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Sunnyside: The Dog and Duck and Bliss 46 Bistro

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What's the scoop on these new guys sprouting up?

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The Dog and Duck
45-20 Skillman Ave, Queens, NY 11104

Bliss 46 Bistro
43-46 46th St, Queens, NY 11104

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  1. Don't know too much about it, but it looks like a nice little addition to the neighborhood...

    http://sunnysidepost.com/2011/10/19/s...

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    The Dog and Duck
    45-20 Skillman Ave, Queens, NY 11104

     
     
     
     
     
    1. I passed by bliss 46 today and the menu looks exactly the same as bliss bistro which closed recently. It was almost word for word the same. Between the similarities in name and menu, I'm wondering if it is the same guy who owned bliss.

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      Bliss 46 Bistro
      43-46 46th St, Queens, NY 11104

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      1. re: donovt

        Little late to this post. I work as a server at the Kettle, and word on the street is that it's the same guy but he's co-owning with the chef now.

      2. Soft opening last night. Opens tonight. Irish fare (so, not like Bliss), and not the same owners (the guys that moved over to Basmati)
        More info:
        http://www.examiner.com/drinks-in-new...

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        The Dog and Duck
        45-20 Skillman Ave, Queens, NY 11104

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        1. re: roberthp

          I was talking about bliss 46, not dog and duck.

          1. re: donovt

            Oh I gotcha - yeah, I think you're right. The new Bliss 46 is the same folks who took over Bliss, not the original owner, but the folks that owned Basmati before it became Saffron or whatever.
            Dog and Duck was PACKED tonight!

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            The Dog and Duck
            45-20 Skillman Ave, Queens, NY 11104

            Bliss 46 Bistro
            43-46 46th St, Queens, NY 11104

            1. re: roberthp

              Thanks guys.Has anyone eaten at Dog and Duck yet?

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              The Dog and Duck
              45-20 Skillman Ave, Queens, NY 11104

              1. re: maggiep

                I haven't, but I really want to try the place soon. However as a vegetarian who LOATHES goat cheese, I'm not sure I can have a really satisfying meal there.

                But the reviews are in... http://www.yelp.com/biz/dog-and-duck-...

                1. re: maggiep

                  Had a pretty mediocre dinner there last night. Soggy chips; stringy hangar steak; underbaked ham and leek pie. Kitchen might have been overwhelmed. Hope they get it together - place has a great look and an excellent choice of beer and ale on tap.

          2. Can someone who has been to dog and duck let me know if it appears to be child-friendly?

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            1. re: donovt

              It depends on your kids. The tables are a bit close together - not a lot of room for a kid to roam. The menu is certainly kid friendly however.

              1. re: lxp

                Thanks. We generally don't let him wander around so that shouldn't be a problem.

                1. re: donovt

                  Frankly, try Quaint!

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                  Quaint
                  46-10 Skillman Ave, Queens, NY 11104

                  1. re: lxp

                    Thanks for the suggestion. Been to quaint with the little guy a whole bunch of times. Will check it out without him once before taking him.

                    1. re: lxp

                      For a few years now, I always think of trying Quaint but always end up choosing somewhere else. It just seems that there menu is sooooo small. Do they offer a few specials every night?

                      1. re: Justpaula

                        Yes, Quant does have specials. The last one I had was a penne pasta with tomato, arugula, pancetta, parmesan, in a lemon butter sauce. Delicious. Their desserts change from time to time, too.

                        1. re: megc

                          It would be pretty interesting to have a restaurant in Sunnyside called Quant. I mean, it would have to be more interesting than Quaint is.

                          1. re: MarcInSunnysideGardens

                            Hahahahaha!! That's really funny. Thanks for that, MarcInSunnysideGardens.

                        2. re: Justpaula

                          I find their regular menu to be a little boring, but have enjoyed the specials every time.

