by Julie Besonen, 11/20/2012
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
57-24 Roosevelt Ave., 718-429-9339, Woodside, Queens
This much-loved corner tavern, warmed by crackling fireplaces, has endured since 1966. Even though it's for sale, the fingers-crossed plan is for the new owners to change nothing. Woe betide anyone who fails to preserve the stained-glass windows, faux-timbered ceilings, Kiwanis Club plaques and the famously big and juicy hamburgers. It's the kind of burger you have to hunch over and hold with both hands to forestall making a mess. Past the bar area is a warren of cozy dining rooms, which can be booked for parties and family functions. Keep in mind it's cash only. For the table, get old-school apps like jalapeño poppers, breaded chicken tenders and stuffed baked clams. In allegiance to the joint's Irish roots, Guinness and Smithwick's are on tap.