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88 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 5th St.
By todders on 3/19/2011
My husband and I love Italian food and visited Frank's on a Saturday night. We were told 20 mins wait for a table. After speaking to the host 3 times we were finally seated after an hour and 15 mins at a tiny cramped table. At this point they had run out of a number of dishes and the food itself was average. The appetizer was good but overpriced and the entree was average at best. I have to say the service was good but it couldn't make up for the fact that you could pay much less for the same quality food elsewhere and not wait as long.
Can't handle big parties
By orangeblossom on 1/25/2011
Not knowing that this place is tiny, we made a reservation for 12 people. Apperantly there is one large table, and the rest is bar area. So the guy called Jesse, gave our table to some other people when 15 minutes past after our reservation time because only 8 out of 12 of us was there. Seconds after he gave the table away, rest of our group showed up, so he felt so stupid and tried to convince us that he would make everyone eat fast and sit us in an hour or so. What a douche!!
The worst ever!!
By Camilanyc on 9/7/2010
Last night I went to this restaurant with a party of 6, I don't think it's fair to pay U$178 for pasta that comes from a box. Plus the awful really loud metal music, that they didn't wanted to change. If you want to loose your money please feel happy to go, non of the 6 of us was happy at all.
New Prices for 2009? Stay away
By nycguy31 on 6/30/2009
Our economy is the worst its been and they raise their prices. Not worth it anymore. Wasnt even good. Overly salty Before the menu hike, we liked that you were reasonable but now...
Terrible Brunch Experience
By FoodieFoo on 4/26/2009
My friends and I decided to try Frank this afternoon for brunch. It looked quaint and the menu sounded good, but the entire experience was one of the worst I have ever had in NYC. First, we were unable to get clean glasses of water. After ordering, our food came out looking nothing at all like the menu descriptions. Although the menu said that our meals would include potatoes and toast, we never received these items on our table. The food was truly inedible; my eggs pomodoro was basically two overcooked eggs with canned tomatoes dumped on top of it. When I mentioned this to the host, he deferred to our waiter, saying that he was "not familiar" with the menu. Our waiter told me again and again that we had received toast, etc., but it simply was not true. It seemed ridiculous to argue more at this point, so I voiced my concerns and we left as quickly as we could. I would tell everyone in this city to stay away from Frank, as it will only be a disappointment. It proved to be a huge waste of time, money, and caloric intake.
By dantgaf on 1/22/2009
The food at Frank is really excellent. Last week, I took my girlfriend there on a date, and took my Mom out for dinner there - they both loved it. I really can't say enough good things about the place, it's great.
watch the check
By critique06 on 1/7/2009
Concur with a previous blogger, good food, atmo & service but they do manage to include a couple of extra $'s per item which tends to leave an unsavoury flavour in the mouth. Specials are 40-50% more than menu items, so buyer beware.
Stealing From Customers
By FinerDiner on 11/2/2008
First off, you should know that the food here is excellent, and the service is above par. However, after inspection of my bill, they charged me $1-3 more for EACH item ordered. The menu prices (in house and online) both reflect less than what I was billed for. Not only is this highly illegal, but quite dishonest and unjustified. They claim they are "updating the menu". They wouldn't even let me talk to a manager on the phone. In retrospect - no business should charge more for their dishes without publicity notifying customers of the price increases. Plus the restaurant only accepts cash, which makes the whole operation all the more worth shady. You are better off going to a restaurant that accepts credit cards. Do not go here unless you planned to get robbed. There are just as good alternatives in the area.
By bnsracing on 10/18/2008
we've been ordering from frank for an eternity now, but somehow the last few times it's taken way too long - well over an hour for something basic. last time the dude found my apartment, but - somehow not my buzzer (there are two to choose from). so he went back to the restaurant and let the food cool until i called, at which point they redelivered the same stuff. nom nom, congealed fat. what happened frank! forsaken me, you have!
the standard bearer of East Village Italian joints
By kathandace on 4/25/2007
You're a loon if you've never been to Frank. The East Village dining scene practically revolves around this place. Small and bustling, incredible pastas, and still pretty cheap after all of these years. I live and die over the fennel alla parmigiano. And rigatoni al ragu. Delivery highly recommended as well if you live close by and don't feel like braving the wait for a table.
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