Sept. 30, 2011 By Christian Murray
For those yearning for steak and frites, a small French-food restaurant, called Bliss 46, is opening at the end of October on 46th Street just off Queens Boulevard on the north side of the intersection.
The restaurant is named after the 46th St./Bliss subway station close by. According to owner/chef Esteban Rojas, the prices will be reasonable for classic French bistro fare. The menu will include classics such as escargots à l’ail, gratinée French onion soup, and coq au vin.
The former Bliss Bistro, which was located on Skillman Ave., “showed me that French food would be welcome in the area.” Alim Maruf, who owned the now-closed Bliss Bistro, is not involved in the new enterprise.
Rojas reports that he is looking forward to opening a relaxed, neighborhood restaurant with excellent French cuisine. Rojas, who still currently works as a chef in Manhattan, said, “I live blocks away and I am looking forward to walking to work.”
The restaurant will be located at the now-defunct “Victoria’s 11 Pizzeria,” which is at 43-46 46th Street. Hours for Bliss 46 planned are expected to be: 4pm till 11pm, seven days a week, with Saturday and Sunday hours for brunch.
Rojas reports that Bliss 46 will be participate in “Taste of Sunnyside 2,” on October 18, the food sampling festival held by the Chamber of Commerce and Sunnyside Shines at Sunnyside Community Services. “We welcome visitors to stop by our table and try a few things from the menu.”