Lil' Frankie's
Lil' Frankie's

Lil' Frankie's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lilfrankies.com/
  • Phone: 2124204900x
  • Hours of Operation:
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    HOURS
    Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm-2:00am

    Friday-Saturday: 11:00am-4:00am

    Sunday: 11:00-2:00am
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Frank Prisinzano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Special Events: Lil Frankie's can be utilized for weddings, birthday celebrations, anniversary parties, and more.

    We have two private dining rooms that can sit up to 18 and 75 guests. We offer two different pre-fixe menus and bar packages.

    Please contact the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Lil' Frankie's
Italy's neighorhood pizzeria's are known as really casual places to hang out, meet friends, eat, drink and talk. Lil' Frankie's is just that. We offer real Neapolitan pizza, made exactly as it's made in Naples, fresh handmade pastas cooked to order, a wine and grappa list that rivals any in the city, and friendly (never pushy) service - all in a setting designed to make you feel at home.

Our brick, wood burning, oven was handcrafted by a 3rd generation Neapolitan oven builder, brick by brick. It features real lava from Vesuvio and through a unique double dome design, recycles heat to reach near 900 degrees.
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Lil' Frankie's reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (11)fit for foodies (8)late-night find (6)special occasion (5)notable wine list (4)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Accommodating and great service
    KellyVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    They accommodated my party of 24 last minute for a birthday brunch, provided great service and had good food for all. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pizza in Lower East Side
    marmemphis
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Nick from Memphis was our excellent waiter and made the meal fun for our family. This is a unique place with alot of lower east side culture. Not your typical New York pizza joint. Want something special - make it Lil Frankies
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic
    EatistryVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Frankie's has a wood-burning oven that they put to great use: pizzas, sure, but also calzones, bruschetta, and the wonderful roast eggplant that others have mentioned. They also have a small number of pasta dishes and specials that looked great. Add a thoughtful, substantial wine list and the makings of a fulfilling night. What moved the needle from 4 to 5 stars for us was the authenticity of the place - it's a real neighborhood joint. Local folks, not just tourists.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    jimg1234
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I was disappointed in everything. will not go back. very pricey for what it is
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    yeneats
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We've been to Lil Frankies twice with our daughter. Each time the food has been great & the staff so peasant & efficient. It's tiny on the outside - be careful not to walk past - & big on comfort, food quality & charm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sincewhendoineedanicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had a group of 11 people and thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Lil Frankies. The food was great -- the waitress was excellent, the host had us waiting outside for 20 minutes beyond our reservation time, forgetting to alert us that the table was ready. That part wasn't so great, but everything else was. Have been here before and will definitely be back. YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SamuraipizzacatVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Had a 7:15 reservation on a Thursdays. Was not busy at all. Hostess was not at front of restaurant, when we asked a server where she was they replied she was "sitting somewhere" and acted like I was bothering them. When she finally came to the front she was pretty rude and sat us at the closest table for two when the restaurant was empty. Pizza was sub-par compared to what ive had there before but the burrata was amazing. They could barely fit the pizza on our table with our beers, very unclear. Waitress and server were alright.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite NYC restaurant - ever.
    MFarr
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Hands down, my favorite place in NYC, for any meal. Honestly. Brunch is incredible and super reasonably priced. Dinner is beyond amazing, always, and you can not get a more authentic ambiance anywhere. I have been coming here for years, and any time I have people visiting from out of town, I make sure to get them at least one meal from here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 27 reviews are from the Lil' Frankie's reviews archive.
  • Gd not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Gd place but portions a bit small and took forever to get drinks
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud & Uncomfortable
    LittleSchnauzer
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was a third experience dining here. We enjoyed the food the first time but this time the food was ok and the overall experience was shocking. The tables are definitely way too close together but even worse we were seated next to an extremely large table of loud and drunk patrons. The restaurant should prepare for the worst with groups of that size and seat them appropriately. They could have had a section to themselves but instead there were many tables set alongside within drink spillage distance! The restaurant was packed and moving table was a limited option. Whilst we were not charged for our drinks, it didn't help the outcome. We took friends visiting from Australia and came away embarrassed. Not a good outcome! We won't be back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • enjoyable
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    food, service and atmosphere were all enjoyable and the prices are very reasonable
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Crammed in Lil Frankie's
    painfreeVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our party of 5 was seated at a table that, honestly, could barely seat 4. The person stuck on the end was invaded by the crowd at the back bar. Elbows and butts in the head and back; truly irritating. The food was above average, but reminiscent of generic Italian food, nothing special. Nice to have $25 pitchers of drinkable beer. We did have an outstanding waiter.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crowded, Disorganized
    LizBBVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Total cluster waiting in a queue that went out the door for our table. We were not the only Open Table diners. Place is tight space to begin with, then add a disorganized line blocking the entrance to it. We were seated but not w/o waiting longer than expected and dealing with an overly crowded front of the house.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always delicious!
    aviwavi
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    i have never had a bad dining experience here, the food is always fresh and delicious and the staff are super knowledgeable about the wine list (or shall i say "wine book"). Also, open late!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find for little $
    eat4cheap
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I felt like I was in my grandmother's home. The portions were generous; food delicious; and carbs abundant. I recommend the baked meatball and eggs dish for brunch. Great 3-for-1 drinks deal for Saturday brunch. Service left something to be desired. They were friendly but it seemed like we'd been forgotten several times. Still, the amount and quality of the food for the price made it worth it. Also, the setting and home-style decor. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it!
    LULUVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My favorite spot to go by far in the EV. great atmosphere. good food n wine. late night.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food/Vibrant scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Went on Friday night with a group of 8 and a reservation. Seated immediately, hostess was super nice, food was excellent particularly the specials. The pizza is amazing, as are the salads and burrata. Our server was great, and was working quite a few tables. Its quite loud and the tables are packed in, but only adds to the atmosphere...
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our waitress, Marcella, was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Our waitress, Marcella, was really sweet and attentive. She even stood on a chair to take a picture of our group! She gets five stars just for that! The lower service rating is for the front bar and the hostess; my group and I were ignored when we walked in and again when we were brusquely directed to the bar to wait for the rest of our party. I felt like I was annoying the bartenders by asking them to bartend! (The place was nearly dead empty, even in the back rooms, so it couldn't be attributed the distraction of other customers.) It was a bit off-putting, especially because we were there to celebrate a birthday. But the food is SO GOOD. Don't go starving because it takes quite a while, but it's worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza to die for!
    plmyoga
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Best pizza this side of Italy! Wood-fired oven. Had margarita- real buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. Cheese with truffle oil. Pasta with sausage. All DELICIOUS!!! CASH ONLY! Reservations a must- and they dont seat till the entire party is present and will not hold table more than 15 minutes- so dont be late. Picnic style table are great for larger groups. Server had no personality, but food was so good it didnt matter!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lil' Frankies is baked into NYC
    gogbuehi
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    My wife and our friends were in NYC for a week and heard that Lil' Frankie's was a "must-visit" spot. We booked a table for 4 through OpenTable (yeah, I know this is an OpenTable review, but just thought I'd emphasize how we reserved the table), and arrived about 10 minutes late. It wasn't a problem at all, and we were seated immediately. The table space wasn't huge, we also didn't go there to stretch out (well, perhaps our bellies). We ordered a variety of foods (pasta and pizza). From what was left (or not left), I can say we all enjoyed our selections (sorry I can't recall what all was had). We left there feeling very satisfied, and I would definitely go back again to try out their pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant in East Village
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Perfect to get a bite to eat before Blue Man Group or Stomp, great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very crowded, good for groups
    Lauren
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    It's a very crowded restaurant with nowhere to wait, but the staff was nice enough to look the other way when a very late member of our party finally appeared (another issue, of course). Most of the food was good but the pizza with sausage was much too salty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review
    AGS322VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Lil Frankies is a group favorite and we have all been many times. That said, the SAME THING happens every time. We have a reservation, and it is NEVER honored. We get there on time if not early (this time I was actually told by the hostess to come early via text message because our table would be ready) and we didn't get seated until 45 minutes after our reservation, 10:15pm at night. Way too late!! We had the same exact issue for my husbands 30th bday that had been planned for months. While I understand you can't control the group before whose at your table, it would have been nice of them to at least acknowledge the fact that we didn't sit on time and at least give us a free round of drinks or dessert. Our waiter was great, JR.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    SucculentSpoonful
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The fresh pasta is always on the top of my list! Great space, fabulous food, and at a great cost. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great VDay dinner!
    Vivi
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This is my boyfriend's favorite restaurant in the city so we decided to have a low key dinner to celebrate Valentine's Day. Came in at 6PM to beat the rush since it's always packed and we had a great time. He had the special pasta of the day, which was a duck ravioli and he couldn't stop raving about it the whole night. I had the pizza of the day that had provolone cheese and sweet caramelized onions, amazing!! Overall, this might not be the most romantic spot but if you're with the right company you'll have an amazing time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Late night
    Jumperpear
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Sometimes finding good food late at night in the city that never sleeps is a challenge. Lil' Frankie's makes it easy. So good you'll come back during the day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love this place
    nationalrobot
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    great food, great atmosphere, awesome staff - love this place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in LES
    Sgtjojo
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Went here for brunch with 4 other friends. PROS: You can ask for stuff outside the usual brunch menu. I got one of their best selling pizzas and asked for two eggs baked on top - it was delish! CONS: You can't easily find the entrance because they have two doors. Not suitable for groups as the place is too cramped. Also, make sure everyone in your party is on time so you can get seated right away. Otherwise you wait by the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • long time neighborhood fave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    good vibes, costs less than west village, more personality
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food +++
    LizUVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    I dined at Frankie's with a friend and have been several times before. The noise level is always unknown given where you sit. But the food is always great. I'd definitely recommend it for Italian food. Cash only though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic italian feel, in NYC
    RGinNYCVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Like all of Frank's restaurants, the focus is on 2 things: 1) customer service and 2) outstanding food. It never disappoints and its appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food but very loud
    JP89
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Ask not to sit in the side room. On a Saturday night it gets INCREDIBLY loud in that tight space. Literally have never been to a louder restaurant. Food made up for poor ambience though, it was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza
    eagerfoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    We didn't have to wait long for the food, even though the place was packed. Decently priced wine bottles a plus. Wide menu selection; I'd like to go back and try the pasta.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Homemade Pasta
    EvanR
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Lil Frankies has great homemade pastas and specials. Remember it is cash only.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun vibe
    Nesbizzle
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    It's cash only but great for groups when you make reservations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.