Having lived in Queens for many years (Sunnyside), I always take notice of Sylvia Carter's reviews in Newsday. She seems really tuned into the ethnic restaurants in Queens, particulary the South American/Mexican places in the western part of the borough. Although I haven't tried all of her reviews of restaurants, she is usually on the mark.
And so with her recent review of LA FLOR BAKERY & CAFE. This is a Mexican cafe that is much more. Although the place is filled with appealing sweets (Mexican, muffins, scones, blueberry coffee cake, etc.), one can have a really fine meal there. My wife and I had wonderful split-pea soup and what I would call a chicken-mushroom pie in a tasty pastry crust which came with a very fresh greens salad. Others in the cafe were having salmon, good-looking burgers and fries and more traditional Mexican food, all of which smelled wonderful and looked terrific.
The chef, who seems to do everything cooks the meals, makes the pastries, bakes the bread, etc. He is a very personable man who seems to know what he is doing and comes from a well-known upper West-side bakery.
The owners, a young couple, are very attentive and all seem to want to please to make one's eating experience a good one. Prices are very reasonable.
They have no liquor license so you can bring in your own beer or wine. They seem to be open around the clock, almost, and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Whether or not they can sustain the quality remains to be seen, but our first visit was a winner and we look forward to returning very soon.
They are at 53-02 Roosevelt Avenue (right on the corner of 53rd Street). Telephone: (718) 426-8023
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