T.G.I.Fridays: 70-00 Austin St.,
Forest Hills; 793-3263
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Monday thru Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and
Saturday; 11 a.m. to Midnight, Sunday
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: Yes
CREDIT CARDS: All major
In 1965, the first T.G.I.Fridays opened in New York City. Now, 32 years and 460
restaurants later, Austin Street in Forest Hills is the proud parent of the first
T.G.I.Fridays to open in Queens.
Patrons braved the stormy, windy night for the restaurants grand opening, where
they walked through the wooden doors with frame windows and were greeted by smiling faces
who led them to their tables, donned with red and white striped tablecloths - the
traditional T.G.I.Fridays motif.
Before the guests are even asked if they would like an appetizer, the attentive and
friendly waiters and waitresses are already there, giving them delicious, soft garlic
breadsticks to enjoy as they mull over the lush menu offering a vast selection of dishes
ranging from the traditional hamburger at $5.99 to a "pizzadilla" - a
Fridays creation described as a "Mexican-pizza-like-Italian-quesadilla
thing" - also $5.99.
Just choosing an appetizer is a difficult task with selections such as Cajun Angels,
juicy shrimp wrapped in bacon, rolled in Cajun spices and skewered for $7.49; jalapeno
poppers for $4.99; and a favorite at Fridays - the Fridays Three-For-All - for
those who cant decide, this choice offers loaded potato skins, fried mozzarella
(thick slices, not sticks) and tangy buffalo wings, all for just $8.99.
And if you thought choosing an appetizer was a difficult task, drinks, dinner and
dessert is no easy chore either.
Yet these difficult choices are by no means a bad thing.
Quite the contrary, each selection takes the guest one step closer to the ultimate goal
- an extraordinary dinner, accompanied by a fantastic drink and followed by a delightful
For a steak and ribs dinner, the Jack Daniels steak, a 12-ounce strip steak
served with chefs vegetables and a loaded baked potato at $14.99 is the way to go.
The baby back ribs at $12.99 literally melted off the bone - messy, perhaps, but way
too delicious to bypass.
Of course, there are soup and salad combinations ranging from $2.99 to $5.99, as well
as thick sandwiches, fajitas and enchiladas and Fridays wrappers: steak, chicken or
veggies wrapped in wheat flat, ranging from $6.99 to $7.39.
Fridays is also famous for its frozen specialty drinks, such as the traditional
daiquiris to Fridays Fantasy: Oreo cookies, Fridays special seven liquor
blend, half & half and vanilla ice cream. Fridays also prides itself on
its flavorful non-alcoholic beverages like the Tropical Runner, fresh banana,
pineapple and pina colada mix frozen with crushed ice.
If youre not already stuffed, the dessert menu has it all: the traditional carrot
cake to the more unconventional "Rockslide Pie," (creamy cheesecake covered in
chunks of fudge-nut brownie, caramel, chocolate fudge and Macadamia nuts, topped with hot
caramel), both for only $3.69.
Guests are sure to leave with smiles on their faces, as T.G.I.Fridays is truly a
unique and fun experience where friends and family can get together and enjoy great food,
phenomenal drinks, and a nostalgic atmosphere unlike any other.