Lil' Frankie's

4.7
655 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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8.5

Whatever your restaurant need, Lil Frankie’s can probably solve it. This is the ultimate utility player.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 655 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

Awful service. Sat us next to a wild table so loud. Huge restaurant but they couldn’t move us for some reason. Server was terrible. Would never want him to take our orders again. Thankfully the food was great

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

did a large birthday dinner- was okay

BF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great simple Italian meal. Always forget cash only! But it’s worth it. East village staple. Request back room if available.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Whole roasted eggplant was so delicious and unique! Love the back room with all the hanging plants, though the tables were a tight squeeze. Lemon pasta is to die for.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 16th birthday dinner at Lil Frankie’s at the recommendation of a local New Yorker. Loved the atmosphere, the food was out of this world delicious and we had a phenomenal experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here - service was great, authentic, and warm. Food was remarkably good, and again - authentic, honest, and well-executed. We really enjoyed it, and will be back asap! Thank you so much!

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, feels authentic, a little expensive but New York is in general.

A
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

A bit overhyped. The baby meatball ragu was delicious. The roasted chicken was good, the olive oil mashed potatoes was bland. The pizza terribly represented a classic Neapolitan.. It's really cute in there though. As far as Italian food, I would pick somewhere else!

Also, its cash only...

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious!! Big servings

K
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of our favorite neighborhood gems however it is too loud

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had quite a long wait for the rigatoni but the fresh delicious bread help and they apologised and it did not effect our evening. If anything it was a testament to how busy and desired their food is. They also gave us tiramisu as an apology which was totally not needed but very much appreciated and delicious! We will certainly be coming back for pizza as it looked incredible

EG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Margherita Pizza. Fire Roasted Eggplant a Must

FP
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was so good! The food was amazing, and the place was enjoyable to dine in. Would definitely go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good. Our waiter was not attentive at all. Our food was slow and we tried asking for the check at least 3 times. And when we finally got our waiters attention it still took him 45 mins to get our check. After we complained to the manager he brushed it off and did not give a discount...

HC
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place had great food and ambience . We ordered the pizza and the eggplant with the pasta limone. Everything was very good .
The seats are close together and it gets crowded although the staff are friendly .

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good. There is better Italian food in the city, especially at that price point. But it is a great option for the neighborhood. The service was ok. The waiter rushed us through our meal and the noise level was loud. Overall, a good experience, but there is certainly better.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We’ve always enjoyed Lil Frankie’s. We’ve been there many times. However, it got noticeably more expensive since the last time we were there, and that disappointed both my husband and me. It wasn’t the great value it used to be. The mussel appetizer was wonderful, but the lemon pasta, a favorite of mine, was dry this time. The service was great. But I’m not sure it will continue to be our go-to downtown Italian, because of the price change.

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good, but the service was not. I understand it was busy, but our appetizer was forgotten and when we asked for timing they said we never ordered it. Additionally, we asked several times for bread, but we never received any.

AT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in NYC. Chicken Parm was so good I got one to go!

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We arrived and checked in for our reservation at 8:47 PM and were asked to wait several minutes for our table to be cleared. We waited for upwards of 10 minutes before a member of my party went to ask the hostess again if our table was ready.

After ordering our food took more than 40 minutes to get to us at the table and our waitress had only checked in with us once regarding the wait.

As soon as our food arrived, I saw that some of my pasta was clumpy and had been cooked without being stirred so it was stuck together, making it hard to eat.

Once we got the bill, we realized the menus that 3 out of 4 of our party members got had different pricing for the pasta we had ordered. One menu listed the Spaghetti al Limone at $14.95, another at $17.95 and the last at $20.95. We were charged $17.95 for it which worked out since that was the median range but it’s still frustrating that the actual price was wrong on some of the menus.

Besides that, the food was great, the wait staff was friendly and although the space was cramped, I know that’s a part of the authentic Italian ambiance.

JD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food we enjoyed everything we ordered. Place is beautiful and service was great. I recommend this to anybody

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always

OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and excellent food!

CD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My cousin and I went to Lil' Frankies in hopes of finding some delicious Italian food at a reasonable price. We most certainly found what we were looking for and more. The service and ambiance were perfect and the food was no sooner brought to us then we had eaten it. The SPAGHETTI LIMONE and PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM AL FORNO were both amazing as was their chianti. I'll definitely be returning.

SM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Best calamari ever. Awesome pizza. Pasta dissapointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent but very noise and small space for each table

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was delicious and delivered promptly. Service was a little rushed. It was definitely busy and they want to get as many people in as possible, but it felt like the pressure was on as soon as we sat down to order and eat everything as soon as possible. Overall a great experience and will be going back.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We beat the insane crowds by making a 5pm reservation and the food, as always, was amazinggggg!

SN
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, after reading the reviews however, I had higher expectations of the food. The complimentary bread that we had to ask for was a little stale and both the lemon spaghetti and meatball pasta lacked salt.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Young hipster scene. Tons of big parties. The customers sucked. The food was good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, as always!!!!

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Back for a second time this week!

This time for the kale caesar salad and the spaghetti limone!

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my first time dinning at the restaurant, heard nothing but great things!

The spaghetti limone is soo good, I substituted for penne pasta : )

AE
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!! everything about this place was great! The homemade gnocchi, the pizza, the burrata, but by far the best calamari I have ever had. It was so fresh tasting & crispy, I've never had better! I loved this place!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hype is real!! Best brain I’ve had in a long time

O
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the lemon pasta and eggplant was amazing.
The service was very attentive and fast

VG
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sweet original NYC restaurant. Great for a traditional pizza experience in the city!

JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is great, but this place is very loud. They have parties in the back, but sit small tables there as well which is really not fair to the smaller tables because they squeeze three people into two person tables next to giant parties. You and/or the staff can’t walk by without shoving people in the tables. The noise level was so bad (even for NYC). I know they want to pack as many people in the place as possible, but if they are going to host parties they should reserve the entire area for those who want to be exposed to it (aka other large parties).

W
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Make sure you have a lot of time to spend if eating dinner in the dining room. We waited over an hour for our meals to come out and it was a 5pm reservation! Food quality was good but slightly on the pricey sid.

YB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New family favorite. Went Sunday with 4 people and then Monday with 7. Both nights were stellar.

Service was FAST and super friendly. Food was rock your socks off. Def would recommend getting plates to share so you can try everything. If you can, try to get a table in the back room with the plants or by the pasta kitchen. Super cool.

The pasta is al dente perfection. So fun to eat. Mouth feel was liiiiiiiit. Past/spagetti limone was so good I stole some from my mom on mother’s day.

Pizza was cooked to greatness. Oven is incredible. They do this whole eggplant that I think gets cooked in the pizza oven; awesome awesome. Put it in right when you sit down cause it takes a hot sec.

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