Dining

Milkflower blooms
Milkflower blooms
Dining Queens Courier Staff 7/05/2013 at 4:36PM

Milkflower’s storefront sits like a pristine display case allowing passersby an exposed view of the dining room and brick pizza oven. Created by brothers Danny and Pete Aggelatos, Milkflower is their first restaurant, though they have been baking pizzas with their uncle in New Jersey for over 10 years. The brothers spent the better part [...]

Off the Hook is off the hook
Off the Hook is off the hook
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/28/2013 at 5:31PM

“Which part of the lobster is your favorite,” my friend asks as I stare, dumbfounded, at the enormous lobster roll before me. It is an entire lobster removed from its shell, giant claws—whole—and a buttery herbed tail, all sprinkled with sweet, juicy knuckle meat. “I love it all,” I say. The lobster roll at Off [...]

Jamaica Farmers Market is back
Jamaica Farmers Market is back
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/26/2013 at 1:43PM

BY JOHANN HAMILTON Jamaica Avenue will be a getting a lot greener this summer with the return of the Jamaica Farmers Market. The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and Down To Earth Markets (DTE) is hosting the market, which is in its 39th year. It currently features four vendors: Alex’s Tomato Farm, John D. Madura Farms, [...]

A four-leaf clover just off the beaten path
A four-leaf clover just off the beaten path
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/22/2013 at 11:27AM

One of Astoria’s best-kept secrets is Stove, where Irish-born chef and owner Declan Cass serves British-inspired dishes – the fish and chips are a textbook rendition – alongside inventive New American cuisine to offer something for everyone. The narrow, sconce-lit restaurant is just far enough off the beaten path to feel secluded and special, yet [...]

Former consultant launches handcrafted cocktail mixer line in LIC
Former consultant launches handcrafted cocktail mixer line in LIC
Dining Angy Altamirano 6/17/2013 at 11:46AM

As you take your first sip of a drink made with a Cocktail Crate mixer, you enter a world of fresh ingredients, one-of-a-kind combinations and hours of dedication that bring the term “hand-crafted” to a new extreme. Cocktail Crate is the creation of 24-year-old Queens native Alexander Abbott Boyd, who started off working as a [...]

Pizza pies and pasta cakes
Pizza pies and pasta cakes
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/14/2013 at 4:27PM

At Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana, each pie has its own personal story. One is inspired by chef and owner Stephen Menna’s grandmother’s meatballs, another by his favorite festival as a kid and yet another by his neighbor, who suggested adding raisins to a prosciutto pie. Naturally leavened dough is gently hand-stretched and falls loosely down the [...]

A burger that is not bare
A burger that is not bare
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/09/2013 at 11:04AM

In June 2009 the very first Bareburger opened its doors on 31st Ave in Astoria, serving premium organic burgers under a ceiling of recycled tin barn siding. The establishment used sustainable ingredients and eco-friendly features including paperless ordering. The concept met a growing demand from environmentally conscious diners seeking high quality food in a casual [...]

2013 farmers market season in Queens
2013 farmers market season in Queens
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/08/2013 at 2:12PM

Though the Jackson Heights Greenmarket is open year-round many of Queens’ other farmers markets don’t open until June or July. Astoria Greenmarket 14th Street (Between 31st Avenue and 31st Road) Open Wednesdays, 7/10 – 11/20 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Corona Greenmarket Roosevelt Avenue at 103rd Street Open Fridays, 7/5 – 11/22 8 a.m. – [...]

PHOTOS: 8th Annual Taste of LIC
PHOTOS: 8th Annual Taste of LIC
Dining Angy Altamirano 6/06/2013 at 11:06AM

The Chocolate Factory presented the 8th Annual Taste of LIC at Gantry Plaza State Park on Tuesday, June 4. The community-wide festival highlighted Long Island City’s culinary and cultural accomplishments. This year’s celebration featured food and beverage tastings from 50 restaurants and 100 local businesses. Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer served as master of ceremonies while [...]

Gastronomy, culture on tour
Gastronomy, culture on tour
Dining Queens Courier Staff 5/31/2013 at 4:15PM

In light of the mellowing of the weather and the driving instinct to dine outdoors, this week I decided to break convention and try an outdoor dining approach that samples not one, but up to 15 different restaurants. What better way to savor a kaleidoscope of tasty morsels than by following a neighborhood expert on [...]