Looking for a no-nonsense place in midtown for a quick meal in relatively peaceful surroundings? Look no further than The Red Flame Diner on W. 44th Street, near 6th Avenue. The Red Flame Diner has plenty of booths for two or four and a small counter with stools near the back. This is not haute cuisine–the food is straight forward diner classics done right. More importantly, you can eat and have a conversation with your guests–and most people were chatting–with ease. No straining, no screaming.
The Red Flame will have you in and out in short order. But despite the bustle–and the place was nearly filled to capacity during our Saturday brunch time visit–it’s comfortable. The only black mark was background music, but the volume was low enough so it could be ignored. That said, why have it at all? No one was listening to it and it added an unnecessary layer of sound.
Given that almost every seat was filled, we were pleased with the noise level during our visit. It’s unlikely that it would be much louder if the few empty seats were filled, so we have no reservations in recommending the Red Flame Diner. If the music were turned off or lowered, we would give this place our highest mark. Still, second place isn’t bad at all.
Open 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every day
67 W. 44th Street (betw. 5th and 6th Avenues), New York, NY 10036