An Irish Classic
Food & Friends
Donovan's Pub: 57-24 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside,
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Monday through Saturday; Sunday brunch
starts at 12 noon; the pub stays open all day and evening.
Cuisine: Irish, American and Italian
Credit Cards: none; cash only
Handicap accessible: yes
Donovans is great place to stop in for a few
drinks, but its also a treat for dinner. The Irish institution seats over 200 people
in wood-paneled rooms complete with stained-glass windows. Its large tables and extensive
menu make it the perfect place to bring any group or enjoy dinner for two.
The Shepherds Pie is arguably the best in the
borough. But beyond the traditional Irish fare, there is something for everyone
from broiled scallops to zucchini sticks (as an appetizer).
The filet of sole I had was very good; the white fish was
beautifully prepared. It came with large sides of mashed potatoes and broccoli . . . a
great dinner for a hot summer day.
My colleague had the salmon steak which was basic
And on a hearty note, their burgers are not to be missed.
Thick and juicy, their reputation proceeds them and is well deserved. They are delectable
and the French fries are excellent.
And just because Donovans is Irish, dont think
they cant do Italian. The lasagna is delicious piping hot with just the right
amount of cheese.
Still, the truly special thing about this pub is its
atmosphere and the people who work there. Jack Donovan, a former detective, manages the
place with flair and style. He greets everyone as they walk in and knows almost
The serving staff is second to none. Our server was from
Ireland and had all the charm of the old country.
So if youre in the mood for a few drinks (they have a
wonderful whiskey selection), a great atmosphere, and an excellent selection of food
this is the place.
And if Woodside isnt your regular evening haunt,
there is always the Donovans in Bayside. Although the Woodside location is the
original, the Bayside location has masterfully replicated the Irish pub style and friendly
grace that makes the Woodside location so memorable . . . and the food is just as hearty