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Chalet Alpina

98-35 Metropolitan Ave., Queens, NY 11375 40.710889 -73.853711
at 70th Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-793-3774 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: German/Austrian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

shopforesthills.com

Hours

Tue-Thu, 4:30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, 4:30pm-11pm; Sun, 1pm-9pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

E, F, M, R at Forest Hills-71st Ave.

Prices

$14.65-$24.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

This mid-century, mid-Queens fixture is the antithesis of a New York hot spot with a half-life of three weeks. (Here the hours are marked by a cuckoo clock’s repeating chimes.) Its fussily decorated interior conveys the gemutlichkeit of a Bavarian hofbrauhaus, kitsched up a notch on weekends by a female accordion player. Other nights, diners endure piped-in oompah, polka, and seventies vocal pop. Seventies is the right modifier for the crowd, too. The bill “drop” comes at about 7:30 for regulars, which may include a dapper widower in white patent loafers who dines on sauerbraten several nights a week with a rotation of widows. Chalet Alpina’s authentic, satisfying chow is produced (oddly enough) by an attentive Ecuadoran chef schooled by the place’s now-retired Teutonic toques. In-the-know septuagenarians follow deftly crisped potato pancakes with Kassler rippchen (smoked pork chops) or tender pork schnitzel. Sides are uniformly good, whether you choose cinnamonny red cabbage, crunchy home fries, fluffy potato dumplings, or buttery spaetzle. The tipple of choice is—what else?—German draft beer. You'll find both Spaten and Oktoberfest on tap.

Weekend Prix Fixe

Sunday afternoons bring a dinner deal offering appetizer, entrée, and strudel for the price of the main course.

Recommended Dishes

Potato pancakes, $5; pork schnitzel, $18.50; Kassler rippchen $19.50; apple strudel, $5.50

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