4/16/2013 10:50:00 AM

The Flying Pig Will Bring Gastropub Fare to Forest Hills

Is Forest Hills ready for the likes of duck confit and craft beers? The tony Queens, NY, enclave isn’t known for its gastropub eats, but with the imminent arrival of The Flying Pig on Austin Street, residents will be familiarizing themselves with these foodie favorites soon.

“This is what Forest Hills needs”, says Declan Morrison, who, with his wife Natasha, owns the nascent eatery, as well as local pubs Blackwater Inn and Tap House. He notes that the 3,000-square-foot, 120-seat Flying Pig – housed in the space formerly occupied by Johnny Rockets and decorated in a traditional yet modern style (marble-countertop bar, copper ceiling, wooden beams) – will offer a seasonal American-gastropub menu with a locavore slant; specialties include that confit, plus raw oysters, oysters seasoned with flavored ice, pork belly, pork cheeks, pates and terrines. On the liquid side, the spot will feature 36 craft beers on tap, about 100 bottles of wine and a number of high-end whiskeys, while a mixologist will whip up creative cocktails using herbs and juices.

Morrison expects The Flying Pig to open at the end of this month. Until then, FH residents will have to wait for this porcine pub to lift off.

The Flying Pig is located at 70-28 Austin St.

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