102-05 Ditmars Blvd.,
East Elmhurst, 533-3033
Cuisine: Continental/Steakhouse fare
Hours: 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. from breakfast & lunch; 5-11 p.m.
Parking: hotel garage, tickets vaildated
Credit Cards: All major
Handicapped Access: yes
Finished a day of busy holiday shopping or treat yourself after the
rigor of the workweek with a dining experience that lulls you into all the joys of being
on the first step of an adventure without the hassle of leaving home.
But treat yourself while you can, because exciting change is in the
future for JWs, and you dont want to miss their outstanding cuisine before
they shake up the restaurant with a new Queens flare.
Armed with a fellow taster, I found a seat by the window and the planes
lifting off from LaGuardia airport were the backdrop for our delightful meal. This hotel
restaurant, with its dark wood paneling, recessed bookshelves surrounding cozy booths,
wine bottles nestled into the walls and faux fireplace, is a combination library and wine
cellar motif. The current menu offers much of a steakhouse flare, but an inside tip from
Assistant Restaurant Manager Katherine Casado revealed that a new vision featuring
"Queens Cuisine" and celebrating ethnic diversity is in the works for JWs
. . . . which will transform to "Steinways" early in the new year.
So enjoy JWs now or call to plan your New Years
celebration with them and be sure to try the Citrus Chicken ($19.95) served over
linguine in a creamy and rich sauce and garnished with capers, black olives and a tomato
chive relish. The chicken was tremendously flavorful and unbelievably moist . . . we
fought over the last few bites.
We also tried the Mediterranean Shrimp and Scallops ($22.95)
"simmered with green onions, olives, artichoke hearts and tomatoes over casarecci
pasta." The scallops were large and tender, the portion very generous, and the pasta
new to us and delicious.
From their assortment of soups and salads, we tasted a deep and
flavorful Lobster Bisque ($5.50) and the LaGuardia Salad ($4.95) which offers a very fresh
serving of house salad with diced tomatoes, cucumbers and black olives in burgundy sherry
Their wine list is extensive and their margarita picture perfect as
well as expertly blended.
With a little assistance from our professional and friendly server, I
couldnt resist but to finish the meal with the Death By Chocolate Truffle Cake
($5.75). And truly, we nearly died. Described as "chocolate cake layered with a rich,
creamy ganache then topped with imported cocoa powder," the cake is a deceptive
temptation. At first bite of its stunning presentation, it appears delicious, slight and
harmless. But let your fork sink in, and truly this dessert hides an engrossing amount of
chocolate that will pull you over the edge. For first class dining and a safe adventure
away from your every day, JWs is waiting.