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Oct 9, 2006 01:54 PM

Jade Eatery and Lounge - Forest Hills

Just saw a post on about the new restaurant at 1 Station Square, anyone have any info on this? Is it open yet? Anyone been?

Here's the post from The Strong Buzz:

Jade Eatery & Lounge
I grew up in Forest Hills, and this new restaurant takes me back to the days when I used to hang out on Austin Street after school. Owned by Irina Gottesman and Sam Kandhorov, a brother and sister team, Jade is located in the newly renovated Forest Hills Inn, in the English Tudor-styled cobblestone square just off of Austin Street. The menu, by chef Michael Teng, is Asian-fusion with a full sushi bar and dishes inspired from Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Korean cuisines. Jade Eatery & Lounge is located at One Station Square, in Forest Hills, 718-793-2203.

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  1. I saw that the restaurant had its opening this past weekend but I didn't get a chance to try it myself. Given the lack of good restaurants in the neighborhood that are easy to get to on foot (sometimes one needs a break from 5 Burro and Nick's), I hope this new place is good!

    1. Ditto. Hopefully we can add this to the two recent openings which have been pretty good. East Ocean Palace is actually really good, my wife and I are psyced about being able to walk to a good Chinese restaurant. And DB Wine Bar shows a lot of promise. I would have preferred a good Italian, or a grown up New American place, but I'll even take Asian-Fusion if its good.

      1. Sounds like a good contender for decent food and will have to check it out! Thanks for the posting.

        I just can't understand the dearth of good restaurants in Forest Hills - especially on Austin Street. It has so much potential but unfortunately no one seems to have capitalized on the growing trend of younger people moving into the area. Any thoughts on this?

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        1. re: layatp

          I've wondered about this myself. Perhaps the demographics (though I think FH is trending younger as you say) and the "un-sexiness" of FH have kept some restaurateurs at bay. Though most halfway decent places (and even not so decent) on and around Austin street are always packed. All the barely mediocre Italian joints seem to do good business, so there's no reason that someone couldn't open up a moderately ambitious Italian place. The nightly overflow from 5 Burro and Cabana could easily fill another casual restaurant. There's certainly money to be made, so hopefully some more places will appear. Of course, our luck, it'll be the Olive Garden that appears next.

          Maybe we need to start a drive to recruit some serious restaurateurs/chefs to the area.

          Anybody got a any connections? Know a chef who you can drag into our hood?

          1. re: layatp

            It all comes down to economics. I've lived in the area for 9 years and have never seen so many empty store fronts along Austin Street. The leasing costs along Austin Street are astronomical which makes the economics of a food service establishment very difficult (that and high labor costs). Also, many of the landlords don't want food/beverage businesses in their buildings which makes it all the more difficult for those of us interested in setting up such an establishment. Hopefully the supply of available space will soon outweight the demand and cause landlords to check back into reality.

            1. re: food_groupie

              In fact, remember Vincci, the mens clothing store on Austin? It recently closed and there was a sign in the window that said "Store for rent. No food." The most upscale restaurants in the neighborhood are DB, Q, and Rouge. I'd like to start seeing some nice restaurants open up that would rival them. But there have to be enough people willing to eat here instead of going into Manhattan. I fear that often the local places are option taken when you're feeling lazy and don't want to travel. It would be nice for someone to open up something different. No more Italian, Thai, or Japanese. Something experimental. Something cool. Something that doesn't want to be comfort food. Someplace where the chef isn't opening up a cookbook to find a recipe but is doing it all on his own (and the chef is a pro). This, of course, is a fantasy. Finally, many of the empty storefronts are very small and I wonder if a restaurant would even have enough space once you build a kitchen. Although I kinda like the tight busy quarters of a small bistro, I wonder if they could make money if there wasn't a line down the block to get in.

          2. oh no!! asian fusion!!
            Forest Hills is soooo behind the times!

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            1. re: williamsonoma

              True. In about 5 more years we'll get a market driven New American restaurant. 10 years and we'll have a small plates/tapas restaurant. 15 years and its BLT Kabab and craftPretzel! Woo hoo!

              1. re: DaveS

                A small plates/tapas restuarant opened up not too long ago on Metropolitan Ave: DB's Wine Bar. It's quite good:


            2. It's great to know that I'm not alone in my disappointment with FH's eating options. My boyfriend and I just don't get it. FH is a fairly high end and discerning neighborhood as far as housing is concerned so it would seem reasonable that the demand for high quality food would follow suit. And I see plenty of young professionals around to think that they too must want something other than TGIFridays. As an aside, I agree with you DaveS about East Ocean Palace - it is outstanding. I just want to also have a few more modern choices around the 'hood.