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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Violet’s Vietnamese Shoppe
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Cabana Restaurant & Bar
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Trattoria L’icontro is not only awesome, but worthy of a trip to Astoria with a group of your friends. Everything about the space is thoroughly cheesy and overstated, but that’s kind of the whole point. No gimmicks, just really good Italian food and really nice people.
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Jack & Nellie’s
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Forest Hills Station House
Station House is a bar in Forest Hills that’s a good spot for drinks and bar food after a show at the stadium.
Eddie’s Sweet Shop
Eddie’s is an old-school ice cream parlor in Forest Hills where you can eat a giant sundae and feel like a kid.
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