Queens Gazette

Nick’s Bistro

 

 

Nick’s Bistro is better than ever, with a continuously changing menu that incorporates the sea- son’s freshest ingredients for the loyal clientele who come from near and far. The comfortable dining room envelops you in serenity in cozy banquettes, divided by clear partitions for safety. The wood beam ceiling, soft lighting, and background music lend to the atmosphere and the outdoor dining enclosure is nicely appointed and perfect for the warmer weather.

Nick’s Bistro celebrates 13 years on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills and your host Tommy welcomes guests by name and provides laughter and joy to go along with the excellent food. Everything here is made from scratch, including a new variety of cocktails to refresh you. “Shadowban” is mixed with bourbon, ginger, spiced honey, and rosemary while “ Watermelon Sugar” is mixed with spiced rum, watermelon, orange, mint, and lime. There are a dozen inventive cocktails, wine, and beer to set your mood and start your evening

 

 

The menu features Greek, American, and continental dishes so you’re sure to find your favorite. Start with assorted Greek spreads that include egg- plant, caviar, tzatziki, and spicy feta cheese. Gigandes are large lima beans, cooked to buttery tenderness, perfect for scooping up with warm triangles of pita bread. Our crab cakes were moist and replete with sweet crabmeat, served with remoulade sauce. Tender calamari can be fried or grilled and always shared at the table, along with ‘keftedes,’ Greek style meatballs. Kids and adults alike love the house-made chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks, and you must order a large Greek salad or Caesar salad to share.

Entrées at Nick’s Bistro rival those at expensive restaurants. Tender, Colorado lamb chops melt in your mouth with rich flavor, served four to an order. Juicy filet mignon kebabs are skewered with peppers and onions, as are the chicken or pork kebabs ($19.50). Lemon ouzo chicken is fork-tender with a lemony sauce. Nick’s has great fish and seafood too, with kudos for my stuffed fillet of sole, filled with lots of spinach and creamy feta cheese, served with a choice of side dishes such as grilled vegetables or lemon potatoes. There are two large fillets in the order, which left plenty for dinner the next day. Moist wild salmon over Greek salad is the perfect summer meal and a platter of shrimp Saganaki tastes like a trip to Santorini!

Nick’s has great pasta too such as black linguine mixed with shrimp, calamari, mussels and scallops in a tomato sauce with a touch of ouzo for extra flavor. Lobster ravioli are delicately cooked and topped with a light pink sauce while toothsome gnocchi are topped with fresh tomato, basil, and mozzarella ($19). All dishes are artfully presented, and the friendly, efficient, and diverse wait staff tend to all your needs with a smile and flair.

Lunch at Nick’s Bistro is extra special with hot- pressed sandwiches layered with grilled chicken, Portobello mushrooms, goat cheese, mesclun and olives with roasted garlic spread. Filet mignon Philly cheesesteak press sandwich is made with sauteed peppers, onions, and mozzarella cheese for a melty bit of heaven. Quinoa falafel wrap, Greek chicken wrap, or a spicy BLT wrap make a fine lunch with a choice of lemon potatoes, rice pilaf, salad, or fries. Nick’s burgers are made from fresh beef, turkey, lamb, or homemade veggie quinoa, all cooked to order and topped as you like, served with French fries. The “Nick’s Burger” has special seasonings, chopped onion and parsley that sizzles on the grill. Don’t forget the souvlaki sandwiches and platters with all your favorite meats.

Save room for Nick’s Bistro homemade desserts. Mamma’s brownies are chewy with chocolate chips, served with vanilla ice cream. Apple crumb cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake, moist carrot cake, and flaky baklava are all made here and beautifully presented with ice cream and whipped cream.

You owe yourself a meal at Nick’s Bistro. They’re open seven days a week from 11:30am to 10pm week- nights and 10:30pm Friday and Saturday. There’s easy street parking or place your takeout and delivery orders right from their website or by calling 718.544.6425. Celebrate the start of summer at Nick’s Bistro. Yasoo!

104-20 Metropolitan Avenue – Forest Hills | 718.544.NICK (6425)

www.nicksbistro.com

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