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Uncle Peter's Bar and Grill

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83-15 Northern Blvd., Queens, NY 11370 40.755688 -73.884302
nr. 84th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-651-8600 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian, South American, Steakhouse
  • Price Range: $$

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Hours

Mon-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-11:30pm; Sun, noon-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at 82nd St.-Jackson Heights

Prices

$15.95-$32.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

Roosevelt Ave. to Astoria Blvd., 90th St. to 71st St.

Profile

Now as ever, the outer boroughs’ courtly Italian and “Continental” restaurants beckon trend-weary diners. Many of these red-sauce palazzos threw in the dish towel long ago, exhausting both their ossified reputations and New Yorkers’ nostalgia for local color. Others remain dependably good, with earnest cooking and personal service. Slinging the scaloppine since 1983, Uncle Peter’s refuses to coast on Jackson Heights’ gentrification buzz, although—like its surrounding historic-district co-ops—it intrigues discerning Manhattanites. Uncle Peter, a raffishly ponytailed gent actually named Ernesto, works the brick-walled dining room, dispensing holas and hellos as he recommends dishes and drinks. He’s Italian via Argentina, where, he says, “The official religions are steak, wine, ravioli, tango, and psychoanalysis.” You can find everything but the shrink at his proud little restaurant. Supple pastas are housemade, with imaginative fillings and sauces; the wine list features recherché Malbecs from the Mendoza region’s old vines; fish and seafood are sparkling fresh and simply sauced with garden tomatoes and basil; and buttery steaks, sourced from New Zealand, require only a drizzle of garlic-parsley chimichurri salsa. And tango? As the hours advance and the soundtrack morphs from pop to Latin, Carlos Santana shares airtime with Buenos Aires’s sainted tanguero crooner Carlos Gardel.

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On any given night, Uncle Peter’s tables mix Spanish-speaking and Anglo diners: fathers and sons talking family business; besotted young lovers and old marrieds; and multigenerational clans ordering family style, with strollers and walkers tucked against the wall.

Recommended Dishes

Seafood salad, $14; fresh mozzarella balsamic, $9; Atlantic salmon Mediterranean, $20; gaucho-style sirloin, $27

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