On a tip from Jim Leff's Chow Alert (#48), we tried La Flor Bakery in Sunset Park (40-21 Fifth Ave) on Sunday. Yum! As directed by Jim, we ordered a torta de chorizo with the sausage cooked with some egg (when we ordered a torta de chorizo, they asked if we wanted eggs in it). We also got a cemita with a milanesina de pollo (very thin breaded chicken cutlet). The torta was delicious and very messy to eat. It had a few jalapenos that really perked it up. The cemita, in addition to the chicken, had roasted chiles, avocado, cheese, and onion and lettuce too. Both came on incredibly fresh rolls, lightly toasted right before serving. Totally amazing and filling. The cemita was $5, don't remember the price of the torta but I think it was $4 or $4.50. They also have tamales on the weekend, which beg to be tried.
Neither one of us speaks Spanish, and only one guy there spoke English (I'm guessing he was the owner), but the people working there were extremely sweet about pointing to stuff to explain things.
This place is a lunch counter and bakery with lots of sweet stuff that looks interesting (and a woman decorating hideous kids' birthday cakes and wedding cakes in the back). On top of the counter was a tray of some kind of very yellow cake that looked incredibly fresh, and we bought a piece to go when we paid for our sandwiches. Aaah. it turned out to be sweet corn cake--not too sweet, still a little warm, and incredibly moist. (My SO compared it to ciambella, a kind of plain Italian cake that's often eaten for breakfast.) Have you ever read that Joan Didion essay about the perfection of being in Manhattan, buying a peach from a street vendor, and standing on the corner biting into the juicy peach on a warm, sunny day and just loving New York? I had a similar feeling strolling down incredibly crowded Fifth Avenue on a sunny day eating that corn cake.
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