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Anyone been to PJ's Steakhouse in Forest Hills

Anyone? Anyone?

My SO and I were coming back from dinner last weekend and stopped in to see the menu and check out what the place looked like. Very nicely appointed inside and the menu is classic steakhouse. The prices are what you'd expect for a steakhouse but a little less because after all it's Forest Hills. But still, a meal with a few courses and wine would be about $150-$175, all in. I'm not opposed to paying this much for a fantastic meal but I want it to be just that - fantastic.

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  1. I recommend it. I was there recently, mainly because I remember when it used to be Backdrafts so I was a little curious. I had the steak, creamed spinach, masked potatoes, the bacon wrapped scallops, the crab legs salad, the shrimp cocktail, I have to tell you it was definately well worth the money. I was not dissapointed with anything. The portions weren't too big but its about quality not quantity. I recommend it!

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    1. re: Puffin10

      I also would recommend PJ's. It is a good addition to the Forest Hills restaurant scene. My wife and I recently tried PJ's and were impressed. We have both tried numerous steakhouses in Manhattan and PJ's compare favorably to some of the best that we have tried. When we were there, the restaurant and bar were very busy and the food was excellent. I didn't feel that it was over-priced for the meal that they were serving. The steaks were of the highest quality and non-steak entrees looked good as well. The appetizer and dessert choices were also very appealing (try the baked bananas -- you won't regret it). It does seem that there was a need for such a restaurant in the area. I think that it will do well, as long as people realize that it is there. They do have valet parking, although it is not too hard to park in that area on the street.

      1. re: FHClose

        Sounds promising. Went there for a drink a few weeks ago and liked the bar atmosphere plus they had a pretty thoughtful beer selection - at least to my liking, they have a great wheat beer and belgian witte. Will have to go back and try the menu.

    2. I read a review on a FH blog which stated that they serve A-1 steaksauce with their beef which just seems to be a big turnoff to me if their beef is truly prime. I will try try PJs myself in a month or so after the initial shake-out phase is done.

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      1. re: bobbyrab

        I read the same post just now on Queens Central. Yeah I think I'll hold off for now.

        1. re: pellegrino31

          This is what I experienced. I'd take Lugers any day over that!

      2. I tried, but we left after standing in the empty room for 5 minutes (beginning of their lunch service) When an astoundingly rude, suit-wearing stereotype of a man walks from the back, talking on his cell phone; we wait about a minute or so and say "pardon me; are you open for lunch?" He gives me the 'just one minute finger' while continuing to talk on his cell phone...no sorry...no nothing (owner? manager?). We stood there, as per the boor's instructions, and left after he continued his conversation for an additional 2 full minutes. Crazy.

        BTW, as a frame of reference, I have NEVER been offended by the oft-mentioned gruff service at Luger's.....

        1. I heard that they have an old school Russian chef named Pol Grunkorn.

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          1. re: NYJewboy

            Grunkorn is gone. They have somebody new.

          2. I live about 4 blocks away from PJs and was very excited to see a new restaurants being built and it was not on Austin Street. Since its open I've been there 2x. The decor is beautiful, the staff is great...But the food is something to be less desired. I ordered the grilled halibut and au gratin with seasonal vegetable: The fish: overcooked, the au gratin: bland, and the vegetable: bland. Went back a 2nd time, thinking my taste buds were off: Ordered the Filet Mignon (rare) with cream of spinach and rice pilaf. Disappointed again. The steak was almost cook to perfection (they seemed to cook it medium-rare) the cream of spinach was bland and it wasn't fresh spinach and the rice is something you can buy at the market -- the uncle ben's special you can cook in the microwave but with a TABLESPOON of butter to stop your heart.
            After those 2 disappointing meals, I vowed not to return until they get a new chef.
            Sorry...Just telling it like it is.

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            1. re: special2usa

              Looks like you got your wish, chef-wise. I am curious what happened to the old chef (Grunkorn). I heard so much about him. Looks like he is Polish, not Russian. I am not sure if he was trained in America or not.

              1. re: NYJewboy

                Just ate their tonight. I really enjoyed it....martini was the best I've had in in Queens, and one glass of (OK...not great) shiraz was all I could handle beyond that...(my wife and the kids who were with me don't drink...but the wine list is extensive and ranges from $30 on up...). Shared the clams oreganata (very good, and about twice as many clams as I expected..) and a mixed green salad...then had the 16 oz strip. Nice and crusty...ordered it medium, came medium rare (don't mind that at all...) and tasted great. No, it wasn't Homestead, Keens, PL or S&W.....but considering that the price was only 3/4 as much ($30) it was damn good. My wife had the chicken, and was very happy....as was my youngest with his chopped steak (don't ask me why....he can order what he wants....). My other son had the duck...said it was OK but way too sweet. Desserts are none too impressive...but who cares? From what I could see coming out of the kitchen, filet mignon appears to be far and away the most popular dish...looked good to me! The restaurant itself is nice and quiet(!)...tables are very well spaced....only half full for prime time on a Friday night. My waiter was nice but a bit flaky....looked like the others were more on the ball. Overall, the bottom line is that, yes, I do want to go back!

