Where to eat and shop in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park


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THECOURIER/Photos By Angy Altamirano
THECOURIER/Photos By Angy Altamirano

Queens residents and visitors alike will find a plethora of places to eat and shop in Rego Park, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.

WHERE TO EAT

Dallas BBQ
Rego Park Center
718-592-9000
For the past 15 years, Dallas BBQ has offered the best BBQ ribs, chicken and steak in New York City. Coming together with other dining shops at the Rego Park Center, Dallas BBQ is there to offer customers a dining experience amongst friends after a long day of shopping. Dallas BBQ also offers seafood, salads, burgers and catering specials.

Panera Bread
Providing baked bread fresh out of the over every day, Panera has expanded quickly across North America into Queens. The Panera Bread at Rego Park Center offers comfortable seating for its guests and two menus to choose from. Their bakery menu includes fresh baked breads, bagels, pastries and sweets while their café menu offers sandwiches, soups, hand-tossed salads and beverages.

BAGELS for YOU
113-29 Queens Boulevard
718-793-9200

Serving customers in Kew Gardens for the past eight years, BAGELS for YOU offers more than just a plain toasted bagel with cream cheese. This corner bagel shop provides breakfast from open to close, cold-cut sandwiches and a buffet-salad bar. BAGELS for YOU also offers a variety of baked goods, hot coffee or hot chocolate and a menu full of sandwiches.

Keuka Kafe Wine Bar
112-04 Queens Boulevard
718-880-1478
New to the neighborhood, Keuka Kafe offers its customers a menu composed of dishes created from local produce and with the freshest ingredients. This wine bar is named after Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region, best know for its wineries and cheese. Bringing in wine from that region and the rest of the world, Keuka Kafe’s menu also includes combinations of meats and cheeses, appetizers, salads, and cool and warm sandwiches.

Tango Argentine Steak House
111-08 Queens Boulevard
718-520-6488
This family-owned restaurant has been providing the Kew Gardens community with more than 20 years of fine Argentine dining and entertainment. Specializing in steak and traditional Argentine dishes, Tango takes its customers’ taste buds to a trip to South America. On the weekends, Tango puts on a show with live music for its diners, bringing the sounds and traditional dances of Argentina to Queens. This restaurant provides all in one, a spot to dine and enjoy the beauties of a Latin culture.

Bareburger
71-49 Austin Street
718-275-2273
Started in an underground Brooklyn kitchen in 2002, Bareburger was created to bring organic, all-natural and locally sourced ingredients to guests of the music venue, Sputnik. Nine years later, the idea has become a micro-chain of organic burger restaurants with ten locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Along with “mouth-watering organic burgers and sandwiches, Bareburger also offers fresh salads, shakes, organic beer and wine, and snacks you can share amongst a group of friends.

OKO
71-44 Austin Street
718-268-6010
Starting off with only offering frozen yogurt, Oko has now updated its menu to include traditional Korean dishes such as bibimbop, u-dong and soon dubu jigae. Besides being one of the only Korean dining spots in Forest Hills, Oko also provides its customers with natural fresh juices, sandwiches, wraps and salads.

Ripe Juice Bar & Grill
70-13 Austin Street
718-261-2881
Opened in 2008 by Peter Kambitsis and Elias Kalogiros, Ripe was created to make sure customers could find a dining spot with healthy food and juices. What started with the intention of being just a juice bar for the “gym-goer customers,” Ripe began to bring in every day customers who, along with eating fresh and healthy, also loved the taste of the food. Without missing out on the flavor, Ripe offers made-to-order wraps, salads, lean burgers, grilled entrees and squeezed-to order juices and smoothies.

Queens Center Mall
90-15 Queens Boulevard
718-592-3900

After a long day of shopping, Queens Center Mall offers its guests fast food dining options such as McDonald’s, Noodle House and Nathan’s. For the customers looking to enjoy a sit in lunch or dinner, Applebee’s is located on the first floor from opening to close hours of the mall. Along with full meals, Queens Center Mall feeds the sweet tooth of all its shoppers with ice cream from Baskin Robbins or signature cupcakes at Crumbs Bake Shop.

