Queens – Woodside
57-24 Roosevelt Ave. (bet. 57th and 58th Sts.)
Queens, NY 11377
Tucked beneath the rumbling 7 train, this is the Queens pub that time forgot. The multiethnic Woodside enclave used to be an Irish community, and that old-time atmosphere is still felt at Donovan's, founded in 1966. It's where men are called Gerry and Mike and "the girl" will get your order (the latter turns out to be an Irish-accented grandmother). The front room is a working-class watering hole with well-spaced bar chairs that swivel, enabling conversation on all sides—Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" video could have been shot here, and it's no surprise when the song comes on the radio. Past the bar is a family-oriented dining room with a flickering fireplace adorned with copper pots; there are also wood-paneled, book-lined rooms that can be reserved for parties. Most famous for its big, classic hamburgers, the Donovan's menu also offers chicken wings, baked clams and jalapeño poppers.
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