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Feb 28, 2008 11:21 AM

Frankies 457 lately?

Heading here this week. Anyone been with anything to report lately?


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  1. I would love to know what the stand-out dinner dishes are here. I've been there once, for brunch, and it was not good.

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    1. re: Puppimus

      I haven't been there recently, perhaps six months ago. Dinner has been good in the past, not superb, but good to very good. Unless a place is specifically geared for brunch, I don't find that brunch is a good barometer for evaluating a restaurant for dinner.

    2. Ate there about a week ago. Apps were the Arrugla, jeruselam artichokes and roasted brussel sprouts. For Entrees we had the meatballs, papadelle with beef ragu, and cavatelli with spicy sausage.

      Everything was great, including a good bottle of wine from Sicily called Triumph that I'd had once before at Franny's, I believe.

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      1. re: bhill

        I would also recommend the braciole, and a fantastic lambrusco wine they have . (Don't remember the name of it.)

        Message to the OP (lastingly): Please give us a report after you go!

        1. re: parkslopemama

          I second the braciole rec. It is a delicious, braised (?) piece of pork wrapped around cheese and covered in a sweet/tangy tomato sauce. At this point it's difficult for me to order anything else. I usually start with the buffalo mozzarella salad. The fennel salad is quite good too.

          1. re: Rodrigo

            The gnocchi is great - the ricotta it comes with is amazing. The ricotta bruschetta is awesome too.

          2. re: parkslopemama

            Went for dinner last night. 45 minute wait, which was fine, had a drink at the bar next door. Meal was as utterly mediocre, if that.

            We had the anitpasto (two cheeses, two meats, two veggies and olives- unremarkable), crimini and truffle oil crostini (delicious but who can screw up truffle oil) and a cannelini bean, parsley crostini (oddly sweet, not very good at all). For dinner my wife had the gnocchi with fresh riccota and marinara- chewy gnocchi, flavorless sauce, cheese was the only highlight of the dish. I had the pork braciola- again, flavorless sauce. Pork was ok, moist enough, but just so boring. I didn't even finish it- which never happens.

            Cute place. Service was good, if not a bit harried, though it being Saturday night we didn't expect different.

            Overall just a "eh" kind of meal. With so many places to choose from we haven't yet tried, I can't imagine ever going back. Oh well.

            1. re: lastingly

              I really want to like this place and am still determined to go back and give it a third try, but some of the food is a little bit of a *yawn*. My favorite dish was the vegetable antipasti on my first visit. visit #2 was a fine rocket salad the meatballs and a side of brussel sprouts. most everything was fine, but not at all memorable (brussel sprouts weren't roasted at high enough heat for my liking - too bitter).

              On the other hand, I really like the small bites at Bocca Lupo. I've been twice and can't wait to go back. Veal and porcini meatballs rock and the side of farro w/ mushrooms and balsamic was awesome. solid crostini offerings, too.

              1. re: MB fka MB

                Sorry to hear that some of your experiences have been disappointing. Frankies is one of our favorites in the neighborhood for a low key Friday night dinner. I am addicted to the cavatelli and sausage (addicted!) and think that the cheese selections, shredded brussel sprouts and gnocchi are very good. Love the house wine. The wait can be bad, but we'll usually head to mini bar across the street and the host will call us when the table's ready. Definitely give it another shot.

        2. Wow, I'm really surprised at how unimpressed some of these reviews have been. We adore 457, especially in the summer when you can sit out back in their lovely garden. I too am so addicted to the cavatelli that I can't manage to order anything else; also second the votes on the Lambrusco, the truffled bruschetta, and the ricotta bruschetta (which my husband loves but I frankly find a bit bland). Neither this location nor the one in Manhattan have ever been less than delicious.