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Hey everyone,
I just made the move to Sunnyside, and was wondering if you could recommend the best eats in the area. I did a search here but mostly found bar recommendations. I've been to Ariyoshi, which I love, but what else is a must? Would love to have a list of places to try!

Also, are there any good cafes in the nabe? I need to have good coffee/cappuccino with my Sunday paper, and Dunkin Donuts just does not cut it...

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  1. Cornel's!!! A wonderful Romanian restauarant on Skillman near 47th. Great mittitei (grilled garlicky peppery leavened beef sausages), soups, and homey stews. Good desserts too. In addition to their traditional homemade donuts, they also now serve delicious cheese strudel as well.

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      Valerie from Sunnyside

      I live in Sunnyside and recently discovered this site. I did a search and compiled a list so I'll never be without an idea for dinner. I haven't been to all of these places, but the following is a list of other Chowhounders' suggestions (in no particular order):
      * La Lupe: Greenpoint Ave between 42nd and 43rd - Chorizo tacos
      * Chinese owned Mexican takeout: Greenpoint Ave between 42nd and 43rd - Steak and spinach burritos
      * Ariyoshi: Queens Blvd and 45th St? - sushi
      * El Punto del Sabor: Greenpoint and 44th
      * Yerevan: 47-57 41st Street - Armenian
      * Horgans: Queens Blvd between 42nd and 43rd - pub food
      * Romanian butcher: 39th St between Queens Blvd and 43rd Ave
      * Fish House: 47-47 42nd Street
      * Banny BBQ: Queens Blvd and 43rd? - Korean BBQ
      * Tamale Lady: 46th Street Station
      * Taco Fiesta: Queens Blvd between 44 and 45th - chorizo tacos and tamales
      * El Portal: 46th and Greenpoint - tamales
      * El Comelon: 41st and Greenpoint
      * Mediterraneo: Queens Blvd at 47th? - pizza and italian
      * Ariels: Queens Blvd at 47th? - pizza and italian
      * Cornel's: Skillman between 46 and 47th - specials only
      * La Marjolaine: Skillman between 46 and 47th St - French bakery
      * La Flor: Queens Blvd and 53rd St

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      1. re: Valerie from Sunnyside
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        Valerie from Sunnyside

        Oops -- I forgot:
        Alpha Donuts: Queens Blvd at 46th Street - donuts
        Blooms Bar: Queens Blvd between 41st and 42nd - Irish
        Copper Kettle: Skillman and 52nd - Irish
        Donovans: Roosevelt and 57th St. - Hamburgers

        Yes, three of these are Irish pubs, but they are fun and the food is good (especially Blooms).

        1. re: Valerie from Sunnyside

          Thanks sooooooo much for all your helpful replies! I'm getting hungry. Now only one problem: deciding which place to try for dinner tonight! ;-)

        2. re: Valerie from Sunnyside

          Anyone know how many of these recommendations are still edible? Just moved to Sunnyside and am looking to chow.

          1. re: cobbler

            wow, talk about pulling up a really old post. this link below is a very comprehensive thread about sunnyside eats (and a lot more recent).

            my go-to place is de mole. i go there weekly to every 2 weeks.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/326701

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          Valerie from Sunnyside

          I live in Sunnyside and recently discovered this site. I did a search and compiled a list so I'll never be without an idea for dinner. I haven't been to all of these places, but the following is a list of other Chowhounders' suggestions (in no particular order):
          * La Lupe: Greenpoint Ave between 42nd and 43rd - Chorizo tacos
          * Chinese owned Mexican takeout: Greenpoint Ave between 42nd and 43rd - Steak and spinach burritos
          * Ariyoshi: Queens Blvd and 45th St? - sushi
          * El Punto del Sabor: Greenpoint and 44th
          * Yerevan: 47-57 41st Street - Armenian
          * Horgans: Queens Blvd between 42nd and 43rd - pub food
          * Romanian butcher: 39th St between Queens Blvd and 43rd Ave
          * Fish House: 47-47 42nd Street
          * Banny BBQ: Queens Blvd and 43rd? - Korean BBQ
          * Tamale Lady: 46th Street Station
          * Taco Fiesta: Queens Blvd between 44 and 45th - chorizo tacos and tamales
          * El Portal: 46th and Greenpoint - tamales
          * El Comelon: 41st and Greenpoint
          * Mediterraneo: Queens Blvd at 47th? - pizza and italian
          * Ariels: Queens Blvd at 47th? - pizza and italian
          * Cornel's: Skillman between 46 and 47th - specials only
          * La Marjolaine: Skillman between 46 and 47th St - French bakery
          * La Flor: Queens Blvd and 53rd St

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          1. re: Valerie from Sunnyside
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            Jeremy Osner

            Nice list! And pretty complete. La Marjolaine has a small seating area where you could read your paper while drinking excellent French roast, and eating one of my favorite croissants in the city.

            1. re: Valerie from Sunnyside

              Indeed a nice long list!

