O’Neill’s Is Back And Better Than Ever

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O’Neill’s Restaurant
64-21 53rd Drive, Maspeth
(718) 672-9696
oneillsrestaurant.com
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Cuisine: Pub Fare/Steakhouse/Seafood
Credit Cards: Yes
Delivery: Yes
Take-out: Yes
Catering: Yes

The many facets of O’Neill’s restaurant were on full display last week.

The Maspeth-based eatery, which reopened last month after a five-alarm blaze took it out of business for more than two years, offers a wide variety of experiences for its customers.

If you’re looking for a place to watch the games and down a couple of brews, like spending a Sunday watching the NFL, O’Neill’s has you covered with several televisions surrounding the bar area.

There are also several tables adjacent to the bar if you choose to sit down for a burger or finger foods.

If you prefer a finer dining experience, O’Neill’s has a separate area where it serves its more expensive food and provides customers with a quieter place to eat.

The restaurant offered a sampling of its menu during a taste testing last week.

We started off with their roasted garlic bread covered with Gorgonzola cheese sauce. The sauce covered the bread, giving it a creamy taste that normally would not be the case with garlic bread.

Another highlight of the appetizers was the lobster bisque. The pieces of lobster complement the creamy, buttery taste of the soup very well. According to Danny Pyle, the restaurant’s co-owner, one of their chefs, Richard Burns, buys lobster bones and uses it to get more flavor out of the lobster. Pyle said Burns is the only one in the United States buying lobster bones for that purpose.

After trying a slew of appetizers, it was time to try their main courses. They served us Porterhouse Steak, Alaskan King Salmon and Prime Rib Lamb Chops.

Although I enjoyed sampling all three entrees, the steak was the absolute highlight for me. Chopped into easy-to-eat slices, the steak was cooked to perfection, but still juicy enough to keep its flavor when you take a bite.

Overall, the food at O’Neill’s is terrific. The taste-testing event left my stomach stuffed and put me into a food coma of epic proportions. If you’re in Maspeth or the surrounding area, I can’t think of a better place to eat and watch sports games than O’Neill’s.

- Luis Gronda