SUNNYSIDE — Restaurant week returns to the neighborhood on Monday, showing off the best of the area's eclectic eats, from Tibetan dumplings to shepherd's pie.
Sunnyside Restaurant Week will run Oct. 20-24, with more than 30 local restaurants offering prix fixe lunch and dinner specials. In its second year, the event is meant to celebrate the neighborhood's wide array of international food, according to organizers.
"This event highlights the diverse range of restaurants in Sunnyside," Rachel Thieme, head of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, said in a statement.
For restaurant week, each participating eatery will offer a 3-course dinner for $25, while some will also offer special lunch menus.
The number of restaurants involved this year is more than double compared to last year, and includes two eateries — Salt & Fat and Venturo — which recently earned a "Bib Gourmand" rating from Michelin.
"We were really looking forward to doing it again this year," Venturo owner Giuseppe Falco said of this year's restaurant week, saying last year's event saw a "great turnout."
The restaurateur — who also owns Vesta Trattoria and Pachanga Patterson in Astoria — opened the Italian osteria last year at 44-07 Queens Blvd., and said the transition to the neighborhood has been "seamless," and that it has a stellar culinary scene.
"The food scene in Sunnyside is amazing," he said.
Venturo's prix fixe restaurant week menu includes broccoli and garlic soup and a housemade pasta entree with spicy chickpea purée, maitake mushrooms and butternut squash.
A full least of participating restaurants and their prix fixe menus can be found here.
In addition to the food deals, arts group No Longer Empty will be staging public art installations at five of the local eateries.
A guided tour of the art at each location will take place Monday night at 7 p.m. starting at Salt & Fat, and will include special video screenings at Dazie’s Restaurant.