              Ariel is on 46th street. It's nice to see how they keep improving the atmosphere over the year. Last I saw they had a jazz trio playing on weekends.

              From Taco Fiesta on your list I get their "pancita", a rich and spicy tripe soup that's always been good there.

              Don't know if Sapori d'Ischia would be considered Sunnyside, more like Woodside? It's worth the walk, though. Their special Ischia pizza is unlike any pizza I've had, drizzled with truffle oil....They also have that little Italian grocery with cheeses, pastas, olives, and the tastiest bread, especially wonderful for making bruschettas.

              There's a Korean place that does mainly Tofu hot pot on 40th street and south side of Queens blvd.

              Then there's Hemsin that's been written up for their bakery and their special "pizzas"(not italian)and has recently expanded their restaurant, I think. Sorry, I'm not sure if it's a Turkish restaurant or something else...

              1. re: HLing

                The Korean tofu place is great and pretty cheap. They have a limited menu but everything on it is good.

                Hemsin on 39th or 38th and Queens Boulevard is a Turkish restaurant/bakery. They just renovated the place and it looks great. The "pizza" is called a lahmacun and consists of a flat bread with ground lamb on top. They have also have pidas which are kind of like calzones.

                There is also a new Turkish place on 42nd (?) and Queens Boulevard that makes great lahmacuns. They add tomato and peppers to the lamb topping. Their falafel wasn't very good... it was too dry. But the service was very friendly.

                Nancy's Grill between 49th and 50th and 43rd Avenue is a great Argentinian steak house with really reasonable prices. I think you can get the house steak with rice and beans for less than $10.

              2. re: Valerie from Sunnyside

                I don't know what time you're there, but I haven't seen the tamale lady at the 46th Street station since winter hit.

                I was going to mention another tamale location but might that be a no-no now, as a type of "underground restaurant"?

                1. re: K. McB.

                  "I was going to mention another tamale location but might that be a no-no now, as a type of "underground restaurant"? "

                  Street vendors aren't NECESSARILY unlicensed. And if those of us reporting in don't have a chance to examine paperwork (and why would we?), there's no reason we'd have to comment on the legality of any specific one

                  On the other hand, describing your trip to apartment 14-G for arroz con camarones eaten on a folding card table definitely raises red flags.

                  1. re: Jim Leff

                    OK. I would be mortified if my post got one of these fine vendors in hot water (well, more than it would take to steam a tamal anyhow).

                    40th St. station.

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                Chris Armstrong

                A few additions to the list:

                Mi Bolivia, on 48th avenue & 45th Street: amazing soups, great saltenas (empanada-esque), and sweet dessert tamales, of which I don't know the proper name for.

                Tricolorii Cafe, 48th Avenue and 43rd Street, for Romanian stuffed cabbage, mittitei (skinless sausage) and outdoor cocktails

                The Mexican bar on G.P. Avenue and 47th St, for terrific chips and Guacamole and tacos de cabeza, a rare variety in these parts. I like this place better than the one on 46th between GP and 48th Avenue.

                For breakfast: Taqueria La Lupe for Huevos Rancheros or Huevos Mexicanos, the Colombian bakery on the North side of Queens Boulevard b/w 45 & 46 st. for Huevos Pericos (Colombian scrambled eggs) and a cafe con leche. Out of all the diners I've tried, Alpha Donuts has the best sausage and eggs. I avoid Queens Burger due to its proximity to the OTB, and the coffee shop by the 40th street station can vary between very good and horrific. New York Style Eats probably has decent brunch, but I'm a little put off by the ubiquitous presence of dressed-to-the-nines Jehovah's Witness families from down the block. No offense, of course, to any JW chowhounds, but I just feel out of place, you know?

                I don't remember if you mentioned it in your post, but there's always the late evening taco cart on Greenpoint and 46th street for tacos de lengua, and torta milaneza. I prefer it to Taco Fiesta, which is always out of almost everything on the menu.

                The Indo/Pak diner on Greenpoint Avenue and 37th Street is promising. The little I've had there was a cut above the competition (perfect samosas and tender, boneless chicken curry), and if you grab a table in the back facing westward, you'll have a skyline view with your meal. The Peruvian chicken joint down thataways was bad when I tried it, which was right after they opened. Perhaps they've improved since then.

                There's a pretty good Lebanese takeout shop/market on 43rd Avenue and 43rd Street. I like their Hommus and the shawarma sandwiches are good as well. For some reason, I find the desserts disappointing.

                When it comes to coffee, chances are there are no remotely decent espresso beverages for miles.
                You may want to check out Baruir's Coffee on 41st Street, simply because fresh roasted coffee on the premises is rare in NYC. And try a Cholado next door (means crazy, decadent fresh fruit beverage in Colombian).

                That's all for now, and welcome, Sunnyside Up, and Valerie from Sunnyside.

                -Chris

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                1. re: Chris Armstrong

                  Thanks for all the great recommendations. What about chinese. There are so many chinese joints around and I don't know which ones to try? Any suggestions?

                2. Try the enchiladas with a banana shake. Yum!