Yesterday I had my first Chowhound doubleheader of the season. Two of the great Chowhound restaurants are within a few blocs of each other in Woodside on Roosevent Ave. Started with a burger at Donovan's at 58th Street - great! Moist, chared, tasty.
Then we went to La Flor at 53rd Street. What a great place!!! We ordered perhaps one of the great desserts anywhere -- a tart with coconut and blueberrys. The revolation was that it was also made with lots of lime juice so that it was refreshing and both tart and sweet. It was beatifully served with star fruit and a little vanilla ice cream. Unbelievable. They may also have the best cookies anywhere. Wow!!!
Things were so great looking that we took home some orzo with fresh asparagus, some stuffed mushrooms with truffle oil and pears poached in red wine for a dinner party tonight. Why coo when you can't compete with the chef at La Flor.
To top it off we went back there for breakfast today. I had the vanilla bean burbon french toast that was served with maple syrup with a fresh fruit salad on top. Great. My wife had a slice of salmon quiche. It was served with a beatiful lightly dressed salad. Excellent.
I am convinced that La Flor is the best Chowhound restaurant in the city. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as pastries for the off hours. It serves every dish in a beautiful fashion. The atmosphere is very pleasant. The service is eager to please. And the prices are easy on the pocket book.
In a dream world, every chef with an unlimited budget should be able to serve great food, but we don't live in a dream world. La Flor, however, serves even better food, with more thoughtful preparation and presentation, than most super deluxe restaurants. But they serve all their food at very fair prices.
Anybody who does not make a pilgramage to La Flor cannot be considered a true Chowhound. Can anyone recommend a better Chowhound restaurant?