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Posted by shel on 12/26/2004
I go way back with F&J - to the days of Cappy the bartender, Dolores (Coat chick) Max and Johnnie Philips himself. Ralph the waiter who became "our" waiter in the days when we had "our" table. Difficult to be there these days when I give in to nostalgia, wistfulness, and sadness thinking back on those earlier days now gone. Last time I was there for a birthday celebration with my son I thought the quality of meat was not as great as it used to be. Steak was well prepared and presented, but the meat had no flavor. It lacked that "steakiness" - that fine, aged, top-quality beef should have. That said, if you've not yet discovered F&J, by all means give it a shot and decide for yourself. Be prepared to pay heftily for the experience. My case rests ...
Posted by Tricia on 10/12/2004
We came to New York to celebrate our anniversary. We chose Frankie and Johnnie's after doing research on the internet. While the food was as good as everyone says, the service was the worst I have ever experienced in my life. The waiters never cracked a smile the entire time we were there. Neither did they speak to us any more than necessary to take our orders. Their attitude was terrible and bordered on nasty. It was so bad that it was almost humorous. Long story short - Go to Frankie and Johnnie's if you want to have a great meal at top prices and don't mind being treated in an unprofessional way.
Posted by Debbie and Rick on 06/12/2004
We were looking for a great steak. Boy, did we ever find it. The atmosphere was old New York, older waiters, the room was upstairs, as if in someone's dining room and the servers were back frequently to fill our glasses. The creamed spinach was The Best. When our steaks arrived they were carefully cut by our waiter and then the feast began. Have tried many steakhouses in Manhattan, but this is our favorite.
Posted by D-Van on 03/23/2004
Four of us walked in without reservations on a Tuesday night and were seated immediately. We sat upstairs in a very crowded setting. It took an extra long time for our first and second round of drinks to arrive. Two of us ordered the bone-in ribeye, one had the fillet, and one had the chops. We ordered our ribeye medium rare and blackened "Pittsburgh" style. It was the best steak either of us ever had. It was cooked to perfection and the flavor was unbelievable. I felt sorry for the rookie who ordered the chops. When at a steakhouse order a steak!!!
Posted by Greg M on 02/12/2004
Finally got to stop at Frankie & Johnnie's tonight. Walked in after 8pm and got a table without a reservation. Front is setup with approx 20 tables and a very attentive staff. Ordered the caesar salad, rib eye and creamed spinach. My friend ordered the T-Bone and hash brown potatoes. Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection. Steaks were a good size, though the ribeye was a little fattier than I like. Finished the meal with a nice cup of coffee. Overall a very nice time! I'm going back tomorrow with a couple of ladies... think I'll try the veal chop! :)
Posted by Joe Cardozo on 01/07/2004
I have been to F&J's many times over the years and the food is always excellent! The service is wonderful as is the wine list. Peter(the owner) pays close attention to his valued customers and new comers alike. This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. I always look forward to having dinner and F&J's. It's really a treat. The old "speakeasy" atmosphere only adds to the over all experience. The small bar is great for a before dinner drink or after dinner cordial. You have to experience this place to really know how good it is. I have seen many B'dway celebs here over the years!! To Peter and all the staff keep up the good work!