Chef Martin Forde opened Mood in a neighborhood—Kew Gardens—long restricted to burgers and pizza. His appetizers go from the classic (meaty crab cakes) and the health-conscious (three salads) to the experimental (mushroom strudel resembling egg rolls). Entrées include a grilled veal chop as juicy as any you’d find in a fine steakhouse and ocean-sweet scallops with gingered rice. Tabs are very moderate, another mood-lifter for early adopters of creative cuisine in central Queens.
120-29 83rd Ave
|Cross street:||between Lefferts Blvd and Grenfell St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11:30am–10pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–10:30pm; Sun noon–3pm, 4–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: E, F to Kew Gardens|
|Price:||Average main course: $17. AmEx, MC, V|