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457 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231
nr. Luquer St.
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 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....
By castronovo on 10/31/2004
the frankies go it it right value price and quality plus the place has a cool friendly vibe
Frank Falcinelli and Frank Costronovo score with the sister restaurant of Frankies 16
By Brian Ormsbee (NY MAG) on 4/28/2010
Have you ever experienced a moment, a trip, a date, in short a period in time where everything is just right. Everything seems to be firing on all cylinders and it could not be more perfect? Frankies 457 is one such example. The moment you enter, you are greeted by a long, dark wood bar, a few tables at the front of the restaurant affording diners a view through their large, old-style, storefront window of everyone walking past. You walk past the bar/open kitchen and are seated in a small intimate dining room warmly illuminated by antique-looking light bulbs reminiscent of the old speakeasies. The food on their menu is Italian. The dishes are simple, yet extremely satisfying and bursting with flavor. Start with the lentil and smoked bacon soup. It's rich in flavor and smoky goodness. Follow it up with their cavatelli with faiccos hot sausage & browned sage butter. One biteful and you are hooked. The sweet sausage, roasted red peppers & onions over pine nut polenta or the pork braciola marinara are guaranteed to please the most discernible diner. What about the service? Well, Frankie's does not disappoint when it comes to service. From the wait staff, to the bartenders. to the hosts and owners, you will rarely encounter such friendly, efficient and attentive service. My advice, whether you live in Brooklyn or in Manhattan, get you fanny down to Frankies 457 and enjoy some of the best Italian food in an intimate, casual setting.
By meg9961 on 8/26/2009
We just attended a wedding reception in the back garden. The food was the best I have ever had a wedding. The family style platters were generous, the courses excellent and the wait staff attentive. It was a lovely evening, a trifle warm and humid, but a great way to celebrate the start of a marriage. The prosciutto was like butter!
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 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.'
By jaredkanter on 4/26/2010
By asak on 6/2/2010
Being a big fan of Prime Meats, I was anxious to try Frankie's. The decor was cozy and inviting, while the food and wine list were outstanding. Try the beet and avocado salad and gnocchi with marinara. Delish! The service, however, could have been better. Aside from the smug (and slightly annoyed looking) host, the staff was friendly, albeit rather inattentive. I went on a quiet Monday night, but the drinks, the food, the bill...everything seemed to take a loooong time. Regardless, don't let that stop you from going!
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