P.J. Horgan’s


After nearly 7 years (!) of living in Sunnyside, today was the first time I actually ate at what is the neighborhood’s oldest pub: P.J. Horgan’s (on Queens Blvd between 42nd and 43rd). The restaurant has a much more traditional atmosphere as compared to some of the newer pubs in the area, like Molly Bloom’s, with a clearly older clientele.


Dinner comes with a complementary loaf of bread. Normally I wouldn’t even mention something like this, but this one was noteworthy because they let us take the remainder home! I guess normally they would have to throw it out anyway, so it makes sense, but this is the first time I’ve witness the waitress make such an offer.


There is an assortment of appetizers, including this unique one: zucchini sticks. They are just like mozzarella sticks, although presumably healthier. They tasted a lot better than I expected, and for $6 there was quite a lot of them.


The menu is quite extensive, featuring appetizers, salads, burgers, entrees, and desserts. There is also a small wine menu in addition to the beer offerings. Since it was our first time here, I opted for the traditional fish & chips ($16). Two chunks of the fried fish come with an ample side of french fries, tartar sauce, lemon, and vinegar.It was quite good, but not exceptional and thus perhaps a little on the expensive side.


There is a variety of burgers – including beef, fish, chicken, and this turkey one. Oddly, it doesn’t come with any tomatoes  (but there is plenty of ketchup available). Normally it comes with a side of fries, but those can be substituted for a baked potato, or – as in this case – mashed potatoes. There was no cheese on the burger either, but presumably if you explicitly ask for it they might give you some. Taste-wise, it was good, and pretty much on par with others in the neighborhood (e.g. Molly Bloom’s).


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