Eating my way through New York City 😜: Part I
Flora Bar is a high-end restaurant located on the lower level of the MET Breur museum.
The physical address is 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021
I was very reluctant to eat here because I was worried about paying a lot of money for food that wouldn’t be filling. My New York-based friends really wanted to try it, so I obliged.
I loved the decor right off the bat.
We met here at noon on a Sunday, after scoring a reservation a few days prior. The restaurant wasn’t crowded when we entered, but had definitely gathered a crowd by the time we departed at 2ish.
The menu lists potentially yummy sounding dishes that are moderately priced. The waiter suggested the dishes were served a la carte style.
We ordered the following:
This dish was flavorful, well seasoned, not overly fishy and left each of us wanting more. It is designed to be eaten like a taco ( with a seaweed shell). I really enjoyed it and would have liked more than one bite. Alas, it was $18 for these three pieces.
The croquettes were crispy on the outside with a warm, cheesy center. They were tasty, but at the price point of $14, I would have preferred a second serving of the tartare.
The tuna tartare is exquisite! Very refreshing. The sunflower seeds added an unexpected pop of texture and flavor.
Oh mah gawd! These dumplings were EVERYTHING food was meant to be. A must try. Without sounding too repetitive, I felt pretty similarly about the halibut. Basically, you need to try these two dishes above all others.
I just realized the halibut allegedly had beets mixed in. I clearly skipped over that part or I never would have eaten it. Thankfully it had zero beet flavor whatsoever.
In all, I give Flora a 4 out of 5 yellowbag rating. Definite points for an innovative menu and fresh, savory dishes. I subtracted a yellowbag for the price point. I DO recognize that this is New York City and things can get pretty expensive, but I am used to getting a bit more bang for my buck in the South. C’ est la vie