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Apr 4, 2008 01:38 PM

Forest Hills Bars

So I'm trying to get some info on the bars or "bar scene" in Forest Hills, be they good, bad or ugly. Specifically post dinner.

Bartinis, St. James., Network Cafe, Modus, 5 Burros, Irish Cottage, Billiard Company, Mardi Gras, Jade, etc.

As much info as possible would be great! Who goes there? Are the people trashy, classy, young, old, yuppie, hipster. How much does it cost per drink? Do they have mixologists? What's the atmosphere like? How crowded does it get? Is it a good date spot? Are there any hidden places that people don't know about but should? EVERYTHING. I know... it sounds like a lot. And it is. But your help would much appreciated.


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    1. I don't know much about Network Cafe, but I know it has a downstairs lounge. Same with Modus. It has a rear sofa area but I've spent any real time there.

      Jade's pretty good, but not cheap. The people there are in their 20s and 30s, the service needs improvement. Sometimes, even on a slow day, they take forever to get your order. I've been noticing it get less crowded recently.

      5 Burros is more where I'd go if I wanted a table and pitcher or beer or margaritas, rather than an out-and-out bar.

      I've never been to St. James. But Irish Cottage is nice. Slow and full of grey haired locals, but comfortable. I get the same feeling from Dirty Pierre's. Locals heavy, not really a party scene.

      I feel that Bartini's should be better than it was when I was there. Crowded and loud and for people in their 20s-30s, but the plastic martini glasses felt cheap. Despite the almost Manhattan pricing.

      1. Joe's Eatery & Lounge has great atmosphere. I walked by yesterday went in and it's very classy. I plan to return for lunch. It opened 16 months ago according to a waiter and the food is Asian Fusion. Posh Lounge area for drinks. Located at One Station Square across from LIRR Station. I can only assume by the atmosphere that the crowd is young & professional and it would make an impressive date spot. If you go they have a Happy Hour Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 20% off all drinks. Post a review. I did a search and no mention has been made about this place on Chowhound. .

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        1. re: Mike V

          I think you mean Jade Eatery & Lounge?

          But getting back to the OP's request - I think the bar scene is pretty dismal in FH. Dirty Pierre's (also in Station Square) is the one standout in my mind purely of having the best beer list in the neighborhood now that they added options like Ommegang and Southern Tier. And the crowd is a bit more low-key. It's a nice change from the other bars which only seem to be familiar with Bud, Bud Light, Coors and Miller. For anyone who wants a good beer selection, most other FH bars miss the mark. Though I saw Bonfire Grill has Hoegaarden and a Goose Island ale in bottles so actually that's a plus but all early reports on the food have been poor.

          As molace said, Dirty Pierre's has a local feel to it. No bars as far as I've seen cater or attract much of a hipster crowd (there's only like 10 of us in the neighborhood anyways). I think the crowds at a lot of the bars seem a bit cheesy (for the guys, a lot of cologne, gel and tight oxford shirts; for the women lots of eye makeup and Ugg boots).

          5 Burro is fun but packed. The crowd can skew to the yahoo side. The bar area is small and not super comfortable.

          As far as I know there are certainly no mixologists in the neighborhood like you might find at Pegu or Employees Only.

          The bar at Danny Brown is nice and comfortable. That's probably one of the best spots for a date in the neighborhood. Jade has a good atmosphere but the food is supposed to be so-so.

          1. re: pellegrino31

            Yes, it is Jade Eatery & Lounge. The name on the menu is not very clear. It looks more like Joe than Jade.

            1. re: pellegrino31

              I like Danny Brown a lot, but I don't think of it as a bar. The TONY bar crawl listed them too and I just didn't understand it.

              But what about Network Cafe? Anyone ever been there? Any good?

              1. re: eateryrow

                I think that TONY article just made FH look even more pathetic. I wish they didn't showcase the fact that we have such lame bars. But aside from that, lots of the places you list in your OP are restaurants with bars so I thought it fit in. 5 Burro has about as much space as Danny's does for the bar area.

                The thing about FH is most places are a restaurant that happens to have a bar area. Few are true bars.

                1. re: eateryrow

                  network cafe - food is excellent (but order only if Jose is in the kitchen), interesting background music, the place attracts a lot of young couples in the dining part as well as the downstairs lounge, the bar itself is heavy on locals and it tends to fill up after 8:30 especially on fri/sat. mixed crowd but no mixologists. reasonably priced plus happy hour

                2. re: pellegrino31

                  Another thing, and this is just me thinking out loud, Theater Cafe should absolutely try to get some people who can make a cocktail menu together. They could become an awesome summer nightspot if only they served decent drinks. Espresso bar by day, cocktail lounge by night.

                  1. re: eateryrow

                    i think dirty pier closed down, last time i walked past it 3 weeks ago it had a "thank you for your patronage" sign hanging in the window.

                    1. re: redjava

                      No, it's still around. They took a hiatus a while back because the owner passed away.

                      1. re: eateryrow

                        ahh... thanks, good to know :)
                        going to venture out to danny brown today so maybe i'll stop by dirty pierre's on my way there :)

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