Over 60 years ago, 71st Place in Glendale was called Edison Place and it seems there has always been a top-notch neighborhood restaurant located on the corner, where it intersects with Cooper Avenue. Predecessors to the latest dining hotspot, aptly named Edison Place were Stefen’s and Von Westernhagen’s, two of Queens’ most beloved eateries.
Tim Sullivan, the 28-year-old manager of Edison Place, which opened in March, is also a co-owner. Sullivan grew up in Howard Beach, attended Archbishop Molloy High School, and has lived in various Queens neighborhoods since graduating college. In calling the restaurant Edison Place, Sullivan and his fellow owners, the Long family, demonstrate that they are well aware their business is a lot more than a restaurant; it’s a social institution.“We serve the community for baby showers and we are here for mourners after a funeral,” said Sullivan.
With its chandeliers and mahogany interiors, Edison Place reminds one of steakhouses like Angelo’s & Maxie’s located on Park Avenue South. But, prices are much easier on the wallet and the atmosphere is far more relaxed. “We deliberately do not use tablecloths. We are striving for an upscale yet casual atmosphere,” Sullivan said.
The menu is varied and offers choices for fish and meat lovers, vegetarians and those watching their cholesterol or their calorie intake. Still, those who just want to indulge their appetites will not encounter problems.
My dining buddy and I started with a pair of appetizers. The crab cakes were tasty and thankfully lighter than most Maryland crab cakes that I have tried. The dish was enhanced by a savory cabbage slaw that was less creamy, and therefore healthier, than its cole slaw cousin. Edison’s grilled duck sausage, served with a cherry sauce was pleasantly seasoned and proved that sausage does not have to be synonymous with pork.
Edison Place’s chef, Brooklyn native Russell Titland, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and has worked at the River Cafe, the Waldorf-Astoria and the China Grill. While he certainly wants to showcase comfort food and popular entrees, he also wants to provide diners with a touch of the unexpected. Rather than serving the popular but bland filet of sole, the meaty white fish on the menu is orange roughy, known internationally and far tastier than sole, served pan roasted.
Decor is not the only thing at Edison Place inspired by steakhouses. Its smoked bacon-wrapped filet mignon, served with a medley of sauteed vegetables, measures up with what one might expect from Peter Luger’s or Morton’s.
But don’t eat too much; you must save room for dessert. Among the recommended choices are the homemade apple strudel a la mode served with maple or vanilla ice cream, fresh berries and cream, and the Linzer torte.
Bargain hunters should note that there is a weekday $12 lunch special where you can order the carving meat of the day, soup, vegetables and coffee. There are early bird dinner specials offered Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. when for $19.95, you get an appetizer, entree and dessert. And of course, let’s not overlook the homemade bread basket that includes raisin rolls.
Edison Place is located at 71-28 Cooper Ave. and the phone number is (718) 821-8401. Valet parking is available on weekends. The Q-55 stops one block away at Myrtle Avenue and 72nd Street. All major credit cards are accepted. For more information, visit edisonplaceny.com
When: Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.,food served until 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., food served until 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 12 a.m., food served until 9 p.m.
Where: 71-28 Cooper Ave., Glendale