88 2ND Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.726810 -73.988615
Mon. - Thu. 10am - 1am;Fri. - Sat. 10am - 2am;Sun. 10:30am - 12pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Illegaly Ripping Off Customers! STAY AWAY! – First off, you should know that the food here is excellent, and the service is above par.
However, after inspection of my bill, they charged me $1-3 more for each item ordered. The menu prices (in house and online) both reflect less than what I was billed for. Not only is this highly illegal, but quite dishonest and disgusting. They claim they are "updating the menu". However, in retrospect - no business should charge more for their dishes without publicity notifying customers of the price increases.
Plus the restaurant only accepts cash, which makes the whole operation all the worth more shady. You are better off going to a restaurant that accepts credit cards.
Do not go here unless you planned to get robbed. Although the food is great, there are just as good (and more honest) alternatives in the area.
I have been here many times before and the food has always been pretty good, the service kinda blah whatever, but now I will never go back. I ordered the ravioli of the day, spinach and cheese. It was not at all bad, it was a special written on the board and I had failed to ask the price but figured it would be in the range of all the other pasta since it was still pretty basic, no bells and whistles. my friend ordered the gnocci in tomato sauce also not bad, but not something to write home about. When we got the check, we were both amazed. My no bells and whistles ravioli cost $17.95! More than some of the Entrees! They took advantage of the fact that is was a special and that no one asked for the price to squeeze a few extra dollars out of me. When my friend talked to the manager ( I was too angry to do so) he said I am sorry in a way that said, yeah not really sorry and yeah not the first time someone has said something. I think that is a really unethical way to run a business and don't think the food is really worth it. I want to enjoy my food and not think that I am just some cash cow the restaurant is trying to scam at every chance it gets. Super shady indeed.
The Olive Garden of Italian Restaurants – I agree with the comments below. What was so wonderful about this place? The service was awful and my rigatoni tasted like Spaghetti-Os with meatballs. We tried three different glasses of wine all semi-recommended by our too-busy-to-suggest waiter and all three were terrible. Pure vinegar. There are so many fabulous italian restaurants in this city with fantastic service. We were do disappointed to find the Olive Garden in the batch on what should have been a great night. And all by reading the reviews we saw posted here. We should have left the minute the bad service began.
not worth my time or money – I can't believe this place has so many good reviews, service is rushed and somewhat neglecting. After I realized one of the entrees we ordered was not going to make it to table, it took a while to catch the eye of our waiter who was sitting at one of the tables close to us playing with his phone. Food was ok, if you decide to go definitely avoid chicken liver bruschetta, it is bland and tasteless.
bustling little place, great food – maybe i'm biased b/c i love small restaurants, but frank has such a great atmosphere. always bustling (but they don't take reservations, which is actually a plus), open environment, food and wine were all great. plus it has the unpretentiousness typical of the east village. highly recommend if you like italian food and don't mind [very] tight quarters. dinner for 2 cost me about $80 including a bottle of wine. don't forget to bring cash though. now go check it out, but only if you're a party of 2.
A perfect choice--if you're a self-loathing masochist – I wanted to choose an affordable and fun place to bring a group of friends for my birthday dinner, and I made the mistake of choosing Frank. First, the waiter actually scolded us because one of my friends was 10 minutes late, although we ordered two bottles of wine and appetizers as soon as we sat down. They shoved six of us into the tiniest table imaginable, so that our legs were literally pressed together (and I'm used to absurdly tiny NYC restaurants). The extremely cold waiter rushed us to order, then they brought our entrees out before we were even halfway finished our fennel salads, but because the table was so small and there was nowhere to put our plates, they just went ahead and took the half-eaten appetizers away! At this point, I was so irritated and embarrassed that I'd brought my friends to this place that it would be hard for me to objectively rate the main course, although I remember thinking my pasta was pretty good. When my friend ordered a single glass of wine, the waiter, who had been too harried to bother looking at her or listening, just assumed we wanted another entire bottle and brought it over uncorked, then he had the nerve to suggest it was her fault. The low point of the night came when the waiter spilled a cup of hot coffee on the back of the man at the table next to us and barely deigned to apologize. We saw him walk over and inform the manager with an eye roll, as in "I bet this guy is going to try to get a free meal out of this." But they automatically tacked on a 20% gratuity to our bill, which may account for why they made no effort to give us decent service. Overall, it was a very uncomfortable experience, as my entire party was made to feel like we were imposing by being there, and we are VERY low-maintenance. If you want to relax and enjoy a meal with friends, definitely go elsewhere. These people are total jerks, and not in the charming, I'm-insanely-busy- but-I-still-love-you-way the staff at other popular eateries pull off.
Giant Meatball! – This place is great. Sure, you wait FOREVER for a table, but it's heaven once you're seated. Rustic setting, but loud and lively too. All the food is outstanding, especially the giant meatball--have one put in the middle of your table during entrees as one is enough for a party of 4 to share! I trek from the UWS to go here with friends on any given night.
Best Date Ever – from the outside this place looks like just another restarant... but it is sooo much more and you can tell by how packed it always is. the food was amazing, wine was great, the servers were very attentive, and we made friends with the people sitting next to us. you should def check this place out. ps great place to go on a date!!!!
Super Yummy Pasta – I've eaten at Frank's several times, and the homestyle Italian dishes are consistently delicious. I've not had a disappointing meal yet. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the food is classic comfort food. It's a little like being fed by someone's Italian grandmother who is an excellent cook. If you go early enough in the evening (before 8) and are a small party, you are unlikely to have to wait for a table. I've also always been happy with the broad selection of wines. The service is polite and accomodating.
Clearly Visible Rodents – I went here last night with a couple of friends. The menu looked appealing and there was no wait to get a table. We were seated by a stained glass window towards the back through which you could see stacks of wood and assorted rubbish. You could also see about five rodents running back and forth and peering through the glass at our table. When we mentioned it to the waitress she sent someone in to explain to us that it was part of a different building behind theirs. Not only was the explanation condescending but there was not really an attempt at being apologetic whatsoever. Regarding the food: The bread came with a citrus-like olive oil which was actually very nice. The appetizers weren't bad. The main dishes though were mediocre at best. There was nothing spectacular about them... at all.
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