Walking uptown after dinner tonight, I decided to stop for a cup of coffee and a cookie. The absolute last thing I was expecting to find was an outstanding alfajore.
Alfajores are a South American style of sandwich cookie, with dulce de leche (soft caramel) filling. Most of the Colombian bakeries in Jackson Heights make them, but most of them are bad -- the only really good ones I've had have been at Uruguaya, and they are not at all consistent.
Tonight I stopped at an innocuous-looking bakery on 8th Ave. and 14th Street, called Sweet Heart Bakery; looking in the display case, I was surprised to see several types of alfajores. The one I ate was on the level of the best ones I have ever had from Uruguaya. The cashier (who was Cuban) told me that the owner, an Argentine, makes his own dulce de leche. He makes it very well! And the cookie, while it had no real flavor next to the rich sweetness of the filling, was a nice crunchy texture counterpoint.