70th Road, Forest Hills;
5 to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Hours to be
expanded in the spring.
bustling epicenter of nightlife in Forest Hills got a new addition in February,
when the quaint, European-style bistro Rouge brought its upscale yet moderately
priced charm to Queens.
from the “washclosets” to the French “no smoking” signs to the soft, dim
lighting transports patrons to a Parisian atmosphere, where they can spend
leisurely time chatting, drinking wine, and enjoying themselves. The plush throw
pillows, sublime deep matte red walls, and quaint décor offer visitors a
comfortable, even romantic, setting.
for the food, for starters, my waiter Bill brought out French bread with pitted
olives, and suggested that I try an assortment of seasonal cheeses and cold
cuts, which were a fantastic treat for the palate. The assortment includes three
samples of cheese, ranging from a type of goat cheese to a cheese similar to
white cheddar, as well as three types of meats, one similar to proscuitto and
another similar to a potent sausage. It is fit for two at $14.95.
to Declan, who partnered with the owner, George, most of the cheeses are bought
locally at the nearby shop Cheeses of the World.
those who believe a good French onion soup is hard to find, with some places
making the consistency too watery or salty, Rouge fills the void and provides a
hearty flavored soup ($6.95), perfect for those winter nights.
Côte de Porc Grillée Normande, Pomme au Four ($16.95) – a grilled double
pork chop with natural jus, calvados, cream, and baked apple – is cooked to
perfection, with the sauce acting as just the right complement to the mashed
potatoes and asparagus sides.
good French meal without wine is criminal, so Rogue offers a special bonus on
the wine list called the Flight of Wine ($12), which includes two ounces of four
different wines, either red or white. Patrons can become their own wine
aficionados, by tasting the reds – Merlot, Cotes du Rhone, St. Emillion, and
Mordon – or perhaps the whites – Pinto Gris, Vouvray, Pouilly Fuisse, and
George said that he has worked hard to find unique, little known wines with
distinct tastes for the list.
I was stuffed by dessert time, I was tempted to try the popularly requested
Tarte Tatin, an upside down caramel apple pie flavored with maple syrup ($7.95).
The crème brulee ($7.95) sounded mouth-watering, as well. Rest assured, I will
be back to try it all, and I highly recommend you do the same.