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ttoommyy Mar 19, 2012 01:58 PM

Has anyone been to the location in the West Village on Hudson Street? I'd love to hear some reviews. I did a search on this board but did not come up with much. Thanks.

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Frankies 570 Spuntino
570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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    Blumie RE: ttoommyy Mar 19, 2012 06:20 PM

    The one on Clinton St., which closes on Wed and will reopen on Fri as more of a Spanish-themed restaurant, is one of my wife and my favorite NYC restaurants. Other than the fact that we prefer the more intimate Clinton St. location, I don't know why the Hudson St. location wouldn't also be excellent.

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    Frankies 17 Spuntino
    17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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      foodwhisperer RE: Blumie Mar 26, 2012 09:23 PM

      Frankie's on Hudson St in my opinion is equal to the Brooklyn location. The under 30 crowd thinks the place is amazing. Fans of Frankies are usually fans of Rubirosa. Frankie's is just OK, it's a dependable acceptable meal. The guys at the Meatball Shop came from Frankie's. The meatballs are good.

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        Blumie RE: foodwhisperer Mar 27, 2012 06:34 AM

        I'm not under 30 (I'm 47), yet I love Frankies. Go figure. I think Rubirosa and Meatball Shop are both fun and ok; I enjoy eating at both of them, but neither is the equal of Frankies. The meatball sandwich at Frankies blows away any meatballs served at Meatball Shop.

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          foodwhisperer RE: Blumie Mar 27, 2012 06:41 AM

          Interesting that you think the meatballs at Frankies blows away the meatball shop, when the meatball shop owners made the meatballs at Frankies. Go figure. Try the meatballs at Bar Piti they are really good. I"m not saying that Frankies or Meatball shop is bad, I go to both often. But I am saying they don't have "great' food and I do think they are overrated. Bar Piti, Da Silvano, Osteria Morini, D'Andrea are all better than Frankies

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            Blumie RE: foodwhisperer Mar 27, 2012 09:27 AM

            I did the meatball sandwich at Frankies and meatball sliders at Meatball Shop last week on back-to-back nights and much preferred Frankies. It wasn't just the meatballs, though, it was the overall package. Frankies uses wonderful bread from Grandaisy Bakery and sprinkles excellent cheese on top. I also add crushed red pepper.

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              ttoommyy RE: foodwhisperer Mar 27, 2012 09:53 AM

              "Bar Piti, Da Silvano, Osteria Morini, D'Andrea are all better than Frankies"

              As someone who has eaten at Da Andrea for a number of years (to include before they moved to their current location) and just this past weekend had my first taste of Frankies, I have to say Frankies wins hands down in my book. Da Andrea is good, but many of the dishes there seem not so fresh and overcooked at times. The thing I loved about Frankies is that the food reminded me of the simple, fresh, just-prepared food I have had at many trattoria in Italy.

      2. BrookBoy RE: ttoommyy Mar 19, 2012 10:18 PM

        Have not been to the Hudson Street location, but my wife and I go to the Brooklyn location frequently, and we love the place. Given the track record of the owners, I suggest you try it out and then post your own review.

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          sam1 RE: ttoommyy Mar 19, 2012 10:59 PM

          actually, the west village one is pretty unremarkable. im not a huge fan of the franks' empire but i like prime meats. the one on hudson is close to my apt and i was excited about it but the room has no character...with low ceiling and a weird layout...its very noise-y and with the lack of features, its just a bunch of tables next to one another.

          the food is unremarkable...as it is in the other frankies restaurants...but this one is particularly boring. i assume this was a cash grab...selling frankies to the west village. thats fine but its not a place im interested in frequenting.

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          Frankies 570 Spuntino
          570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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            Blumie RE: sam1 Mar 20, 2012 06:38 AM

            A "cash grab"? You mean this restaurant business is a profit deal? Shocking!

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              ttoommyy RE: sam1 Mar 20, 2012 09:59 AM

              "the food is unremarkable...as it is in the other frankies restaurants...but this one is particularly boring."

              I appreciate your opinion sam 1, but can you expand on that a little? What specifically is "unremarkable and "boring" about the food. Thanks.

            2. ttoommyy RE: ttoommyy Mar 20, 2012 08:55 AM

              I think we are going to try it this Sunday afternoon for lunch. If we do, I'll report back on Monday. Thanks to those who responded.

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                sheio RE: ttoommyy Mar 20, 2012 09:52 AM

                I went for a very late dinner on Saturday and thought the food was fine, nothing spectacular and nothing upsetting. The one shock was the bill, but in a good way - the meal was surprisingly inexpensive! The meatballs were recommended but I found them a bit dry, and the roasted vegetable salad was executed well. We also ordered the special rigatoni with lamb ragu, which was cooked past al dente (but the lamb was delicious!), plus the cavatelli (with hot sausage and basil) and also the tagliatelle (with mushrooms and mascarpone). Not a destination restaurant for me but I wouldn't mind going back with friends, especially for only $25/head (food only). I also ordered The Durazzo cocktail (possibly gin/vermouth/bitters?) and loved it!

