Sunnyside pub/restaurant opens Friday

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  1. Sunny Blue

    Good luck. See you there for some shep's pie and a pint.

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  2. Marilyn

    I am sure that I will try them out, however I miss Bliss and don't think that the corner was wasted.

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  3. The Watcher

    Yeah? Well the last restaurant owner screwed Dorothy Moorehead out of well over fifty grand in back rent before she got a court order to toss him out....Good Riddance!!!!

    BEST OF LUCK TO THE DOG & DUCK!!!

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  4. SSide

    Always happy to see new, small businesses emerge, especially in this economy, but Bliss Bistro was an elegant and rare gem in a neighborhood with countless pubs.

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  5. Melissa

    I really miss Blooms, so I'm pleased to know the co-owner is their former chef. The food there was great -- definitely a cut above typical pub food. Good luck -- we'll try to stop by soon!

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  6. Lily

    Awesome! Looking forward to trying it out!

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  7. Carol

    Great news! Excited to try it.

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  8. Sherry

    Bliss Bistro was my favorite restaurant in Sunnyside. I do wish you the best of luck with Dog & Duck and hope you can match or go beyond the culinary delights we experienced with Bliss Bistro. Especially looking forward to dining in the outdoor garden during the warm weather.

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  9. Long time resident

    I can't help but think it's a pity the back garden won't be used right now, with the leaves starting to turn. But I'm sure there's a reason.

    I wish the business the best of luck!

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  10. Krissi

    Sherry and Sside

    Totally agree with both of you. I loved Bliss Bistro, and although we have PLENTY of pubs in Sunnyside, I do think that the chefs here hope to do something a little different from usual pub fare.

    The space here is GORGEOUS. The backyard, etc. I will certainly be a regular!

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  11. EveryoneIsCrazy

    um.... THE Jim Dolan? Maybe Isiah Thomas will be the Maitre D'.

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  12. Old Timer

    Good luck. Like the funny name. Who is the dog? Who the duck?

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  13. Holier-Than-Thou

    I hope they take down the plywood.

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  14. Randall

    I hope they can last. As much as I like restaurants, I think there are too many on Skillman Avenue and they can't all stay in business with this economy. I miss the Orchard which used to be on Queens Boulevard.

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  15. sunnyside_south

    was able to get a look inside when walking by yesterday. very happy to see a great tap selection and beautiful seating area. will be in this weekend for sure!

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  16. Logical

    I walked by this morning - it looks lovely inside. Great layout, design, and furnishings. The tap selection is OK - nothing you can't get anywhere else, but maybe they'll spice it up in the coming months. I'm really looking forward to grabbing a beer and sampling some food over the weekend.

    So happy to see something new and well-done in the neighborhood. Skillman Ave just keeps getting better!

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  17. Roger_the_Shrubber

    If the bartenders pour a pint to the top without an inch of foam, I'll be impressed. If they pour a pint of Guinness properly, I'll be even more impressed.

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  18. Nora Y.

    The service was not great. It took a long time to get drinks and even longer to get refills. I saw one patron wandering around trying to get someone to run her credit card so she could pay the bill and many tables had empty wine or beer glasses. It took a while for the waitress to take our order. I was especially put off when she asked us, upon delivering our third round of drinks, if we wanted the check. She did not even bother to ask us if we wanted a dessert or a coffee. Sadly, the check was the only thing that arrived quickly that night.

    The Dog & Duck can be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. If they had a more experienced wait staff, the drink would have been kept flowing so the kitchen’s shortcomings would not have been so obvious. Sadly, all the beer in the world would not have been able to hide the fact that the $27 we spent on the Beef Wellington was money poorly spent.

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  19. Dan T

    I can't wait to try this place, and as they've only been open a day or so, I'm sure they're still putting on the finishing touches and finding their rhythm.

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  20. Dorothy Morehead

    The Dog and Duck opened at 6:00 this evening. I took my 5-year-old granddaughter to celebrate their opening after four months of renovation. I had the lamb shank. which was absolutely delicious, and my granddaughter had the hamburger, which was perfectly cooked and came with French fries, lettuce, tomato and onions. It was great fun seeing friends and neighbors through the French doors and by the time we left a little after 7, the place was almost filled. Good luck to Padraigh and James and their staff.

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  21. TheBitchyWaiter

    Jeez, Nora. They just opened. Give 'em a chance to get their groove.

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  22. TheBitchyWaiter

    Sorry. Just standing up for the overwhelmed server.

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  23. marilyn

    Their electricity went off last night and they closed the kitchen early. Probably a good thing as a friend ate there last night and said that her meal was really, really bad. She also said that the bar is small. Anyway, can't wait to try it all for myself.

