Address: 484 Amsterdam Ave (between W83rd- W84th Street), New York, NY, 10024
Prices: $11-30 per person
August 31, 2013.
After our long and precious visit to the MAC store, my friend Stella and I decided to celebrate (and show off our makeup) by going to a restaurant for lunch. We chose Flor De Mayo because it was in the vicinity and met my desire for latin food. It was a Saturday afternoon and surprisingly we did not see too many people in the place. The numerous busboys, who all lonesomely stood in front of the entrance, greeted us with smiles and helped us to a table near the window. I never know how I feel about window seats. They are interesting if you want to look out the window or have a private conversation with your date, but since I wanted to get a sense of the restaurant, I would have preferred a seat in the middle.
Upon getting the menu, I noticed that everything was written not only in English, but Spanish and Chinese. It was so odd to see Chinese in a Peruvian restaurant. Apparently, the restaurant is a mix of both Peruvian and Chinese cuisines, which is SO NEAT! I never had Peruvian, let alone a combination of Peruvian and Chinese.
Stella and I both ordered the Peruvian Special: Lomo Saltado. This is the first time I ordered a dish based on good online reviews. I usually order what I think sounds good and hope for the best. This time, I decided to try something less spontaneous and ordered something that was on everyone’s top list.
The Lomo Saltado is sliced meat sautéed with tomatoes, french fries, and onions served on rice. The drink that I got with this meal was a Shirley Temple. I really liked this dish. This is the first time I had french fries with rice, and I must say, it was a perfect combination of carbs. There was a bit of sweetness, saltiness, and sourness in the dish. The tomatoes and meat were slightly sour, the french fries were slightly salty, and the onions were slightly sweet. As you can imagine, the rice was needed. This explosion of flavors was counterbalanced by the white rice. If you do not order rice, then make sure to drink water in order to cleanse your palate before every bite in order to really get the richness of this entree.
The meal was so carby that I had to take 1/3rd of it home with me. I had a great experience with Stella. I wish to go there again and order something different and hopefully something AS wonderful.