Lil' Frankie's

Lil' Frankie's

Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria$$$$
East Village, New York
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    "Spaghetti Limone and the eggplant as apetizer!! AMAZING"(23 Tips)
    Amy P.
    "Get the eggplant and lemon pasta!"(10 Tips)
    Kirsten P.
    "wrong with the baby meatballs"(5 Tips)
    Bill A.
    "Also if they have it (thurs-sun) the burrata is amazing."(11 Tips)
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  • good for dates
  • good for groups
  • eggplant
  • bar
  • trendy
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  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJune 30, 2016
    Homestyle Italian food, rustic and under seasoned but tasty and pastas loaded with cheese. Best part was dessert-flourless choc cake and tiramisu with berry coulis but skip pannacotta
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonOctober 24, 2016
    Whatever you do, get the burrata. The spaghetti limone, and the rigatoni were also unbelievable. Even the olives and olive oil for the table are amazing. Come hungry.
  • Sarah S.heart icon on user image
    Sarah SpagnoloFebruary 21, 2015
    Busy, cash only, they'll only seat you when your entire party arrives, and hold your table for 15 minutes max. Order the roasted eggplant; they carve it up at the table.
  • Theophilus London
    Theophilus LondonOctober 21, 2011
    Oh man. You gotta talk to the owner Frank. Say ‘listen, Frank, I got a little hot date here, you gotta open up the back room for us.’ There’s a private room in the back with a private menu.
  • Marie
    MarieOctober 8, 2014
    I love it here! Everything is tasty and fresh. The rigatoni with baby meatballs is awesome as is the margherita pizza. Dishes are perfect for sharing. The Sixpoint Lil' Frankie's pale ale is a winner.
  • Karen C.heart icon on user image
    Karen CooperJune 27, 2017
    Wow, all the stars! I lived in Italian Switzerland for 4 years and must say, the pasta here was perfection, as was the Panna Cotta (and I'm a total panna cotta snob). I will be back. Like every day.
  • Karimaheart icon on user image
    KarimaFebruary 6, 2016
    Cozy vibes, the pizza is fantastic and reasonable, the nutella calzone/focaccia is amazing and they have an unbeatable 3 for 1 brunch drink situation on the weekends.
  • Alyssa A.
    Alyssa A.January 18, 2013
    Roasted eggplant appetizer is so yummy! If you can handle a bit of a kick, make sure to get it drizzled with the spicy olive oil.
  • Donnaheart icon on user image
    DonnaMarch 19, 2015
    Beyond great pasta and pizzas they're very inventive with their veggie sides: blackened eggplant and portobello arugula salad are both awesome ways to balance a heavy delicious ragu or gnocchi
  • Loriah P.heart icon on user image
    Loriah PopeSeptember 9, 2018
    We took advantage of the 3-4-1 (3 for 1 brunch drinks) and also got the steak and eggs and the eggs polpette. Delicious! Will definitely be coming back for pizza too!
  • Rachel P.heart icon on user image
    Rachel PortSeptember 30, 2016
    Spaghetti limone, all of the pizza, the eggplant appetizer... you can't go wrong here!!
  • KE
    KEAugust 11, 2016
    Burrata pizza was out of this world. It's always lively and packed when I've been around 9:30-10pm. The back gets loud but the bar is perfect for sharing din and drinks. Cocktails are strong 💪
  • Keren A.heart icon on user image
    Keren AtzlanJune 26, 2021
    Wonderful for a birthday party or big group. The salads were garbage but everything else was fire. Mushroom and artichoke definite. Great veggies all around. Goat cheese pizza dipped in red sauce mm
  • Gianna N.
    Gianna NebbiaOctober 20, 2019
    I felt most of our entrees were eh, including my chicken parm sandwich. Just not as delicious as they look/sound. Same with the pizzas and “mushroom polenta” which was really just eggs Benedict.
  • ᴡ Y.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ YoungJuly 8, 2017
    One of the best authentic Italian food I've tried in the city. Be sure to try spaghetti with clams- it's always on the special menu. And the pizza here, amazing!
  • Susan S.
    Susan S.June 25, 2018
    Cash only but such tasty food! The truffle pizza is insanely delicious. The roasted eggplant appetizer was my absolute favorite and the gnocchi was excellent as well.
  • Yaseen R.heart icon on user image
    Yaseen RoccaNovember 6, 2014
    Outstanding pizza that oozes simplicity & genius. Burrata starter: ditto. Best tiramisu we ever had; probably the most authentically home-made dessert you can ever eat outside home; must try.
  • Ina L.heart icon on user image
    Ina LiMay 30, 2015
    Lemon pasta is so refreshing and chewy. Perfect for summer! Also love their juicy pizza with crispy crust. Wait gets long after 7
  • Dina A.heart icon on user image
    Dina A.March 7, 2019
    Consistently amazing. Spaghetti limone and the margherita pizza are my go tos. Wish their wine list was a bit better but they’ve been switching it up recently which I appreciate!
  • Phil G.heart icon on user image
    Phil GrossMay 4, 2016
    My favorite of Frank Prisinzano's E. Villy Italian hotspots - also the only one that serves pizza - you can't go wrong with any za or one of the homemade pastas!
  • Rob F.heart icon on user image
    Rob ForgioneDecember 3, 2017
    The rigatoni with ricotta is amazing. The antipasto is great, but very large (too much food as an appetizer for two people, even at the smallest size). Good chianti.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McMasterSeptember 23, 2013
    Ask the waiters what is good here, they're eager to make recommendations. We had the tomato and cheese appetizer that our waiter paired with wine. The grilled eggplant was also awesome!
