Donovan’s Pub’s Burger, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes


Dish no. 61: Burger from Donovan’s Pub (5724 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, 718-429-9339)

The Platonic ideal of an Irish pub, Donovan’s has been a Woodside fixture for nearly 50 years. Though the management recently changed, the new owners have no interest in messing with a good thing. And the best thing, as the sign hanging out front boasts, is the burger, a rich half-pounder with juices that ooze into the toasted bun and can be sopped up with a side of crisp steak fries. The patty comes with lettuce and tomato but needs little else–except a pint, perhaps. It’s best enjoyed in the main dining room, where a roaring fire makes for a transportive experience.

In advance of our 2014 Best of NYC issue, we’re traipsing through the boroughs and divulging our favorite dishes of the year. They’re presented here as a countdown, but we’re listing them in no particular order. Consider this a guide to what’s good to eat in this town right this very second.

See the map of our 100 favorite dishes.


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 4, 2014

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