Woodside, Queens, bustles on, but this worn Irish pub stays the same. Well-lubricated old-timers line the front bar, while the wood-paneled dining room—made all the more classic with stained-glass adornment—recalls an honest age of prechain family dining. Irish-American pub fare like steak, roast beef and shepherd’s pie dominate the menu, but it’s the renowned burger that justifies the trek: loosely formed from freshly ground New York strip, broiled to a perfect char and simply decorated with lettuce and tomato—cheese and raw onion optional. In a city lousy with buzzworthy patties, this simple warhorse is still among the best.
|Venue name:||Donovan’s Pub||Contact:|
57-24 Roosevelt Ave
|Cross street:||at 58th St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: 7 to 61st St–Woodside|
|Price:||Average main course: $12. Disc, MC, V|
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Had the opportunity to try the Donovan's burger at Time Out New York's Battle of the Burger. It may not have won the popular vote to win the battle that night but as far as I'm concerned it's winning the war for New York City's best burger. It's not a gimmicky, 10 topping burger with exotic ingredients. It's a perfectly simple burger done well. This had my vote for the best burger of the night. I'm looking forward to the next time I head out to Woodside to make a stop at Donovan's for a few pints and another outstanding burger.
Don't be a pretender: "Shake Shack!" Please. Be a real New Yorker, take the train and go to Queens. This is how a burger is supposed to taste and be presented. No frills. All taste. There's a reason this place has stood the test of time -- and it's not exactly the decor.