2013-03-13 / Restaurant of the Week

Cobblestone’s Pub

Cobblestone’s Pub holds the distinction as the longest, continuously running bar on Queens Boulevard. Its amiable, community-minded owner, Peter Massaro, opened Cobblestone’s some 28 years ago and offers fine food, drink, and a sense of community due in large part to the regulation half-court basketball court that he had built out behind the pub. Though he could have chosen to construct a money-making beer garden, Massaro chose instead to “give something back” to the community that Cobblestone’s Pub serves. With his son Peter at the bar, top notch food, 25 screens with your favorite sports events, and a friendly staff, everyone wins at Cobblestone’s Pub.

Cobblestone’s Pub proudly features 18 craft and imported beers on tap including Lagunitas, Harpoon, Guinness Stout, Delerium Tremens, Sweet Action, and Brooklyn Pennant. The cocktails will keep the ladies and gents happy with choices such as an Absolut Bloody Mary, Ciroc red berry appletini, and the explosive Irish car bomb. Fruity margaritas and pina coladas are mixed up on the spot, or choose from some nice wines and spirits served straight up. I appreciate one-page menus and this one has everything you could want and better still, everything is made from scratch in their own kitchen. There are no frozen appetizers here, but you can try the plump, tender coconut crusted shrimp in a golden batter with sweet coconut and wasabi mayo dipping sauce ($10.95). Chicken quesadillas are filled with juicy, grilled chicken and jack cheese, and provide plenty to share with a friend ($9.95). Mac and cheese bites go down easy, as do the nacho chips smothered in the house made chili, rich with meat and spices. The chili can also be ordered as a first course or a meal in itself. Chicken wings are irresistible and come with your choice of spicy Buffalo sauce, their own Jack Daniels bourbon sauce, BBQ sauce, sweet chili sauce, hot honey BBQ sauce and others. If you’re too lazy to take these tender wings off the bone, you can order them boneless with the same delectable sauces. My dining companion and I were very impressed with the lobster bisque that was rich with seafood flavor, bits of lobster, and had a creamy texture that was just right, but not overwhelming. I hear the French onion soup is great too, topped with melted Gruyere cheese.

Cobblestone’s Pub is a great place for dinner, with their legendary baby back ribs that are slow-cooked and basted in their mouth-watering, signature sauce. With just a gentle prod from my fork, the succulent meat literally fell away from the bone, and we made short order of a half rack in just minutes. Full racks are available too, for lunch or dinner. The burgers can’t be beat, with a half pound of pure beef, grilled to perfection and topped with your favorite cheese, onions, mushrooms or bacon, you’ll need two hands for this. The sweet potato fries or regular fries are a must too.

At lunchtime or anytime, try the Cobblestone chicken hero with grilled chicken breast, bacon, cheese and luscious gravy on a hero roll ($11.95). BLTs, grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches or the Philly cheesesteak and a cold beer all make a great lunch or late night snack.

“We’re the biggest and best sports bar in Forest Hills,” says Massaro, with 25 screens and the basketball court out back. Indeed Cobblestone’s Pub hosts three-on-three youth tournaments for disabled kids from YAI in age groups from 14 and under to 10 and under. In the spring, local residents and business leaders are encouraged to participate in Cobblestone’s three-on-three tournaments, with more information on their Web site. This is a great opportunity to build a sense of community and wellbeing in a fun and friendly environment. Kudos to Cobblestone’s Pub!

For dessert, we devoured the decadent molten chocolate lava cake served with creamy vanilla ice cream that was out of this world. The cheesecake is delicious too, as is the chocolate mousse. Finish it off with a steaming cappuccino or espresso and take a stroll home or just jump on the E or F train just outside, as we did. It’s an easy trip from Manhattan or other parts of Queens.

After 28 years, Cobblestone’s Pub is still the place to go for sports, libation, great food, fun, friendly service, and BASKETBALL! Visit for St. Paddy’s Day and enjoy $3 green beers, Irish coffee, free corned beef buffet from 5p.m. to 7p.m. and corned beef and cabbage with potatoes served all weekend long.

Visit their Web site for menus, events, and upcoming basketball tournaments.

117-18 Queens Blvd.  Forest Hills, NY
718.263.9754

www.cobblestonespub.com

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