Reef Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens NY- Funky Odor Mussels Ruined the Meal

I was at the Reef Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens NY once before and I ordered the Grilled Octopus (octopus leg chargrilled will olive oil and vinegar). It was tender; it was charred but not too charred; it tasted like success. I was very excited to return to try other items on the menu. I went for the seafood again since that’s what Reef is all about.

Special for the Day, Seafood Risotto: lobster, mussels, clams, squid, and octopus. This item sounded so delicious when the waitress described it… but there was only one big problem. The mussels tasted funky: not bad, just not right. Fresh seafood should never smell and taste like seafood; it should be clean. But the mussels had an odor. The rest was fine and I did not have a tummy ache afterwards.

Filet of Sole Stuffed with Crabmeat: My companion squeezed too much lemon onto the sole and completely killed the sole taste. What an idiot. But even so, the stuffed crabmeat was a bit of an overkill. The asparagus was great, the best part of the meal.

All it took was a few not perfectly right mussels to ruin a meal… the odor! Will not return.

This experience took place at

Reef Restaurant
108-02 72nd Ave
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Jack & Nellie’s in Forest Hills, Queens, NY – What a Great Find. Upscale, Modern, and Fabulous Food

This is a great find! Jack & Nellie’s in Forest Hills, Queens, NY is a wine/beer bar that serves small and large plates of delicious new American cuisine. Although some site calls it mediterranean, I feel that the menu is new American. I was recently there having a quick dinner with a friend. I got there early and was burning with hunger. I immediately ordered: Pate Charcuterie, Chevre D’ Argental Fromage (France soft, creamy & pasteurized goat cheese) and the Lamb Meatballs Over Cauliflower Puree.

The lamb meatballs were so good that I forgot to photograph it. The cauliflower puree was masquerading as potato mash but was so much healthier and lighter in texture. The center of the meatballs were so juicy that I almost did not want to share.

Pate charcuterie, Chevre D’ Argental fromage, with chornichons, pickled pearl onions, Granny Smith’s apple slices, grapes, olives and spicy sauce. In addition to all these wonderful goodness that made my mouth water, the baguette was very decent for the French standards.

Chocolate Mousse Cake: So much better than anticipated. Very worthy of the calories. It had the perfect mouse density, chocolaty but not too sweet. It was still cake like and the whip cream’s sugar sweetness significantly enhanced the darkness of the chocolate. Every component worked well together. I later found out that this is one of their best desserts.

There is only one down side – they should have a better web site.  Their menu is not on their web site but on  Further, there is no content on their site.  Guys – it can be done very easily.  Do it today.

Will return again and again. The decor was new American bistro. Modern and upscale.  Happy that I went.

This experience took place at

Jack & Nellie’s

108-25 Ascan Ave
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Red Pipe Organic Cafe in Forest Hills, Queens, NY – Average Coffee and Below Average Pastry

Red Pipe Organic Cafe in Forest Hills, Queens, NY is a popular local destination.  I was recently there twice and the experience was consistently average.  These are photos from the first time.

Cafe latte with soy: C+. My Italian friend said that this was a nice attempt at mimicking the espresso from Nespresso.  Nespresso coffee is what I drink at home and at work.

My latte with a chocolate croissant. I asked for the croissant to be warmed up. Seriously, who would eat a cold chocolate croissant? Don’t you want to melt the warm, sweet gooeyness inside? I was handed a staled and room-temp croissant. Even after it was warmed up, it was still rubbery. Bad bad pastry!

My other friend ordered a strawberry and banana smoothie. He made the mistake of asking whether they can add protein into the smoothie. There was a miscommunication on what protein they had that can be added into the smoothie. My friend got mad because the server did not understand him. As it turned out, it was the worst smoothie my friend has ever had. Grade = F on the smoothie.

Only go for the average coffee and the empty seats.

This experience took place at

Red Pipe Organic Cafe

71-60 Austin St
Forest Hills, New York
(516) 900-7160