The full guide to the best milkshakes in the borough
The Mirage is an ageless diner — the eternal home of the milkshake in its classic form. There are no gimmicks just pure preparation and simple flavors.
But there is a secret to the sweet science behind Mirage milkshakes: Soda jerks blend the milkshake with the whipped cream to create fluffy pockets of flavor and lightness inside the milkshake itself.
Mirage Diner [717 Kings Hwy. between E. Seventh and E. Eighth streets in Midwood, (718) 998-3750].
Anopoli Ice Cream Shop
As one of the last soda shops in Bay Ridge, this place is as real as it gets. You almost expect to see Greasers punch-starting the jukebox.
But as classic as Anopoli is, the place is known for its wide variety of flavors, including a cappuccino milkshake (coffee, vanilla ice cream and a touch of cinnamon), the Creamsicle (vanilla and orange) and a chocolate chip Oreo (which is self-explanatory). All in all, the chocolate flavor and the Oreo bits were a perfect complement — even if consuming a milkshake with a spoon feels a little sacriligous.
Anopoli is a stickler for tradition, from the Brooklyn-made Fox’s U-Bet syrup to the 1940s Hamilton Beach mixer that is still better than any blender.
Anopoli Ice Cream Parlor [6920 Third Ave. between 69th and Ovington streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 748-3863].
This Henry Street soda parlor exudes an aura of old-world Brooklyn. The shelves are still stocked with medicine jars from the original Longo Pharmacy, which dates back to 1925.
The malt milkshake has a similar old-school feel (indeed, who uses malt powder anymore?) and is thick and rich. Co-owner Peter Freeman’s secret is that he moves the canister up and down while it’s mixing, avoiding an ice cream meltdown and creating a true hand-spun milkshake.
Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain [513 Henry St. at Sackett Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 522-6260]. For info, visit www.brooklynfarmacy.blogspot.com.
Momofuku Milk Bar
Momofuku Milk Bar was young, hip, and simple — like an Urban Outfitters that serves dessert. And the milkshake is just as strange. First, start with the bakery’s cereal ice cream, which comprise pulverized Corn Flakes, organic milk, sugar and freeze-dried corn powder. Then, mix with milk.
The result is a “shake” in name only. It actually tastes the sugary milk at the bottom of your morning bowl of cereal. Yes, that familiar taste is highly enjoyable, but the novelty and nostalgia is lost quickly. Is it a great milk-based drink? Yes, but it’s more milk-slush than milkshake.
Momofuku Milk Bar (382 Metropolitan Ave. between Havemeyer Street and Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg). For info, visit www.momofuku.com.
Ample Hills Creamery
This kid-friendly Prospect Heights ice-cream shop uses Batenkill Valley whole milk and, of course, its own homemade ice cream, whipped together in a Hamilton Beach mixer. We tried a mix of chocolate and “Fluff and Stuff” — peanut butter ice cream with swirls of marshmallow and peanut butter cookies. The flavor was fantastic and the milkshake was thick and creamy, but also chunky from the peanut butter cookies. The best part was getting to scoop out the cookies after the milkshake was finished for an after-dessert dessert.
Ample Hills Creamery [623 Vanderbilt Ave. between St. Mark’s and Bergen streets in Clinton Hill, (347) 240-3926]. For info, visit www.amplehills.com.
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