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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by Anonymous on 08/30/2007
My daughter and I met up there for restaurant week . We ordered the smoked salmon appetizer and the filet mignon and the food was superb. Their restaurant week prix fixe menu made this an exceptional value. Some of the menu offerings during this week are usually the least expensive item on some restaurants menus. What really struck me was the service, the staff treats you as if you are a celebrity, while some restaurants will only be gracious if you are a celebrity. They couldn't have been more gracious or accommodating. The high lite of the night was when they offered a complimentary stretch limo ride to our destination, which I happily took to the train.
Posted by native on 06/12/2007
Excellent Saturday prix-fixe lunch ($25) prior to theatre matinee (chicken and petit filet mignon entrees, decadent cheesecake); very solicitous service; relaxed but not lethargic; not too crowded (F & J's is a very small space); classic cocktails (Tom Collins, Knickerbocker) understood by the barman; great photos and news articles on the walls; wonderful experience all round.
Posted by Alisa on 08/01/2006
I have been hearing a lot about Franike & Johnnies lately and decided to check it out with a few friends over the weekend. What a great place! The food was fabulous (I had the crab cakes and filet), the wait staff attentive and I loved the atmosphere. I felt like I was in an old movie. Definitely a place I will recommend.
Posted by Kim on 04/04/2006
We found this on an uncrowded, late night after a Broadway show. It felt like we stepped into a time warp but that was part of the charm. The steak (filet mignon) was excellent although far above the "$$" rating that my guide book had indicated. Maybe the "$$" was referring to having salad, bread, and a cocktail?? The waiters were old and APPEARED to move slow but I never felt myself lacking for anything and they were very attentive.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/27/2005
Ended up coming here after a Broadway show with no reservations on Christmas Eve. We were fortunate to only have to wait for 15 minutes and we spent it in the small bar towards the back of the restaurant. The cocktails were the usual Manhattan price but the bartender made them very nice..worth tipping him an extra dollar or so. The room is small and cozy, with very small tables (about 15 all together). Yu can see pics of infamous visitors, including Bush. Our waiters were old (they all look like they come from an old-style Italian family) buy they were extremely courteous and attentive and friendly. They refilled our bread baskets without us asking to. Jumbo Shrimp cocktail was yummy but on expensive side ($15 for 4 pieces). Got the porterhouse for 2. Yummy, tender, and mouthwatering good. Nicely cut into succulent pieces. No sauce needed. The rib-eye was also really good and flavorful. Hint: If you ask for well-done, it will be charred A LOT on the outside. Skip the pork-or don't ask for it well-done. The creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes were okay, but the potato pancakes reminded me of greasy, oily, fried dough. The shrimp scampi on rice looked yummy. Overall good food, but too expensive for it.
Posted by Rudy on 11/19/2005
I went to this restaurant because it was open late at night, but I WAS NOT ALONE! Oh no, the room (not restaurant, room) was pretty full, the waiters were old, the wine list did not include a SINGLE half-bottle of red (or white) wine, the steak I ordered was fine, too big, and too expensive, but fine. Not worth the price. Also, I was not asked what kind of dressing I wanted for my salad, and I HAD TO COPE with the conversation of two Canadian tourists, who did not mind the fact that I was having dinner but kept asking questions about New York...too crowded, room too small, rude waiters and expensive.
Posted by Mardi on 01/12/2005
I went to Frankie and Johnnie's yesterday before a B'way show. Personally I think the reviews here are too kind. It's not a bad restaurant, and the food is quite good, but I've been to at least half a dozen other steakhouses in midtown, and almost all have been more impressive than this one. Frankie & Johnnie's has a quaint coziness which I didn't care much for, because it means that you are cramped and too close to the (open) kitchen. Our waiter boardered on rude, and was underattentive when we needed attention and overattentive when we didn't need any. The filet mignon I ordered was tasty, but I had to send it back because it was not cooked to my specifications. It did not have the superior quality that I expect a $34 steakhouse steak to have, and I was unimpressed by the other dishes (don't get the potatoes au gratin). All in all, I'd say although not a bad experience, I know I could have done better and for the cost ($123 for two, tip incl), it was NOT WORTH IT.