Looking for a pub/tavern in the inner neighborhoods of Brooklyn or Queens (close to Manhattan) with the following, in order of importance:
Something that warrants a special trip by non-locals. Could be pub style, steakhouse style, fast food style, gourmet, whatever.
I know this is a tough request, but are there any pubs that aren't going to be a raucous madhouse during the early evening hours (before 8pm) on a weekend night? Our group would like to actually converse a little and don't want to contend with obnoxiously loud frat/sorority types.
-Good craft beer selection
A small but quality list is fine; a more extensive list with unusual selections is obviously ideal.
-Classic pub decor
Dark and semi-divey with wooden booths would be great, but that's just one example...at the very least, the place definitely shouldn't have garish decor and harsh lighting like some fast food joint. Also, I'm not really looking into restaurants that happen to serve a good burger since they don't have the pub-style decor that I'm seeking.
FYI I just posted a similar request in the Manhattan board, but am also asking here since I suspect I'm more likely to find what I'm seeking in the outer boroughs.