German, Irish & Continental
Hours: 11:30-11 p.m.; Sunday brunch from 12-4 p.m.
with a special menu
Credit Cards: all major cards accepted
Parking: validates for the Sears/Marshallís parking
lot; street parking
If you are looking for a home away from home in the grand
old tradition of the Irish pub where neighbors and friends come together
nightly for good food and company, look no further.
We found it on Queens Boulevard. They call it Annaís
The long-time Queens diner will recognize the location as
the spot long named Jaegerhouse. Itís been almost two years since Owner
Anna Walsh changed the name, and as far as we can tell, what was an
exceptional restaurant has only gotten better.
Donít be surprised if Anna sits down to chat with you .
. . thatís just the kind of good hearted restaurant owner she is. And it
will be tough to get her to talk about herself . . . she reserves her
enthusiasm for the devotion of her staff, the talents of her chefs and the
friendliness of her customers.
Itís all a part of what makes Annaís place feel like
a home away from home . . . and of course, there is also the food.
Determined to touch a wide variety of the international favorites on the
menu, I started with the Japanese Dumplings with dipping sauce ($6.95) for
an appetizer. Deep fried to a perfect crisp, they were delicious.
The dayís soup was a very fresh and very homemade beef
and vegetable and the salad bar was complete with the cold cucumber salad
and herring, in traditional German style. Donít worry about the price, it
comes with the complete dinner.
Next up was the Sauerbraten "marinated in the old
way with potato dumpling & red cabbage" ($15.95). The old way is
right . . . tender, delicious, flavorful, filling, and plenty on the plate
to take home and enjoy the next day.
Switching cuisines, I gave the Louisiana Barbeque Shrimp
with "hot" barbeque sauce ($16.95) a try. Itís unusual to find a
chef in New York City that understands Louisiana cooking needs to be full of
flavor but doesnít need to be spicy. But to my delight, Chef Cecilio
Calimano knows the difference, and the difference was delicious.
But the schnitzel (German for a chopped veal cutlet dish)
is named Annaís Schnitzel ($15.95) and she sent some home for my German
father, who hasnít stopped singing her praises ever since.
If there is room, there is dessert, and itís worth it.
If there isnít room, youíll just have to come back for the Cecilioís
cheesecake and the German apple strudel. The strudel is served hot, as
strudel should be, and I canít figure out how such rich cheesecake heaven
was packed into such a light slice, but it was.
Stop by Annaís Place and relax . . . you are certain to
be glad you did and to keep on coming back.
ó Tamara Hartman