Sad that this restaurant has excellent food and decent service but awful ambiance. The space is extremely noisy and lacks any privacy to be able to talk. The totally open space with BAR in the front as you enter and then the seats for restaurant is right next/behind this open bar lacks any wall or separation to diminish the rowdy noise from the bar. As the evening progresses after 7pm, It gets very very noisy and LOUD as those at the bar start drinking and having good time. i dont' blame them but it is very unfair and most uncomtortable for the diners in this pricey upscale restaurant sitting right near this bar.
We live in NYC and also have home in Red Hook so we are use to noise and good food/hi prices. We were so disappointed that we could hardly talk or hear each other with the loud yelling/talking/laughing from the bar guests. Our delicious meal was negated with this poor ambiance. For this price and type of restaurant they should have thought out the acoustics/noise imposed on the diners when they designed/built this restaurant.
This is first and foremost a RESTAURANT and not a sports bar first............so why would you have a huge bar right in the FRONT of the restaurant with totally OPEN space to the restaurant right next to/behing this bar?
Even with the great meal, we would NOT return or recommend Flatiron unless you just want to go for drinks and have a screaming, loud, rowdy, yelling time.