New York

This Sunnyside, Queens Restaurant Crawl Let's You Sample the Area's Best Food

You only need one ticket to taste them all.

Photo courtesy of Bolivian Llama Party
Photo courtesy of Bolivian Llama Party
Photo courtesy of Bolivian Llama Party

If you are a bar crawl enthusiast, wait until you hear about Sunnyside’s restaurant crawl. The concept is the same, but instead of alcohol, you’ll be tasting a variety of cuisines by visiting Sunnyside’s restaurants door to door.

On Sunday, October 16, the Taste of Sunnyside Restaurant Crawl will welcome foodies and curious visitors to Queens’ favorite dining destinations. This year marks the second edition of the Taste of Sunnyside Restaurant Crawl following this format. In the 10 years before, the culinary event served as a food festival open to the public, but it was recently reinvented to better (and more safely) adhere to pandemic requirements. After last year’s success, the organizers decided to keep the door-to-door format in this year’s edition as well.

“As with last year, attendees will actually visit the location of each participating restaurant, which will be good for repeat business from ticket buyers for the Taste of Sunnyside,” Dirk McCall de Palomá, Executive Director of Sunnyside Shines, the event organizer, said in an official statement. “With continued caution around the COVID-19 virus, an open-air restaurant crawl that keeps people outdoors and socially distanced helps ensure this stays a safe event.”

The event, which is produced annually by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, aims at introducing New Yorkers and tourists to the many different cuisines that make up Queens’ (and more specifically, Sunnyside’s) dining scene. Participating local restaurants will entertain the restaurant hoppers’ palates through flavors from every corner of the world, featuring South American cuisines as well as Eastern European, Mediterranean, and Southeast Asian, among many others.

This year’s Restaurant Crawl will take place from 2–7 pm, and ticket holders will need to check in at Lowery Plaza (at 40th Street and Queens Boulevard, under the elevated 7 train) before getting started on their culinary adventure. Recommended routes will be available to guide guests through the crawl.

General admission tickets allow for entry at 3 pm, and they are $50 each. VIP tickets, instead, are $75 each, and include early admission as well as a dedicated trolley and a “no-wait line” at every stop. Those interested in participating are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance on this website, as the event tends to sell out.

Here’s 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)
  • De 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 Café (Mediterranean)
  • La Adelita de Woodside (Mexican)
  • La Catrina de Luis (Mexican)
  • McGuinness’s Saloon
  • Mr. Buncha (bubble teas)
  • QBK Sports
  • Ricas Pupusas y Mas (Salvadorian)
  • Rincon Melania (Ecuadorian)
  • Riko Peruvian (Peruvian)
  • Sanger Hall (American)
  • Senso Unico (Italian)
  • The Spot Café (Craft sandwiches, Burgers and beverages)
  • SoleLuna (Italian)
  • Sotto le Stelle (Neapolitan pizza)
  • Sweet Avenue (taproom devoted to local brews)
  • The Boiis (Filipino-owned mochi-based Dessert Pop Up Shop)
  • The Globe Tavern (Neighborhood pub)
  • 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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New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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