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63-98 Woodhaven Boulevard
Rego Park, NY 11374
(718) 894-5400

If any restaurant in central Queens looks like an old-fashioned steakhouse, the kind that caters to 1920s tycoon types killing time between the office and an Ivy club, it's Woodhaven House on Woodhaven Boulevard. I can almost picture the Packards lining up outside and the tops hats being taken from the bald heads of men who live in tuxedos. The interior is filled from floor to ceiling with dark woods, alabaster, frosted cut glass, brass chandeliers and leather.

In reality though, Woodhaven House is an upscale bar serving upscale bar food (and charging upscale prices). Pike, who will be leaving Park Slope and moving to Forest Hills, came out for some apartment hunting. Afterward, we met up, found Bro, and shot over to Woodhaven for some dinner, some beer, and a hearty political discussion. The crowd at Woodhaven is a decidedly older lot. Most people were in their 40s and up, the high school girls soccer team in one corner and the frat-boy types at the bar notwithstanding.

After getting some drinks, we ordered a round of appetizers. Bro started with Chicken Dumplings, deep fried with a sweet chili dipping sauce. Crispy, chickeny. Nothing fantastamazing, but not a bad thing to nosh on while nursing a beer and waiting for your main dish to arrive. My appetizer was the sweet Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops, which were fantastic. The bacon wasn't dried to a crisp the way it can be with these types of dishes and the scallops were extremely light. It was almost like eating a very firm custard. Centered around a bit of shredded fried zucchini, this was the fanciest dish of the night. Pike's starter was French Onion Soup, which he said very good but I did not taste it myself. Next time.

For dinner, Pike and Bro went the somewhat traditional pub fare route. Pike ordered Steak Frites Grille, medium rare with fries. Oddly, it came pre-cut into strips. This made it easier for myself and Bro to swipe pieces to try, but it seemed almost like a violation of the steak. Either way, Bro and Pike thought it was great. Tender, well seasoned. I thought it was too salty, but Bro, who consistently claims he can taste even the smallest amount of salt, said he didn't agree with me. Bro ordered Traditional Shepherd's Pie, a baked ground beef and vegetable dish with a mashed potato top. This was my favorite dish of the meal. In fact, I returned a few days later and ordered it for myself. My dinner, the Oven Roasted BBQ Baby Back Ribs, with a side of mashed potatoes, while tasty, won't win in any competition against Dinosaur or Blue Smoke. Still, they were tender and the sauce had a nice amount of zing. The dinner portion is large and I wasn't able to finish the whole thing.

We did not have dessert for some reason.

Three drinks, three appetizers, three entrees, plus tax and tip came to just a bit over $115.

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Wayno2424 June 10, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

I always wanted to try it, it looks nice from the outside. That food looks damn good, I might get something with grease for lunch. Ill try it soon and let u know.

lauren,  June 16, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

i love this place--go there as often as i can. was there on friday, in fact, and had a great special: seafood stuffed avocado. it was expensive ($11) and small but really tasty. their potato skins are the best i've had, too. they are deep fried, as they should be. also, believe it or not, their pizza is delicious! don't even bother w/the fancy pizza options and just get the woodhaven house plain pizza ($9). thin-crust, perfect amount of cheese vs. sauce, not too salty or greasy.

will say i didn't love their brunch, though.

also, they have great bands on weekends. go see Catalyst (next there on July 10)--a rock cover band, mostly 80s and 90s, but also some 70s and 00s.

i'm moving to long island, and WH is one of the places i will miss most.

Anonymous,  October 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM  

went here with my buds and a few gal friends sat. nite..place was really nice, food good..drinks good..bad idea: dance floor/bar area dark as pitch!! also the ladie's room according to one of the girls was hot as hell!! like 90 degrees!! maybe the dark was a good idea as the women at the bar and those right in front of the band (generations?) were all FAT FAT FAT ..old looking and ugly!!saw only one hot girl dancing..and she was married!! good to hang out at, good to eat/drink..at least the band was good!! but they really should fix the lighting problem and the over heated restroom!!

Jon Parker October 6, 2011 at 9:00 PM  

Yeah, but if you think that there were so many ugly people, wouldn't you prefer bad lighting?

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