Finally, get a ‘Taste’ of Sheepshead Bay

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Sheepshead Bay chefs are celebrating the neighborhood’s storied culinary tradition with — what else? — a mouth-watering food festival.

Randazzo’s Clam Bar and Il Fornetto are among the 20 eateries that will participate in Taste of Sheepshead Bay on Oct. 27 at the the Knights of Columbus on Emmons Avenue.

Organizers said the event is a not-so-subtle reminder to foodies that there’s fine dining south of Prospect Park.

“We want people outside of the neighborhood to realize there’s a real food scene down here,” said Ned Berke, whose blog, Sheepshead Bites is putting on the feast.

Emmons Avenue has always been a locale for fine food — and was famously home to the country’s largest eatery, Lundy’s Restaurant, which fed generations until it close for good in 2007.

Restaurant owners said food choices in the former fishing village have actually evolved over time — and are more eclectic than ever — thanks to an influx of Russians, Turks, Latinos and Asians.

To prove this point, the festival will feature samples of braised lamb shank courtesy of Il Fornetto, Randazzo’s seafood soup and classic sandwiches from Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher deli, as well as Peruvian, Turkish and Russian fare, among other treats.

“Now you’re getting a real mix of cuisines,” said Angelo Balbo, the owner of Il Fornetto. “We’ve got a real restaurant row.”

Taste of Sheepshead Bay at the Knights of Columbus [3000 Emmons Ave. at Nostrand Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, (347) 985-0633], Oct. 27, 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance ($35 at the door). For info, visit

Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018: An earlier version of this story listed the wrong date. It is Thursday, Oct. 27.
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Alicia from Gravesend says:
Wrong Date... correct date is October 27th.
Oct. 19, 2011, 11:01 am
al pankin from madison says:
sheepshed bay used to be it is a dump. the only place from the old days is Randazzo's...Lundy's is gone replace by a dump, Tappans was great, replaced by I don't know and roaster is high end for that crowd..
look at all of that lousy, cheap looking housing tat was allowed to be contructed by the water, one cheaper looking than the matches the people.
Oct. 19, 2011, 2:51 pm
Sheepshead Bites from Sheepshead Bay says:
Awe Al, missin' the good ol' days, eh? Well, open your mind a little. Sure, Lundy's is gone. Boo-hoo. But now we've got Liman's, the nation's oldest Turkish fish restaurant, and identified by many food critics as one of the city's best restaurants. It's paired by a dozen or so other Turkish restaurants that together make up the largest and best collection of Turkish cuisine in the city. We also have some of the best Eastern European eateries this side of Odessa, as well as a number of German/Austrian restaurants, classic Italian (Randazzo's ain't the only one; Maria's is 83-years-old. Anthony's dates back to 1947), respectable bar-grills like Wheelers, and award-winning Chinese (Chop Stix anyone?).

So, the choice is yours, Al. You can come down and try some great food, or you can sit around, be a loudmouth ass and miss out on a great event.

In fact, I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is. Come to the event. If you think the food is lousy and the trip was a waste, I'll pay for your ticket. If you find at least three dishes you enjoy out of the 20 - not including Randazzo's - you pay for it.

If you want to take me up on the offer, reach out to me using the contact info at
Oct. 19, 2011, 7:43 pm

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