BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
The fourth annual Taste of Sunnyside festival takes place next Tuesday, in a new location this year, outdoors under the 7 train at Queens Boulevard and 46th Street.
More than 25 local restaurants will participate in the festival, with menus that offer everything from lobster mac & cheese to sushi to vegan mole poblano. Among other well-known establishments, Murphy’s Seafood & Grill and Salt & Fat will bring their award-winning fare to the street.
The motivation behind this event, according to Rachel Thieme, director of Sunnyside Shines, is to promote both the individual restaurants of Sunnyside and Sunnyside itself as a dining destination.
The new Taste of Sunnyside location under the 7 train “was chosen because it is right in the heart of the neighborhood,” according to Thieme.
The Copper Kettle, an Irish pub that has been in the neighborhood for almost 20 years, is one local staple that will be participating in Taste of Sunnyside.
“It’s a beloved neighborhood spot,” said Thieme.
Sunnyside resident Patrick Tunney is owner of The Copper Kettle, and enjoys having his restaurant in the area.
“The Copper Kettle always had a great mix of people [as customers], very diverse,” he said.
Tunney looks forward to the new restaurants that will be showcased at the festival. “It’s good to see what our neighbors are doing,” he said.
Besides the food, visitors will also enjoy performances from a variety of music ensembles, including Mariachi Flor de Toloache – the City’s only all-female mariachi group.
Advance tickets are on sale until Monday evening.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.