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chocokitty Jul 24, 2006 12:07 PM

I want to try Frank Restaurant on 88 Second Ave. after reading the "New York's Best Cheap Eats" in the New York Magazine. Has anyone tried it for lunch? Is it any good or should I look for something else? Thank you.

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    eastvillager Jul 24, 2006 01:18 PM

    i used to hate the place, just because of throng of hipsters that take over the sidewalk after about 7:00, but their food really is good. and cheap (thus, the old milwaukee crowd!)

    stick to the simple stuff, which they do with amazing skill. their penne in a tomato sauce with basil is very good, as is the broccoli and garlic.

    keep in mind, after sunset it's still an annex of williamsburg.

    1. wleatherette Jul 24, 2006 02:03 PM

      hmm... do trendy-looking people interfere with the dining experience?

      the food is generally good (pasta especially), but it gets crowded and chaotic in the evening and service never seems to have been one of their strong suits. it's definitely well-priced, but cheap might be a bit of stretch - get a pasta dish and a side veg and you're already at $20. can't comment on the daytime menu, although the place looks a lot mellower in the afternoon.

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        eastvillager Jul 24, 2006 05:24 PM

        no, trendy's fine, but if you after around 6:00, expect to wait quite a while in line with a lot of people who just got off the l train. they don't take reservations.

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        Peter Cherches Jul 24, 2006 02:10 PM

        The one time I ate there the service was horrible and everything was pathologically salty. I'll never go back, though I do like the pizzas at L'il Frankies.

        http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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          josh L Jul 24, 2006 03:53 PM

          i have a soft spot for the spicy squid pasta special but it can be pretty uncomfortable and the servers are spaced out.

          1. shirlotta Jul 24, 2006 04:05 PM

            their bolognese is really yummy. it can get pretty loud in there, and is probably easier to go to earlier on in the evening. i like supper better, which is close by on 2nd between a&b, owned by the same people. it's nice to sit at the bar - you can watch the chefs making everything in front of you.

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              michele cindy Jul 26, 2006 11:35 AM

              I totally agree. It's one of the best bolognese I have ever had. Right up there with my friend's 80 year old mom from Italy.

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              mas Jul 24, 2006 06:10 PM

              i love frank. i also live one block from it. would i travel from all over the city? probably not, but the neighborhood would suck without it.

              they do a fantastic job with delivery as well.

              i also highly recommend lil' frankies. the pizza is great, the pastas are good and there are always little sides and specials that you can make an entire meal of.

              one of the best summertime activities is to park yourself in the outdoor garden at dba and get a pizza delivered from lil' frankies.

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                raybird Jul 25, 2006 08:35 PM

                the sauteed calamari is amazing. i go just for that. and a glass of wine. often the sauteed calamari is not on the menu but they'll make it if the kitchen isn't too busy. fennel salad also good, as is a roast chicken entree. their pasta's not usually my favorite. and it's a cute place with good tunes and very laid-back vibe.

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                  josh L Jul 25, 2006 08:35 PM

                  I think the pizza at Lil'Frankies is very underrated, one of New York's best pies.

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                    Pan Jul 26, 2006 06:05 AM

                    I've liked their pizza and also had a great salad there the last time I was there, which was some time ago (maybe a year and a half, possibly more). Very high-quality ingredients and well-composed. I'm not a big salad eater but liked the salad even more than the pizza.

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                    peternyc Aug 4, 2006 07:45 PM

                    If you dont have to wait forever for a table it's good. NOT great. also tends to be cramped and loud.

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                      Jorel Aug 4, 2006 08:11 PM

                      It can be hectic at dinner, but it is neither cramped nor loud at lunch, and you're not likely to wait for a table. Plus, when the weather isn't sweltering, the tables outside make for interesting people watching. In addition to pastas, salads and sides, they also have panini which is the ultimate lunch for me.

                      Enjoy.

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                      yumpetal Aug 4, 2006 10:50 PM

                      Frank is okay. Good, as one poster said, if there is no wait. I like Supper (almost identical menu and same owner)a bit better. The ambiance is definitely better. Still no reservations, but a prettier dining area. For a few dollars more, I prefer going to Novita in Grammercy. Great service, excellent food. Not so hipster like. But it is a more money. Worth it in a heartbeat!!!!

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