Dining on the 7 line: Dazie's Restaurant is a destination for Italian food in Sunnyside Link to Article: By Amanda P. Sidman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
  Dining on the 7 LineLily Gavin, owner of Dazie's Restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens,
with her award-winning tiramisu

You’ll be transported to a New York of a different era upon entering Dazie’s, the 40-year-old Italian restaurant in Sunnyside.

Owned by Lily Gavin, the Queens restaurant has a romantic vibe that isn’t easily found at many NYC restaurants these days.

How many eateries still have piano players serenading diners nightly?

And it’s famous for more than tunes — Tina Fey once filmed an episode of “30 Rock” there. The tiramisu won for Best Dessert at the “Queens: A Taste Of The World” event at Citi Field in 2010.

But don’t skip straight to dessert.

The extensive Italian-American menu — yes, there are indeed eight different kinds of veal — is a family-pleaser, featuring every kind of pasta from homemade ravioli Bolognese to a house special cavatelli with meatballs and sausage.

Chicken scarpariello and pollo Parmigiana are both favorites, and are served with a side of spaghetti — ensuring that no one could possibly leave Dazie’s hungry.

The veals, served marsala (with marsala wine sauce and mushrooms) or Capricciosa (with chopped arugula, tomatoes, red onion, basil, lemon and olive oil) are also popular.

To complement your meal, order from Dazie’s extensive Italian-focused wine list, which has a special section devoted to Tuscan wines, or a grappa from their cocktail menu.

At Dazie’s, you can enjoy an environment that Sunnyside locals have come to consider a second home, while enjoying a great authentic Italian meal, without the hustle and bustle of Little Italy. Hop off the 7 train and let Gavin and her staff entertain you.

Dazie’s, 39-41 Queens Blvd., (718) 786-7013

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Dazies (Italian)
39-41 Queens Blvd
between 39th and 40th Sts. Sunnyside, Queens (718-786-7013). Subway: 7 to 40th St. Mon–Thu 11:30am-11pm; Fri 11:30am–midnight; Sat 1pm–midnight; Sun 1–11pm. AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Open since 1970, Dazies has the expected Queens Italian-American accoutrements of valet parking, brass sconces, tuxedoded waiters, Bill Murray–style pianist and acres of tiramisu. But its clientele reflects the evolving neighborhood—groups of guys and older couples are now joined by art folk from nearb MoMA QNS, the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum and other cultural enclaves.

Old-timers and newcomers are drawn by well-above-average, generously apportioned food (herb-flecked gnocchi, peppery seafood-ladden zuppa di pesce, tender veal cutlets) and a remarkably inexpensive wine list. Can't decide? The combinazione alla Mario offers veal, chicken and steak in a wine-enriched gravy. Traditional desserts—a not-too-sweet ricotta cheesecake and tiramisu—are the way to go. And we dare you to request a Billy Joel tune.

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Dazies, 39-41 Queens Blvd. (bet. 39th and 40th Sts.), (718) 786-7013.
Bus tours from MoMA QNS have dined at this cushy, classic Italian restaurant, where a pianist plays at dinnertime daily, except Monday. The Veal à la Dazies, with roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, artichokes and white wine, is a work of art, according to owner Lily Gavin

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  Glenn Lowry Loves Dazie's, a plushy family-run Italian restaurant.
Daily News ( March 27, 1982 )

Recommended: Some restaurants make even the first-time visitor feel right at home. They have a warmth and friendliness that makes you want to come back again and again. Dazies, an Italian restaurant in Sunnyside, is one of those places. Much of the credit belongs to personable owner-hostess Lilly Gavin and her five children. who operate the restaurant and give it its personality.

While other restaurants along highly competitive Queens Blvd. have come and gone, Dazies has been a popular dining place for more than 10 years, and even plans to expand.

It's spacious layout is smartly divided between cocktail lounge and dining area to create an intimate feeling. The decor has a nostalgic, turn of the century feeling. Its deep maroon walls are adorned with early 1900 scenes and overhead globes provide soft lighting. A pianist performs Wednesday to Sunday, providing background music that is never so loud that diner's can't converse.

the cooking, chiefly Northern Italian with some Southern Italian items, is excellent, with portions good-sized and dishes served in appetizing fashion. A la carte items are moderately priced and there are complete dinners offered nightly that are a very good value.

The restaurant is open seven days for lunch and dinner. Parking is available accross the street under the el. Dazies is located at 39-41 Queens Blvd. In Sunnyside. Phone (212) 786-7013.