To say my buddy Drew is a true ny'er and an american patriot is an understatemet. Irish catholic family of 9, dad and brother are military guys, bleeds ranger, giant and met blue and swills budweiser like mortals drink water. You all know the type. Well, he's currently in the UK on a 2 year work contract (he sports an american flag on his motorcycle helmet) and just came back from a long weekend that we mostly spent in Montauk.
Monday, his return flight was at 6pm out of JFK so we had a very limited window for chow time - I planned ahead for an exptended lunch and he picked me up with his bags all packed for his flight- off to forest hills.
#1- We started at knish nosh for yummy potato knish smothered in tons of mustard. Kasha doesn't measure up to the potato but it was still pretty damn good.
#2- Next door to Andre's for a cheese danish. Ive had them right out of the oven when they are truly amazing. These were not quite as fresh but still an excellent danish.
#3- Nicks Pizza for my first time. Interesting. We got one plain pie and one 1/2 peppers & onions 1/2 sausage and pepperoni. I was most surprised that the saltiness undoubtably came from the crust. The mildly flavored fresh tomoato sauce is standout and the charred bottom of the crust works - the mozz was questionable but I should really try it again before judging. Nice place and joint's got good service.
#4- Ralph's Ices- Key lime was too creamy for an italian ice and the strange dark green chunks of lime scared me. Mango was actually quite good. Consistency was too creamy and smooth for my likings. Place reminds me of baskin robbins with that sterile 100 flavor feel.
#5 - Lemon Ice king of Carona - Thats what Im talking about. The guys are barking "next" even when no ones there to order. Tried the tangerine but they were sloppy and mixed peanut butter into it. I switched it up for a lemon and we sat in the park watching the old men play games while sticky ice ran down my arm. Good balance of sweet and tart and I loved the crunchiness of the ice. .80 for a small.
Ps. this skillful route was crafted from a resident of FH - mapped out perfectly!