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Taste of Sunnyside Restaurant Crawl takes place in October in Queens

Taste of Sunnyside Restaurant Crawl takes place in October in Queens
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If you’re a pub crawl aficionado, wait until you hear about Sunnyside’s restaurant crawl. The concept is the same, but instead of alcohol, sample a variety of cuisines by visiting Sunnyside’s door-to-door restaurants.

On Sunday, October 16, the Taste of Sunnyside Restaurant Crawl welcomes foodies and curious visitors to Queens’ favorite dining destinations. This year it is the second edition of the Taste of Sunnyside Restaurant Crawl according to this format. In the 10 years before that, the culinary event served as a food festival open to the public, but it has recently been reinvented to better (and safer) meet the pandemic requirements. After last year’s success, the organizers have decided to keep the door-to-door formula this year as well.

“Like last year, visitors will actually visit the location of each participating restaurant, which will be good for returning ticket buyers to the Taste of Sunnyside,” said Dirk McCall de Palomá, executive director of Sunnyside Shines, the event organizer. in an official statement. “With continued caution around the COVID-19 virus, an open-air restaurant crawl that keeps people out and social distancing will ensure this remains a safe event.”

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Organized annually by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, the event aims to introduce New Yorkers and tourists to the many different cuisines that make up Queens (and more specifically Sunnyside’s) food scene. Participating local restaurants will delight restaurant-hoppers’ taste buds with flavors from all corners of the globe, including South American cuisines, as well as Eastern European, Mediterranean, and Southeast Asian, among many others.

This year’s restaurant crawl will take place from 2 to 7 p.m., and cardholders must check in at Lowery Plaza (on 40th Street and Queens Boulevard, under the elevated 7 train) before embarking on their culinary adventure. Recommended routes will be available to guide guests through the crawl.

General admission tickets allow entry at 3pm and they cost $50 each. VIP tickets, on the other hand, cost $75 each and include early entry, a special trolley, and a “no-wait line” at each stop. Those interested in participating are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance on this website as the event often sells out.

Here is the list of the confirmed participating restaurants so far (more will be added in the near future):

  • 43 Bar & Grill (home of the Atomic Wings)
  • Arcobaleno Gelateria NYC
  • Alewife Brewing Company
  • Arriba Arriba (Mexican)
  • Bliss 46 Bistro (French)
  • Bolivian Llama Party (flights of fruit juices)
  • Cardamom Indian Cuisine (Indian)
  • Danubius (Romanian)
  • Dazies Restaurant (Italian)
  • The Mole (Mexican)
  • Elio’s Ice Cream (ice cream, donuts and more!)
  • Empire Shop (sandwiches, açai bowls and smoothies)
  • Firefly Petite Bistro & Café (Latin American & Southern European)
  • Green Valley Marketplace
  • Healthy as a Motha (Vegan)
  • Jack’s Fire Department (American)
  • Kasbah Cafe (Mediterranean)
  • La Adelita de Woodside (Mexican)
  • La Catrina de Luis (Mexican)
  • McGuinness’s Saloon
  • mr. Buncha (bubble tea)
  • QBK Sports
  • Ricas Pupusas y Mas (Salvatorian)
  • Rincon Melania (Ecuadorian)
  • Riko Peruvian (Peruvian)
  • Sanger Hall (American)
  • Senso Unico (Italian)
  • The Spot Café (Craft sandwiches, Burgers and drinks)
  • SoleLuna (Italian)
  • Sotto le Stelle (Neapolitan pizza)
  • Sweet Avenue (drawer room dedicated to local beers)
  • The Boiis (Filipino-owned Mochi-based Dessert Pop Up Shop)
  • The Globe Tavern (neighborhood cafe)
  • The Lowery Bar & Kitchen (Irish-American pub)
  • Tito Rad’s (Filipino)
  • To The Macs (Mac and Cheese with more, soul food)
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