If it's authentic European style cuisine that you are craving, your first stop for a great plate date is the Chalet Alpina. Your hosts Lenny and his partner Zelko will welcome you into their cozy "chalet" for a meal that's pure comfort food that will tempt your palate. The Chalet Alpina has been a Forest Hills destination point for over twenty-eight years. Lenny and Zelko have owned the restaurant for the last four years, bringing their lifetime of restaurant experience to you. Plate date starter recommendations include the Ungarische Goulasch soup or the salty and succulent clams casino. Another savory appetizer choice is the Goat Cheese Pouch. Creamy mild goat cheese wrapped up with spinach and wild mushrooms baked in phyllo dough topping baby field greens in a balsamic dressing. Try some of the signature dishes such as the Manchner Sauerbraten, which is a marinated pot roast in a sweet and sour sauce, or the Weiner Schnitzel done in the traditional style of pounding a veal cutlet very thin, breading it and then sautéing it to a golden brown perfection. The Bavarian Plate is a popular favorite of diners at the Chalet Alpina. The Bavarian Plate is a combination of smoked pork tenderloin, smoked sausage, and roast loin of pork. Entrees come with two side dishes. Spaetzle and creamed spinach just like you remembered are two recommended choices.