Flames Steakhouse has just morphed into Giardino D’oro, an Italian eatery in the Financial District. Nick Vuli, who was both the owner and chef at Flames, partnered up with Benny Jakupaj, to undertake the restaurant’s transformation.
Owners site Wall Street woes and tightened expense accounts for the recent decline in Flames’ lunchtime business and thus, the transition to affordable Italian. Outdated wallpaper has been replaced by gold-tinted Venetian plaster and rugs have been torn out in favor of cherrywood floors.
This traditional Northern Italian features eggplant rollatini, veal chop Valdostana sauced with wild mushrooms and cognac, homemade agnoletti and four-cheese stuffed ravioli. While not on the newly issued menu, Vuli still offers its signature, dry-aged in house steaks on an off the menu request basis: expect porterhouse, rib eye and New York strip steaks.
Address: 5 Gold St., at Maiden Lane
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11a.m.-10p.m., Sat., 3p.m-10p.m.
Until we eat again,
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