                2. This place is bad news. Another generic pub w/ an uninspiring menu. They can't even get a basic staple like fish and chips right. Each piece of fish was exactly the same size, a clear indication that this was not fresh or homemade, and on the small side to boot. No surprise that the fish was limp and soggy and absolutely tasteless. The batter practically disintegrated before I could take a bite. The "chips" were your standard frozen steak fry variety and there were maybe 10 fries on each plate, none of which were full-size. They were mostly just bits and pieces you would get from the tail-end of a big industrial sized bag of frozen fries. They tasted liked they looked...terrible.

                  It disturbs me that a pub in Sunnyside (of all neighborhoods) much less one touting itself as a "gastro-pub, can't turn out an eatable version of this most basic of basic menu items for a pub. What an embarrassment to the neighborhood. It's like an Indian restaurant in Jackson Heights serving you that prepackaged Tasty Bite stuff from the grocery store.

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                  The Dog and Duck
                  45-20 Skillman Ave, Queens, NY 11104

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                  1. re: HudsDad

                    Scary, factory produced fish and chips is my nightmare. It's an abomination and should not be served in a restaurant. I tried the F&C at Shannon Pot, the fish was like a deadly weapon that could have smashed a windshield.

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                    Shannon Pot
                    45-06 Davis St, Queens, NY 11101

                    1. re: Pookipichu

                      I find the fish and chips options in sunnyside pretty bad in general these days. Had them at Molly blooms recently and think they're the best I've had in a while.

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                      Molly Blooms
                      43-13 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

                      1. re: donovt

                        If you're willing to walk a little bit, or on the border with Woodside, Cuckoo's Nest has some tasty fish and really amazing chips. Actually, most of what I've gotten there is great. But I'm really in the overlap area between the two neighborhoods, so it's not too far from me.

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                        The Cuckoo's Nest
                        61-04 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

                        1. re: PinotGringo

                          I'm technically in woodside, but a block or so away from sunnyside gardens. I don't think I've ever had fish and chips at cuckoos nest , but have enjoyed the food the few times I've been there.

                          1. re: donovt

                            thirded. Border of Sunnyside and Woodside and often go to Cuckoo's Nest for sunday brunch and get eggs and beans and sausage and chips. Had fish and chips for dinner during the sunday trad session and it was great.

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                            The Cuckoo's Nest
                            61-04 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

                        2. re: donovt

                          Been in the neighborhood a while, new member to chowhound.

                          P.J. Horgan's used to have good fish and chips, but they've been sliding to average to below average lately.

                          P J Horgan Tavern
                          4217 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, NY 11104

                          I've been to Dog and Duck, Quant, Bliss 46. Dog and Duck wasn't that bad regarding food, but the design is horrible. Bad table layout, and the banquets by the windows are sure to cut the circulation off in your legs. No vestibule, so tables next to the door freeze.

                          Had the hangar steak, leek and ham pie, bar food burger (was the best of the menu) and the duck. Yeah, fries are bagged. Service was average. Compared to the what's available in the neighborhood, I can't complain that much. This ain't Manhattan. It took long enough to get herbs at the food markets and a farmers market at 42nd and skillman so any kind of halfway decent restaurant that isn't a rice and beans joint or bad pizza I'll take. Hell, there's only one place to get a good bagel in what, a 3 square mile radius of my apt.

                          I'll have to try molly blooms. Didn't know they served food.

                      2. re: HudsDad

                        What about corned beef and cabbage? Got any Sunnyside / Woodside favorites? (thinking ahead to March)

                        1. re: roberthp

                          Butcher Block. Or just make it yourself -- it's quite easy.

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                          Butcher Block
                          43-46 41st St, Queens, NY 11104

                          1. re: roberthp

                            I think the corned beef and cabbage at BUTCHER'S BLOCK is usually only THURSDAYS? - It's pretty good, 1 serving is enough for two people. I find if you get there much after 7pm they've run out of cabbage for some reason!