>> Saturday, December 13, 2014

104-08 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 544-1624

It's finally happened. Forest Hills is getting it's own cocktail spot. Straight from the talent at Pegu Club, Maison Premiere, and Painkiller, a tiki-themed cocktail joint is here! After much griping and moaning and subwaying to Williamsburg and lower Manhattan, I can now walk to a cocktail bar. Admittedly, it's a long walk since I live near Station Square, but hell. I'm from Manhattan. I'll walk halfway across town without giving it a second thought. Metropolitan is like nothing.

I went. I drank. It's good. 




>> Thursday, December 4, 2014

71-60 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 544-0604

I've lived in Forest Hills for the better part of ten years. But I'm from Manhattan and I do miss it. That said, these days, it's sometimes easy to forget that I'm not there. In the past few years, Forest Hills has gotten wine bars, cocktails and craft beer, enough taxis to make midtown blush, concerts, expensive restaurants with pedigree chefs, brand-new luxury buildings, bakeries, hotter girls... Now, finally, our own independent cutesy coffee house. As soon as the 71st/Continental subway stop gets an art installation, this actually will be a Manhattan neighborhood.

Like I said. We now have an independent coffee place. Red Pipe Café (so-called because of the red pipe outside of the building that cannot be removed as per city regulations) on Austin Street. Housed in what used to be the hippyish Stoa Jewelry, you can wander in, get an organic café au lait, pop open your laptop and use the free wifi to write a restaurant review or wade through your emails while drinking your brewed goodness from a (thank Christ) non-paper cup.

It's not a huge space, and never have I seen all the tables taken, but I don't see that lasting for long. It's a shame that there aren't any cushy chairs to sink into with a book, but I make that complaint about every coffee shop I've been to since college. I know I know. This isn't my living room or the library. Still. A few cushy chairs and a fake fireplace would be awesome. I love the exposed brick and the dim lighting and the artwork (which they need more of), but there are some growing pain issues at least as of this writing in early December. No plates for your food, for one. Boxes of packing peanuts stacked up in the open for another. There's a piano taking up a lot of space on one wall that, during the day, looks like it was in someone's apartment until they decided that a coffee shop is cheaper than a mini-storage unit. (At night, it actually gets used for live jazz.)

A very welcome addition to the neighborhood, Red Pipe serves, in addition to organic coffees and teas, vegan pastries and cookies, sandwiches, juices, and smoothies. They're even applying for a wine and beer license. When that happens, I'm curious to see the changes. Maybe there'll be a poetry reading or art gallery night or something chill to mirror the jazzy music that they play.

Expect to spend about $5 for your large espresso-based beverage of choice. $2 for the small coffee.


THE QUEENS TRIBUNE Forest Hills Dining Guide

>> Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Queens Tribune usually only publishes fake restaurant reviews, reviews so cloyingly, gushingly positive that they should only be read either for either their corny entertainment value or as a paid advertisement from the restaurant, so I was understandably hesitant when they asked me if I would be willing to volunteer a "dining guide" for Forest Hills. I mean, a list of restaurants that you actually recommend can hardly highlight the stinkers people should avoid like the plague. Plus, they wanted it limited to 800 words. 800 words is basically either a soulless list or an incomplete one.

After some thought, however, I decided that, hell, it couldn't hurt. So I sat down and I wrote one up. After sending it off, I never heard back. Like nothing. Naturally, I assumed that they decided that my style didn't mesh with theirs and they decided to pass. 

As it turns out, they finally DID publish it. Last week. It's a bit edited down, and I'm pretty sure that the Tribune has a readership of four people, and I have no idea what all the random bold lettering is about, but still. 





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