First impressions can be deceiving at this hip Queens gastropub. From the outside, M. Wells Steakhouse looks like the old auto body garage it’s housed in, but step inside and the interior is all gloss and swagger. The dining room is a dark, sultry space—from its gold-and-black wallpapered ceiling and crystal chandeliers, to its sexy red walls, stunning bar area and open, wood-burning kitchen. Of course, the service is just as polished as the design.
Though the kitchen bills itself as a steakhouse, you can’t go wrong with the excellent raw bar, creative fish entrées (maybe the “trout no trout” composed with potatoes and cabbage?) and unique appetizers. Of course desserts, like pouding chômeur topped with maple syrup, remain as outstanding as ever.