Queens >Bonfire Grill
7227 Austin St., Forest Hills, NY | Directions 1137540.719091 -73.841797
“The food is delightful and the ambience is something that is sorely needed in Forest Hills.”
“Do go there for great drinks and great food if you don't mind waiting for a table because it is extremely busy still.”
“The dinners have been delicious.”
“Decent wine selection and a great beer draft selection.”
“This is a great restaurant.”
“Had dinner with a friend there and the service was ridiculously slow.”
“wasn't a huge fan of the previous manager.”
“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!”
Depend on Who You know !!!.
Depends on what Bartender you get :
been going there for a few years now. the Menu is the same, the service is slow, the food is ok and the manager Brian is cool. Pops in and out all the time, but runs the place decently.
I think the place still does not know if it's a bar or a lounge or a restaurant. The restaurant side is usually over crowded with people on first dates, but the bar side is tricky.
mainly 3 bartenders, the blond, the irish chick with the thick accent and the other Girl.
the Skinny blond is probably the friendliest, makes a decent drink and comps you once in a while if you're in there and get recognized.
the other girl is kinda ok but is so busy running the kitchen, the bar, the floor that she forgets she's not the manager and just always looks over whelmed.
Now the Lady with the Irish Accent... she should never work there ... it's not an Irish bar, go next door and tend bar there, no 1 understands you and worse no 1 wants to put up with your nasty, dirty, filthy attitude.
if you're not " friends " with this one, you're going to have to wait to get your watered down drink for a while ...
The wait staff is very stiff, never really smile and dump your food in front of you ... pricing is not cheap.
Good Luck .. hope you get the blonde to make your drinks :)
Great Brunch Menu. The service was exceptional considering the fact that it was jammed pack at 11am on a Sunday.
I went to Bonfire with a couple of girls around 10ish on a Saturday night to get some drinks because it was nearby and the outer decor looked decent. Some of us ordered the raspberry mojito after being enticed by having "it's awesome" on the menu. It some kind of slightly reddish "mojito." I couldn't tell what it was because all it tasted like was seltzer water. I am an avid mojito drinker and this drink had no sugar a splash of flavored rum (and when i say splash, i mean more like a drop) ONE mint leaf, may be two limes slices, ONE crushed raspberry loaded with seltzer water. After notifying the bartender, she snaps back "well that's how it's SUPPOSED to be MADE." We just wanted some sugar or something. it was NOT minty, NOT sweet, NOT sour from the limes, it was so bland and just flat out awful. If my original purpose was to drink some seltzer water, I would have just ordered it from the beginning. The bartender reluctantly grabs the two mojito, mutters that all she would do was add more rum (so shes splashing rum all over the drink, on the side, not bothering to clean it off) and walks away. I don't know how that drink could have possibly turned more horrid, but it did.
All the drinks that require effort were horrid. Thank goodness you cant go wrong with bottled beer.
So the bartender comes back and asks us if we wanted another round of the same drinks. In the meanwhile, none of us touched our drinks because it was watered down and the bartender was rude over and over again. How do you ask if we are ready for another round when all of your glasses are full.
okay, so if you don't know how to make a mojito, its fine, but don't bark back at a customer telling them that its supposed to taste shitty.
I got an extra dirty vodka martini with three olives, and I assumed you can't go wrong with a martini... it's simple; vodka, drop of vermouth, olive juice and olives. shake with ice. Tell me why my martini came with no olives and I had to ask for them five times. My martini was watered down. Perhaps they water down their liquor bottles to save money. I don't know. But if you want nasty service and nasty drinks, you should definitely waste your perfectly going evening with a rude bartender who obviously needs a hug.
Bad service. I've been to BG a few times with the same results ... the female bartend staff are consistently hostile to female customers ... the last time I was there, at 2pm on a Monday, the music was blaring and there were a few drunk guys at the bar ... I asked the waitress to ask the bartender to turn the music down (they were playing Avril Lavigne), instead she made it louder and danced around hitting utensils against the bar while she danced ... it was bizarre ... the waitress tried to tell me that the music in the eating area was off despite it clearly being on ... in short, I won't be back.
Excellent brunchd. Good service, good food, pleasant atmosphere--full enough, on a Sunday afternoon, without being too noisy
Home Away from Home. What a nice bar & grill in Forest Hills. Staff is super friendly, great burgers & salads, and cool martini list. It is upsale but not overbearing. Nice alternative to the rough crowds at the other places on Austin.
Just sitting around the Bonfire Grill.
I've been going to the Bonfire since they opened. I had mixed feelings about Bonfire. I wasn't a huge fan of the previous manager. The new guy Brian is rally friendly and makes you feel welcome.
I love the burgers, wings, steak sandwich and salads. The Saturday night Band is awesome. Staff is so nice. Nice draft beer selection and quality scotches. They put out free snacks in the beginning of the night and randomly. The one owner Jon is a really cool guy, has no problem buying back a round. Happy hour prices are really good. Nice upscale clientele, nice change from Burros or Tap Bar.
The Tuesday jazz bands sucks the life out of you (please get rid of them). The place can get cramped; I wish they would take a table or two out of the dining room. Dinner specials can get kind of boring; they run the same one for a week.
My hangover Sunday morning.
Cheers. Bonfire is what is it. This is not 5 star dining. However Bonfire puts out a really tasty and consistently good meal. The staff goes above and beyond what is expected. Decent wine selection and a great beer draft selection. The new manager is a really nice guy. I frequent Bonfire twice a week, solo and with my family. I am never disappointed. I would refer to Bonfire as the Cheers of Forest Hills. Hint--Happy Hour prices can't be beat (top shelf drinks for $5).
Don't Believe the Signs.
I went to Bonfire Grill tonight with my colleagues from work. Two of us arrived there first around 720pm, and asked when Happy Hour ended. We were told 8PM. However , when the remaining 6 of our party arrived at 735pm, The same waitress informed us that Happy Hour was actually only until 7pm. ( This is after our initial order of drinks and when we wanted to order more drinks)
In actually fact, the sign outside the restaurant clearly states Happy Hour 12noon until 8pm. We pointed this out to the same waitress and we were told that she needed to speak to the manager about changing that sign.
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!!! This is the last time I bring my friend/colleagues to this place.
GREAT FOOD BUT EVEN BETTER STAFF. I go to bonfire about 2 or 3 times a week. great place for a beer and a great after work snack. Strongly recommend this place. The staff is not only friendly but very professional. hadn't been there for a month (vacation) after the first time i went but the bartender remembered all are drinks. Little concerned about management/owners. When something goes wrong they panic and end up making it worst. overall BEST PLACE IN FOREST HILLS
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