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Flames – – A lunchtime treat

Flames Steakhouse in Briarcliff Manor is known for its evening hustle and bustle.  Have you tried it for lunch on a wintery weekend afternoon?  It’s perfect.  Sit at the bar and the likes of Tony will have you engaged in conversation about his life as retaurateur or any other subject you’d like to consider.  Nick Vuli created a concept that will steal your heart and you’ll find yourself willing to splurge to nourish your soul.

The menu is the same whether you’re an evening diner or someone who wants a little private quiet time on a lazy weekend afternoon.

The wine list is enormous and their offerings are over 60,000 bottles.  Prices are not inexpensive yet both food and wine deliver.

A recommendation is the lobster bisque to start.  Follow that with a twin-tails steamed lobster with drawn butter or even the porterhouse which is aged, tender, and absolutely delicious with your bottle of decanted red wine.

Side dishes do not disappoint.  Certainly they are traditional steak-house sides and they are done well consistently.  The buttery creamed spinach will harden your arteries as well as satisfy your palate.  The crispy onion rings are OK, but the not best I’ve had.  A serving of broccoli rabe with garlic and oil will complement any dish they offer.

Service is extremely attentive and not typical of a Westchester eatery – – this is more Midtown Manhattan old-style steak house service.  Be prepared to be referred to as “Sir” or “Ma’am” frequently.

Flames Steakhouse is not inexpensive – – a lunch for two with appetizer, entree, two bottles of judiciously selected wines and a cheese plate for dessert will drain your account of about $400.

Give yourself a break during the holidays and stop in on a wintery Saturday or Sunday afternoon for a nice meal and a good hearty decanted bottle of red.  Treat yourself and someone you care about. You’ll be glad you did.

Flames Steakhouse

533 North State Road

Briarcliff Manor, NY


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