29 July 2012

Donovan's, Classic Irish Pub of Woodside, to Close


With all due respect to Woodside, Queens, there aren't many reasons to visit this unlovely neighborhood. The Stop Inn is one. The Station Cafe dive bar is another. Top of the list is Donovan's Pub, which could easily be called the most Irish Pub-y Irish pub in the five borough, and one of the best, too. It's got a great outside. It's got a great inside, with a sunken dining room and a working fireplace. And it may have the best burger in New York.

Bad news comes from Sunnyside Post that the site of Donovan’s Pub is up for sale for $3.2 million and "its future as a business is up in the air, according to a real estate firm that is listing the property." Joe Donovan, who is in his late 70s, is selling.

According to the ad, the buyer will be acquiring the property with two retail operations–a dress shop and Donovan’s. However, as part of the terms of the sale, the pub will be left vacant.

So, is Woodside without Donovan's worth visiting? I'm not so sure.

7 comments:

Trevor Kirk Lawson said...

I take it the writer has never been to Woodside, if he/she thinks Donovan's is one of the main reasons to go. Woodside, along with its neighbors Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, has some of the best ethnic restaurants in the city.

tacony palmyra said...

There's definitely notable Thai, Filipino, and Korean food in Woodside.

Ken Mac said...

Please list the address and nearest subway stop. !!

Brooks of Sheffield said...

I worked in Woodside for five years. Yes, there is great ethnic food, but, as you say, in nearby Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. (Why make the comment if your observation is about other neighborhoods?) Aside from a couple exceptions, the food choices in downtown Woodside are uninspired. Believe me. I've eaten at most of them.

Brooks of Sheffield said...

To get to Donovan's, get off on the 61st Street Stop on the 7 and walk three blocks west. Can't miss it.

Trevor Kirk Lawson said...

I was speaking of the food in Woodside primarily. As another commenter already stated, there is argualbly the best Filipino and Thai places in all of NYC in Woodside, as well as Korean and Nepalese places.

Grade A Karen said...

We were once again enjoying Donovan's on Saturday, and our waitress said they were not about to close, that the restaurant has been up for sale for years.