Frankies 17

(Now Closed)
Italian Restaurant and Home (private)$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Rosa C.
    Rosa ChaeMarch 29, 2012
    House-made Cavatelli and Escarole & Cannellini Bean soup is freaking amazing! Interior is cozy and warm. Beware: waiters are over-attendant but the food is so good that you will pay no mind to them.
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew ApostolaOctober 1, 2011
    This really is a good place but you have to make it work for you. Play around with the menu, the food is great and the coffee is excellent (it's stumptown)
  • Pulse Radio
    Pulse RadioNovember 22, 2011
    Amazing and cosy italian food. It always has a wait BUT they take your mobile # and call you when the table frees up. Try Tapeo 29 for a drink on the corner while you wait... Read more
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesOctober 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    A great, light-bodied red from Sicily...the Etna Rosso '09, based on the rare nerello mascalese grape, offers cherry, gentle spice, and earth flavors. Pairs exceptionally well with pastas.
  • Samar
    SamarNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the arugula and fresh mozzarella salad, the mozzarella is delicious! The anti pasti, superb (one of the best prosciutto!), the sandwiches are delectable! pastas: the cavatelli or papardelle!
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyApril 19, 2011
    I've had the cavateli sausage dish over 30 times. It's great. Grab a carafe of the house red wine and for dessert... the plums in marscapone are unexpectedly fantastic!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BannonDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you've never been, I recommend getting the polenta with red peppers and sweet sausage. That was my first meal there, and it's been a love affair ever since. Sandwiches are great too!
  • Marni S.
    Marni SabinJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cavatelli every time. And the ricotta, local honey, and black pepper crostini. Amazing! Stumptown is great after dinner too. My favorite restaurant in New York.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 8, 2011
    Nice little Italian restaurant and great for brunch. Go for the farmer's breakfast and don't forget about the bacon, it's the best!
  • Arpan P.
    Arpan PodduturiAugust 27, 2011
    Start with the escarole salad... and DO NOT miss the pine nut polenta or house-made cavatelli with spicy sausage & browned sage butter!
  • Christian L.
    Went there for brunch and left with a big smile on my face. Give the oat meal a try - ask for extra sirup and fruit. Leave with a smile on your face.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    Amanda Klundt, the editor of Eater NY, loves both of the locations for big parties, intimate dates, or just an affordable and delectable meal out on the town.
  • Dina F.
    Dina FierroSeptember 3, 2011
    The bacon here is at least a quarter of an inch thick - a must at brunch! They also brew delicious Stumptown coffee.
  • Kmart Fashion
    Kmart FashionDecember 2, 2011
    Good Italian food. Good atmosphere. Good value. Our tip: No reservations policy, so arrive by 7pm to guarantee a spot.
  • Hunter T.
    Hunter TauFebruary 12, 2012
    Looking for Breakfast? The French Toast is simply the best you'll ever had. (Their bacon is a dream as well)
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesJune 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Looking for a great white wine? You can't go wrong with the '07 Erbaluce di Caluso 'La Torrazza' by Luigi Ferrando from Piedmont. A stellar wine, and a great value at $32. Highly recommended!
    NOWNESSSeptember 16, 2010
    Brooklyn: Frank Castronovo & Frank Falcinelli behind this cult restaurant explain, “We take seasonal ingredients that are local—and that we have in abundance here in America—and we Italianize them. Read more
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerMay 11, 2011
    Best Italian food I've had in a very long time. The crostinis are a great first bite, and the pastas are full of flavor.
    LARRYFebruary 21, 2011
    The cavatelli with hot sausage is good stuff. End your night with the vanilla bean creme brulee. It had perfect notes of vanilla.
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    For brunch don't miss the French Toast or the bacon. Yes, the plate of bacon is worth $5.
  • Trang T.
    Trang TranFebruary 19, 2012
    The staff here is AWESOME. They're so nice and accommodating! And the food is pretty stellar too.
  • Tara J.
