, and lunch or dinner spot. The french bistro Rouge
      107-02 70th Road, Forest Hills;
      718-793-5514 also has a brunch, haven't tried it but it sounds nice, it's price fix at $14.95 wine/or mimosa and lots of egg/omelet choices eggs benedict with salmon, etc--or french toast, etc..cheese plates--sounds nice--pretty cute place--good for inlaws--
      Also, 5 Burro Cafe on Austin has brunch too, and their food is very good, but I think it's a younger place and not really appropriate to take inlaws, but I do like their food..-the atmosphere is too kitschy, and chairs are not comfortable, and it feels like a bar, which is basically is, but with quite good food.

      Hope this helps...I would lean towards the thai place or french place, if it were my inlaws!

      1. re: Janie
        Sheena Nov 19, 2004 11:55 PM

        The only one I've tried of the above is "Rouge" and it was perfectly decent, if a bit pricey....

        Also, you can try a new joint "Cami" on Austin St almost to where it meets Yellowstone by the 112 Precinct. Had DELICIOUS chicken soup there today and their breakfast menu looked really, really good.

        1. re: Janie
          new to Queens Nov 22, 2004 12:52 PM

          Thanks for the ideas everyone - my inlaws had to cancel b/c my FIL was sick, but my husband and I had brunch at 5 Burro on Saturday and it was very good, a deal at $12, considering you get a margarita, not just a watered-down mimosa. What's the consensus on Bistro Olivia - we haven't tried it yet.

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        Tony Nov 21, 2004 04:47 PM

        Recently saw that Q-Thai Bistro (across from Nicks) does brunch now..... could be a quite, more civil alternative to Portofino.

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        1. re: Tony
          Janie Nov 21, 2004 05:55 PM

          I mentioned that already in my post, and put a couple of the dishes, and yes, it is certainly more civilized than Portofino, and frankly, in a completely different realm.

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          love2eatny Nov 22, 2006 02:03 AM

          anyone been to Network Cafe lately? I was considering having brunch there thsi wknd.

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            Val55 Nov 22, 2006 04:55 AM

            I had a very nice breakfast recently at Just Like Mother's the Polish restaurant on Queens Blvd.

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              zeus Nov 22, 2006 06:24 PM

              I ordered a chicken dinner from Mothers and found their food to be very bland. I know Bayside has several places for a good Sunday brunch, but I haven't found any in Forest Hills yet.

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                ivy Nov 25, 2006 01:25 AM

                I've walked by Family Restaurant on Queens Blvd a couple of times and they have signs posted that they offer brunch. I believe it's an all you can eat type of buffet. Comes w/ a bkfst cocktail. It's an old neighborhood restaurant. Probably a good place to take parents.

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