Douglaston Manor: 68-20 Commonwealth Blvd. and
Marathon Pkwy., Douglaston; 718-224-8787
Hours: 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 4:30 to 12 midnight, Friday to
Saturday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Closed Monday.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Credit Cards: All major
Built atop the highest peak in Queens, Douglaston Manor proudly sits on top of the
borough. And while the image that this brings to mind is more stepladder than steeple,
what the structure lacks in vertical prominence it more than makes up for in culinary
Known primarily for catering wedding, bar mitzvah, anniversary, birthday, and business
receptions, Douglaston Manor also has a first-class restaurant. Although, with up to five
parties in progress on any given night, the temptation to wander from one celebratory rite
of passage to the next may cause some hosts to wonder about your identity.
But with a dining room and serving staff of this caliber, there is no need to assume
the identity of others and crash the party. It is elegantly decorated, and has a view of
the Douglastons 18-hole golf course as well as the city skyline. In the warmer
weather you can even stroll around the grounds.
We started with the Hot Seafood Antipasto ($10.95), which was a heaping portion of
stuffed shrimp, fried calamari, baked clams, fried sole and zucchini in a wonderfully rich
sauce. Also recommended are the Mussels Fra Diavolo ($7.95) and the Clams on the half
For our main course, we selected the Fussili all Matriciana ($11.95), spiral pasta
served with Julienne prosciutto and onions in a light tomato sauce. While first feeling
overwhelmed by the massive Prime Rib ($18.95), one of the house specialties, it proved
without a doubt to be one of the best in the borough.
The menu also offers a wide selection of meat, poultry, veal, seafood, and pasta
dishes. Try the Manor Veal Rollatini ($14.95), stuffed with spinach and mozzarella cheese,
herbs and spices, and served in a delicious mushroom sauce. Another house specialty is the
Chicken Ambrosia ($13.95), sautéed with white wine, lemon, and artichoke hearts.
If you are a lobster lover, dont miss the Lobster buffet ($31.95) every Thursday.
In addition to your favorite shellfish, you will also be allowed to devour unlimited
portions of clams, calamari, mussels, garlic bread, baked ziti, chicken, pork, and ham.
For dessert, the manor serves up terrific espresso and cappuccino, not to mention a
great selection of cheesecakes and pastry.
On Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the manor is also a great place for dancing.
This might be just the thing to convince you that this is the spot you would like to hold
your next affair.
Just ascend the biggest foothill in the borough. You can leave your climbing gear at
home, but dont forget your appetite.