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About Frank Restaurant

Homestyle Italian fare is served in a small rustic setting with outdoor seating. Cash only.

88 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 10:30am-1:00am

Friday-Saturday: 10:30am-2:00am

Sunday: 10:30-1:00am

Cross Street:
Between 1st Avenue and 1st Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Cash Only

Phone Number:
(212) 420-0202

Website:
http://www.frankrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Call 212-420-2020 or email info@frankrestaurant.com

Executive Chef:
Frank Prisinzano

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Frank Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for a Date (7)
Authentic (5)
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Casual (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good for Groups (2)
People Watching (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Better for dinner. Will not be going back for brunch, Lil Frankie's has a better vibe for that.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

Frank is my favorite restaurant in nyc. Unassuming but delivers every time. Came in for the white truffles that you can’t find fresher or for a better price. Pasta was amazing, crispy egg leaves you wondering why you’ve been doing eggs wrong this whole time and to top it off the service is always great. You feel like a member of the family every time you sit down.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was so delicious, service was excellent and not pushy at all...the vibe of the place is authentic and laid back. We enjoyed the night and will be back. It can be a little loud with the music and din of conversation, but it's all part of it.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great down home Italian dining. There were 7 of us and the waiter was great about offering options to share. The bruschetta was amazing as was the mozzarella. Highly recommend for a fun night out.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on September 25, 2017

My parents were in town and treated myself and 3 friends, so 6 total. We got a table outside. Guests will be seated when all of your party is there, fyi. There is a bar you can sit at and wait if need be.

We ordered bruschetta and stracciatella mozzarella and they both were amazing. Got an assortment of pastas for our main course and everyone was satisfied. All of us had left overs to take home, which they kindly boxed up for us.

We ordered the molten chocolate cake but they didn't have any so they whipped us up some espresso and ice cream, think Coke float but espresso, tiramisu, and a pancetta with chocolate on top "all on the house"

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a great time at Frank and, as always, the good was delicious. Our waiter had too many tables and so he wasn't attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Expedited service: they took our unfinished appetizers away while we were still eating, literally just took the plates away while we were still working on it. They asked "May I take this away?" and did not wait a second for a response and just took our plates. Overcharged for alcohol. Food was pretty good and very decent servings.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I LOVE it here! I've been coming for years and they never disappoint! Awesome food, service and atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

There are a million great restaurants in NYC, but Frank is the one I most regularly come back to. For someone who was raised on great pasta at home, Frank tastes like home. We ordered 5 pastas for 3 people (which says more about our appetites than the portions (the portions are large!) so that we could share. We had the rigatoni, penne, orecchiette, spaghetti, and gnocchi. All were excellent and simple. I love how simple the red sauce is, especially. Terrific food, quick service, really nice people. I'll be back again (and again, and again, I'm certain). tf

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

We love this restaurant: exceptional food at an affordable price.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Frank is the best authentic Italian food I've had outside of Italy. It is a tradition for my friends and I to have dinner here every time I visit NYC. Love. Love. Love!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We went with my family visiting from Rome and we enjoy so much. The sitting was just perfect and so quick, outstanding service and amazing real Italian food. I was surprised how good is brunch items..

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Love Frank!! Great food and great service!! Came here for my birthday and couldn't have felt more welcome.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Perfect for a large party brunch - we had the 2 hour bottomless prixe fixe menu - delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

If I had a nonna instead of an Irish grandma and an English grandma, I imagine this is what Sunday dinner would be like every weekend - great food and lots of it, (typical southern Italian as well as interesting adaptions and combinations), too many relatives crammed into a small space trying to talk over each other and a relaxed, comfortable vibe. I normally hate noisy restaurants with no space between tables but here it is actually [almost] acceptable.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Tables are too small as is restroom. Cash only won't help me return

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Always amazing, we both had the Bolognese, one with gf pasta. We started with the eggplant Rolatini. I can't get enough of Frank's various restaurants each with a different flair.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food was fantastic. Apps came out too fast. Playlist was horrible. Service was very friendly. Would go back again though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

frank is one of my go to for dinners....I actually went here for lunch this time. food was amazing, but for lunch it was pretty pricey. would recommend lunch specials to get more customers involved...especially the work crowd.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Delicious! Can't wait to go back! And great prices!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

My favorite place! Can't beat simple Italian cuisine when it's made with love. Everything is always delicious because everything that goes into the dish is quality and it's done right

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

food and waitstaff were excellent. just as good if not better than sister spot Lil Frankie's. hostess though really put a damper on the experience. wasn't organized and sat others before us and when confronted was cold and not apologetic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Great food with plenty of choices. We ordered several appetizers and the plates were clean when we were done!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

The best Italian restaurant in NY

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

The bruschetta is refreshing and a large portion. All the pastas are delicious, you can't go wrong. I am generally not big on red wine, but the house chianti was very smooth. (Note: whatever wine you don't finish if you order the bottle is pro-rated, which is a nice option.)

This place is cash-only; staff very friendly and helpful; interiors a bit tight but cozy.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Very rude and not accommodating staff. We left without staying there and went to a better spot down the street.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Lives up to the good reviews, excellent pasta dishes and especially the fresh burrata and tomato appetizer. Tight seating, but warmer weather allows outdoor seating. A fun place.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The food, wine & service were amazing. I would definitely come back & recommend. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the location of our seats. We were sat at the bar & while it was cool to watch the chef prepare the meals, I specifically asked for a table when I made the reservation.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Overpriced for what it was. Cramped. If the prices were lower it would be fantastic but for the price you can get better Italian in a nice, no rushed, environment

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2017

I love this place! Fantastic food, great service and even better prices. Casual and fun. Can't find better Italian in the city.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Yummy food, great atmosphere!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Was great, classic dishes. Will return

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Best Italian food! Everything is made there and the specials change daily. The server we had was knowledgable and welcoming. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2017

We have been going to Frank for years and have seen a lot of employee turnover but the food has always tasted the same: very good. Not this time. We ordered the dishes we always order, but for the first time we were very disappointed. We won't be back any time soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Food was authentic and incredible!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Food was outstanding, starting with appetizers all the way through to dessert. Service was great. Wine list was better than expected. The only negative is that the tables are tiny and there are too many crammed into a relatively small space. The food was so good that we'll put up with that when we return, which will be sooner rather than later. FYI - it is cash only so be prepared.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Frank is definitely a go-to of mine. I looooove their food, especially the lemon pasta. Do note, they only take cash. But there's a Bank of America 2 blocks away.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Appeared to be a nice little cosy place with a hearty menu.

We didn't mind being ignored a few times by the waiter when we wanted some pepper or additional water. However, not receiving an apology when we sent back a glass of water that still had lipstick on it, left us unimpressed.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 22, 2017

I was going in with high expectations after reading the reviews. I was disappointed with dinner. Ordered roasted beet salad, mozzarella, and mussels to start. They was nothing special and portions were small considering the price point.

For entrees ordered the signature rigatoni, handmade spaghetti with meatballs, and chicken parm with spaghetti. The rigatoni also was underwhelming. Spaghetti very good, chicken parm very good.

Service was very helpful and polite. Food was underwhelming and seemed overpriced - especially the appetizers. The atmosphere was charming. The meal had a couple of bright spots but not enough. I will not be returning and can not recommend this place to others. Sorry.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Food was great, it is a CASH ONLY restaurant though which we were not aware of. It's a very small, cramped environment but the food makes up for it.

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