Restaurants & Bars 9

Queens Food Finds

Susan W | Apr 8, 2003 11:15 PM

Found two new places to eat recently --- one is actually a brand new restaurant, while the other has been around for many, many years:

Istria Sport Club - 28-09 Astoria Blvd
Went Friday after the Picasso/Mattise exhibit at the MOMA. What the Istria Sport Club lacks in atmosphere, it more than makes up for in terrific "homestyle" Istrian food and hospitality. Started off with an appetizer platter (for two) of Bacalao (Salt Cod), Smoked Salmon w/ Capers and Fried Calamari and a bottle of white Croatian wine. I had the Fuzi w/ Veal Ragu, while my friend had the whole Red Snapper. Both were terrific. Add to that two salads, one tiramisu, one coffee, and two Grappa's (on the house), and you have one incredible dinner! Total bill: $70.50, which is an incredible price to boot!!

Rouge - 107-02 70th Road Forest Hills
Opened about a month ago, and finally got there on Oscar night. A Sunday night and folks were lined up to get in! Restaurant did not clear out until around 10 pm.

Speak to the owner (same person that owns Sgt. Garcia's) and he'll tell you what a bargain the food is. While it's true that the prices are lower than what one would pay for the same fare in Manhattan --- this ain't Manhattan! Still, I will definitely return for a second (and possibly a third) dining experience.

The staff was exceptional, including the Bar staff. I find this later point particularly important to note as there is simply not a decent place for the above 30 crowd to grab a cocktail in Forest Hills. My one gripe with the bar at Rouge is, again, the prices. Pretty steep, even if this was Manhattan.

The Potato soup with Saffron was simply incredible. I ordered the Mussels as a main course, but unfortunately they sold out. As such, I had the Steak Frites. Frites were excellent, while the hanger steak was served at room temp (it came pre-sliced).

As a Forest Hills resident, I have my share of old stand-bys. These include:

Sato -- best Sushi in Queens!

Q Thai -- never have had a bad meal, alas, it is expensive based on the portion sizes (always hungry after I leave!)

5 Burro -- some of the best down and dirty Tex-Mex I've had in NYC

Dirty Pierre's (formerly Lucien's) -- Sunday nights = $5 burgers, and a heck of a burger it is! The Frites are incredible as well if your preference is shoestring style.

Happy eats!


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