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The Flame Restaurant
Posted by nz on 04/22/2015
out of a movie scene, complete with great food especially the Matzo soup and warm friendly atmosphere
Posted by Tori M. on 12/10/2014
This is my go-to place every time I go into NYC. This year, my husband and I decided to go right after the parade on Thanksgiving, and it was probably the best decision I've made in a while. We had the roast turkey, with gravy, with a side of the string beans, and of course, followed by the rice pudding. Pure awesomeness!! The food was excellent, and seriously by far better than much fancier places I've eaten at. Food is always, consistently great and fresh. This week, I went back since I was in the area, and had the matzo ball soup and lamb shanks, and of course it was perfect. The people are great, the place is great, location is awesome, and overall I am very, very satisfied. If you go, I highly recommend the chicken stew and/or the pot roast, and of course any of the soups, or desserts like the rice pudding, Greek style. This is one of my favorite spots in the city.
Posted by Dana F. on 11/02/2013
This place continues to be awesome. One of my favorite neighborhood spots. You won't be disappointed. Have gone in for quick lunches like soups (yankee bean, cream of turkey, chili, beef stew), and more trad'l stuff like spinach pie, moussaka, rice pudding (love me some Greek food!!!). All have been amazing, esp for a little place among many in the area. Waiters are great, too. And delivery is pretty quick. Overall great place!!!
Posted by Gina on 08/16/2013
Went here while visiting a friend at the Fordham law school. Ate a feast LOL--matzo ball soup, lamb shank with rice, and topped it off with rice pudding. My god it was great. Never thought I'd have lamb so great and tender. The soup was just like my grandmother had made :) and also very, very good. The rice pudding was amazzzing too. Even bought some back with me for the next day. Absolutely loved this place--one of my best NYC food experiences!
Posted by NYC Traveler on 04/15/2013
At first glance, The Flame delivers what you might expect: a fiery, fast-moving New York City diner providing the usual breakfast fare, delicious grilled burgers, and tasty international cuisine ranging from seared salmon to Sicilian pasta. But sitting in the cafe, you sense another kind of warmth. Though you may be just visiting NYC, the employees greet you with a smile and direct you to your seat. It doesn't take long to realize that you're surrounded by neighborhood regulars with discerning palates and exacting expectations, both of which seem happily met by the smiling staff. In a symphony of service, the staff gracefully take orders, present fresh, steamy dishes, and refill drinks; cooks and crew, in accents that still reflect the home country of more than a century ago, chat with servers about the orders and steal glimpses of happily feasting customers; the delivery staff dances in and out of the front door, making dozens of trips throughout the neighborhood every hour or two, while the manager carefully inspects a growing pyramid of pastries, awaiting the morning rush. Amidst the elegant hustle so appreciated by time-strapped tourists and locals alike, you notice that some of the regulars are slower-moving. Elderly or disabled, these guests are nevertheless warmly welcomed, comfortably seated, and graciously greeted by servers going out of their way to say hello and ask about their day. Not at all rushed, these guests are presented with special dishes, new items brought in by request or old favorites no longer on the menu, but still available for a friend. And that's exactly what they are. The manager and servers refer to each one by title and by name. "Did you get a seat by the window for my friend John?" "How about another soda for my friend David?" "Ah, my friend Thomas! Wait till you try the new dish!" It's no marketing gimmick, no dispassionate buzzword urged into usage by corporate strategists, but a heartfelt expression formed of delightful, sincere habit. The simple name seems to refer to more than the diner's friendly atmosphere or its fiery grill; it seems to reflect the faithful light along the New York City shoreline that welcomes the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses, a light that glows as a city on a hill that cannot be hid. A diner that fills the stomach and warms the soul, The Flame shouldn't be missed by anyone who might be hungry near 9th Avenue and West 58th Street. And the food? It tastes as good as it feels.
Posted by StephenH on 02/22/2013
I was looking for an easy dinner near the Time Warner Center and being a fan of diners in general, decided to try the Flame. What a nice experience. The guy who seated me, my waiter, the service and the food were all very good. I had the brisket and some chicken soup. My friend got the open turkey sandwich and with a scotch, we got out of there for $43+tip. How can you beat that? True the atmosphere is basic diner, but that's ok, as I enjoy the people watching in places like this. I will go back.
Posted by Kim J on 02/20/2013
Was in NYC for my birthday. Stayed in a hotel on W 57th and was walking around looking for somewhere to eat and came across the Flame. Food was great, service was also great. My companions and I really enjoyed everything, when I come back in the spring, I'll be back at the Flame