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  24. I'd_Just_Like_To_Say...

    Was there last night and went in with expectations of an opening night. It was kind of chaotic and waited 45 minutes for my meal. The atmosphere was nice and the staff very friendly. The food was good, but could've had a bigger portion of potatoes/vegetables with my Lamb Shank and bread with my pate. Definitely will try again in a few weeks. Cut them some slack for a while.

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  25. Nora Y.

    @BitchyWaiter - I was a waitress for years. I am guessing you are a server. If you had a table that was eating and drinking all night and never so much as peeped a complaint, would you say "Can I bring you your check?" after serving them their third round of drinks?

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  26. D&D

    There appears to be some issues which hopefully they will figure out over the next couple if weeks. 
    The decor is really nice, this restaurant/bar is definitely welcomed to the area.
    The food was just ok - hopefully there will be some improvements after the opening teething problems are resolved as there is much better food in other locations close by.
    glasses of wine quantity pretty miserable for $7 and $9.
    Service could be better but I'm sure will improve after a couple of nights.
    Will definitely go back and try the food again in a couple of weeks, hopefully some issues will be resolved.
     

     

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  27. sara

    Give the owner a break, the place just opened. Perfection doesnt happen in one night.

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  28. mike

    There are some mean people that are hard to please. No wonder there are empty stores.

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  29. P & B

    My husband and I tried it last night. The place was packed! It was craziness, but a welcome addition to the neighborhood. It took awhile to get served but that was expected on opening weekend. They just need a few extra staff and they will be fine. The food was good, and well priced. They did a nice job on the renovation. I wish them all the best for success, we will be back.

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  30. Raquel

    Sticking to the other Irish pubs which have good food. Oldies but goodies! Glad I did not go there with a date - he would have been ticked off waiting to be served. But good luck anyway. I would like to see the place do well.

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  31. Lets go Rangers

    The duck was very good but the dog was a bit tough. It was the 1st night, give them a break.

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  32. Krissi

    I tend to give a place at least a few weeks to iron out the kinks in their service and menu. All small businesses have growing pains.

    I still look forward to trying it though!

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  33. Holier-Than-Thou

    I'm for the kinks!

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  34. sunnyside_south

    was a bit disappointed to see the $6.50 price for a pint. sure they have some decent options, but that's a little high, esp for sunnyside. many other options around for $5 guinness or IPAs.

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  35. me

    $6.50 for a pint is too much. $6.00 should be the max, and even that's pushing it.

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  36. M & M

    Welcome addition to the area and hope they do really well. Smart place with a nice decor. They could re-visit their wine list and beer list along with the prices - has to be competitive and remember it isn't Manhattan. Amount of wine in the glass could also be looked at. I am sure it will be a success and can't wait until they start serving brunch at weekends. Good Luck.

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  37. Michael O'Herlihy

    From O'
    First visit was today. The food was very good as was the service. I am looking forward to returning often. It is great sight here on Skillman Ave. and I hope it will have only the best of success.
    For those who find fault, please try again. It takes time to get the show on the road in the restaurant business. Also, best of luck from Michael D. Higgins.

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  38. Sunnyside Lifer

    Food & service was good. Prices are reasonable. However, no double door entry and french doors will make the place very cold in the winter.

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  39. B

    It's terrific. Great food. Very good price. Great Service. Was skeptical after reading some comments. Well worth it.

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  40. sunnyres

    Beautiful new resturant. Food wasn't totally impressive, but I'm sure they're still getting the hang of things. Service was friendly, just wish they were dressed a little more appropriately. All in all, I will definiately be back for more!

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  41. Chris

    I've lived in Sunnyside and Woodside for over a decade now. My family and I eat out a fair amount and even though the neighborhoods are crying out for something better to elevate the food scene we get this...another generic pub with a middle-of-road menu. I'm big on applying the Queens curve to rating restaurants in our beloved borough. If this place had even remotely decent food I'd be happily welcome yet another safe but standard comfort-food option but the meal my wife and I had a couple of weeks ago was such an off-the-chart failure that I barely know where to begin. Before I get into describing the meal, I'll mention one positive: The staff were very nice. Slightly clueless to the misery that they were passing off as food but otherwise very accommodating.

    After scanning the uninspiring menu we settled on splitting the onion tart to start and we both ordered fish and chips. My wife liked the tart a little more than I did but overall it was poorly constructed and lacked flavor. The crust tasted freezer burnt and was definitely not made from scratch. Then the fish and chips came out. Right away I could tell this was not going to be good. Each piece of fish was exactly the same size, a clear indication that this was not fresh or homemade, and on the small side to boot. No surprise that the fish was limp and soggy and absolutely tasteless. The batter practically disintegrated before I could take a bite. The "chips" were your standard frozen steak fry variety and there were maybe 10 fries on each plate, none of which were full-size. They were mostly just bits and pieces you would get from the tail-end of a big industrial sized bag of frozen fries. They tasted liked they looked...terrible.

