Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District presented its 2015 Taste of Sunnyside, a one of a kind culinary event that highlights the best of the neighborhood’s restaurants on May 19, 2015 (5:30pm - 8:30pm). For the second year in a row, the event was held in the unique location in a block-long tent, under the elevated 7 train at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, right in the heart of Sunnyside.
Tickets for the 2015 Taste of Sunnyside sold out in advance as Sunnyside residents and visitors from other neighborhoods made sure to get in on this delicious event.
This year’s Taste of Sunnyside provided adventurous eaters the chance to sample cuisines from 27 restaurants — all in one night! More than just a neighborhood event, the Taste of Sunnyside is a culinary passport, transporting diners all over the world offering them the chance to savor authentic flavors created by the most passionate chefs in New York City.
All of the participating restaurants allow diners to travel the world without leaving the comfort of Queens. The full list of eateries includes Tibetan Dumpling Cafe (Tibetan), Los Verdes (Colombian), Blu Orchid (Thai), Claret Wine Bar (Wine Bar), Dazies Restaurant (Italian), Tito Rad’s Grill (Filipino), Dog and Duck (Irish Gastropub) De Mole (Mexican), Bliss Street Station (Irish Pub), Dumplings & Things (Chinese), I Love Paraguay (Paraguayan), Aubergine Cafe (American), Arriba Arriba (Mexican), Los Pollos Restaurant (Peruvian), Bliss 46 Bistro (French), Nonna Gina Brick Oven Pizza (Italian), Punda Tibetan Restaurant (Tibetan), Copper Kettle (Irish Pub), Sidetracks (Irish American Pub), Tealicious Express (Bubble Tea and Juice Bar), Soleluna (Italian), 43 Bar and Grill (Irish American Pub), Murphy’s Lobster Grill (seafood), Salt and Fat (New American), Jack’s Fire Department (pub), Venturo Osteria (Seasonal Italian) and White Castle (American).
Bites and beverages were also provided by event sponsors Associated Marketplace, Fresh n Save Marketplace, Lowery Wines and Liquors, Queens Brewery and Manhattan Beer Distributors.
The full list of sponsors included Associated Marketplace, Fresh n Save Marketplace, Pickman Realty, TD Bank, Bronstein Properties, Lowery Wines and Liquors, Triad Management, Artie Weiner, Bing’s Hallmark, Lynch Funeral Home and Merit Group & Associates. Media partnership was provided by the Queens Courier, Yelp and We Heart Sunnyside.
Further promoting the diversity in the neighborhood, the Taste of Sunnyside featured a full lineup of performers, including a presentation from the Thalia Spanish Theatre with Danza España’s flamenco dancers, subway jazz band Sunnyside Social Club and Underground Horns.
“Bringing all the flavors of Sunnyside into one visible food festival is an amazing opportunity for local residents and visitors alike to discover their new favorite restaurant, and a great way to help promote Sunnyside as a restaurant destination,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of Sunnyside Shines.
To coincide with Taste of Sunnyside, Sunnyside Shines offered a “shop local” promotion. Customers who downloaded a Taste of Sunnyside Shop Local Discount Card received deals with participating businesses that ran until May 31, 2015.
Photos by Michael Rapp. Additional photos by Izabela Dybowska where indicated.