    Tara JepsonJune 22, 2011
    Impossible to go wrong. Personal favorites: roasted veggies, farro, meatballs and all of the pastas.
  • Iwone S.
    Iwone SuarezJanuary 7, 2012
    You need to try the french toast's amazing. They are huge and very filling.
  • Claire S.
    Claire S.September 2, 2011
    The cavatelli with hot sausage and sage butter is amazing (and they give a huge portion)
  • Sam H.
    Sam HSeptember 19, 2010
    Awesome food, reasonably priced, great atmosphere! Couldn't ask for more. The homemade cavatelli & hot sausage is the best.
  • Luke B.
    Luke BergAugust 27, 2011
    Gotta get the bacon as a side for brunch. Definitely worth it.
  • Trang T.
    Trang TranNovember 11, 2010
    the cavatelli w/ sausage & browned sage butter and papardelle w/ braised lamb ragu are amazing!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DuckorOctober 18, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the cavatelli. If you don't, I'll hunt you down. Also, antipasti plate is a steal. Stewed prunes for dessert.
  • Maxwell Z.
    Maxwell ZApril 9, 2011
    Don't miss the pork braciola (wrapped pork shoulder in marinara), the grandmother's recipe.
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesMay 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    For a great white with crisp acidity and strong minerality, opt for the blanc de morgex. Great price too!
  • Derrick L.
    Derrick L.May 15, 2011
    MUST TRY! Crostini w. Ricotta with Local Honey & Black Pepper.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 28, 2010
    Absolutely amazing Italian restaurant with a dark, beautiful interior and brilliant food. -Tressa Williams, Launch My Line
  • Christine A.
    Christine AliferisFebruary 5, 2010
    Their sandwiches are awesome. Amazing bread. For dinner, for any time. Pasta is good, but I pine for those sandwiches.
  • Amrit R.
    Amrit R.December 4, 2011
    Sweet potato + sage ravioli is out of this world.
  • KaHee
    KaHeeApril 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    french toast from grandaisy bakery and ricotta crostini will set your morning straaaaaaaaaaaaight. yep
  • Ross M.
    Ross MollisonSeptember 5, 2010
    This has changed brunch menu and is nowhere near as good and service has gone with the opening on of next door shop. From a favourite to okay.
  • Chrysanthe T.
    Chrysanthe TenentesApril 23, 2011
    The roasted veg salad is excellent. Light vinegar dressing.
  • steven d.
    steven deanMay 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Suzy is a gracious host, the wine list has no weak links and I could eat this food every night.
  • Nikki 🌺
    Nikki 🌺June 17, 2010
    Order the cannelloni and caper crostini! Fresh pasta! Really cute wine bar
  • Priscila V.
    Priscila VelazquezAugust 29, 2011
    Get the Cavatelli, there is nothing better then fresh pasta!
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BaileySeptember 10, 2011
    Cavatelli with sausage and brown butter. So effing amazing
  • StyleLikeU
    StyleLikeUSeptember 20, 2011
    Incredible salads. The best brunch in New York.
  • Tal S.
    Tal SafranAugust 13, 2010
    Awesome everything, plus good wifi and Stumptown coffee
  • Megan G.
    Megan GemMarch 18, 2012
    Seems to have gone downhill a bit since last time I was here- Order everything at once, it takes forever to get anything.
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CohenMarch 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Roasted Vegetable salad is kinda amazing.
  • Josh
    JoshNovember 23, 2011
    They will not seat you unless your entire group is present. 4/5 people, you will stand around even if they are not busy.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MunnJuly 25, 2011
    Great antipasti, atmosphere, but the pasta they served last night was atrocious: horrible watered-down grossness.
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CohenJuly 21, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    fennel salad, two crostini (one mushroom, one ricotta), bowl of polenta= best veggie meal in the city.
  • Megan B.
    Megan BranchOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hostess will always act surprised to see customers come in at brunch. Should I have to tell you I'm here to eat? Should you act like you're doing me a favor? :/
  • Amrit R.
    Amrit R.November 8, 2011
    Get the sweet potato ravioli.
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