Restaurants, Italian East Village
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Beth Levendis


 (Beth Levendis)
Beth Levendis


 (Beth Levendis)
Beth Levendis


 (Beth Levendis)
Beth Levendis


 (Beth Levendis)
Beth Levendis


Convivial, clamorous and altogether lacking in intimacy, Frank feels every bit like the setting of an oversized family gathering—without the dysfunction. Keeping a watchful eye over the proceedings from the soft-hued walls are black and white photographs of owner Frank Prisinzano’s ancestors, the inspirations for the eatery’s traditional Italian cooking and Old World feel. The open kitchen dispatches excellent homemade pastas like a weighty gnocchi in a tomato and basil sauce and familiar entrées like a succulent roasted rosemary chicken alongside a mound of mashed potatoes and rich gravy. Go ahead and stuff yourself—that elbow you just whacked isn’t your Uncle Rick’s.


Venue name: Frank
Address: 88 Second Ave
New York
Cross street: between 5th and 6th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 10:30am–1am; Fri, Sat 10:30am–2am; Sun 10:30am–midnight
Transport: Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave; 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $13. Cash only
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Jaclyn R

I can't rave enough about this restaurant. The food at Frank was to die-for! As soon as we walked in the aroma of the food sold us no matter how long the wait. The wait wasn't bad and went by quickly as my group grabbed drinks at the bar. The menu didn't make our decision any easier as each dish sounded incredible. I finally made up my mind and order the pasta with broccoli in an oil sauce while those in my group got the spaghetti & meatballs special. Both dishes were phenomenal, no joke. I just keep dreaming of the day I can go back and have another bowl of their homemade pasta! 

Elizabeth A

One of my pet peeves is when everyone at a table orders the exact same thing. But I have to say, the spaghetti special, which was ordered by most of the people I was with, was a total hit. Homemade noodles, delicious sauce and the most tender meatballs ever made for a really great dinner.

Dorian G

Frank is my favorite Italian restaurant in the city.  I always leave stuffed and wanting to come back.  Get the Mozzarella Burrata if it's on the menu that evening.  It's off the charts.  I love Uncle Michael's Meatloaf and the Rigatoni al Ragu both are equally delightful.  The place is small and there's sometimes a wait but it's never out of hand.  Love this place! Go and see for yourself!!

Meredith R

This is bar none my favorite restaurant in New York City. If you want to do it right, go with a friend with which you like splitting food and order as many things as you can reasonably eat. From the kale Caesar to whatever they call the giant ball of mozzarella cheese to the gnocchi, this place does not disappoint. They also have a great rotating menu of specials, so I end up eating different things every time I go.

The restaurant itself is pretty small. I’m going to call it intimately rustic because it’s candlelit, full of wood and you may end up eating dinner at a big table with strangers. When outdoor seating is no longer in season, the wait will increase a bit but will be MORE that worth it.

If eating delicious Italian is your thing, I’d highly recommend Frank for Valentine’s Day. There’s a chance of reenacting that scene from Lady and the Tramp and they kill the prix fixe game. It’s a win win on an evening that can otherwise be pretty terrible. 

Madeline N

So disclaimer, I don’t typically eat meatloaf so I really don’t have much to compare it to, but their spiced meatloaf was out of control good. At first glance everything on their menu looks amazing and everything sounds delicious, so you may be tempted to shy away from the meatloaf, but I can’t recommend enough trying it at least once. Franks divey atmosphere and cute white picket fenced outdoor eating area was just icing on the cake in making my dinner great!

I went on a Wednesday night so it wasn’t hard to get a table, but because they don’t take reservations I’ve heard the weekends can be pretty packed so I would recommend trying it out on a weekday if you don’t want to have to wait to be seated.