Frank Restaurant

Italian Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • dennis
    "Everything you've heard about the Rigatoni al Ragu is true."(14 Tips)
    Escott H.
    "Try their burrata appetizer and ask about the specials of the day."(21 Tips)
    Roger S.
    "Special pastas such as pappardelle worth it every time."(9 Tips)
    Cheapism
    "Try some of the best cheap, homemade pasta in the East Village here."(5 Tips)
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  • Celina 8.
    Celina 8aSeptember 10
    Deliiiiiii yummie super food great service
  • S F.
    S FSeptember 4
    Good hearty Italian food
  • Eduardo R.
    They only accept cash
  • Chris B.
    Amazing pasta. Pappardelle and rigatoni were both great. Cash only!
  • Sirus O.
    Cash only. Classic Italian American specialties. Mostly Italian wine list separated by growing region. Reservations can be sat anywhere, bar, kitchen, table and communal table.
  • Becca B.
    Becca BaeFebruary 1
    Overpriced and inattentive staff (I was charged for a glass of wine that was spilled..?). To add insult to injury, it's cash only.
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayJanuary 9
    Chicken parm is oh. so. good.
  • Escott H.
    Escott HayashidiazDecember 9, 2016
    Not as cheap as it used to be but still a good place for a solid NY Italian meal. Try their burrata appetizer and ask about the specials of the day.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SuhOctober 24, 2016
    Pretty loud and crazy but nice meals and friendly staff.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceSeptember 14, 2016
    Fantastic food. Tight squeeze and totally worth it. Great menu. Cash only, be prepared.
  • Chiara M.
    Chiara MartiniSeptember 5, 2016
    You just should go :) Amazing cute cosy spot with delishhh pasta
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJuly 18, 2016
    An all time NYC fav! Don't miss the rigatoni, mussels, or the black spaghetti.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJuly 16, 2016
    This is where the Meatball Shop gets its meatballs, so you know they'll be good. Rigatoni al Ragu is solid.
  • Marilyn G.
    Marilyn GoldenJune 21, 2016
    Homemade pasta!Giant meatball meatloaf!
  • EArchitect
    EArchitectApril 10, 2016
    If your dinner party gets placed at the a huge communal wooden table right next to the bar, sit on the side facing the wall because you'll get trapped against the wall on the other side.
  • Henrik L.
    Henrik LindahlMarch 29, 2016
    Great, genuine atmosphere, fantastic food!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DudasMarch 23, 2016
    Burrata to die for, the best kale Caesar in America and world class homemade pasta.
  • David S.
    David SchorrMarch 16, 2016
    Great neighborhood Italian joint.
  • Leslie T.
    Leslie TengMarch 6, 2016
    Baked eggs pomodoro are savory and delicious; comes with toast good for soaking up the tomato sauce. French toast is amazing: firm and fluffy, filled with jam, comes with lots of fruit.
  • Audrey T.
    Audrey TolbertFebruary 12, 2016
    Do you have cash on you? It so, come here and pray the rabbit pappardelle is a special. If not, take out cash, come here and pray the rabbit pappardelle is a special.
  • Perri S.
    Perri SilverFebruary 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the chicken parm. It's not on the menu, but they'll make it for you.
  • Tara D.
    Tara DeVincenzoJanuary 17, 2016
    without writing a full love letter to my black linguine calamari (wowowow), I suggest the generously spread liver pate on fresh crostini. mind-blowingly delicious
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotNovember 3, 2015
    I had heard rave reviews, but the food was pretty standard. The beet salad is fresh as can be, the sandwiches look good. Eggs Benedict was nothing special. Loved the old-school music.
  • Adrien
    AdrienOctober 28, 2015
    Rigatoni al Ragu with your parents. Rigatoni al Ragu with your date. Rigatoni al Ragu alone. Only the quantity of wine will potentially vary
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DurhamOctober 6, 2015
    Best burrata in the city, hands down!
  • Vaidehi K.
    Vaidehi KAugust 29, 2015
    Ravioli is great. Also they're cash only.
  • Sherie S.
    Sherie SwerdlowAugust 15, 2015
    Maybe was an off night. Pasta overcooked, mozzarella wasn't fresh. Sorry, but we were disappointed. However, place was packed.
  • Jane P.
    Jane PoretskyAugust 4, 2015
    the day I came the burrata was very almost frozen, firm, and unappetizing, not worth $23- get bruschetta, sicilian salad, rigatoni and spaghetti with broccoli! fava puree is good too
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PlaineJuly 27, 2015
    The gnocchi is 👌🏼. Don't come on too hot a night though, the inside gets warm because of the kitchen.
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsJuly 23, 2015
    Amazing homemade pasta
  • Erica B.
