There are a lot of old-school Italian places in Forest Hills, but we like Alberto for several reasons. There’s a big bar in front where you can eat pasta and watch TV, plus a dining room in the back with high ceilings and plenty of tables - a few of which are big, round, and good for large groups. More importantly, everyone’s really friendly here, they give you the equivalent of a whole loaf of bread with your meal, and the gnocchi are more or less as soft as the clouds you see from an airplane window.
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Cabana Restaurant & Bar
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Violet’s Vietnamese Shoppe
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An import from Nantucket, Sfoglia is one of the few Upper East Side joints that, if transported to downtown, wouldn’t feel out of place.
Most everything on the menu at Charlie Bird is fantastic. They do service and wine better than almost anyone else.
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Eddie’s Sweet Shop
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