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Posted by Dahzin on 07/22/2009
The first time we came across Frankie and Johnnies, we were tempted to turn back. a long narrow stair way had to be climed to the resturant. a man seeing us hesitating advised us to go, that we wouldn't be disappointed. That it used to be an old speakeasy. So, we decided to take a chance and are glad we did,.' Very small. youcan knock elbows with people at the next table and you can hear all their conversations . I ordered the filet mignon, with potatoes and broccolli, it was a long time ago and don't remember it be overly exoensive. It came with onions, which I don;t like, but these were breaded? fried onions and I ended up losing my onion hatred and craving these- I do remember it was an enormous amout of food served. My Mother had the rack of lamb and almost died when she saw the amount. It was huge. We spent the night enjoying the delicious food and listening to producers discussing things at the next table. Haven't been back for a long time but will go when I am able. I have always found the waiters helfpul and kind. As we were leaving one night he helped us on with our coats and asked if we new Jason robards......yes we said and then he pointed him out to us. I was surprised considering there are nuts out there that could have hounded Mr Robards. the last time I ate there was very early. Pre theather dinner and the only other guest was Dick Shawn who kept looking at our table.....there was no where else to look! It's my hope I will be back there to see how it has faired these past years and if it's just as wonderful as I remember it. I always recommed it to friends if they want a unique dining experience.Good food, Good atmostphere and nice waiters make it for me.
Posted by William on 04/17/2009
I know I shouldn't care, but reading the last two reviews of this place made me so mad I had to write something in its defense. The atmosphere is genuine, even though seating is a bit tight. The service could be a little less grumpy, but I dont need a waiter to give me a huge smile all the ime anyway; I am there to eat, not have my ego stroked. It is expensive... but the food is so fantastic it makes it worth it. Now, I have never had anythign but the steak... which I believe is the reason why anyone would go to a steakhouse. Even if the non-red meat entrees are below par (and I have no idea if they are or not), I usually order the rib-eye on the bone and it is far and away the best steak I have ever had. Its huge and I want more after I am done. I am actually sad when I realize there is no more to eat. I have been to numerous steak houses in the city and across the country (including Peter Luger's) and this is the best place for steak. My advice; don't be an idiot and get a chicken or fish dish. Get the steak and eat well.
Posted by Mister925 on 03/13/2009
I ate there with my girtlfrined and the place is small and tight even with the entrance. Everything o the menu is overpriced for the food they serve. Chix breast with mushrooms cost $23 and was tasteless. My girlfrined ordered Salmon and for what that was worth it was overpriced and not worth the wait. This was a last minute stop to get something to eat and by far the wrong place to settle in for dinner. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
Posted by LAguynNYC on 11/25/2008
This is by far the most disappointing steak I've had in years. Charring is supposed to enhance the flavors of the steak. They "charred" this steak about 5 minutes too long. The burnt taste permeated my steak through and through. The Au Gratin potatoes were nothing more than potatoes in sour cream with a burnt cheese topping. No seasoning of any kind. If burnt is the flavor they were shooting for, then they accomplished it with flying colors. NY is supposed to be the epicenter for great cooking, but I can tell you this: Here in the south, if you serve a steak like they served, you won't be in business a week.
Posted by Joma50 on 04/11/2008
We were here on a Saturday night and had reservations. We were on time but had to wait maybe 15 minutes. The place was really crowed and when we were seated, I was almost afraid to move for hitting someone at another table. The waiter was attentive but a little slow getting back with us on occassion. The food was great and typically NYC priced. If you want a real NYC food experience with good food, loud atmosphere and table to table seating this is the place. I'll definetly return.
Posted by Luckymepins on 03/16/2008
Arrived after a show at about 5:00pm on a Saturday without reservations. We were seated immediately. My wife had Caesar salad and I had their Classic salad. Everything was fresh and the lettuce was crisp. I had the the rib eye and my my wife had the filet. They were both cooked to order. They were served hot and juicy. My rib eye was one of the best I had. The atmosphere was a throw back in time that we enjoyed. The waiter was pleasant and attentive. Yes he was older, but didn't miss a step and his experience added to the enjoyment. He was entertaining. The prices were fair for the portion size (large) and comparable to other New York steakhouses. IT WAS OUR FIRST VISIT TO THIS RESTAUARANT AND WE INTEND TO RETURN.
Posted by anno0nymous on 12/19/2007
Lots of confusion, steak was cold, even though tasty. Service was subpar. People at our table had to raise their hands as to who ordered the iitem. very unprofesional and overpriced.