Forest Hills, a thriving Queens neighborhood just a few train stops from Manhattan
, contains an abundance of American and ethnic restaurants. Metropolitan Avenue and Austin Street, Forest Hills’ are the places for delicious dishes and tasty desserts: we list 10 of the best dining spots here.
This Mediterranean and Lebanese restaurant’s primary goal is to provide diners with richly spiced, freshly cooked dishes at every hour of every day. Wafa’s prepares the meals herself, with an authentic Lebanese flair passed down from her mother’s cooking techniques. Wafa’s specializes in a variety of snacks, appetizers, mealtime dishes, and desserts for both meat lovers and vegetarians such as chicken shwarma (sliced boneless chicken breast), kefta kabab (char-grilled ground lamb and beef), falafel, and tabouli. The casual eating space of this local joint located on Metropolitan Avenue is both warm and welcoming for those popping in for a quick bite, with wooden chairs and tables and radiant, neon green walls decorated with sparkling diamond-shaped mirrors.
Wafa’s, 100-05 Metropolitan Ave, New York, NY, USA, + 1(718) 880-2055
Restaurant, American, European, Belgian, $$$
This two-story American café doubles as a pub and a European-style eatery with wide, open front doors and a contemporary interior space. The casual, modern ambiance of EXO Café serves an eclectic group of customers, from late-night drinkers eager to binge on beers and wings, to Sunday morning brunching families who wish to munch on Belgian waffles and sip lattes.
Exo Café, 70-20 Austin St, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 261-6162
Restaurant, Italian, American, $$$
Nick’s Pizza is an old-school family pizzeria known for its flaky thin crust pizzas and stuffed calzones made with creamy, slightly sweet ricotta and fresh mozzarella cheese. The small, cozy Italian restaurant has its own unique touch with bronze picture frames lining the walls, small turquoise cushioned booths, and an old-fashioned brass coffee maker.
Nick’s Pizza, 108-26 Ascan Ave, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 263-1126
Jade Eatery and Lounge
Restaurant, Sushi, $$$
Jade Eatery and Lounge
Jade Eatery and Lounge’s flawless, elegant décor is the only match for its mouth-watering pan-Asian dishes. The harmonious ambiance of Jade integrates inspirational quotes adorning the walls and a koi pond with live fishes lying before a life-size Buddha statue. Although Jade offers takeout/delivery options, most guests prefer to dine in for private events or a weekend date night, choosing from a wide array of seating including barstools, sofas, small booths, and marble tabletops.
Jade Eatery and Lounge, 1 Station Square, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 793-2203
Restaurant, Greek, $$$
This small, authentic Greek restaurant located in the heart of Austin Street, features antique lanterns, barrels, and colorful paintings against an eye-catching blue backdrop to imitate Greek’s beautiful waters. Corfu Grill’s souvlaki sandwich, spinach pie, moussaka and wide variety of grilled meats served on platters are just a few flavorful Greek favorites offered on the menu.
Corfu Grill, 70-17 Austin St, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 263-6263
El Coyote Restaurant
El Coyote brings the best of Mexican gourmet to Forest Hills starting with its spicy guacamole served with warm corn tortilla chips to the carefully presented meat-filled enchiladas and chimichangas. The brick-lined walls and potted trees wrapped in Christmas lights decorating the spacious dining area rivals the large coyote statue standing at the front door which welcomes guests in with a laugh. One of El Coyote’s biggest crowd pullers is their expertly mixed sangria, margaritas, mojitos, and tequila which are offered at discounted prices during happy hour.
El Coyote Restaurant, 70-09 Austin St, New York, NY, USA, + 1(718) 268-0777
Bar, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Portofino Ristorante’s formal style dining setting caters to diners’ Italian food cravings with finesse, offering them a comfortable yet classy environment to feast on their favorite pastas and pizzas. The bar features unique drinks to quench the thirst and help diners wind down after a long day, with a sour apple martini, tiramisu martini, sunset margarita, mango mai tai, and fruit daiquiri.
Portofino Ristorante, 109-32 Ascan Ave, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 261-1239
Tu Casa Restaurant
Peruvian-style cuisine served right in Queens, Tu Casa Restaurant is the perfect spot for family-style and group dining. Bistec Tu Casa, steak with rice, beans, maduros and chorizo fried eggs on top and chicharrones de pollo, boneless pieces of fried chicken Caribbean style with tostones, are only served here with a one-of-a-kind inimitable green sauce that leaves diners summoning the waiters and waitresses for second helpings.
Tu Casa Restaurant, 11905 Metropolitan Ave, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 441-6363
MoCa Asian Bistro
Restaurant, Asian, Chinese, Japanese, $$$
MoCa Asian Bistro
The exotic Asian-fusion options are endless at Forest Hills’ nightclub-vibe MoCa Asian Bistro. Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine are blended together to create an eclectic Asian menu that will appeal to any diner. With a wall lined with horizontally placed wine bottles, glowing yellow lamps surrounding the dining area, colorful flowers sitting prettily in pots, and blue colored skylights beaming down onto the seated diners, MoCa’s contemporary décor bedazzles the eyes.
MoCa Asian Bistro, 107-18 70th Rd, New York, NY, USA, + 1(718) 268-3333
With grand, antique furnishings and an aromatic Mughal Indian cooking style, Haveli is an ethnic culinary treasure for city foodies. Hungry guests are able to enjoy a fine dining experience for an affordable price with Haveli’s lunch buffet offered all seven days of the week. Meanwhile, the dinner assortment is equally as satisfying. With round white-clothed tables placed throughout the large dining area, glittering crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, mirrored walls, and a full bar service off to the side, Haveli allows diners to feel as if they have entered an Indian palace’s dining hall.
Haveli, 116-33 Queens Blvd, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 261-8880