At the Four Points Sheraton,
151-20 Baisley Blvd. (North Conduit
and Baisley Park), Jamaica, 489-1036.
HOURS: 6 a.m. to 10: 30 p.m., daily. Grand Breakfast buffets and
lunch buffets served 11: 45 a.m. to 2 :30 p.m.; Jazz & Cappuccino Brunch
served Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($15.50); Sunset Dinners served from 5:30
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: Yes
CREDIT CARDS: All major
The Birchwoods, a Manhattan-style restaurant without the Big Apples high prices
and attitude, offers innovative cuisine, skillfully prepared dishes, and an inviting
setting that is both markedly elegant and intimate.
Imagine an airport restaurant serving charred sliced leg of young lamb with garlic
mashed potatoes and arrugula. This is only one of The Birchwoods three-course Sunset
Dinners ($19.98); other features include corn and crab chowder, Maine lobster curry and
roasted halibut. And the food is not all you can choose. The Birchwoods offers several
different ambiances- the Patio with skylight, quaint outdoor Gazebo and wine room-
and extensive American and international wine lists.
My guest and I were privy to a Great Lunch Buffet ($10.95), prepared by
veteran Manhattan chef Kevin Buckenberger. The roasted chicken, served in a delicious
sauce with onions and mushrooms, was truly fantastic, every morsel being tender, fatless
and even sweet. We also tried a portion of tasty ear-shaped pasta, served in cream sauce,
and delicious creamed potatoes.
Other possibilities included a variety of meats, Long Island seafood, and pasta. My
guest enjoyed a large helping of carved roast, served with a sweet corn salad, while I
enjoyed delicious vegetable soup. Our maitred also welcomed us to choose from la
carte, which offered sandwiches, burgers, pasta, steak and broiled fish. But the odor of
sweet chicken prevailed.
For dessert, we tried a fudgey, rummy chocolate cake, thick with glazed frosting, and
some whipped chocolate mousse. Colorful pink and purple Napoleons made the dessert
table even more irresistible, as did a variety of cookies and sweets. We finished with two
Have no fear: this luxury restaurant is not in the flight path of incoming or departing
aircraft. We dined free of the scream of jet engines, enjoying the hotel-style elegance
that surely impressed Mayor Giuliani on his recent visit.
This holiday season is a great time to try the Birchwoods, where traditional
Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are on Santa's list. And dont fret if youve
already made plans. The Birchwoods Lunch and Ride service picks you up in a
hotel van and takes you from and to any of the hotel pick-up areas at JFK airport, from
11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Call 489-1000 at least one-half hour before pick-up. Semi-private
parties for up to 120 guests are available.