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Lil' Frankie's Big Cheech

19 First Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.723519 -73.988322
nr. 1st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-420-4900 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
  • Price Range: $$

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Mon-Thu, 4pm-2am; Fri, noon-4am; Sat, 10:30am-4am; Sun, 10:30am-2am

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.



Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Canal St. to 14th St., Ave. D to Broadway


Good news for fans of this perennially cramped East Village pizzeria: Downtown tycoon Frank Prisinzano has annexed the space next door, where he’s built a new bar and dining room in his inimitable punk-rock-meets-grandma's-chandelier style. The limited menu offers six simple pastas; terrific, tender fried calamari and zucchini; Uncle Joe's chicken; and two more opportunities for Prisinzano (often seen wearing a BIG MEATBALL T-shirt) to show off his ground-beef handiwork: polpettini with spaghetti in a rich ragu, and a "pizza burger," essentially a meatball hero—and a good one—on a ciabatta roll.


Reservations are accepted for parties of 6 or more only.