WHERE TO SHOP

Rego Park Center
61-35 Junction Boulevard
With 26 thriving shops located on the lower and upper levels of the Rego Park Shopping Center, customers have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to shopping and dining. Opened in March 2010, this shopping center started off with only a handful of the shops currently available to the public. Home to large clothing stores like Century 21, Kohl’s and TJ Maxx, the Rego Park Center is becoming a second home to customers not far away at Queens Center Mall.

Century 21
Rego Park Center
718-699-2121
The “legendary” New York city retailers that first opened its doors in downtown Manhattan in 1961 has brought its incredibly low prices in top designer fashions to Queens. While keeping customers in the latest trends in fashion from clothes to shoes, Century 21 also offers household appliances, handbags, luggage, cosmetics, and trends and toys for children. This department store offers top designer names for unbeatable and affordable prices.

Aldi Food Market
Rego Park Center

718-699-5230
With its unique ways of keeping carts in a appropriate location, bagging and checking out, Aldi Food Market looks to help customers “save up to 50% over supermarket prices.” This food market provides its customers with dairy, frozen, pantry, bakery, snacks and sweets, beverages and household products.

Ulta Beauty Store
Rego Park Center
718-699-9004

This beauty retailer was founded in 1990 looking to better satisfy how women wanted to shop for beauty products. ULTA provides one-stop shopping for prestige salon products and salon services in a convenient location. ULTA offers over 20,000 beauty products including cosmetics, fragrances, haircare, skincare, body products and salon styling tools.

Queens Center Mall
90-15 Queens Boulevard 
718-592-3900
Queens Center Mall is home to around 150 shops providing men and women clothing, accessories, footwear, skincare and household appliances. Stores range from offering a large collection of children’s shoes in Stride Rite to young women’s accessories at Claire’s. In addition to the individual diverse shops, Queens Center Mall also offers the sales of both large department stores, Macy’s and JCPenney.

Dana’s Flower Shop
118-01 Queens Boulevard
718-263-3558
This family-owned and operated flower shop has served the community with providing fresh cut floral arrangements and gifts. Dana’s offers festive bouquets, arrangements or plants for the holiday season, birthdays, anniversaries and another other special occasions. This corner flower shops delivers the orders upon request to Forest Hills or even nationwide.

Le Pitou Pets II
113-24 Queens Boulevard
718-896-3333
Opening its first location in 2009 in Forest Hills, Le Pitou now provides its animal care in salon spa and boarding to animal residents of Kew Gardens. This animal-friendly boutique offers a wide variety of treats, clothing, accessories and services for the four-legged friends of the community. Along with these items, Le Pitou II is also a daycare for pets.

Austin Street
The merchants of Forest Hills have the motto “We are large enough to serve you and small enough to know.” Offering over 200 one of a kind shops including upscale shopping and fine dining, Austin Street depicts the surrounding vibrant and diverse private community of Forest Hills. Shoppers who walk down Austin Street can find designers clothes for women, men and children and satisfy their taste buds with dishes from Cuba, Japan and other parts of the world. Austin Street even offers marketplaces and bakeries, such as Martha’s Bakery, where shoppers can satisfy their sweet tooth.

Magic Corsets & Lingerie
70-10 Austin Street
718-261-6999
Providing “everything that a woman needs” for the past 17 years, Magic Corset specializes in fitting women into corsets for everyday use and special occasions, including weddings and prom. Magic Corsets also offers a wide variety of bras, girdles, nightgowns, lingerie and swimsuits for every shape and size, making sure each customer receives full service attention as they leave with their perfect fit.

OZ Boutique
70-09 Austin Street
718-544-1087
For 20 years, OZ Boutique has been providing women with the latest trends in evening and glamour wear and everything needed to accessorize. Offering prom, evening, sweet sixteen and cocktail gowns, OZ Boutique offers items coming from overseas unique to their shop and buyers. No beautiful dress would be complete without the perfect handbag, jewelry and shoes and this boutique makes sure their customers leave with the whole dazzling package.