Lil' Frankie's

4.7
606 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.
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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Placed in the front section of the restaurant, which wasn't great.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Big birthday party group - took a long time for us to get drinks - we were all confused about who was our server and who was just bringing/busing drinks. 20% gratuity factored in. Wound up being $55/person for shared pizza, shared salads and 1-2 drinks per person.

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London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Rude staff

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great as was service, but wasn’t very happy with table location (right next to the kitchen) especially given I had made a reservation beforehand.

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CM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Poor service. Very slow and had an early dinner at 645. Food was good but price was too much for service quality. Cash only

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly the best pizza I ever had! Also recommend the fire roasted eggplant

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e
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had fun there and the food was really great. I recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Double anniversRy

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CW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Fantastic food. Service was incredibly slow. It took 25 minutes for a server to take our drink orders and we had to wait 40+ minutes for the check to come out, with our server no where to be found.

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SG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Big scene, so expect to yell at whoever you came with. We waiting 40 minutes before a waiter came to take our order. Tricolore salad was simply chopped vegetables, not even to bite sizes, unmixed, undressed, unsalted. Pizza was really good, but pretty much the only thing acceptable about this place. "Wine deal" is basically a scam, since our waiter poured more in our glasses so that he could round up to charge us more.

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S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great pizza and we enjoyed the pasta as well. Cozy place that is fun for a casual date. Bring plenty of cash.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was great and service was helpful, but it was wayyyy too loud.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So loud! But delicious as always

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

This is usually one of my favorite restaurants in New York. The food is always outstanding. I was very disappointed tonight when I realized they raised their prices by several dollars. Please be advised that the prices on the menu online do not match and it’s actually much higher. Overall disappointed but still pretty decent food.

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RL
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I would appreciate an explanation as to why I did not receive points for this reservation.
I booked via Open Table, I received a follow up rating request from Open Table, yet no points from Open Table. How come?

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E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Atmosphere was spot on! Will definitely be on our rotation of favorites in NYC

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I wish the waiter had told us it was cash only before we ate. Food was fine. Waiter also included the tip without telling us.

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Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, incredible food, good times all around.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food. Frank is a legend.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fast and fantastic. I can’t wait to go back to enjoy what seemed like a great brunch (and 3 for 1 mimosas!)

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1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

10/10 every single time!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Long wait even with reservation. Food delicious.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and the food! Great experience!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

They forgot our salmon. When we asked the waiter about it, he screamed, “FU**ERS!” We were jammed into a corner. Very tight on space in there, but still cute. Waiter had too many tables. He was running around and very flustered.

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F
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great hidden gem
You’ll pass this place as signage is poor (almost non existent) but the food and service rocks
A throwback to the tenement times where the layout is railroad style, connected buildings and multiple dining areas

Absolutely try it

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was really good and the products definitely a good quality. The atmosphere was nice but really dark, more than a cozy place should be. The staff was interesting... they do the job but not super friendly.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Così e cosi

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very good old school red sauce Italian food .big portions I would definitely recommend this restaurant

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B
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service ever! We were encouraged to stay and truly enjoy our time (2 hours we were there) which is uncommon in nyc where you’re alwaya rushed!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lively atmosphere and good food!

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New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Let’s face it, it’s a scene. Went early for simple dinner and food was okay. Everything was okay, but nothing special. If you’re into bar scenes, sit at the bar and enjoy. Otherwise, find another place to eat.

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London
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was recommended to us by someone local and we were not disappointed! The food came quickly and everything tasted delicious!
Would appreciate a little bit more time between starter and main, but for the rest of the evening it was a full success!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Bday dinner , food was amazing. Cold by the window and sever was a little slow but otherwise great

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Absurdly loud. Might as well bring ear plugs. Will never ever come back.

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best pizza I ever had! Loved it!

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CP
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Great for a date night, night out with friends or family! The food is out of this world and while it's a little noisy that is what adds to the cute environment this place has to offer. Really wonderful. The entire evening was perfect.

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1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

It was a bad night at lil frankies...

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

‘Twas fun :)

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and good service! The lemon spaghetti was to die for - so buttery and cheesy with just enough lemon flavor. The pizzas were perfect and the burrata was absolutely heavenly. Wish I could eat a Lil Frankies every night! Highly recommend!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my girlfriends’ and my favorite spot for some good old fashioned Italian food. We came here with our friend who loves this place as much as us. We obviously got the pasta limón and the chicken parm. Yes simple plates but amazing flavor. We usually only come here for the burrata but there was none this day we went. Anyway, this place never disappoints.

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