The Absolute Best Restaurants in Rego Park and Forest Hills


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Ben’s Best Deli may have sliced its last pastrami in 2018 — after a 73-year run — but Rego Park maintains its reputation as a destination for Jewish fare. These days, the central-Queens neighborhood is known for kosher kebab parlors and foods beloved by the Bukharan Jews who began immigrating here from Uzbekistan 25 years ago. One subway stop away lies Forest Hills, which on its suburban-esque surface appears to be lacking in the culinary department. Dig deeper, though, and find a scene almost as diverse as Queens itself, with commendable sources of old-school pizza, Israeli shawarma, Peruvian ceviche, and Chinese hand-pulled noodles. Herewith, the absolute best places to eat in Rego Park and Forest Hills, neighboring communities at the easternmost terminus of the R train. Continue Reading ›

Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant To Open Second Location In Forest Hills

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FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — A Manhattan-based restaurant will soon be serving up its traditional Cuban fare from a second location in Forest Hills.

Guantanamera will be opening its second location at 110-80 Queens Blvd. on Dec. 8, a restaurant manager confirmed to Patch. It will replace The Family Restaurant, a longtime Forest Hills eatery that closed in April 2016.

The Latin Cuban restaurant first opened at 939 Eight Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen on July 4, 2005. It’s known for serving up traditional Cuban dishes and “magnificent” mojitos with live Cuban music playing in the background – all with complimentary hand-rolled cigars.

The restaurant, named Guantanamera after the the popular Cuban love song, will bring its original menu to the new location in Forest Hills. It features authentic Cuban dishes like the Bistec De Palomilla – a traditional thin Cuban steak with sautéed onions – and the Masitas De Puerco El Cochinito – seasoned pork sautéed to a crisp and served with congri.

Guantanamera is still looking for bussers, waiters, waitresses and bartenders to staff its Forest Hills restaurant, according to a sign posted on the new restaurant’s door. Those interested can call 347-339-7036 or bring a resume to the new location.

More Than A Dozen Queens Restaurants Make Michelin Guide For Great Meals At A Good Value

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Fifteen restaurants in Queens were listed in the 2018 Bib Gourmand guide for great food at a good price.

Michelin, the French company that publishes highly regarded restaurant guides, included 15 Queens restaurants in its 2018 Bib Gourmand guide.

The guide outlines the restaurants in New York City that offer “exceptionally good food at moderate prices.” In all of the more than 120 restaurants on the guide, diners can purchase two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less.

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 Ray Romano dined Sunday at Nick's Bistro in Forest Hills.

FOREST HILLS — Actor and comedian Ray Romano was spotted at a Forest Hills restaurant Sunday where he had brunch with his family.

Romano, best known for his role in the hit sitcom ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,” dined with 10 members of his family at Nick’s Bistro, a Greek restaurant at 104-20 Metropolitan Ave., the owner of the eatery said.

The actor grew up in Forest Hills and his relatives still live in the neighborhood.

“His family comes like twice a month,” said Mario Savvas, who co-owns the restaurant with Alfred Vitsentzos. “He came here with them at least seven or eight times.”

Savvas also said that Romano’s favorite dishes at the restaurant are their Greek omelet and seafood salad.

“He is an amazing person,” Savvas said. “We have pictures with him and he is always very nice.”

Savvas said Romano is not the only celebrity who comes to Nick’s Bistro.


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Everything You Need To Know About Sunnyside, Queens



For a diverse neighborhood that’s close to the subway — without Manhattan or Brooklyn prices — take a ride on the 7 to Sunnyside.

Go quickly though, as this Queens gem is no longer a secret, and demand for real estate here is growing.

The friendly neighborhood draws in visitors thanks to its mom-and-pop shops and kitschy eateries.

The area is known for its “Sunnyside” arch, a 25-foot-tall sign along the 46th Street shopping district, and Sunnyside Gardens — rows of one-to-three family houses built in the 1920s and arranged around small green spaces. Continue Reading ›



Choosing an old-school restaurant, café, or bar that’s steeped in history is an easy way to make your Valentine’s Day date special. All of the mom-and-pop businesses we will be highlighting have stood the test of time in a city known for its rapid pace of change. We have included pairings for dinner and drinks/dessert in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. Whether it be a romantic ambiance, delicious specialities, the glow of neon that washes over their facade, hand-painted murals along their interior walls, or a pleasant mix of all of these things, these choices will help make the night a success. — James and Karla Murray Continue Reading ›