A little while back we told you about the inaugural Sunnyside Restaurant Week, and wanted to expand on the details. First, it’s organized by Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, and they have arranged for 17 different restaurants in the neighborhood to offer a special three-course dinner menus for $25. In addition to dinner, six of those restaurants are also offering two-course lunch menus for $10. You’ll be able to take advantage of restaurants that serve food from all over the world, from Italy to Ireland, Turkey to Romania, Mexico to Thailand, and beyond.
Here is the list of participating restaurants in Sunnyside Restaurant Week:
- Arriba Arriba*
- Bliss 46 Bistro
- Bliss Street Station*
- Bucharest Restaurant*
- Dazies Restaurant
- Dee Thai
- I Love Paraguay
- Malingo (art)
- Mario’s Restaurant
- Molly Blooms*
- New York Style Eats
- Nodus* (art)
- PJ Horgan’s (art)
- Turkish Grill
- Venturo (art)
*Restaurants offering a $10 lunch menu have an asterisk next to their name. Restaurants with (art) designation are locations for art installations
Along with the fab food, there will be four site-specific art installations, entitled Conveying the Invisible, curated by the contemporary arts organization No Longer Empty (they recently staged a local art exhibition in the Clock Tower in LIC called How Much Do I Owe You?). The artworks for Sunnyside Restaurant Week “illuminate the character of the sites and the neighborhood environs,” says curator Sarah Corona, and will offer visitors “a memorable experience that combines space, food and art.”
You’ll have the opportunity to meet three of the artists, who will be on-site in Sunnyside on the first day of the event on Monday, November 4. An opening reception at Venturo is planned also that day, starting at 5:30 p.m. They are located at 44-07 Queens Blvd.
More about the artworks:
Body maps by Erika Harrsch is a video animation that immerses the spectator into an extraordinary view of the beauty and nature and the human body. Partly filmed, partly drawn, this visual tale bewitches our senses and connects to Eros Thanathos, an endless flock of butterflies questioning the beginning and the end of life and a reference to migration, transformation and adaptability. This takes place at Nodus Restaurant, 45-04 Queens Blvd.
Italian artist Carlo Steiner will invade with Butterflies the interior of Restaurant Venturo (44-07 Queens Blvd) with holy bread wafers cut into the forms of butterflies. Attached to the walls as if they were holy objects from an ancient Wunderkammer, those fragile creatures will invoke an atmosphere of grace and suggest a communal sharing of bread and wine.
Invoking less transubstantiation than death itself, is the light installation and music performance by Anne Katrine Senstad: a funeral car with the neon sign saying Tears on a Coffin. The installation will be parked in front of the Irish Pub PJ Horgan’s (42-17 Queens Blvd) accompanied by a mariachi band that will celebrate loss as a gathering event, offering the chance to share and question spiritual beliefs and values. The relocation of the neon sign into the pub will be a further metaphor for accompanying one’s loves throughout the final journey.
Simonetta Moro will present a live painting performance on a restaurant window, attempting to capture the flow of pedestrians within the urban environment. This takes place at Malingo Restaurant, 43-16 Queens Blvd.
As mentioned above, three of the artists will be on site on Monday, November 4, giving public live performances in each of the participating restaurants:
11 a.m.-10 p.m., Anne Katrine Senstad,“Tears on a Coffin”, Artwork installed outside of PJ Horgan’s Pub, 42-17 Queens Blvd.
6-8 p.m., Anne Katrine Senstad and Mariachi Band performing “Tears on a Coffin”, Outside of PJ Horgan’s Pub, 42-17 Queens Blvd.
2-7 p.m., Simonetta Moro: “Street Scene: Continuous Urban Action Drawing”, Malingo Restaurant, 43-16 Queens Blvd.
6 -10 p.m., Carlo Steiner: “Butterfly Maker” Venturo Restaurant, 44-07 Queens Blvd.
Menus for Sunnyside Restaurant Week, as well as details on each art installation, are available online.
We hope to see you during Sunnyside Restaurant Week! In the words of Rachel Thieme, executive director of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, “Sunnyside Restaurant Week is an exciting opportunity to highlight the neighborhood as a creative district with great restaurants. 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.”