This addition to Frank Prisinzano’s team of well-priced eateries (Frank, Lil’ Frankie’s Pizza) proves that a good dinner can be an uncomplicated affair. The decor has a grown-up feel, with rustic wooden tables, antique chandeliers and a supersleek private dining room in the basement wine vault. Yet simplicity rules the menu. An appetizer of coaster-size beet slices and silky goat cheese pieces is a collision of exquisite flavors. Main courses allow the freshness of each ingredient to shine: linguine with butter and fresh mint; gnocchi with tomato sauce; spaghetti with lemon and Parmesan. Salmon tagliata, two seared hunks atop arugula, is accented by a light fava-bean puree. Food this cheap and cheerful means you won’t have any problem cleaning your plate.
156 E 2nd St
|Cross street:||between Aves A and B|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 8am–1am; Fri 8am–2am; Sat 11am–2am; Sun 11am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $17. Cash only|