Comfy and Tasty
108-02 72nd Ave., Forest Hills
Hours: Noon to 1 a.m. daily
Credit Card: Yes, all major
Walking along Austin Street in Forest Hills, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of eatery options available. Although there are many great places along that main road, it is worth turning a few corners and going down a few side streets to discover gems like Network Café.
When I walked in with a couple of friends, one of the first things I noticed was just how relaxing the atmosphere was in the dining room. Smooth jazz played gently in the background and the lighting was low-key, but not dull. A spiral staircase led downstairs to a large room that looked like it would work for any type of party.
For starters, my friends and I decided to try the house-made sangria. The drink was absolutely delectable, tasting just sweet enough to be very enjoyable but not enough to be overpowering. The various fruits floating around in my glass created a variety of different flavors with each sip. Plus, they made for a nice snack once the wine was gone!
For dinner, I went with the penne ala vodka with chicken, a fairly simple dish that was nevertheless mouth-watering when it arrived in front of me. The vodka sauce was warm and creamy, making every bite a great experience that also put me into an even more relaxed mood. The chicken was cooked tenderly, making for an excellent complement to the pasta.
Network Café is a great place to go after a long day at work or school. Everything about this restaurant is made to create a tranquil, friendly atmosphere. The décor and music are calming, the staff is welcoming and the food is top-quality. What more could you ask for?