    Erica BJune 29, 2015
    Pappardelle lamb ragu is out of this world. Love this place!
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessJune 25, 2015
    Make sure you check out the specials board (back wall) before you order or you'll miss out on some good dishes. Also, cash only.
  • Bea D.
    Bea DicarloJune 22, 2015
    Pappardelle ragu
  • Pierrick G.
    Pierrick GanonJune 4, 2015
    Great Pappardelle veal ragu! Fairly priced too. Cash only though
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PeiranoMay 31, 2015
    Awesome service. Amazing burrata. Cash only.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WinnickMay 6, 2015
    Great neighborhood spot, fun ambiance. Outdoor seating, everything is very very good.
  • Angela Z.
    Angela ZhangApril 13, 2015
    Overpriced. Go across the street to Ballaro.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinMarch 22, 2015
    Trusty neighborhood staple. Like eating at an Italian grandmas house. The first place I ever had burrata in like 1980 yo
  • RC
    RCMarch 17, 2015
    Wonderful cozy place! Sit at the kitchen bar and watch the fury. Fantastic homemade pastas!
  • Natasha M.
    Natasha MoriniMarch 10, 2015
    Good good. Similar menu to lil' Frankie's and the space is a lot smaller. The staff is very nice
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina ParkMarch 10, 2015
    Best pasta, burrata and tiramisu 😍
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 26, 2015
    italian $11-15
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsFebruary 20, 2015
    Apparently hosts a lot of birthdays
  • Angela
    AngelaFebruary 13, 2015
    Cozy atmosphere, great food, and the bartender pours a generous glass. The Burrata is pictured below. Need I say more?
  • Raymond K.
    Raymond KJanuary 28, 2015
    Mozzarella, lemon spaghetti and pappardelle veal ragu
  • Raymond K.
    Raymond KJanuary 28, 2015
    Exposed brick and old school jams. Great place to grab a bite with a friend or casual date. No frills Italian cuisine that's completely unapologetic about its simple and fresh ingredients.
  • Princess N.
    Princess NeneJanuary 23, 2015
    The WORST EVER. Reserved VIP, no waitress for an hour add 30 minutes for my bottle. HORRIBLE comm. even with manger. Accidentally left my bday gifts and I've been calling for a week now and NO ANSWER!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DiazDecember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    phenomenal homemade pastas, burrata, etc.
  • Matt R.
    Matt R.December 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Has been our go-to Italian spot since MAX closed. The Rigatoni al Ragu is the real deal.
  • Gunnar A.
    Gunnar AasenNovember 30, 2014
    Understated Italian joint with delicious food and reasonable prices. When in season, the truffle pasta is a solid value for truffle lovers. Cash only.
  • Clay N.
    Clay NielsenNovember 29, 2014
    Very authentic and affordable Italian. Specials change daily. Hands down one of the best wine lists in the city. Sit facing the kitchen if you want some entertainment.
  • Clyde Kelly J.
    Clyde Kelly J.November 10, 2014
    Solid Italian food. Very small place. Limited add on options. The menu is the menu. Cash only!
  • J. I.
    J. I.G.October 27, 2014
    Amazing food.
  • Danny H.
    Danny HertzOctober 16, 2014
    Everything is amazing here. Get any of the burrata items and you can't go wrong.
  • Andy R.
    Andy RosenbergOctober 9, 2014
    First time here? Try the Rigatoni al Ragu. Simple, refined and oh so delicious.
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroSeptember 27, 2014
    Great spot to sit outside and people watch. Try one of the many pastas! Super affordable.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the open kitchen bar and have some wine with dinner and grappa with dessert. Special pastas such as pappardelle worth it every time. Reliable tagliata toscana. Friendly.
  • Evie
    EvieAugust 24, 2014
    Good cheap wine, amazing pasta dishes, and flavorful entrees. Get the rigatoni al ragu, seared salmon, or chicken.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Daniel Holzman, chef of The Meatball Shop, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Rigatoni al ragu. Read more
  • Kass
    KassAugust 18, 2014
    their homemade gnocchi and their fresh mozzarella were so good that I'm still dreaming about them. SO. GOOD.
  • Jordan F.
    Jordan FoxAugust 9, 2014
    Chicken parm is an unstoppable warhorse.
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    Frank's handmade ravioli is everything. If you're not too full afterward, we also recommend finishing the meal with homemade tiramisu. Read more
  • Mitchell R.
    Mitchell RJune 28, 2014
    Stupid 4sqr. Including having a busboy reach across our table to pour water for the table next to us.
  • Mitchell R.
    Mitchell RJune 28, 2014
    This was bad in more wYs than I have the space to describe - including
  • Ellie B.
    Ellie BennerJune 13, 2014
    $45 for a glass of wine, pasta, and three slices of mozz as an app? No thank you.