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                  ttoommyy RE: sheio Mar 20, 2012 09:58 AM

                  Thanks sheio. Very helpful.

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                    Hey19 RE: sheio Mar 20, 2012 10:17 AM

                    The Roasted Veg salad may be the stand out on the menu. I have gone for that alone. Also prunes and marscapone, great dessert. I go to 17 alot, and I think that is even cheaper than the WV one. I generally approve of these guys, everything I have had there has been good.

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                    uncledunkel RE: ttoommyy Mar 22, 2012 07:57 PM

                    I've been to the LES and WV location. Think both are great and haven't noticed any difference in the quality of the food. WV locatioin is much larger.

                    1. ttoommyy RE: ttoommyy Mar 26, 2012 07:14 AM

                      We made it to Frankies 570 yesterday (Sunday) for lunch and we were very pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent. The space is exactly the same as it was when it was Hudson Corner Cafe, so that means it is noisy. Other than that though we had a great meal. I'm not one to wax poetic about every morsel I eat and go into mind numbing detail, so I won't. But I will list what we ate. (We had lunch; we're not the eggs and french toast brunch types.)

                      For antipasti we shared the roasted carrots, a plate of spicy capicola and a red watercress and quinoa salad. For entrees, I had the pork braciola and my partner had the cavatelli with sausage in brown butter with sage. (I was quite happy to find that the sausage did not contain fennel seed; just the way one would often find it in Italy.) A very tasty bottle of Sicilian red rounded off the meal. We were quite full after all that so no dessert.

                      After some comments here and other sites I've looked at I thought the food would be just OK. What we found was very good, very fresh, well-prepared dishes. It's a good balance of food one might find in a trattoria in Italy and a few Italian-American dishes. No, it's not mind blowing; but that's not what I expect from a place like this. What we had was delicious, memorable and quite satisfying. Definitely worth a few return trips.

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                        Blumie RE: ttoommyy Mar 26, 2012 10:31 AM

                        Thanks for reporting back. You've perfectly captured why my wife and I love Frankies: while not mind blowing, we find the food to be thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying at a very reasonable cost.

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                          michelleats RE: ttoommyy Mar 28, 2012 09:47 AM

                          Loved reading this review, ttoommyy. (I had no idea Italian sausages in Italy don't have fennel seed... Is it just an Italian American thing?)

                          Have you by any chance been to Spasso? If so, I'd love to know what you think.

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                            ttoommyy RE: michelleats Mar 28, 2012 10:20 AM

                            "Have you by any chance been to Spasso? If so, I'd love to know what you think."

                            No. Never even heard of it. But I will Google it now. Thanks.

                            I think it is largely Italian American to put fennel seeds in sausage and may even be a southern Italian thing, since most Italian-American cuisine is based on immigrants who came from southern Italy. I've traveled a lot more in northern Italy and I know for a fact most sausage there has no fennel seed.

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                              michelleats RE: ttoommyy Mar 28, 2012 04:07 PM

                              Oh no big deal. Spasso just happens around the corner from Frankie's in the WV. It'd be great to have a comparative metric if you have one, but really, I'll probably just end up at Frankie's anyway, based on your review. Sounds like a good spot to have in the neighborhood.

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                              foodwhisperer RE: michelleats Mar 29, 2012 08:30 PM

                              Fennel is very popular and grown in Italy. The seeds are used to flavor sweet sausage in Italy.Perhaps where ttoommyy did not see it in the parts of Italy visited. I believe Apulia region ( near the heel of the boot) is a big fennel growing area.

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                                ttoommyy RE: foodwhisperer Mar 30, 2012 03:47 AM

                                As I said previously, it is in northern Italy where I noticed it most. Apulia is in the south.

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                                  foodwhisperer RE: ttoommyy Mar 30, 2012 06:40 AM

                                  Oh OK, I read what micheleats said, and it sounded like all of Italy. I will have to try Spasso btw, I've seen it, and it looks like a good place. Is that the place that Malatesta opened?

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                                    michelleats RE: foodwhisperer Mar 30, 2012 02:57 PM

                                    Sorry -- I did overgeneralize. Ttoommyy mentioned that he would often find fennel-less sausage in Italy, not that it was always fennel free. ("I was quite happy to find that the sausage did not contain fennel seed; just the way one would often find it in Italy.")

                                    Re: Spasso, I've only had lunch there, so far, but my impression is that it's simple, fresh, well made food -- kind of like how ttoommyy described Frankie's. That's why I asked about a comparison, and because Spasso happens to be practically across the street from Frankie's. I'm not aware of any connection to Malatesta.

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                                      foodwhisperer RE: michelleats Mar 31, 2012 05:49 PM

                                      I think Malatestas new place is on Washington St.,,Spasso sounds good , I will try it

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                                        kathryn RE: foodwhisperer Apr 1, 2012 10:16 AM

                                        Malaparte opened last year:
                                        http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/din...
                                        http://malapartenyc.com/

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                                          foodwhisperer RE: kathryn Apr 2, 2012 10:07 PM

                                          Thanks Kathryn

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