Just steps from the Forest Hills LIRR platform, Nick's Pizza is a family restaurant that serves excellent thin-crust brick-oven pizza (you have to buy it by the pie) and great salads to patrons at tables and circular booths. The service is quick, so there's time to check out the shops on Austin Street. (108-26 Ascan Ave, Forest Hills, 718-263-1126)
At the lively Pio Pio, which specializes in delicious rotisserie chicken, the service is quick and the vibe is positive. Look around and you'll see mostly families. And it's gunning for the Bennigan's record for most birthday celebrations per minute. (84-13 Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights, 718-426-1010)
The Jackson Hole -- with branches in East Elmhurst/Jackson Heights and Bayside -- is a great-looking '50s-retro diner with good food and a friendly staff. Call it a "special occasion" diner.
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