107-04 70th Road, Forest Hills
HOURS: Mon.-Wed. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. to midnight
CREDIT CARDS: Yes, all major
OUTDOOR SEATING: Yes
A good steak can be hard to find, but a trip to (aged.) in Forest Hills will easily sate any craving, as it did for my dining companions and I this weekend.
Established in 2009 in the heart of restaurant row off Austin Street, (aged.) sets itself apart with a rustic charm that befits a steakhouse. During the summer months, diners at the upscale restaurant can choose to eat indoors or they can enjoy their meal outside and take in the sights and sounds of the bustling Austin Street. Our party had the best of both worlds, sitting at a corner table with a wonderful view of both the outdoor seating and the other patrons inside.
After having drinks to prepare us for our meal, our starters perfectly set the stage for the succulent surprises in store for our party of four. Salad and seafood started us out, as we passed around our plates to each get a taste of what came to the table. Baked clams and lump crab cake, along with plates of caesar and caprese salads gave us just a sampling of the restaurant’s extensive starter menu. Each starter had its own charm – the crab cake topped with a seaweed salad and the baked clams with its beurre blanc sauce were highlights while the salads accentuated our seafood starter selections.
The bar was set high for dinner, and our entrees did not disappoint. Across the table sat a sea bass cooked to perfection with caramelized apples and a sweet potato puree. On my left was a New York strip steak accentuated by a tasty Bearnaise sauce. On my right, a spicy Fra Diavolo, filled with clams, shrimp, mussels and calamari over linguini almost made me second guess my own selection. But once I began to dig in to the tasty steak cacciatore over linguini in a tomato, onion and herb sauce, I knew I made the right choice. The steak dishes were cooked to perfection; the seafood kicked in all the right places and the linguini was just the right complement for the meat selections.
As we finished our meal, our waitress, who had served us with a smile throughout our stay, offered up dessert options, and we simply could not say no. Before we knew it, we were sending spoons to each side of the table to sample the cheesecake, the chocolate lava cake and the pomegranate and orange sorbets placed in front of us. While each dessert option had its own appeal, the lava cake blew me away and left me full but wanting more. One visit to (aged.) may not be enough to fully experience the varied menu options, and I definitely look forward to making another trip.
– Steven J. Ferrari