P.J. Horgan’s

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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