New to Sunnyside. Need info about EVERYTHING.
So I just moved to Sunnyside and haven't had a chance to explore all that much but was wondering if people have advice on where I can get some good food. Importantly I'm looking for good pizza, good Italian (both delivery and dining), bagels (bacon, egg & cheese), mexican delivery... and just about anything else you can think of. Thanks!
P.S. To pass along some info of my own, don't eat at the Cheesesteak Factory unless your idea of a good time is spending an afternoon on the toilet.
Welcome to one of the best eating neighborhoods in the city! De Mole (formerly El Jarro)is great for delivery or eat in. Don't miss the Tinga de Puebla, a yummy beef brisket stew.
I like the pizza at Marabella 41st St & Greenpoint(thin crust)and love the foccacia chicken sandwiches. Some of my friends prefer the thick crust at Gabriella's 44th St & Greenpoint where you have a choice of counter or tablecloth service next door. Though I haven't tried it yet, I'm intrigued by the selections at Donato's 50th St & 39th Ave and they have nice outdoor seating.
For Turkish, a lot of posters have praised Hemsin 39th Pl & Queens Blvd. on the least desirable real estate for restaurants in the hood. I've enjoyed some breakfasts there and really like their lahmacuns. But if you're taking kabobs and dips home for dinner, I'd choose Mangal 47th & Queens Blvd which doesn't look like it cranks out super food but they do. For sit down I'd go to Turkish Grill at 42nd & queens blvd.
There are a couple of places on the south side of Q Blvd between 43rd and 46th St that have passable bagels. But why not cross the blvd and have an Irish Breakfast at Rose Restaurant? Or wander down the north side of the blvd and try Post Cafe at 40th Street.
I hope you have strolled through Sunnyside Gardens (I assume if you moved there you would have said so). On Skillman between 46th and 47th Street you will find very decent dining at Bliss Restaurant and Quaint. Posts about these two have been varied on this board but make up your own mind. The people running both establishments are good folk and they are working very hard to bring our community something we don't have. They deserve our support and patience.
And now for something not quite completely different but interesting. If you want to try Chinese food prepared as if the Chinese restaurant is located in New Delhi, then get over to Tangra Asian Fusion. Order the lollipop chicken first while you navigate the menu and take in a wonderfully garish room. Or try our two, yes two Japanese/Nepalise joints. Yamakaze in that dreaded block between 39th St and 39th pl on Q blvd. Or the newer Yeti at 44th & Q blvd south side.
I'm tired of typing. Can another hound take over and describe Sidetracks, Horgan's, Aubergine Cafe, Arioshi, Thai Malay Cafe, Chips, Pio Pio Riko ande La Flor?
I hope you enjoy eating your way through our humble hood.
I just came back from Mangal. Despite Ramadan, there were quite a few diners, and everyone was speaking Turkish. There were families, with little kids running around grabbing plates and bawling when the waiters tried to take them back. There was a Turkish soap opera on the big TV, and at crucial moments, all the waiters stopped what they were doing to watch how it turned out.
I got a lamb adana kebab. Two excellent spicy juicy kebabs, rice, salad, and a heap of sesame-studded homemade bread big enough to feed both Cheech and Chong when they have the munchies. And all for $10, tax included.
Welcome to the neighborhood! Timmernyc did a great job. I haven't been to all the places he listed on the bottom, but Aubergine Cafe on 50th and Skillman is a cute coffee shop with good sandwiches and decent desserts. A little bit further (I think maybe 51st or 52nd) is La Marjolaine, which is known for its almond croissants and other pastries.
I also wanted to add the Butcher's Block, on 41st St. just north of Queens Blvd., which is a grocery store/butchers with great dinners - meat and 2 sides for $7.50.
And I agree with the other posters - run to De Mole, it's our favorite place in Sunnyside.
Oh, and not a decent bagel to be found in Sunnyside, unfortunately.
I second the recommendation for El Shater. I love the little savory pies they sell at the front counter, especially the chicken and the spinach. But I mostly go there to buy boxes of the amazing maamoul cookies - butter cookies filled with various fruit and nut fillings.
I agree as well that timmernyc did a great job going over many of the neighborhood's highlights, but based on my one visit to Mangal, I have to repectfully disagree about the quality of the kebabs - I don't think they're nearly as good as those at Hemsin or Turkish Grill. Also, Hemsin will make a kebab sandwich on homemade bread for five bucks. Mangal charges an extra buck for homemade bread, bringing the price up to $6.50 - and, as I said, judging from my experience, the ingredients inside will not be as good. (On my visit I did have a very delicious eggplant salad, however.) Also, for a few years, Turkish Grill has had the best baklava I've ever eaten. It was not as good on my last visit, and I'm hoping this is not a trend. They also have fabulous tea.
By the way, you may have noticed there are a million takeout Chinese places in the neighborhood. Most are pretty bad, but I think Wah Yeung (43rd Ave., between 43rd and 44th Sts.) is decent. Very good hot and sour soup, greaseless eggrolls.
sometimes the proprietor of mangal ignores me when i go in, which irritates me, but i have to say that the roast eggplant salad is the best i have ever eaten, and that is a dish i have had all over the world. i brought it to a party at the dakota in manhattan and people swooned. their homemade bread is good, too. i like the lamb kebobs. skip the brown top custard dessert. as fast food, you can't beat it. not much in the atmosphere department.
what time did you go? the best time is to go Saturday late morning - noonish. They usually have some sort of special that day. Never had their kebabs, but their doner kebab (aka shwarma/gyro) is the best you can get in NYC, imo. You have to go early for that stuff though, they run out of doner pretty fast. And agree with NickAlex, their meze are amazing. Try their mixed meze plate.
The guys who run it are actually pretty nice, you just need to show some curiosity about their food - ask them about their soup of the day, ask about unfamiliar foods you see, get a cold airan from the cold case (turkish yogurt drink), talk soccer (soccer talk works in most non-american restaurants btw) and maybe next time you won't end up with dry kebabs!