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The Local's Guide to Eating Well in Forest Hills, Queens's Sleeper Food Neighborhood

New York Max Falkowitz 6 comments

Forest Hills, the sleepy Queens neighborhood where I grew up, isn't considered a must-eat food destination. But what it lacks in a flashy restaurant scene it makes up for with some great businesses that have stood the test of time. There's certainly enough in the neighborhood to warrant a day of eating around; here's where you should go. More

El Changarro Taco Cart Makes the Best Mexican in Forest Hills

New York Max Falkowitz 6 comments

There are few options for good Mexican cooking in Forest Hills. This little taco cart is the best of the lot. More

A Chocolate Shop in Forest Hills, 80+ Years and Counting

New York Max Falkowitz 7 comments

A British candy is the must-order at this Austrian chocolate shop. More

Don't Miss La Boulangerie's Bread Pudding in Forest Hills

New York Max Falkowitz 2 comments

La Boulangerie makes great French pastries, some of the best in Queens, at a fraction of some Manhattan prices. What should you order when you visit? Start with their bread pudding. More

Market Tours: Visit Carmel Grocery in Forest Hills for Eggplant Salads and Middle Eastern Staples

New York Clara Inés Schuhmacher 3 comments

Look close under the green and white awning and you'll notice, in the window, brightly painted signs advertising dried fruits and nuts, homemade salads, and more. Welcome to Carmel, a tiny but wonderfully stocked Middle Eastern grocery in Forest Hills. The products are fresh, the staff is friendly, and the affordable prices can't be beat. More

A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Brie and Prosciutto at Jack & Nellie's in Forest Hills

New York Max Falkowitz 1 comment

There's nothing pressed and melty this "grilled" sandwich, but it's still a worthy bite for a neighborhood that could use more grown-up places to eat like this. More

Forest Hills: Gloria Pizza's Triumphant Return

Slice Adam Kuban 11 comments

Gloria, hallelujah! Among Queens residents who've been around long enough to remember it, the second coming of Gloria Pizza is kind of a big deal. The stuff of Chowhounder legend, the original Gloria, in Flushing, closed in the mid '90s but lived on in the memories of fans and on the message boards of the foodiesphere. The reincarnated version opened in Forest Hills on Tuesday of last week. More

Head to Wafa's in Forest Hills for Surprisingly Delicious Lebanese Vegetables

New York Max Falkowitz 9 comments

I wasn't looking for great eggplant at Wafa's in Forest Hills, but it found me, along with several other vegetable-forward wonders. And I'm glad they did. More

Queens Eats: Fried Rice Balls Stuffed with Crab Meat at East Ocean Palace

New York Adam Kuban 10 comments

Maybe I don't get around to enough dim sum parlors, but this dish was new to me when I had it at East Ocean Palace in Forest Hills a while ago. It's on the dim sum section of the menu listed as fried rice balls stuffed with crab meat ($12.95). My mother-in-law was excited to see these on the menu, and they've since made it onto my hit parade of must-order dim sum items. More

Good Bread: La Boulangerie

New York Andrew Coe 8 comments

In July, he opened his bakery, La Boulangerie, in Forest Hills. It's evidently a good-bread-deprived neighborhood, because on weekends the line is out the door. More

Nick's Pizza, Forest Hills, Queens

Slice Adam Kuban 17 comments

"Nick's calzone is the best I've had in the city. It passes the ultimate test: its best version is the 'plain,' or ricotta- and mozzarella-only version, with marinara on the side. The crispychewy shell, smell, flavor, and mouthfeel evoke the fabled mozzarella-in-carozza-envy scene in De Sica's Bicycle Thief. Another big plus is the shape — it's pressed virtually flat, in the classic, homey Neapolitan style. Cannot say enough good things about this dish." More

Daily Slice: 'Via Armenia' at Dee's Brick Oven Pizza, Forest Hills, Queens

Slice Carey Jones 5 comments

Dee's Pizza is the sort of cheerily neutral restaurant that wouldn't look out of place in any American suburb; their endless list of pizza toppings (pulled chicken, sundried tomatoes) and long laminated menu add to the pleasantly nondescript feeling. What a nice surprise, then, that the pizza is quite good. More

The Forest Hills Festival of the Arts: A Queens Tradition

New York Leah Douglas 2 comments

In my opinion, there is no better way to learn about a neighborhood than by looking at how that neighborhood throws a street fair. Forest Hills Gardens, a pretty place. [Photograph: About.com] Austin Street, the main commercial strip of my... More

Searching for Ice Cream Shops in Queens

New York Sara Markel-Gonzalez 7 comments

It's starting to get hot out, summer is almost here, and I can hear the ice cream trucks jingling through my neighborhood every night. Now I love soft-serve as much as any kid, but sometimes Mr. Softee just isn't... More

'Always Hungry' on the Calzone at Nick's in Forest Hills

Slice Adam Kuban 3 comments

[Photograph: Always Hungry] Always Hungry is raving about the calzone at Nick's Pizza in Forest Hills, Queens, and it looks pretty good to me: Small or large, the calzone is unlike any other in New York. Choose a filling from the list of pizza toppings. They range from the conventional—sausage and pepperoni—to sun-dried tomatoes, and prosciutto. Outside, its flat crust more resembles grilled cheese than a calzone. Inside, it's totally filled with a soupy, flavorful, nonpareil ricotta accented with melted mozzarella. And the sauce! Sweet and seed-speckled—slightly chunky. Served steaming in a tea cup on a saucer. It's soup-worthy,... More

Matzoh, Matza, Matzah Ball Soup in Queens

New York Sara Markel-Gonzalez 6 comments

[Photos: Sara Markel-Gonzalez] Want More? View more Queens roundups » Tonight is the first night of Passover, and there is no better way to start the holiday than with a Matzoh Ball Soup round-up, Queens style. Although Jewish-style delicatessens... More

Off the Beaten Path: Wafa's Authentic Mediterranean Food

New York Joe DiStefano 8 comments

Wafa’s Authentic Mediterranean Food is an apt name for this tiny Forest Hills storefront. But this joint could just as well be called Wafa's Soul Food or Wafa's Home Cooking because that's exactly the type of grub you'll find... More

Ankimo, Inaniwa Udon, and a Surprising Salad at Katsuno in Forest Hills

New York Joe DiStefano 4 comments

With the notable exception of Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen the stretch of Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills is pretty much a culinary wasteland. So I was surprised when a friend who runs the Japanese foodie web site... More

Off the Beaten Path: Solving the Sakura-ya Seasoned Scallop Mystery

New York Joe DiStefano Post a comment

Sakura-ya in Forest Hills is one of my favorite Japanese groceries in New York City. And not just because it’s closer to home than the East Village. The selection isn’t as vast as in Manhattan, but there’s still a... More

Nick's Pizza, Forest Hills

Slice Adam Kuban Post a comment

On Sunday I found myself in Forest Hills, Queens, on a typography tour led by Paul Shaw, a calligrapher, typographer, and lettering instructor at Parsons. Forest Hills? I had no idea it was such a hotbed of typographic wonders—so I had no idea what typefaces or lettering we'd be in for there. I did, however, have a pretty strong idea what I'd be doing for lunch after the tour: Nick's Pizza. For me, "Forest Hills" and "Nick's" have been pretty near synonymous for years, since it's usually talked about when New York's pizza biggies are named. "Blah blah blah,... More

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