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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Cooking- flight

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Dresner's was a longstanding restaurant in our neighborhood. It was an Irish bar/restaurant with a German name, which I always found intriguing. They drew mostly an older crowd, who ate there frequently and I'm guessing their menu hadn't changed much over the years- fish and chips, chops, burger and fries, etc.

A few months ago, it closed for renovations and when it reopened last month, it had a new name- flight. I started volunteering at The Book Cellar, a used book store located in the basement of the Webster branch of the New York Public Library, and on Thursdays I work until 6:30pm, so my husband and I met at flight for dinner.
flight's interior- from their website
What a change! It used be all dark wood and dim, but now when you walk in, you see how they opened everything up. The front has several tables that abut the sidewalk, but are still behind glass walls. The bar was redone to make it lighter, removing barstools and adding comfortable chairs, and they put in a counter with some stools for extra dining seats opposite the bar.

They kept the brick wall, but took out the dark booths and added a banquette that runs the length of the north wall. We sat in the corner and our server brought us some pita and a dip to go with it that was very tasty and kept us happy until we got our entrees. The service was very pleasant as well.

We each ordered a flight of wines- my husband got the reds, with a Chianti he very much enjoyed. I got the Chardonnays, and was equally pleased with all three.

I got one of the night's specials- Filet Mignon Grilled Cheese. It was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had! A delicious thickly sliced filet, portobello mushroom, bleu cheese and tomato on sour dough bread. It was heavenly, and served with hot, crispy fries on the side.

My husband had the strip steak and he enjoyed his as well. We shared a fudgy brownie with vanilla ice cream for dessert and practically licked the plate clean. We decided that we would return soon.

And we did- on the following Thursday. This time, I had the appetizer special, a plate of Beef Chili Nachos. The blue corn ships were covered with melted cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, green onions, beef chili, sour cream and guacamole. It was perfectly seasoned and only $9!

My husband raved about his Cheesesteak Sandwich special. He said the steak was perfectly cooked, and the peppers and onions on top were wonderful (he opted out of the bleu cheese).

When we got the check, I was shocked. It was only $35.63, practically unheard of in NYC. That made the meal even better. The owner came around both times we were there, and they had a pretty full house both times we were there, so I hope that flight will be around for a long time. It may just be our new go-to place.

flight's website is here.


  1. Thanks for highlighting - I have to check this place out!

  2. How wonderful to discover a new restaurant, destined to be a favorite.

  3. Filet grilled cheese - now that is treat! I would like to eat there, maybe one day when we visit NY.

  4. This sounds like it was on an episode of Robert Irvine's Food Network show, Restaurant Impossible! They go in and remake a stodgy restaurant overnight! And - the grilled cheese sounds delicious - I love "gourmet grilled cheeses" and I feel like they're all over NYC lately!

  5. Love hearing about your restaurant adventures. Thanks.

  6. sounds like fun! Cheers from CArole's CHatter

  7. Sounds like a wonderful restaurant. Your grilled cheese sandwich sounds especially tasty.

  8. Sounds like the perfect spot for a mid-week dinner after work.