Milkflower: Astoria’s innovative take on a New York favorite
By Loulou Chryssides
Winter is fast approaching. Picture it: you’ve had a long day at the office, the temperature is sub-zero outside and all you want is a nice, warm, delicious slice of comfort (and perhaps an accompanying drink). Thankfully, Astoria, there is a solution for you. Enter here, Milkflower.
Opened in 2013 and located on 34-12 31st Avenue, Milkflower has proven to be a hit amongst Astorians and non-Astorians alike. Specializing in Neapolitan-style pizza, the restaurant has an array of delicious options, from the Van Dammer, made with brussel sprouts, mozzarella, egg, black pepper, and truffle oil ($16), to the Queen, made of tomato, mozzarella, basil, and parmigiano-reggiano ($14). Other popular choices are the S.T. The Ghost, which is comprised of four cheeses and burnt honey ($16), and the Abe Froman, made with pork sausage topping ($16).
However, Milkflower is not only known for its delicious pizza pies; the restaurant also has notable pasta dishes such as its cacio e pepe bucatini ($15), which leaves diners with the perfect ratio of pasta to cheese, as well as just the right amount of black pepper. There are also a variety of salads, small dishes, and starters for everyone. A standout is the wood-roasted meatballs, prepared with a combination of garlic confit, tomato, basil, and grana padano ($12).
In addition to its wide-ranging food menu, Milkflower has a variety of wine and beer options to accompany its serious bites. Its wine menu ranges from red & orange, to pink, white and sparkling from locations all across the United States. The same applies to the restaurant’s craft beer selections from locations such as Texas, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and California.
Should any diners feel like indulging their sweet tooth cravings, Milkflower offers multiple dessert options. A favorite is the chocolate budino, which is similar in texture to a more condensed chocolate mousse, accompanied by espresso cream and a drizzle of sea salt ($8).
If you haven’t already experienced the wonders of Milkflower’s wood-fired, brick oven pizza, or even if you have and simply want to enjoy a great Astoria dining experience, grab a friend and get to it!
Where: 34-12 31st Avenue
Hours: Monday-Friday, 5-11PM