2013-10-30 / Features

Sunnyside Restaurant Week To Showcase Dining And Art

A sushi plate from Takesushi. A sushi plate from Takesushi. The first-ever Sunnyside Restaurant Week will celebrate art and food during the first week of November in Sunnyside. Organized by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, Sunnyside Restaurant Week, November 4-8, will offer a culinary journey through Sunnyside, featuring special three-course dinner menus for $25 at 17 participating Sunnyside restaurants. In addition to dinner, six restaurants are also offering twocourse lunch menus for $10. The participating restaurants showcase the culinary diversity of the neighborhood, including Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Nepalese, Paraguayan, Romanian, Thai and Turkish cuisine.

The week is enriched by four site-specific art installations, entitled “Conveying the Invisible”, curated by the contemporary arts organization, No Longer Empty, which recently staged a local art exhibition in the Clock Tower in Long Island City. The conceived artworks for Sunnyside Restaurant Week “illuminate the character of the sites and the neighborhood environs”, said curator Sarah Corona. The collaboration will offer visitors a memorable experience that combines space, food and art. Three of the artists will be on-site in Sunnyside on the first day of the event on Monday, November 4, and an opening reception is planned for the same day, 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Venturo, located at 44-07 Queens Boulevard.

An Italian entree from Venturo. A Tibetan dish from Malingo. 
Photos BradleyHawks An Italian entree from Venturo. A Tibetan dish from Malingo. Photos BradleyHawks Sunnyside Restaurant Week highlights the neighborhood as a destination for great food and art. Sunnyside Restaurant Week brings these great dining deals to 17 of Sunnyside’s most exciting restaurants on Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue. The participating restaurants include: 1. Arriba Arriba* 2. Bliss 46 Bistro 3. Bliss Street Station* 4. Bucharest Restaurant* 5. Dazies Restaurant 6. Dee Thai 7. I Love Paraguay 8. Malingo (art) 9. Mario’s Restaurant 10. Molly Blooms* 11. New York Style Eats 12. Nodus* (art) 13. PJ Horgan’s (art) 14. Sidetracks 15. Takesushi* 16. Turkish Grill 17. Venturo (art)

Restaurants offering a $10 lunch menu are denoted with an “*”. Restaurants with the “(art)” designation are locations for art installations. Conveying the Invisible investigates the beauty and wonder that nature and the human condition can offer. From video installations (Erika Harrsch), live painting perf ormances (Simonetta Moro), to an invasion of fresh baked butterflies (Carlo Steiner) and a touring neonfuneral car (Anne Katrine Senstad), those site responsive works address the often invisible aspects of love, life, death and rebirth within the unusual and often challenging field of public space.

Menus for Sunnyside Restaurant Week, as well as details on each art installation are available online at www.sunnysideshines.org.

“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 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.”

The artworks will be exhibited for two consecutive weeks, November 4-16 at the following sites:

PJ Horgan’s Pub, 42-17 Queens Boulevard: Anne Katrine Senstad,“Tears on a Coffin”, neon installation;

Malingo Restaurant, 43-16 Queens Boulevard: Simonetta Moro, “Street Scene: Continuous Urban Action Drawing”, paintings;

Venturo Restaurant, 44-07 Queens Boulevard: Carlo Steiner, “Butterflies”, installation with butterfly shaped wafers;

Nodus Restaurant, 45-04 Queens Boulevard: Erika Harrsch, “Body Maps” and “Eros Thanatos”, video.

In addition, Senstad, Moro and Steiner will give public live performances on Monday, November 4, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at PJ Horgan’s, Malingo and Venturo, visit www.sunnysideshines.org for the full schedule.

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