>> Friday, July 24, 2009
Forest Hills, NY 11375
UPDATED ON 2/22/11 AT BOTTOM.
The interior, with it's faux-rustic chairs and chandeliers, tries to get you into the spirit of eating in a woodsy lodge somewhere in Coloradoland. The menu is full of traditional American dishes without the culinary school flair for nouveaux-artsyness. I think this style fits well here in FoHi, but I say this with some disappointment. I'd like to see a restaurant succeed here while being able to push the envelope.
Last night, Pike and I showed up at Aged for dinner. I haven't been here in a long time, save for brunch, and since then the message boards have been aglow with the haters. Of course, that's expected. Nine times out of ten, if you want to know whether or not a restaurant is any good, you look in the window. If it's packed, then it's a pretty good sign. Not a perfect system, I'll agree, but one we all use by and large. Aged has never had that problem and while not standing room only, there was a good crowd for a Monday.
Anyway, so Pike and I split two appetizers, the Shrimp Cocktail and a half dozen Oysters. The shrimp were huge. Super jumbo would be a good word. You get four. The oysters were somewhat smaller than the ones I've had in the past, on average, but not salty and not sandy. We enjoyed both quite a bit. Pike ordered the 14oz Filet Mignon and a side of sauteed spinach. It's about four inches thick and was cooked the way it should be. Medium rare. Is this the same steak you'd get at Peter Luger? No. But no such a comparison would be a legitimate one. I ordered the Herb Encrusted Chicken Breast, which came with juilenned vegetables and a a creamy lentil spread over a tart lemongrass cream sauce. I was extremely happy with this choice. The chicken was tender, the sauce was superb, and it worked extremely well with the mashed lentils... especially surprising since nothing works well with mashed lentils. I also ordered a side of steamed asparagus, which was, you know, steamed asparagus.
Thing is, the meal wasn't cheap. These four dishes, plus two sodas (no liquor) and two coffees, plus tax and tip was $125. Long story short, Aged did well last night and I'm sure to recommend them, but expect to pay a pretty penny for it.