Queens >Bonfire Grill
7227 Austin St., Forest Hills, NY | Directions 1137540.719091 -73.841797
“In the meanwhile, none of us touched our drinks because it was watered down and the bartender was rude over and over again.”
“SO finally at 10:00, we walked around the corner to the new cheeseburger place where we were seated and served instantly and had a tasty meal for a lot less money!”
“The menu was decent; however, the food was a little weak in presentation and taste.”
“great place for a beer and a great after work snack.”
“Had dinner with a friend there and the service was ridiculously slow.”
“Do yourself a favor and skip this overpriced McDonald's.”
“She then conveniently returned 5 minutes past 8pm to tell us that happy hour did actually end at 8pm and now that it was 805pm , it was now too late to order any more drinks!”
Great restaurnant. This is a great restaurant. It is a nice atmosphere and the staff is very polite and friendly. I recommend the nachos! The burgers are good too!
Helpful Brunch Suggestions.
I had brunch with a friend at Bonfire a few weeks ago. I was excited at the possibility that finally there is a place that has a traditional brunch menu much like NYC and now in Forest Hills. The menu was decent; however, the food was a little weak in presentation and taste. The restaurant uses hardware utensils for everything except for the coffee for which they provide a plastic stirrer as if it were a take out order (this was a bit insulting). The Salmon Eggs Benedict were LOADED with a salty salmon and the home fries were really- really greasy. Needless to say, I didn't eat them. I looked across the table from us where someone was eating pancakes which were the width of a 13 inch pan (this doesn't make you want to eat them unless you want to stuff your face, as they say).
Moreover, they have the right idea with the salads until they load them with dressing which causes the greens to sag.
The managers walk around checking to see that everything is to your satisfaction, I think this sends a great message to the patrons.
Overall, this restaurant has great potential and could be the preferred place for people in the area; however, it's unclear as to which direction they are taking. Meaning, is this another local diner, a chain food Fridays/Pizza Uno's? Who do you want to attract to or detract from this place? -And finally, would you serve a guest at your home a plastic stirrer or serve them greasy potatoes? What's your message and how much business are you looking to make?
Never Been Let Down.
To be completely honest, I was very hesitant about going to eat at Bonfire. I had walked by it many times before it opened and was excited by what was going on inside, but I waited a few months to read reviews. The initial reviews were not that great... so I waited. July 2008 came around and I decided I needed to try it to judge for myself.
I LOVED IT.. and I STILL love it.
The dinners have been delicious. I've had 2 pasta dishes, the thai chicken appetizer, a dessert, and many drinks over the course of 5 visits. I don't normally frequent a place to eat a lot, but Bonfire is a place to go to over and over again.
Happy Hour has really great deals at the bar, so it has become the meet up spot for me and friends when heading home from Manhattan. When eating dinner you can even spot the chef stepping out to talk to guests about their food. From observation, she really seems to put a lot of love into the food. I also realized the restaurant has the same menu as another favorite... "Choice" in Manhattan. They both share the same owner. I loved that place.. but now I can get everything right in my own neighborhood. I have to try my favorite at Choice, The goat cheese and spinach salad (with bacon.. yum), at Bonfire now.
Bonfire is a great addition to the constantly getting better, Forest Hills. :)
Tasty Food. Great atmosphere. Good Location. Awesome service.. It is rare in NYC when you can find a restaurant where the staff makes you feel like you are actually appreciated in the restaurant. The food is delightful and the ambience is something that is sorely needed in Forest Hills.
Best Brunch. I met some girlfriends for brunch on Sunday and It was fantastick. The food was excellent and the service was also good. The nightime crowd has gotten better, it's a classy group that hang out there now so if you haven't been in a while, give it a try again.
Let's Grill..... The Bonfire Grill is a diamond in the rough (the name is deceiving). The food is outstanding, service is good, and the atmosphere is not like any other on Austin street. Cool down to earth bartenders and the manager Mike is a riot. The chef walks around and greats the guests. Your business actually feels "appreciated". They are partnered with a restaurant group in Manhattan (been to Choice, great restaurant). Bonfire's dining room is kind of small, so I suggest going during the week to avoid waits. Overall, a great night out and not a rip off . They do however need to add some more desserts, limited selection. We live in the area and love that we have a go to place! Nice compliment to Austin Street.
Slow service.... Had dinner with a friend there and the service was ridiculously slow. We waited and waited and waited for our waitress the whole night. We waited for her to take our order, we waited for her to bring our food, we waited for her to bring our check, we waited for her to bring back our check once it was paid. All that waiting and the food was not all that great. The food was average and much expected from a restaurant like that.
Excellent Food and Service. We had excellent food on Saturday evening at Bonfire and even better service. We were a party of 12 and were worried that the small restaurant would be overwhelmed, but they were ready for us everything was great all night. Drinks came quickly as did appetizers. The spinach dip was delicous and was a very generous portion. Everyone ordered something completely different from burger to shrimp & scallops to filet mignon, and not one person was disappointed. Bonfire is on of my new favorite spots. I can't wait to go back for brunch!
Not worth the wait, don't bother!. Thursday night my friends and I went to Bonfire at 9:00. We were told that a table for 3 would be about 15 minutes. Finally at 9:25 we spoke to the host and he offered us drinks. The drinks were so awful that we could not actually drink them. At 9:40 we see a couple walk in and get seated immediately. When we confronted the host he about this he was rude and followed us out to tell us that WE were rude. SO finally at 10:00, we walked around the corner to the new cheeseburger place where we were seated and served instantly and had a tasty meal for a lot less money!! Down with Bonfire!
Service is a big disappointment. My boyfriend and I went to this new place in Forest Hills. We were nicely welcomed by a hostess and the owner and the atmosphere seemed to be very inviting. We waited 45 minutes for the entrees and the service was not what I expected. The server didn't apologize or explain why the food took so long, and we constantly had to look for him because he just wouldn't be attentive to our table. Overall the food was ok, but overpriced and the service is a big disappointment!
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