Restaurant Week Comes To Sunnyside

Staff Writer

For the first time ever, 17 local Sunnyside restaurants will celebrate art and food by offering lunch and dinner specials, running Nov. 4 until Nov. 8.

Four of the restaurants participating in the week-long celebration will display art, titled “Conveying the Invisible,” curated by the contemporary art organization No Longer Empty, a site-specific exhibition that houses contemporary world art with a commitment to widen public engagement for art and artists.

The Sunnyside Shines Improvement District and NLE have partnered to offer visitors a memorable experience that combines space, food and art.

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

Seventeen restaurants located on Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue will offer a special three-course dinner menus for $25 and six of them will also offer two-course lunch menus for $10. The participating restaurants showcase the culinary diversity of Italian, Irish, Turkish, Romanian, Mexican, Paraguayan, Thai, Japanese and Nepalese cuisine.

The artwork will be displayed for two consecutive weeks, starting from Nov. 4 until Nov. 16, at PJ Horgan’s Pub, Malingo Restaurant, Venturo Restaurant and Nodus Restaurant.

“This collaboration has given exposure for emerging curators and artists and brings the art experience to new audiences,” Naomi Hersson-Ringskog, executive director of NLE, said.

In addition to the Sunnyside Shines BID, Royal Norwegian Consulate General, New York and Gallery Nine5, New York; Jurek Park Slope Funeral Home Inc, Brooklyn; 419 Neon, New York, have supported the week long restaurant week.

The opening reception will take place on Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Venturo, located at 44-07 Queens Blvd.

The artists will come to each of the restaurants with art installations to present their work to the attendees.

Menus for Sunnyside Restaurant Week, as well as details on each art installation are available online at, or call (718) 606-1800.

Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13.