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Jade Eatery and Lounge to Reopen After Closing in Midst of Station Square Renovations

Jade Eatery and Lounge (Photo: Courtesy of Irina Gottesman)

May 6, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

An Asian Fusion restaurant in Forest Hills will reopen later this month after electing to close in the midst of renovations being made to Station Square, where the eatery is located.

Jade Eatery and Lounge, located at 1 Station Square, closed this past January due to the restoration of the historic area’s brick roadway hurting business.

Jade Eatery and Lounge (Photo: Courtesy of Irina Gottesman)

The owners, which include Forest Hills native Irina Gottesman, her brother Sam Kandhorov, and their father Abram Kandhorov, said they were not made aware of the construction or how long it was going to take.

Gottesman said they tried to keep the restaurant open for as long as possible during construction, but around January, business was suffering and they decided to close.

“It was a really difficult decision to make,” Gottesman said. “We just couldn’t stay open but now that Station Square is opening up soon, we are looking forward to kind of a brand new launch.”

Gottesman said they are really hoping to have the restaurant reopen before the first Forest Hills Stadium concert event happens, which is on Saturday, May 25.

The establishment opened in 2006 and the owners believe their restaurant continues to fill a need that they noticed when they first opened.

“We decided to open Jade because we thought there was a void in the neighborhood at the time for a trendier place for dining,” Gottesman said. “We believe in this neighborhood and maintaining the close knit community.”

The 8,000 square foot location can seat 22 people outside, 140 people in the main dining room, 50 people at the bar, and 100 additional people in the back event room called the Dharma Lounge.

The changes patrons can expect to see with the restaurant’s reopening, according to Gottesman, include a sushi bar where people can see the rolls being made, as well as a greater focus on their bar and specialty cocktail menu.

Bar at Jade Eatery and Lounge (Photo: Courtesy of Irina Gottesman)

A few of their specialty cocktails include the “Lychee Martini”, made with lychee infused vodka, orange liqueur, and lychee puree; their “Jadetini”, which includes Bacardi coconut rum, a citrus juice called yuzu, mango puree, topped with coconut shavings; as well as the “Blooming Lotus,” which includes fig infused vodka, elderflower liqueur, muddled cucumber, yuzu, and a fresh hibiscus syrup.

The Asian fusion location, complete with a Buddha overlooking the dining room koi pond, has popular dishes such as its Sushi Pizza, which has diced tuna and salmon, spicy mayo, crispy rice, scallions, and tobiko; Mongolian beef dish with scallions and onions; and their lollipop chicken, served with a cilantro garlic dip.

The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Friday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for weekday dinner;  Saturday and Sundays the eatery will be open for lunch at 12 p.m. and close at 11:30 p.m; Mondays the restaurant will be closed. 

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12 Comments

LJ

I’d love to see a kids menu with plainer options (lollipop chicken, orange glazed tofu, general tso’s, and veggie lo mein, etc or veggie dumplings) since we have such a family friendly neighborhood. I think this would help business a lot!

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Diana

I live so close by and was so disheartened when I saw they were closed. I am so happy to see they are back open! I missed the restaurant because the ambience is truly special…but just as special, or maybe even more special are the staff!

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Cindy

I am so happy Jade is now open! I have missed the food, the lovely people who work there, and the friends I have made over the years sitting at the bar having dinner and a specialty
cocktail.

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Jade Patron

Why are there so many “dislikes” and thumbs down? The comments do not seem out of the ordinary or peculiar. Odd that people would dislike others expressing their appreciation for the restaurant and it’s reopening. Would others prefer an empty store-front or another bank instead?

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Lee

Glad to see them coming back. Sure do hope they bring back the curry dishes they took off the menu.

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Jade Patron

I am glad to see Jade reopening. I saw the business listed for sale and feared the worst where there would be an empty store front for years similar to when Melting Pot closed. Either way; great food, great people, great location.

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Shelley pascale

I was hoping you would introduce some gluten free options as Inhave celiac disease. No wheat or flour. Thank you.

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Adele

I can’t wait to go back to your wonderful restaurant! We have missed it. Looking forward to trying each new interesting cocktail too!

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Janet

Great news! Have really missed this neighborhood hangout, wonderful people, ambiance, food and drinks

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