  • Taís F.
    My favorite italian restaurant in New York
  • Cécile
    CécileApril 15, 2014
    European-style food: simple, home-made, and good. Kinda rare in New York!
  • Ali R.
    Ali RoseApril 10, 2014
    Salmon with capers & arugula is on point 👍 gluten free & dairy free Italian option!
  • Kathryn M.
    Kathryn McFarlaneMarch 31, 2014
    Black linguine with calamari.
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 27, 2014
    Order the burrata mozzarella and enjoy with crusty bread while awaiting a life-altering pasta experience. Read more
  • Harold C.
    Harold CooperJanuary 14, 2014
    butternut squash tortelloni with sage was great
  • Leah S.
    Leah SheaJanuary 11, 2014
    Food to kill for. The burrata mozzarella is life-changing. Top music choices on the spin!
  • Jesus C.
    Jesus ClimentNovember 23, 2013
    Just one word. Burratta. Nuf said.
  • Kelsey C.
    Kelsey CookNovember 5, 2013
    Get the burrata.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelNovember 2, 2013
    The meatloaf is amazing, best eaten in Thanksgiving pants.
  • Martin S.
    Martin SandbergOctober 5, 2013
    Can't recommend this place at all actually...
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaOctober 1, 2013
    Polpettone is amazing! Be careful of the rigatoni because the "meat sauce" I giant chunks of meat so it's incredibly delicious but super filling. Not the best splitty split.
  • Helena W.
    Helena WongSeptember 22, 2013
    I DIE for the Rigatoni al Ragu with homemade meatballs! Generous portions.
  • Samantha J.
    Samantha JosephineAugust 5, 2013
    Food was amazing but the music did not fit the style of the restaurant. Would have enjoyed Frank Sinatra over the random rap.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Frank turns simple Italian dishes into culinary masterpieces like black kale caesar salads and meatloaf with red gravy.
  • Dorota K.
    Dorota KJune 17, 2013
    Wonderful little spot with exceptional food.....I'm regular here and I will keep coming back!!!
  • Robert M. S.
    Robert M. Strain, Jr.June 11, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    16 years serving the best food in NYC...
  • Perrot
    PerrotMay 4, 2013
    Staff is so rude
  • Yuri C.
    Yuri CataniaApril 28, 2013
    Believe me The Chef is very PRO and much better of many Italian restaurant in Italy. The pasta is very "Al Dente" . Amazing experience also for Italian lovers.
  • Evan
    EvanApril 25, 2013
    Old school East Village institution and perfect date might spot. Sit at the counter by the open kitchen with a glass of wine, someone you like a lot, and an enormous plate of pasta.
  • a blissful life.
    a blissful life.April 4, 2013
    The gnocchi is oh, so good! And it's homemade!!
  • Justine P.
    Justine PortmannMarch 22, 2013
    Terrific "wine by consumption" concept with some excellent albeit limited selections !
  • Shalini
    ShaliniMarch 16, 2013
    I love a place where the daily menu is longer than their standing menu. And an even bigger wine list.
  • Melissa
    MelissaMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Burrata is a must.
  • Jared
    JaredMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the buratta if you know what's good for you
  • Hyeji K.
    Hyeji KimJanuary 6, 2013
    NY strip and tagliatelle with mushroom was amazing!!!! Definitely coming back.
  • Get Forked T.
    Get Forked TheaDecember 30, 2012
    Has some good large tables if there are a few of you. The black kale Caesar is excellent.
  • Kim A.
    Kim AhearnOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome Italian. Great music too.
  • F-Factor N.
    F-Factor NutritionOctober 26, 2012
    Quaint sitting area and amazing traditional Italian food! Split some veggies and pasta with a friend!
  • Markos H.
    Markos HengstOctober 12, 2012
    burrata mozzarella :-) http://www.megaabstauberseo-star.de/megaabstauberseo/
  • Jason A.
    Jason AnelloOctober 4, 2012
    Get a special
  • dennis
    dennisSeptember 11, 2012
    Everything you've heard about the Rigatoni al Ragu is true. Definitely get this dish, you won't be disappointed. Oh, and bring cash.
  • jeremy p.
    jeremy phillipsAugust 26, 2012
    Buff mozzarella, gnocchi, molten choc cake. $32 bottle of Pinot Nero.
  • Quentin L.
    Quentin LafonJuly 15, 2012
    Very good food and service.
  • Aletha H.
    Aletha HaynesJune 22, 2012
    Have a murdered-out dinner: black kale caesar salad and squid ink linguini with sautéed calamari. Ridiculously delicious!
  • Lyan C.
    Lyan C.CJuly 8, 2013
    Comida muy rica!!! :)
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