    It disturbs me that a pub in Sunnyside (of all neighborhoods) much less one touting itself as a "gastro-pub, can't turn out an eatable version of this most basic of basic menu items for a pub. What an embarrassment to the neighborhood. It's like an Indian restaurant opening in Jackson Heights and they try to serve you that prepackaged Tasty Bite crap from the grocery store.

    Based on the menu and this experience, not only will I not go back, I'll tell everyone I know the neighborhood to avoid it like the plague.

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  42. Robert

    This is my second post because I noticed the first was taken out oddly enough. Seems someone does not like to have unflattering reviews about a restaurant in the area. So I will post again and here it is: I want nothing else but good food selections in the area because god knows the area desperately needs it. Who ever says "The Dog and the Duck" serves good food is not a good food eater. Sorry folks but the food is terrible! Just another pub with overcooked bland Irish fare. Limp, soggy and oily french fries along with tasteless over salted in the kitchen burger meat . Or how about an overcooked rib eye which was on special one eve and when you notified the waiter it was overcooked and the second time around they brought out another one which was also overcooked -along the likes of dry leather !!! Try the pate' and try to figure out what the hell it is because pate' it is not. After going there for two , three times in order to give them another try so to speak one gets a sense the owner does not really care. For foodies go to Yelp / NY and read the reviews. Surely as an owner you have to be sensitive to what foodies are commenting. So the real question is : Is anybody listening over there or is it just about selling booze to the locals ??

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  43. Robert

    Terrible overcooked food. Soggy oily french fries ,tasteless burger meat, faux pate' (try figuring out what it is because its not pate'- like glue). Overcooked rib eye twice !!!! Good riddance!!!

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  44. IrishTico

    Rather expensive for this area, but best of luck.

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  45. Boyne_9_0s

    Good luck with you new adventures , can't wait for a long cold drink sometime soon .

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The bar closed for construction on Feb. 1, and its owners have rebuilt much of the interior with 1800s reclaimed wood.

New floors have been put down. A new bar has been built, alongside new timber seats and tables.

“I just came in as an owner /partner last month and felt it was time for a revamp and I like the rustic look,” said James Moore, the former manager at Maggie Mae’s who now co-owns it with Sean Sorohan. “The neighborhood is also changing–there are a lot of new people coming to the area.”

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Feb. 23, By Christian Murray

A graffiti vandal has been targeting the walls of Sunnyside spraying his tag SBR all over stores on 42nd Street, 43rd Street and 44th Street.

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Maggie Mae’s is undergoing a big makeover

Maggie-Maes1Feb. 20, By Christian Murray

Maggie Mae’s, a well known bar located at 41-15 Queens Blvd, is undergoing a major revamp.

The interior is being rebuilt from top to bottom with 1800s reclaimed wood from Pennsylvania.

New floors are being put down. A new bar has been built, alongside new timber seats and tables.

The bar closed for construction the day after the Super Bowl (Feb. 1) and its owners are planning on reopening it on Feb. 28.

“I just came in as an owner /partner last month and felt it was time for a revamp and I like the rustic look,” said James Moore, the former manager at Maggie Mae’s who now co-owns it with Sean Sorohan. “The neighborhood is also changing–there are a lot of new people coming to the area.”

One of the walls has been removed and now the red brick that was behind it is exposed. Meanwhile, the popcorn ceiling is gone, and the old timber beams show through.

The pool table and the duke box are gone for good. The games of beer pong will be no longer. And there will be just three TVs.

The owners are also putting in a kitchen, which will begin serving food this summer. The menu is not expected to be extensive but items such as burgers, fish and chips will be served.

This summer, the outside and front-door entrance will change significantly. There will be floor to ceiling windows and a whole new exterior sign.

In the interim, the sign will change and the outside will be painted a different color.

Moore said that the bar will have 18 beer lines when it reopens, with several craft beer options.

Maggie Mae’s is also upgrading its large downstairs area that is typically used for parties. That space too is being rebuilt with 1800s reclaimed wood.

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Aluminaire House is wanted: Mayor of Palm Springs plans to bring it there

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Sunnyside’s trash is about to become another city’s treasure.

The 1931 Aluminaire House, which was going to be erected on the corner of 39th Avenue and 50th Street, is being transported to Palm Springs. The mayor of Palm Springs is a big supporter of relocating it there and has started a fundraising drive in order to do so, according to The Desert Sun.

