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Making Sunnyside the new foodie destination

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am

Restaurant weeks are common. Each year there are celebrations held all over the country to celebrate local cuisine and the restaurants that make delicious meals available to us.

But for a city like New York, it can be nearly impossible to showcase the hundreds of eateries that serve up delicious food every day.

That is why outer-borough neighborhoods have taken the responsibility in their own hands so that foodies from around the city can come and sample delectable grub at a much cheaper cost.

This month, for the first time ever, Sunnyside will host its own Restaurant Week to celebrate the art, food and culture one of the most diverse areas in the city has to offer.

“Sunnyside Restaurant Week is an exciting opportunity to highlight the neighborhood as a creative district with great restaurants,” said Rachel Thieme, the executive director of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District. “We hope to draw new people to the neighborhood as well as inspire Sunnyside residents to discover new art and restaurants they haven’t tried yet.”

There will be 17 restaurants featuring special three-course dinner menues for $25 that range from typical American cuisine to Thai and Paraguayan foods.

Unlike other restaurant weeks, the one in Sunnyside will also showcase four site-specific art installations entitled “Conveying the Invisible.”

The project is curated by No Longer Empty, a contemporary arts organization that stages exhibitions throughout the city, most recently at the Clock Tower in Long Island City.

“The conceived artworks for Sunnyside Restaurant Week illuminate the character of the sites and the neighborhood environs,” curator Sarah Corona said. Each piece is made by international artists who try to take the feel of Sunnyside and incorporate it in multimedia artworks.

“Body Maps,” a video animation by Erika Harrsch, will be featured along with a second film entitled “Eros and Thanatos” at Nodus Restaurant located at 45-04 Queens Blvd.

“Butterflies,” created by Italian artist Carlo Steiner, will be featured at Venturo Restaurant, located at 44-07 Queens Blvd. The piece shows Catholic holy bread wafers cut into the shape of butterflies attached to walls.

A light installation and music performance by Anne Katrine Senstad entitled “Tears on a Coffin” will be shown at PJ Horgan’s Pub at 42-17 Queens Blvd. and features a coffin parked in front of the pub with a neon sign bearing the title.

Simonetta will present a live painting performance on the window of Malingo Restaurant located at 43-16 Queens Blvd. that will attempt to capture the flow of pedestrians within the urban environment of Queens Boulevard.

Sunnyside Restaurant Week will kick off the event with an opening reception on Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Venturo Restaurant where three of the four featured artists will give live performances.

If you’re looking for a lighter meal than the feasts these restaurants will provide at night, several of the participating eateries will offer a $10 lunch menu so that foodies can sample Sunnyside cuisine during their lunch hour.

Sunnyside Restaurant Week

When: Nov. 4 through 8

Where: Sunnyside, mostly on Queens Boulevard

Price: $25 for dinner and $10 for lunch


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