2019-01-09 / Restaurant of the Week


The Forest Hills Diner keeps the New York Diner experience alive while adding new twists for the steady clientele who have been coming for years. This spotless, petite eatery has sunny yellow walls and neat tables and booths to accommodate the families and friends who come for homestyle breakfast, lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. The friendly, hard-working Benito Galvan does it all; from working the grill, to preparing dishes, to answering phones for the dozens of orders that go out each day.

Austin Street in Forest Hills is Queens’ “outdoor shopping mall,” and The Forest Hills Diner is a fine place to stop in for a meal either before or after a busy day of shopping or the concert series at the tennis stadium. I visited during weekend brunch when a steady stream of diners came and went, ordering some of the tempting brunch specials such as the baby portobello omelet with goat cheese and herbs, apple and oat pancakes, croissant French toast, or Italian frittata with sausage, peppers, onions and mozzarella. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 4pm and all brunch items cost just $12.95 including a Mimosa or sangria, and coffee, tea, or juice.

Lunchtime offers a wide array of sandwiches, soup, salads and wraps all made to order, to stay or to go. The Godfather wrap is filled with roast beef, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, lettuce and tomato. Wrap your hands around a hot, pressed panini sandwich such as the Ham Vera Cruz filled with ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard. All wraps and panini are served with French fries for $9.95. The classic, open-faced Reuben sandwich, Monte Cristo, London broil, pastrami, roasted turkey, or chicken salad are piled onto your choice of bread. All these sandwiches go well with a cup or bowl of their house made soups or chili.

“Benny,” as he is known, adds some Latin flavor to his new list of specials on offer all day and evening for an incredible $9! Seafood paella is full of clams, mussels, shrimp and calamari over saffron-scented rice. Crispy corn tortillas called flautas are full of rice, beans and salad. Chicken enchiladas are made with tender, shredded chicken, rice and savory beans. Slow-roasted pork called pernil is impossibly tender and can be ordered as an entrée or incorporated into a Cuban sandwich with ham and cheese and fries. Classic diner specials include two juicy pork chops with potato and vegetable, broiled half chicken, and grilled chicken Caesar salad.

The Forest Hills Diner has nice Italian dishes too such as fettuccine carbonara, linguini with clam sauce, rigatoni primavera, and classic spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmigiana. Sautéed specialties include veal or chicken Marsala or piccata style with prosciutto, mushrooms and artichoke hearts. Fillet of lemon sole Francese is flaky with a lemony sauce over spaghetti. Chicken teriyaki is stir fried with vegetables and teriyaki sauce, served with rice.

Save some room for homemade desserts like chocolate cake, apple or blueberry pie, cheesecake or peach melba. Kids and adults alike love ice cream sundaes, milk shakes, and fruit smoothies.

The Forest Hills Diner is open seven days a week from 7am to 9pm to eat in, take out, or deliver to your home or office by calling directly, or through seamless. Off-premises catering is available for your business or personal event. The Forest Hills Diner is classic New York Diner with Latin flair.

68-60 Austin Street
Forest Hills  718.997.7744


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