A walk down memory lane


Nikolla Vulaj has been a restauranteur for over 20 years, his flagship Flames Steakhouse is about to be re-opened in an all new and exciting location very soon. Before we open our doors yet again, here is the story of where it all began


Nikolla Vulaj

Executive Chef

Nikolla Vulaj Was born in Montenegro and moved to the USA back in 1972 as a teenager. 

From a young age, Nikolla started working in the meat market and later in his early adult life was working alongside the greatest chefs in New York.

Having his entire family already in the restaurant business, Nikolla decided to follow suit and opened his first establishment in 1992 in Briarcliff Manor, NY.

Adored by critics and his guests alike, Nikolla took his extremely successful talent as a restauranteur to the big apple and opened Giaradino D’oro in the heart of Wall Street back in 2001.

Taking his rich experience and passion, Nikolla is about to open his brand new venture in 2017


I have lived in Upper Westchester for 20 years, and never thought I could have a Manhattan steak house experience in the area, I was wrong when it comes to Flames.

T M.
The food and service are top notch, steaks cooked to perfection, bone in filet my favorite and wasabi tuna app was awesome, oysters also very good.. It's not cheap but I highly recommend this place, u will be very happy if you go.

The Best Steak Ever!

I'm glad to see Flames was added to Tripadvisor. We went to Flames with another couple to celebrate a special event. We knew it was going to be expensive but the other reviews on other sites said the food was good but the decor was terrible (as if that matters). I can't imagine what the other reviewers were talking about. The decor was just fine. The food was outstanding. The Porterhouse for 2 was incredible, the Filet Mignon was outstanding. It was the best steak any of us had in a long time. Highly recommend this restaurant. Don't let the prices scare you. It's worth every penny.

No need to go to NYC

Flames is consistently good. Steaks and seafood are delicious. Hard to believe it is in Briarcliff!

Amazing food

My family and I have been to flames quite a few times and each time the food has been delicious. It is costly but well worth it. The cocktail shrimp are huge, sides delish, and steak one of the best I,ve ever had. I actually got real excited saw Billy Murray there once. -- felt like I was reliving my childhood. I would def recommend making a stop here

Excellent Traditional Steak House

If you like like old steak row in NYC, than this is the place for you. All the classics cuts of steak as well as sides (ie: creamed spinach, cottage fires,sauteed onions, tomato and onion salad etc.) prepared with the quality and style you'd expect and served with the same traditional flair and presentation of the classic old school steakhouse. Very pleasant and knowledgable wait staff and excellent wine list. More personal and not so cookie cutter.

The steak came out sizzling and not drenched in butter

Vincent R.
just its own incredible flavor, we met the owner whom couldn't be more accommodating and warm. I will be visiting Flames again as well as introducing my family and friends to the experience, additionally it is located right in Westchester with plenty of parking. Thank you Flames, I will see you again.

From the time we arrived we were greeted like royalty.

Elizabeth C.
Once inside we were greeted by the hostess with a smile and led to our table. So far I am pleased. Our very friendly server told us the specials and gave us a little time to make our decision. We didn't feel rushed at all. After dinner we decided to have a drink by the bar which has to be one of the most beautiful bars. There we met the new owner. He was pleasant and treated us like family. My husband and I will definitely return and we look forward to another amazing night

Excellent dinner and service.

Richard C.
The waiter made suggestion and he was right. If you haven't tried it make it a new destination to try

Flames is great.

John H.
The staff is extremely well trained. We had the house red can't remember what it was but it was good. The Meat is out of this world. Get the seafood bisque if they have it. Alos the twin tail entree is a deal. I go with my wif she orders the Fillet I get the lobster. She eats one bit of mine I eat all of heres because the fillet is huge.

This is the best steak I have ever had

David L.
maybe it was chance but i have been to most of the New york area's top steakhouse's and this was the best cut I have ever had. Service was good, ambiance was equal.