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457 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231
nr. Luquer St.
Why is this place cash only?
By bloodsuckinglawyer on 7/29/2008
I thought everything about this place was great until the bill came and it was cash only. A place that has entrees in the high teens and low 20's and bottles of wine that cost over $100 should not be cash only. It's just ridiculous. What makes it even worse, however, is that the restaurant doesn't even have an ATM on site. I had to walk three blocks to find one. I will probably never go back just for this reason. I mean, Aurora in Williamsburg is annoyingly cash only, but at least they have the sense to have an ATM on site.
A tasty step back in time...
By emh on 12/8/2007
With the F train softly rumbling by on the elevated platform in the background, this charming little Brooklyn gem feels transported back half a century. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, if sometimes crowded, and the food's fantastic: The sausage and peppers over polenta is hearty and crave-worthy, as are the roasted veggies and the beet and avocado salad. Cavatelli's sweet and satisfying, there are several satisfying cheeses to choose from, and the bread (from Sullivan St Bakery) is soft, chewy and addictive. Downsides, imho, are the crowds some nights, that when it's busy sometimes they refuse take-out orders, and that it's cash only. Otherwise a great find.
By bklyn_lindz on 10/4/2007
I had heard great things about Frankies, so went to check it out. The staff were friendly enough, although the service was just ok. I found the menu misleading & a little hard to read. When ordering the sweet sausage & polenta, I hadn't been told the sausage was crumbled on the polenta. Had I known, I would have ordered something else. It was like eating saus. & pepper flavored farina. The avocado & pesto crostini was excellent although not enough, they could've put some of the avocado onto another crostini for satisfaction. I found all the portions to be a little on the small side. The pork brasciola was small, but AWESOME, it just needed pasta to go with the sauce - would've been perfect. To have a complete meal you'll spend $20 easy, more if you're drinking.
Service with no human contact
By vjemilio on 5/12/2007
Not a hello, our table was pointed out to us, order taken, order delivered, check paid, not a thank you, not a smile, not a a word more than was necessary to execute the business transaction. soulless. The staff needs to be taught the difference between service and hospitaliity.
Cute place - Good Food - Bad Bloodie Marys
By speakthetruth on 12/8/2005
A group of us had brunch at Frankies's. The french toast was damn good, but the rest of the food looked less good. Nice atmosphere, and I would definitely go check it out for dinner. One big disappointment was the Bloody Marys. Our waitress STRONGLY insisted that the Bloody Marys were "Fantastic" or "Fabulous", and they were much lesst than that. I just get put off when people outright lie.
A fabulous find
By boerumeater on 9/29/2005
This is an intimate place for dinner with a date or close friends. Great wine list and antipasto/little dishes. Always our favorite place for dinner. Try the arugula and mozzarella salad or pork sandwich!
By brooklynliz on 5/1/2005
A lovely place. It is located in the far heart of Carroll Gardens so it has been termed a neighborhood place. But that would have to be some sort of beautiful dream neighborhood because Frankie's food and atmosphere are so much better than anything so pedestrian as a 'local spot.' Exposed brick coupled with friendly staff and excellent but unpretentious cocktails (I ended the night with a top tasting hot toddy, for example). Go especially if you live in Brooklyn, because you will be able to walk home with that 'great meal feeling.'
Great food and value
By KateGS on 3/2/2005
I thoroughly enjoyed myself and ate everything in sight. Lots of choices and all very good! Great place to experiment with all sorts of nibbles.
By ithacan17 on 2/25/2005
Ok, I heard good things so I decided to try it out. I was not impressed. I got the bruchetta as recommended, so did my boyfriend. It's not like it was bad, it just wasnt good. They piled way too much of one thing on a tiny hard piece of bread. Not very many other vegetarian options and the menu was hard to read. However, they had great wine there.
By stickybeans on 1/26/2005
This place is super cool. I sat at the bar with a friend and had a bunch of small plates like really tasty cheese, sliced meats and some pasta. All with great wine. The bartender let us taste a bunch of different wines before we chose a glass. They have a ton to choose from and they were all good. Try the cavatelli....
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