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New Kebab Restaurant Looks to Heat Up Forest Hills Dining Scene

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | August 28, 2013 2:35pm

QUEENS — A new restaurant opening soon on Forest Hills' restaurant row is looking to skewer the competition — offering up an array of grilled kabobs including veal liver and seafood.

The Grill, slated to launch in a few weeks at 107-12 70th Road, between Austin St. and Queens Blvd., will primarily serve meat and fish grilled over open flame on skewers.

The restaurant will replace Liang’s, which closed earlier this year. It will join a variety of restaurants already on the block, including Aged Steakhouse, Cabana Nuevo Latino, Moca Asian Bistro and Narita Japanese Cuisine.

The Grill will serve a mix of Greek, Asian and Middle Eastern food, the owner said.

“Everything will be grilled on metal kebab sticks on open flame,” said Oleg Kaz, 37, a Forest Hills resident, who also owns two delis on the Upper East Side. There is "nothing like that" in the Austin Street area, he said.

Patrons will be able to choose from lamb, beef, veal liver, chicken and vegetarian kebabs ($4 to $5 per skewer). They will also find a variety of seafood on skewers, including sea bass, salmon and shrimp ($10 per skewer).

The restaurant will also serve branzino ($24), Greek style bifteki ($16) and chalahach, which consists of four grilled lamb chops marinated with onion, thyme, basil and marjoram, finished with pistachio nut butter ($30).

Kaz said he took cooking classes and worked on many recipes himself, but he won't be the chef at the restaurant.

He said patrons can expect food rich in spices, including cumin, Cayenne pepper and oregano. He will use cognac to grill lamb and red wine for beef kebabs.

The restaurant, which will fit roughly 60 people, will also feature outdoor seating, Kaz said.

The Grill is slated to open in four to six weeks.