This casual spuntino was an instant classic when it debuted in Carroll Gardens in 2004. The mavericks behind the place—collectively referred to as “the Franks” Castronovo and Falcinelli—went on to become neighborhood pillars, opening German-leaning steakhouse Prime Meats down the block and a coffee shop, Café Pedlar, in Cobble Hill. But their flagship remains as alluring as ever, turning out an impressive selection of cheeses, antipasti and cured meats, distinctive salads and exceptional pastas to a mostly-local crowd. Cavatelli with hot sausage and browned sage butter is a staple, as are the flawless meatballs—feather-light orbs stuffed into a sandwich or served solo, lavished with raisins and pine nuts. Frankie’s is also a popular venue for private parties: A former stable has been converted into a cozy cabin with a patio, a set of turntables (bring your own DJ) and a roasting pit.
|Venue name:||Frankies 457 Spuntino|
457 Court St
|Cross street:||between and Lucquer St and 4th Pl|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: F, G to Carroll St|
|Price:||Average small plate: $5. Cash only|
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Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
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I've been to dinner at Frankie's many times - including that brief miraculous flash of time when there was a Mission Chinese pop-up in their backyard (sigh, so delicious and so picturesque in the fairy lit outdoors) - and it has never disappointed. Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen in NYC but this one is worth the time you often spend waiting for your table (although never for TOO long) - the food here is both classic Italian but still very special at the same time. Not to mention the atmosphere is so cozy and candlelit, which is all I ever want in a restaurant. Pro tip - sit at the bar and learn a little more about wine from the bartender while you wait for your pasta!