            2. I've eaten there twice. Both times the steaks, especially the filet mignon, were excellent. The fish (a special - sole stuffed with crabmeat) was a disappointment. The service the first time was very good, but the second time the waiter was terrible - distracted, didn't list specials, forgot bread basket, etc. The garlic mashed potatoes were wonderful. Overall it was good, not fantastic.

              1. Here's my experience - and mind you we went there in October and it was really good so we went back on 12/23 and NEVER AGAIN! Outrageous wine prices too. Here's what happened and there was more but I'm tired LOL. The management and staff in this place is abominable. The service is ridiculous and their excuse?? "I'm new"... Are you kidding??? You charge $11 for a glass of Merlot and you burn the home fries and give me raw steak when I ordered med-well? Oh and did I mention when I sent it back it returned charred on the outside and still raw on the inside. Oh I forgot that we ordered the onion rings and received french fries (along with our home fries). When I said - we didn't order that - I got "oh I should have told you we were out of onion rings"... WHAT??????? A steak house has no onions and if so, you substitute fries (which looked like crud by the way). So anyway I called the waiter back and told him I was not paying for my steak and the burned hash browns or the unordered fries. He said we'll give you dessert on the house... I said NO - we don't want dessert I want to see the owner. Joe the owner comes out and tries explaining how all his help is new and blah blah - I said excuse me but that's not my problem - I ordered steak in a steak house and got nothing! He then proceeds to ask me what I am willing to pay for... WHAT??? How unprofessional! He shoud have eaten the whole check but instead I said we will pay for 3 salads, 2 steaks and the wine. I get the bill - $150 and it killed me but I paid for it along with a tip (not my usual 20 something percent) being it was almost Christmas. I WILL NEVER return to this place - how utterly ridiculous that with these prices in a so-called upscale restaurant that this can happen. With all the competition out there, PJ's is not long for this world unless they clean up their act.

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                1. re: Jynxxy

                  It's a glorified buisnessman's sportsbar in Queens.

                2. Went there early for New Year's Eve dinner - before the priced fix dinner ($125/person).

                  Even though the short ribs pasties are on the menu (and I asked if they still had them when I made the reservation!) - they no longer serve them. Second time there - and because I heard they had a new chef - I tried the tomato and onion salad again. A poor dish compared to Lugers- the onions are so harsh. And no steak/house sauce either.

                  But the steak and rack of lamb were very good.

                  Doubt I'll go there a 3rd time. I don't think that place will be there for years to come.

                  $150 for two adults and one child. Good restaurant, but not great.

                  Anyone know where I can get the short rib pasties recipe?

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                  1. re: alacsto

                    I have to agree..the restaurant will not be there for long. We went on a Friday night, at 7:30...the place should have been packed, but it was barely half full, at best. As I posted, I was happy with the meal (not my son with the overly sweet duck...) and I do intend to come back, but I doubt that it will be a regular restaurant for me.

                  2. Yes, to answer your question: the steaks were fantastic! My husband and I went with another couple and their 6-month-old son (who was very well-behaved) and we all raved about it afterwards. I have been to PL and SW as well and I felt like this place DEFINITELY held its own. We spent about $300 for a bottle of pinot noir, 2 filet mignons, a porterhouse for two, three sides and four Irish coffees. My filet was cooked to perfection! It was like butter! The decor was beautiful but I was doubtful about our waiter's abilities. He seemed a bit underconfident. Overall, I would recommend this place and I would go back again. A nice addition to the neighborhood. (And no, I wasn't paid to say that).

                    1. We went there with friends this summer and were expecting a lot but were disappointed. We won't be back. The glasses of wine we all ordered were filled up only about one-third of the way up each wine glass, the side vegetable dish offered to us for four people was barely enough to feed ONE, and worst of all, the French fries were actually frozen! At a supposedly top-shelf steakhouse?? Give me a break.

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                      1. re: Wille

                        I live in the neighborhood and just walked by today. They have a handwritten sign on the door with the words "temporarily closed for restaurant overhaul and new menu" scribbled on a piece of paper. Anybody know what is going on? I hope the owner has the sense to really overhaul their staff, service, menu and ridiculous prices. Ate their twice and am surprised that they were open as long as they were because it was such a disappointment both times.

                      2. 5/15/09...Now Closed & dead as Ramsey's marriage (they were a Kitchen Nightmare segment taped last week). They last for 2 years as an over-priced steakhouse...Gordo comes in and does the switch-a-roo...and one week later they are belly up. The Owners must be laughing their Irish Butts off in County Mayo as they skim the deposit and gift card money. By the way if you want to contribute to their retirement fund you can purchase a gift card at: http://pjssteakhouse.com/giftcards.aspx.
                        Check out the Zagat's reviews on this dump...lots of food poisoning posts....

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                        1. re: Dinsdale

                          Went by today. The "Steakhouse" has been replaced with PJ's "GRILL". Didd not check out the menu.

                          1. re: daveyj

                            They had the sign changed a couple of weeks ago...except for a report that they had a big party there on Saturday 5/16/09...and were fulfilling a previous booking....but still not open to the Public...they are still closed. Probably took Ramsey new furnishings out and sold them on ebay. I'd advise that you call ahead if you really want to visit them as I suspect they are closed for good as PJ's Steakhouse, PJ's Grill or any other variation of said name. Maybe they resurface as the Gay Bar/Nightclub they once were.