Finally, get a ‘Taste’ of Sheepshead Bay

Finally, get a ‘Taste’ of Sheepshead Bay
Steve Solomonson

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 www.sheepsheadbites.com

Seafood soup for the soul: Paulie and Joey Randazzo of Randazzo’s Clam Bar with four varieties of soup they’ll serve up hot at the upcoming food festival.
Steve Solomonson