Our 10 Best Sunset Park Restaurants
The neighborhood of Sunset Park is so-called for the park of the same name, a green, hilly spot offering a community pool built in the 1930s and spectacular views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
Yissel's chimichurris draw a crowd
Until World War II, the area was mainly home to Eastern European and Norwegian immigrants, but in the 20th century, it became a hub of New York's Latin community. Up on Eighth Avenue, a Chinatown grew, built first by Cantonese immigrants, and now, increasingly, folks from Fujian. It all adds up to one of the greatest eating neighborhoods in the city.
There are two main drags: Fifth Avenue is chock-a-block with Latin American eateries, and Eighth Avenue is full of East and Southeast Asian spots. For our purposes, we've defined the neighborhood as 24th Street to 65th Street, between Fourth and Ninth Avenues.
Ready to chow on lechon, dim sum, banh mi, knife-shaved noodles, Sichuan cold tongue, chorizo huaraches, and Dominican hamburgers? Come with us to Sunset Park.
Presented in no particular order, our nine runners up:
Tongue, chorizo, and suadero tacos from the back of a bodega called Deli and Grocery
Wong Wong Noodle Shop (Lan Zhou noodles/Fujianese) 5410 Eighth Avenue, 718-633-5633; Tacos Matamoros (Mexican) 4508 Fifth Avenue, 718-871-7627; Lanzhou Hand Pull Noodle (Lan Zhou noodles/Fujianese) 5924 Eigth Avenue, 718-492-7568; Pacificana (Dim Sum, Cantonese) 813 55th Street, 718-871-2880; Deli and Grocery (Mexican, tacos) 780 Fourth Avenue; Red Apple Fast Food (Fujianese, oyster cakes, soup, over-rice combos) 4817 Eighth Avenue, 718-853-8811; Jugeria and Taqueria El Comal (Mexican, antojitos, juices) 4711 Fifth Avenue, 718-438-3060; Prosperity Dumpling (Chinese, dumplings, sesame pancakes) 4317 Eighth Avenue, 718-436-2516; El Bohio Restaurant #3 (Dominican, Puerto Rican, Lechonera) 4523 Fifth Avenue, 718-686-0079
Chorizo huarache from El Comal
Solider on to see which restaurants made our 10 best list.