Durows of Glendale: 81-01 Myrtle Avenue,
Hours: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and
Credit Cards: All major
While the late 1930s may not have been the most opportune moment to open a German
restaurant, the culinary tradition that began on Myrtle Avenue is still going strong
today. But even though the ambiance has remained much the same over the years, the accent
of the restaurateurs has shifted from the Rhineland to the Emerald Isle in a metamorphosis
that is uniquely Queens.
But unlike the English language, Durows has remained true to its Germanic roots.
Currently owned by the Keane family, which is perhaps more famous for Bridies on
Woodhaven Boulevard, many of the staples of the original menu have been preserved. The
German flavor is still very much apparent in dishes like Sauerbraten ($12.95), which is
served with fresh braised red cabbage and homemade potato dumplings.
At the same time, the menu was dramatically expanded to include pasta, steak, chicken,
and seafood dishes. The Seafood Pasta ($12.95), which includes shrimp, scallops, and
crabmeat in a creamy tomato sauce, is considered one of the popular favorites on the menu.
There are also terrific lunch and dinner specials every day, like the Filet Mignon
($16.95) marinated in a delicious sauce with onions.
Each entree can be ordered a la carte or for $3 more as a complete dinner, which
includes soup or salad, coffee and dessert. Even better is the lunch menu, which promises
quick, terrific food and all for under $10. Try Durows Chefs Salad ($7.95), served
with strips of turkey and ham and assorted cheeses, eggs, tomatoes, and garlic toast.
Durows also offers a great selection of rich desserts, including their famous
puffed pastry, and an excellent cheesecake.
But their true specialty is their catering. With a space that can accommodate up to 350
people, once the dining room is co-opted, Durows caters weddings, anniversary and
birthday parties. The prices are extremely reasonable considering not only the food
quality, but the service as well. Whether you want a buffet or a sit-down dinner, the
staff of Durows makes a point of providing the kind of intimacy that has become more
and more uncommon.