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About 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.

19 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Cash Only

Phone Number:
(212) 420-4900

Website:
http://lilfrankies.com/

Executive Chef:
Frank Prisinzano

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

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Lil' Frankie's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
Casual (17)
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Fun (16)
Cozy (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Authentic (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Romantic (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Business Meals (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Vegan (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 hours ago

It's fairly decent food topped with mediocre service - starting with a hostess who hates her job and followed by a server who took forever to take our order and then messed up our bill to the tune of $100. It's saving grace is the food.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Love this place - best Italian in town. The lemon spaghetti and buffalo mozzarella were amazing!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great place. Birthday dinner with 7 adults, a toddler, and an infant. They seated us at the perfect table for our group and the food was great. A good time was had by all. Definitely a go-to place for our family going forward.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Server was incredibly rude and ignored us, wouldn’t make eye contact and scoffed when we asked questions. When I made the reservation I mentioned it was a special occasion. That was not acknowledged in any way by eithe the hostess or server. Second time there that I’ve been disappointed, wont be going back there, ever.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a quick, late night dinner with some friends. This was perfect. It was fast (but never felt rushed), good food, and cheap by NYC Italian food standards. They were very clear about cash only, which made our lives easier.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Definitely wise to have a reservation, this is a hot spot with big crowds, both inside and waiting outside. Great Italian food, including grilled eggplant, garlic bread, and all pastas, including the spaghetti limone and the rigatoni with meatballs and ricotta. Reasonable prices, and save room for the nutella dessert, it is amazing.

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I started with their mozzarella tower had and had a glass of white their servier recommend. The beet raviloli(which was a special) it was deliciously amazing. The white pizza i ordered to try and I was suprised how good it was (picky pizza eater, yeah I know) the rosemary was a nice touch to the aroma of the pizza. Overall a great experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. I had the Spaghetti Limone and it was delicious!! It was my second time at Lil' Frankie's and My husband's first time. We would definitely return!!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I love all of Frank Prisinzano's restaurant and Little Frankies is his Pizza spot with other delicious entree options as well. You know that you will always get quality when you come here and not be disappointed. The prices are incredibly reasonable considering that its one of the best italian restaurants in the city. I would say all of my visits to the Frank restaurants have been my favorite NYC Italian dining experience. Get the Burrata if they have, the mini meatball polpettine penne pasta was phenomenal! Honestly can't go wrong with whatever you choose.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Everything was great after we got through the rude hostess. I had a reservation for 4 at 7pm on a Saturday evening and she couldn't find it, so I showed her the confirmation texts from her restaurant to help her find it, and she told me that it didn't matter she didn't have it. Then she looked for a while and said I cant sit incomplete parties anyway, and I said our party of 4 is standing in font of you, she then looked at her computer again and asked again if my party was all there, again. She sat us on top of the kitchen where there was NO ROOM to breathe but we had a fabulous server and food! One of our party went to the restroom and saw a few tables open we could have sat at, I feel like she put us in a spot for non reservations, but anyway other than her it was great. She also could have been nicer to make us feel like we were not an imposition, even though I HAD reservations.

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

We showed up for our reservation and was told the kitchen was closed. I should have never been able to make reservations to a closed restaurant. When I told the host I have a reservation he said, “well I’m not the hostess and walked away.” When the kitchen do open, I won’t be to dining here.

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

I planned a big dinner here thinking it would be fun and yummy. Our group was dissapointed across the board by the mediocre pizza (lots of crust and just kind of meh on the flavor) and it was really loud, super cramped and the waiter was arrogant. He seemed like he didn't have time for us and was kind of smug about serving the group. Maybe it was because he knew gratuity was included? Overall just not somewhere I'd ever go back.

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food3
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We went with 6 kids and it was FABULOUS! Thank you for accommodating us

Tags: People Watching, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of my favorite go-to neighborhood spots. The only negative is cash only but the in-house ATM helps.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was a disappointing visit. The waiter was totally spaced out, took 45 minutes to deliver the first round of drinks and buschetta. He ignored several requests by us to get attention to order more drinks, and was extremely absent. It was a Saturday night, but he seemed to genuinely not care about making sure people were taken care of. The food was good, but we weren't able to order more drinks. The ONLY good employee who helped us get the waiter's attention was the bus boy, who was very courteous and helpful.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was good but it was very hot & crowded in the restaurant & our waitress wasn't really around. The bus boys were great though.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Always awesome! Lemon pasta and burrata pizza special were perfection!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great vibe. The food is good old traditional italian done so well by frank. Simple but delicious. Place is packed every night. Cash only. I went there with my son fur a 6:45 table. It was pretty quiet, by the time I paid the tab the place was packed with a line outside.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Honestly Lil Frankie's is bae. We had pasta, pizza, and salad and it was sooo good. We made a reservation for 5 at 7:30 and were seated immediately. Cash only but ATM in the restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Overhyped for what it is

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The spaghetti limone may have been the best thing I've eaten to date. I literally cried after my first bite. I already have a plan to go back and eat it again next week. The roasted eggplant with the spicy olive oil was also to die for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great service and food!

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

The best pizza in NYC!! so good- everytime!! good wine, good food- no complaints here!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

My chair has a door handle piercing into my back. They over charged for house bottle of red and the check was not itemized so by the time we noticed we had already paid.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Iconic LES Italian fare. Great food, great wine, cozy atmosphere

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Always wonderful and memorable

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in NYC. The food is always perfect and made with quality ingredients.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Fantastic experience. Great for groups.

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

Fun time. Energetic. Cool small place. Food and drinks on par with other reviews.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Love Lil Frankies! I'm never disappointed and always excited to go back. Totally recommend for a date or Sunday brunch- their 3 for 1 special is really great and def order the polpettine, it's a must-try!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Love this place. We keep coming back over, and over. The food is fantastic, and the staff go out of their way to please . A+

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great food and fun place with reasonable prices and varied selections for food and drinks

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Sat at the table nearest to the door which sucked because everyone that walked by knocked our food or drinks, but the food is consistently delicious and our server was the coolest. So sweet.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 14, 2017

I wish OpenTable would have told me they only accept cash.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Tasty food, good wine, good vibes, nice energy, noisy but not too noisy. Takes you back in time but keeps you in the same moment at the same time.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Très bonnes pates au citron

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Amazing pizza and arugula salad. Perfect place to dine before a film at the Landmark Sunshine theater.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

It was a lively, fun place with great pizzas and good pasta. A good place to hang out with friends, though a bit noisy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Hands down one of the top spots in the East Village. Out of the Frank Prisinzano trio, Lil Frankies is the hip, casual, pizza obsessed cousin. Relaxed staff, quality food, great vibes .. its a go-to and guaranteed squad pleaser.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Some of the best Italian food that I've ever eaten! I little bit pricey, but on par with what you would expect from a NYC restaurant. Open late!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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