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Big numbers turn out for Taste of Sunnyside

May 24, 2017 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.

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It is actually funny to me that this festival exists. There are NO restaurants in Sunnyside (apart from a couple of semi good ones). It is only Irish pubs. Why would someone want to go to taste pub food?


So true! Get some restaurants, Sunnyside! There’s only one about every 4 storefronts. Zzz


none of these food festivals are good. Expensive and small portions. The one from LIC is a little better because the restaurants are better but still small portions. If you want interesting food go to smorgaburg, queens night market or brooklyn flea.


It sucked, period. Try to rethink this because it has neighborhood appeal, but it’s run terrible,cattle ,your like cattle trying to get a bit to eat, yes a bite. It was so underthought.ill go back when it’s run better.


We spent $80 to go and had one thimble of beer and a ravioli before we left due to extreme over-crowding.

If you don’t pay for VIP tickets – it’s not worth it. We were sorely disappointed.

Generic Permanently Dissatisfied Complaint Post

(Primarily) Unrelated Complaint forecast includes [but is not limited to]:

Small Portions, Someone cut me in an informal line and I didn’t advocate for myself, “I don’t like supporting neighborhood events”, Hipsters, Subway Proximity, Gentrification, Transplants, Too Close to the South Side, Reverse Commute on 7 Train to avoid crowds, JVB Bad, Homeless Shelter NIMBYism.


For the price very small portions, the can try and be little more generous.
And has to be organized better, I was making a line and people don’t respect they cut the line, same for food or drinks ( very cheap portions of wine and beer).
Can be improved because is not cheap ($40).
Will see next year.


Food ran out at 7:30……was not as good as last year. Will not be attending ever again


I did not find the same. We were still eating right up to the end. Not every stand, mind you, but there were still plenty of tables open when I left at 8:15.


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