F, G at Smith-9th Sts.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
This venue is closed.
Dubuque, with its clever name (short for Down Under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) and compact menu, fits the classic burger joint bill with quiet style. The space’s cozy whitewall interior, with a short bar and warm, bare-bulb lighting scheme, wouldn’t feel out of place in seaside New England. Its menu adds an unusual Austrian influence to the classic beef-and-bread model: openers range from a fried calamari to crisp tempura green beans and a bowl of charred Brussels sprouts and bacon; a classic macaroni ramekin tastes all the better for its smoked ham-and-three-cheese mix. It’s unfortunate that entrees don't include sides, as crisp, herb-spiked fries arrive in a classic diner cone. The patties themselves - available in beef, lamb, fish and a lentil and barley vegetarian option - may be stuffed with delightful extras like basil pesto and truffled mushrooms or topped with a floppy braised brisket and a dollop of sweet barbecue. Yet for all their trappings, these burgers lean toward the sloppy side, their buns oily enough to demand either an army of napkins, or a knife and fork as a last resort.Recommended Dishes
Burger with braised brisket ($12)