F at Delancey St.; J, M, Z at Essex St.
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Canal St. to E. 7th St.; Pitt St./Ave. D to Chrystie St./Second Ave.
This venue is closed.
The closing of aKa Cafe and 71 Clinton Fresh Food might have marked the end of one chapter of Clinton Street's culinary life, but the opening of Frankies Spuntino 17 Clinton Street, an outpost of the popular Carroll Gardens spot—along with neighbors like De Vino wine shop, Falai and its Panetteria, and Piada—ushers in a new, Italian-accented one. (Wylie Dufresne has yet to deconstruct spaghetti and meatballs, but give him time.) With only 24 seats, Frankies is a sort of mini-spuntino, designed with the same old-fashioned, tin-ceilinged flair as the flagship. The menu is identical, with an emphasis on roasted vegetables, lively salads, and hearty Italian-American specials like pork braciole and cavatelli with Faicco’s hot sausage. The two Frankies (Castronovo and Falcinelli, joined here by partner Travis Lee Kauffman) continue beloved Brooklyn traditions, crafting delectable sandwiches on Sullivan St. Bakery pizza bianca, and steeping prunes in red wine for an unexpectedly delicious dessert. And they establish new Manhattan ones, like accepting credit cards.Brunch
Sat.—Sun., 9 a.m.—4 p.m.Recommended Dishes
Pork braciole, $16; cavatelli with Faicco's hot sausage, $18