I've driven past Chalet Alpina on Metropolitan Avenue in Queens a few times, and have been intrigued by the old-school pseudo-German exterior. Our group went last week, intrigued but not hoping for too much. The food was surprisingly good. We had the smoked pork loin that tasted like very lean, very good quality bacon served with a nicely acidic, meat laced sauerkraut and creamy mashed potatoes. The sausages were also very tasty.
The downside was the very heavily breaded schnitzel and the limited beer selection.
Prices were a bit high for a neighborhood place, although under $20 even the most expensive entrees. The sausages were $12. Given the gargantuan portions (I had a very good sausage sandwich the next day) I don't think that the prices were unreasonable.
I'm not sure how Chalet Alpina compares to the other area German places - I haven't been to Neiderstein's down the street, but I would definetely recommend it for hearty, old-style German food and a cold beer.