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Sunnyside Restaurant Week Kicks Off Monday

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Oct. 19, 2014 By Christian Murray

Sunnyside’s second annual restaurant week kicks off Monday and 33 restaurants have signed up to participate.

The event, organized by Sunnyside Shines, aims to showcase Sunnyside as a destination for high-quality cuisine. Its goal is tempt residents to try new places and draw foodies from other parts of New York City.

Furthermore, there will also be artwork on display at five participating restaurant—with three of those pieces coming from Sunnyside artists.

On Monday, there will be a reception held at 7pm at Salt and Fat (41-16 Queens Boulevard) to mark restaurant week. The reception will include a guided tour of the five art installations as well as a movie screening at Dazies.

The art is being curated by No Longer Empty, a Manhattan-based contemporary art organization. The work will be on display at Bucharest Restaurant, Los Verdes, PJ Horgan’s, Salt & Fat and Venturo.

However, for many, the main attraction won’t be the art—it will be the food.

Each restaurant will serve a three course dinner menu for $25—from lunchtime Monday through Friday Oct. 24.

The participating restaurants span the globe. There will be Japanese, Turkish, Irish, Italian, Romanian, Mexican, Peruvian, French, Colombian, Filipino, Paraguayan, Tibetan, Thai, and Seasonal American food on offer.

Restaurants from Skillman Avenue through 47th Avenue have signed up this year. Last November, when Sunnyside Restaurant Week was launched, 17 restaurants took part.

“Last year’s event was a big success for neighborhood restaurants,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director, of Sunnyside Shines. “I am proud that we have doubled the number.”

Participating restaurants will also include newcomers to the Sunnyside scene—such as Tibetan Dumpling Café and Blu Orchid. Venturo and Salt & Fat, which were recently recognized as Michelin “Bib Gourmands,” will be participating again this year.

Sunnyside Shines has listed the 33 restaurants on its website. Most have put together a special menu just for Sunnyside Restaurant Week.

All this for $25.

Takesushi: All this for $25.

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Sunnyside Is Blooming

Restaurant Week is another great Sunnyside Event.

Also thanks to the volunteers who came out early Saturday morning to plant bulbs on 43d Street. If you want to get involved in future planting projects in Sunnyside contact me at [email protected].


$25 for a three course meal is pretty good value provided that you are getting proper size portions and good quality food. Check out each resteraunts special menu that you are interested in and choose the ones who are really giving you a good deal. It’s as simple as that!!! If you don’t like what you see then don’t go there.


I love that they do this in terms of supporting local businesses, but I have to say I generally find that the $25 meals we did last year to be of less value than just ordering a la carte


Maybe it is a few bucks more. But we are supporting our local businesses, that we all want to both stay IN business and attract NEW businesses to our neighborhood. It’s really a win-win IMO.

El loco

Sunnyside is not a destination for high quality cuisine. Sorry. Foxy’s? Maybe if there were some Foxy waitresses! Now there’s an idea.


25 bucks for a 3 course menu seems more expensive than usual.

Explain to me how this is a bargain.

El loco

Teach restaurant has a special $25 menu different from the regular. It’s not the same items with prices raised. Come on.


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