  • Sara .heart icon on user image
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾January 12, 2015
    Amazing! Real brick oven pizza and authentic Italian dishes. I had the salame piccante pizza, which was great. I will definitely go back to try the others!
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PeisselOctober 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with the baby meatballs, at dinner or with baked eggs at brunch. Also, the pizza Bianca with mushrooms.. Guaranteed to leave fat and happy.
  • Diego J.heart icon on user image
    Diego JiménezJuly 22, 2017
    A hole in the wall with solid rock music, al dente pasta, attentive service and delicious bread.
  • Grace B.heart icon on user image
    Grace BarrMarch 21, 2018
    Spaghetti Limone (amazing!!!! So lemony) and spicy salami pizza
  • shal923hheart icon on user image
    shal923hJune 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try picking 1 or 2 appetizers from their specials menu. They've always turned out to be exceptional. (I've tried the burrata, stracciatella, grilled octopus...)
  • StayNYC R.
    StayNYC RentalsOctober 17, 2018
    Bring a crew and coat your stomach with very good pizza and spaghetti, without spending too much money. They’ll even let you book a table online for your group of 20. Lil’ Frankies never fails.
  • Marco G.heart icon on user image
    Marco GomesJuly 4, 2017
    The best margherita pizza I had in NYC, comparing with Motorino, Eataly and some other places.
  • Jack G.
    Jack GashiMarch 12, 2014
    Had the b-day here. Deal was really good for all you could eat and drink, love the food, but had to wait 40 mins to get seated. 20+ ppl in middle of the place awkwardly sweating. Beware when reserving
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetOctober 7, 2016
    "I mean, Frankie is a character - he’s been around forever, and of course the food is fucking amazing." - Colin Tunstall and Morgan Collett, co-founders - Saturdays Read more
  • Joe K.heart icon on user image
    Joe KileyNovember 22, 2016
    Go for truffle week in November if you can. Otherwise the Gnocci and Buratta are awesome choices
  • Eric F.heart icon on user image
    Eric FernándezOctober 17, 2021
    The egg plant as an entry and the napoletana pizza 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 awesome 5/5.
  • Leah G.heart icon on user image
    Leah GeogheganFebruary 1, 2015
    Pizza Bianca was delicious...white pizza with truffle oil. Great place for big parties...they have a semi-private back room that's super cozy
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceDecember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    First note: Don't ever sit in the back by the kitchen. Second note: The truffle shavings aren't worth the $18. Third note: Do come here, it's an awesome spot, good food, cozy atmosphere.
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeyNovember 15, 2014
    The Green Eggs and Ham is a solid alternative to the Eggs Polpettini for brunch.
  • Alexis C.heart icon on user image
    Alexis CandeeJuly 27, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything! Personal faves: pizza margherita, spaghetti limone and brick oven chicken. Gets the mussels if they’re on special.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanDecember 29, 2017
    The rigatoni and meatballs is one of the best I’ve had. The chicken parm is awesome!
  • Elyse E.heart icon on user image
    Elyse EstradaJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Do. Not. Sleep. On the spaghetti limone. So simple but so delicious. And the polpettine pizza doesn't suck either. Trappolini $38 bottle of montepulciano/Sangiovese blend is a perfect compliment.
  • Jonathan Y.
    Jonathan YehJune 15, 2012
    A sunny Friday evening with 1st ave full of people on the street in this trendy downtown neighborhood. I enjoyed fresh salad (nothing canned) and a sausage pizza. Simply fantastic!
  • Jordan M.heart icon on user image
    Jordan MJanuary 18, 2017
    Great for a group dinner! Spaghetti limone is particularly good 🍝🍋🍝🍋
  • Haley H.heart icon on user image
    Haley Hughes BryanJune 10, 2012
    Arugula & Parmesan salad with a special pizza (they're all to die for!). Mozzarella is always fresh & tasty. Tiramisu is perfection if you're still hungry.
  • markus g.heart icon on user image
    markus gerdemannJune 17, 2016
    Great pizza, fabulous pasta and good wine! All you need! The seasonal lobster ravioli are something else
  • Francisco D.heart icon on user image
    Francisco De La CruzJune 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this place! though I'm on my second lambrusco reggiano, but yeah..the staff is super friendly, the food is great and the spirits get you there. what more can you ask???
  • Susan S.
    Susan S.August 10, 2017
    Cool place with really nice pizza. Great for a late night dinner. Be prepared - it's cash only!
  • Lucie P.heart icon on user image
    Lucie PustovaOctober 30, 2016
    Wine selection will impress everyone, including your wine-snob friend. Try the daily pasta and handmade gnocchi.
  • Avery P.
    Avery PollickJanuary 5, 2013
    If they have it on special - the Chicken Cacciatore is out of this world. Probably the best "fall off bone" chicken I've ever had.
  • Jarel H.
    Jarel HillApril 13, 2019
    Spaghetti limone was great. Split the pizza into spicy pepperoni and meatballs. A top manhattan spot
  • Jonathan Y.
    Jonathan YehJune 16, 2012
    The lemon pasta is citrusy with beautiful cheese flavor and the beet ravioli's rich flavor and color can be served in any high-end Italian restaurant.
  • Gustavo M.
    Gustavo MalagónSeptember 16, 2015
    This place is a hidden gem -- try the Lemon pasta, $5 draft beer and the fire roasted egg plant.
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