But Dirty Pierre's dive-y vibe is key to its appeal: on those days when you don't want fancy, you can be sure of not finding it here. The burger ($10), served on an English muffin, is well-seasoned, a bit greasy, and very satisfying. The thin-cut fries are basic, but good. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Yuengling. Try to come on Sunday, when the burger is just $6.
- Dirty Pierre's, 15 Continental Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375, 718-830-9698
The obvious choice of beverage, of course, is Guinness, but mix things up a bit with the smooth, nutty Smithwick's Irish Ale, also available on tap. Oh, and some nights, the Cottage features real entertainment (if a guy with a guitar crooning U2 and REM covers qualifies).
- Irish Cottage, 10807 72nd Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375, 718-268-1329
Danny Brown Wine Bar & KitchenThis ambitious, well-designed restaurant opened in 2006 on Metropolitan Avenue, and has since become a favorite destination for Forest Hills foodies. But Danny Brown doesn't just serve the neighborhood's best (okay, only) selection of charcuterie and the yummiest chicken on the planet; he also turns out a pretty kick-ass burger ($13). The meat is equal parts short rib -- which contributes fat and flavor -- and sirloin, and has a distinctly tender texture. It's served on an English muffin alongside a pile of double-fried shoestring fries. Skip the beer and ask for a wine recommendation instead (I had the 2005 Forca Cotes du Roussillon).
- Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen, 10402 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375, 718-261-2144