May 24, By Christian Murray
Local residents turned out en masse to partake in the seventh annual Taste of Sunnyside last night that was held under a giant tent under the elevated No 7 line on Queens Boulevard.
Attendees were there to sample the cuisine provided by approximately 30 local restaurants and beverage purveyors. The samples offered were international in scope with Italian, Irish, French, Colombian, Mexican, Filipino and standard American fare on offer.
The event featured a number of new restaurants this year, such as Lowery Bar & Kitchen, Dayboat and Ida’s Nearabout.
Throughout the evening—which went from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm—a continuous wave of people flowed through the tent entrance. Over the course of the night as many as 600 people attended.
The aim of the event, which was put on by Sunnyside Shines, was to introduce attendees to restaurants that they may not ordinarily frequent. The idea is if they enjoy their sample, they will dine at the restaurant at a later date.
Furthermore, the event is also a way for Sunnyside Shines to showcase the neighborhood as a food destination.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer spoke last night and asked residents to support all the restaurants.
“Please make sure that you go to every single one of these establishments and spend lots of money. We all have to support our small businesses.”
Jaime Faye-Bean, Sunnyside Shines’ recently appointed executive director, thanked the restaurants for participating. “I am so pleased to be here for the 7th annual [Taste of Sunnyside] showcasing the neighorhood’s wonderful establishments,” she said.