2009-07-08 / Restaurant of the Week

Anna's Place...Good Food and Fun

Anna's Place has been a fixture on Queens Blvd. for the last 33 years, serving good, home style American and Irish pub fare, as well as some German dishes, which were brought forward from its humble beginnings. Though Anna has retired, the new owner, Arvind Bhandari continues the tradition of good food and service in a homey, fun environment.

 
The cozy décor features carpeting and private, lamp lit booths for quiet dining with paintings of Irish country scenes on the walls. The spacious dining room in the rear can accommodate up to 70 people for your upcoming family party or business function. An outdoor space is nice for summer dining. The convivial bar at the entrance hosts Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm Monday through Friday. Enjoy drink specials and 25-cent wings and special low prices on burgers and bar snacks. Refreshing specialty martinis have been added, such as the trendy Juniper juice, Pomegranatini, margaritas and more. Come on a Saturday night for Karaoke from 10pm to 3am and on July 18th, a live band performs for your listening and grooving pleasure.

While we sipped on drinks as we sampled some boneless chicken tenders with hot and spicy Buffalo sauce, served with Anna's Place French fries that are crunchy and golden ($10). Chef Joseph's pan fried crab cakes are full of sweet crab meat and served with creamy tartar sauce. The potato skins are popular both at the tables and at the bar, as they are filled with bits of real, crispy bacon and cheddar cheese. Lots of folks enjoying Happy Hour order the Sampler Platter with tastes of chicken fingers, wings, onion rings and potato skins. Baked stuffed clams are crisp and garlicky and perfect to soak up with the fresh bread. Each day, the chef prepares homemade soups, such as French onion, served with bubbling cheese, or goulash soup.

 
The menu at Anna's Place features prime meats, chicken and pasta, fresh fish and shrimp. An unbeatable Prix Fixe Dinner is served Monday to Friday from 4pm to 10pm and for the low price of $19.95, you'll be served a delicious 3- course meal. Choose soup or a salad, followed by your choice of entrée including herb crusted salmon, sliced steak with wine sauce, chicken with ham, cheese and mushrooms, or linguine with fresh mussels. Two side dishes are included, as well as a tempting dessert such as chocolate mousse cake or their irresistible apple strudel.

 

 
The a la carte menu has some outstanding items, such as the Irish Whiskey Steak. This NY strip is cooked to perfection with a dose of Irish the roast turkey dinner, complete with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. My dining companion loved the linguine with sautéed chicken and spinach and lots of aromatic garlic ($15). Some German dishes include tender veal Wienerschnitzel, a pounded, lightly fried cutlet, and Jaeger Schnitzel, served with a creamy mushroom sauce. Center cut pork chops and roast loin of pork are still popular items, served with homemade red cabbage and potatoes.

Anna's Place is a pub that hasn't forgotten its roots. Shepherd's pie, fish and chips and juicy half-pound burgers keep everyone happy. They're open for lunch as well, with hearty beef brisket sandwiches, hot open roast beef sandwiches, turkey clubs and turkey bacon wraps.

 
A meal at Anna's Place is always a treat, where the service is efficient and friendly. Stop in seven days a week for lunch, dinner or drinks at the bar and bring your family and friends. Don't forget Saturday night Karaoke for an evening of fun. The R, V and G trains are just outside so it's easy to get to. Come for a home style meal at Anna's Place.

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