The structure appeared headed to Sunnyside Gardens, where architects in 2013 planned to build eight residential units behind the aluminum house on the former Phipps playground.

The house was designed in 1931 and is deemed to be of architectural significance. It was designed to explore how materials like aluminum could be used to build low-cost housing.

However, Sunnyside residents rejected the plan—and the house–and believed that the showpiece was out of character with the existing red-brick homes in the landmarked neighborhood.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, at the landmarks hearing that decided whether it could go up in the neighborhood, said that more than 350 people had contacted his office in opposition to the proposal, with only five voicing their support.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris, at the same meeting, said: “I’ve been in public service for 13 years and I have seen community boards discuss all sort of things…but I have not seen such uniform opposition as with this project.”

The Landmarks Commission rejected the plan in January 2014.

However, the aluminum structure is very much wanted in Palm Springs.

The Mayor of Palm Springs has raised $200,000 of the $600,000 needed to bring it there in just one month.

The funds are needed to be transported the home, which is in a crate, and reassemble it.

At a recent $250 per-person fundraiser to bring the structure to Palm Springs, the mayor of that city reportedly said:

“If you have a product, that is an incredible product, people want to be a part of it. Hopefully, a year from now, we’ll be having one heck of a party in downtown Palm Springs.”

 

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Sunnyside gears up to celebrate ‘St Pat’s for All’

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Feb. 18, By Christian Murray

The 16th annual Sunnyside/Woodside ‘St. Pat’s for All’ parade is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 1—and will feature puppets, stilt walkers and plenty of Irish music.

The St. Pat’s For All parade is arguably this neighborhood’s most popular event. When it began 16 years ago, it was largely a gay-pride parade – organized by a number of Irish men and women who were not allowed to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Ave under a gay banner.

Today, the Sunnyside/Woodside parade draws plenty of seniors, children, minorities, to even the local dog group–Sunnyside United Dog Society.

“We are the opening act for all the parades around the city that celebrate the fun and festivities of Ireland,” said Brendan Fay, a gay Irishman and co-chair of the event. The event, he said, always takes place on the first Sunday in March.

Fay said he is expecting more than 2,000 people to participate this year. However, there could be more. He said that there is still time for community groups to sign up and that those interested just need to go to the St Pat’s for All website and register.

The event this year will begin at Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street and will end at 56th and Skillman. Music and speeches will begin at 1 pm, with the parade kicking off at 2pm.

The parade will feature many of the same groups that have been coming for years—such as the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance, the Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Club, the girl scouts, Swim Strong, The Red Cross, and Sunnyside Community Services. This year, five marching bands have already signed up as well as several Irish musicians.

Several well-known gay groups, such as Dignity NY, Lavender and Green Alliance (an Irish LGBT group), Stonewall Democrats of NYC and the Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee are expected to march.

This year’s parade comes at a time when the Fifth Avenue parade is allowing one gay group to march– under the banner of the gay NBCUniversal employees. However, none of the Irish gay groups are permitted to march and gay activists will be protesting the event again this year.

Fay, however, said that the Sunnyside-Woodside event would carry on even if gay groups were allowed to participate in the Fifth Avenue parade.

“When it was announced that one gay group was allowed, I was asked what would happen to the our parade if it [the Fifth Avenue parade] were open to all gay groups,” Fay said.

He said the Sunnyside/Woodside event would continue.

Fay said that the parade is no longer a gay event but a community event, where all sorts of groups participate.

“This parade is special,” Fay said. “Sunnyside and Woodside have increasingly embraced the parade as their own– and different groups continue to want to participate.”

He said local businesses—such as bars and restaurants–have got behind the event.

Ten bars and restaurants known as Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars are hosting a joint Irish music festival, where Irish bands will play at their respective pubs after the parade.

Meanwhile, several bars/restaurants on Skillman Avenue are expected to be offering specials.

For Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, the other co-chair of the event, the parade is also about embracing immigrant groups and other cultures.

There will be groups representing Turkey, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Romania—and several Jackson-Heights-based Muslim centers, D’Arcy said.

This year’s two grand marshals are Kerry Kennedy, who is the president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and Brian F. O’Byrne, a well-known Broadway and movie actor.

Fay said that the St. Pat’s For All parade has become a model for parades around the country—where various ethnic groups are celebrated and where there is inclusion of LGBT groups.

However, the No. 7 train will not be running between Times Square and 74th Street on the weekend of the event.

Fay said that they have reached out to the MTA to see whether its construction schedule can change on the day of the event. They have not heard back from the MTA.

Details:

Date: Sunday, March 1

Time: speeches at 1pm, parade kicks off at 2 pm

Begins: Corner of Skillman Ave. and 43rd Street

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