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First Sunnyside Restaurant Week to be held Nov. 4-8


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Get ready to dine in Sunnyside.

The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) is holding its first-ever Sunnyside Restaurant Week from November 4 to 8.

The five-day celebration will offer participants a “culinary journey through Sunnyside,” featuring special three course dinner menus for $25 at 17 participating local restaurants. Six of the 17 will also feature two course lunch menus for $10.

Along with indulging in cuisines from all around the world, Sunnyside Restaurant Week will also feature site-specific art installations, titled “Conveying the Invisible,” curated by No Longer Empty, a contemporary arts organization.

Photo by Bradley Hawks

The artworks for the week will bring visitors a combination of space, food and art.

“This collaboration has given exposure for emerging curators and artists and brings the art experience to new audiences,” said Naomi Hersson-Ringskog, executive director of No Longer Empty.

Three artists will be on-site on Monday, November 4 and the opening reception for the week will be at Venturo, located at 44-07 Queens Boulevard, at 5:30 p.m.

“Sunnyside Restaurant Week is an exciting opportunity to highlight the neighborhood as a creative district with great restaurants,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of the Sunnyside Shines BID. “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.”

Photo courtesy of Takesushi 

The 17 Sunnyside restaurants, which can be found on Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue, include: Arriba Arriba, Bliss 46 Bistro, Bliss Street Station, Bucharest Restaurant, Dazies Restaurant, Dee Thai, I Love Paraguay, Malingo, Mario’s Restaurant, Molly Blooms, New York Style Eats, Nodus, PJ Horgan’s, Sidetracks, Takesushi, Turkish Grill and Venturo.

The six restaurants offering the lunch menus are Arriba Arriba, Bliss Street Station, Bucharest Restaurant, Molly Blooms, Nodus and Takesushi.

The project is partially funded by the Avenue NYC program administered by the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

Menus for each of the restaurants and details on each art installation can be found on www.sunnysideshines.org/sunnyside-restaurant-week.

 

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Tantalizing Turkish for under $10


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Bradley Hawks

It is a storefront you would walk past hundreds of times without noticing.  The clean white-table clothed interior is equally unassuming.  But the lunchtime crowds at Turkish Grill on Queens Boulevard are not simply there because of the $8.95 lunch special that includes a starter, entrée and soft drink.  The Mediterranean cuisine here is straightforward, fresh, and some of the most delicious in the neighborhood.  But yes, there is the incredible lunch special, which is difficult to pass up.

For starters, choose from a shepherd’s salad of cubed tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers and parsley tossed in a light vinaigrette, or perhaps lentil soup, smoky babaganush or patlican salatasi (eggplant puree or salad), creamy hummus, lebni (dill yogurt with walnuts and garlic) or a generous portion of piyaz (white bean salad).  The tabouleh salad is crisp and cool, with specks of bulgur and shredded scallions and parsley in olive oil.  The dishes here are loaded with bright flavors that are refreshingly light on the stomach.

Entrée options include classic Turkish kebabs, from paprika-rich lamb adana, to herbed chicken, lamb doner shaved from the spit, cubed lamb shish kebabs, to ground lamb kofte—each accompanied with rice, grilled peppers, and pickled cabbage and onions.  Sandwich versions of each (without the appetizer and drink) are also available at lunch for just $5.

If you want to stray from the prix fixe, add an appetizer for the table or crave a beautiful vegetarian option, the mixed appetizer is a fantastic dip sampler, with generous portions of Lebini, humus, eggplant salad, Tabuleh, eggplant with sauce and Piyaz.

Other recommended add-ons include a Lahmacun for $3.75—a Turkish “pizza” with ground lamb and chopped vegetables, ideal for sharing.  The pide are also delicious, like pastry boats filled with Turkish kashar cheese and your choice of filling (go for the sucuklu with sliced Turkish sausage and mozzarella).

An entrée worthy of deviating from the lunch special is the Karides Guvec, a shrimp casserole loaded with mushrooms and vegetables, baked with a bubbling brown crust of cheese, and served with rice.

For dessert, the baklava is superb, and certain to satiate your sweet tooth.  Kunefe is also exceptional, a disc of molten cheese sandwiched between layers of shredded phyllo, drizzled with sweet warm syrup, and dusted with walnuts. Custard-lovers will enjoy a slice of kazan dibi, like Turkish flan with a caramelized top.

Come initially for the great deal and a fine introduction to Turkish cuisine at a reasonable price.

Return to explore the menu, and venture into some of the neighborhood’s tastiest Turkish cuisine.

Turkish Grill
42-03 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside
718-392-3838
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

BRADLEY HAWKS

 

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