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Sonic Fast-Food Restaurant Opens in Long Island City

The fast-food chain Sonic has opened at 37-02 Queens Blvd., pictured on the right (Photo: Google Maps)

Dec. 6, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

A popular national fast-food chain has opened a restaurant in Queens.

Sonic—an Oklahoma-based company known for its burgers, chili cheese tots and toaster sandwiches— cut the ribbon on its 37-02 Queens Blvd. location on Sunday. The company has taken ground-floor space inside a five-story office/commercial building that is located on the border of Long Island City and Sunnyside.

The restaurant is the company’s second fast food joint in New York City, with the other being in Staten Island. Sonic has more than 3,500 restaurants across the U.S. and has been in operation since 1953.

The new restaurant offers the company’s typical array of fast-food fare, including onion rings, corn dogs, French fries, chili dogs, burritos and wraps.

The new restaurant offers Sonic’s typical array of fast-food fare (Sonic Facebook page)

The store also serves a range of sodas, milkshakes and ice-cream sundaes. Customers are also able to place orders ahead of time online or through an app.

David Fowler, director of operations at Sonic, said that customers are able to grab a meal on the go or take their time and relax with their food inside the new location.

“We look forward to welcoming guests and serving up SONIC’s latest flavors,” Fowler said.

There are a number of dining booths inside the location along with several sets of tables and chairs.

The restaurant will employ around 80 workers consisting of both full-time and part-time staff.

Opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.

A Sonic fast-food restaurant has opened at 37-02 Queens Blvd. (Facebook)

Sonic (Provided by BCW PR agency)

A Sonic fast-food restaurant has opened at 37-02 Queens Blvd. (Provided by BCW PR agency)

A Sonic fast-food restaurant has opened at 37-02 Queens Blvd. (Provided by BCW PR agency)

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Guy the 90's hedgehog

Have any of you actually eaten at a Sonic? It’s very low quality, even for fast food. The only appeal was the retro drive-in style quality, which I enjoyed as a child, especially when the servers would roller-skate to your car window. The kid’s meals used to come in a classic car-shaped box. I’m not sure if any locations have roller skaters anymore, and this Queens location doesnt appear to have a drive-in.


Kinda hard to

When the really didn’t have any in NYC.

The one at Main Street doesn’t count as it was a hole in the wall and closed down just before the pandemic.



Sara Ross

I wish Sonic would open up a place on Queens Blvd. further up instead of small businesses coming down and more UN-NEEDED AND UNWANTED residential buildings going up!


Just waiting for someone to complain there’s too many franchises in Sunnyside and we should eat at a family owned restaurant.

There is stupid, then there is MSNBC stupid.

In related news, cardiologists enjoy unprecedented job security projections in decades to come.


Ah yes, the craving for something “different.” If only there were independent restaurants with international cuisine from around the entire globe within a 10-15 minute walk in our neighborhood.


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