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Posted by Memere on 04/01/2014
I've been going to Frankie's since it opened as Frankie's Spuntino, 457. I've been to a wedding reception in the small cantina in back as well as a rehearsal dinner in the cantina. There is a specific family style menu for these occasions, but they did do a kosher style meal for the bride's father. I had never had a meatball w/raisins in them, first time, don't know if I'm crazy about the raisins but the rest of the dinner was great. I prefer to go on a weeknight when they aren't swarmed. Love Frankie's.
Posted by NR on 10/12/2012
We go here often, and love this place. Awesome food that is always fresh and great atmosphere. The garden is awesome when it's nice out. Have been there for Dinner, Lunch and Brunch and it is always consist(ly awesome).
Posted by Jeff H. on 09/04/2012
Frankies 457 has such potential! It has a warm interior, a lovely garden, and yummy food, but the service is poor. Actually, I should say it's inconsistent, and usually subpar. I've been there six times and really enjoyed the food five times. The service was poor four, okay for one, and actually pretty good once. Come on, people! You've got the potential to become an excellent restaurant.
Posted by DPinNY on 03/28/2012
Nice place. Food was average to good. We were a party of 4 on a Monday lunchtime. We all found the service - at least our waiter - less than impressive. While superficially efficient, he managed to exude a sense that waiting and / or our party were beneath him. In fact it was a little creepy.
Posted by Ike on 01/29/2012
Everyone is exetremely nice and the food is great. Go for the gnocchi and you won't be disappointed.
Posted by Brian O. on 01/23/2010
Have you ever experienced a moment, a trip, a date, in short a period in time where everything is just right. Everything seems to be firing on all cylinders and it could not be more perfect? Frankies 457 is one such example. Ever since I set foot in it for the first time, I keep coming back and coming back for more. The moment you enter, you are greeted by a long, dark wood bar, a few tables at the front of the restaurant affording diners a view through their large, old-style, storefront window of everyone walking past. You walk past the bar/open kitchen and are seated in a small intimate dining room warmly illuminated by antique-looking light bulbs reminiscent of the old speakeasies. If you rather eat al fresco and weather permits it, you can also ask to be seated in their garden area. The food on their menu is Italian. The dishes are simple, yet extremely satisfying and bursting with flavor. I suggest starting with the lentil and smoked bacon soup. It is rich in flavor and smoky goodness. Follow the soup with their cavatelli with faiccos hot sausage & browned sage butter. One biteful and you are hooked. The sweet sausage, roasted red peppers & onions over pine nut polenta or the pork braciola marinara are guaranteed to please the most discernible diner. Their marinara is superb. So you say the ambiance is inviting and the food is wonderful. What about the service? Well, Frankie's does not disappoint when it comes to service. From the waitstaff, to the bartenders. to the hosts and owners, you will rarely encounter such friendly, efficient and attentive service. Are their any drawbacks to this little Italian oasis in Brooklyn? Unfortunately, there are. For one, a consistent take out or delivery policy would be fantastic. Depending on the time of day, whether they are slammed or not, and perhaps on the chef's mood, you may or may not be able to place an order for take out or delivery. You can call and they confirm they are offering take out. You call back 20 minutes later ... and you are out of luck. My advise, whether you live in Brooklyn or in Manhattan, get you fanny down to Frankies 457 and enjoy some of the best Italian food in an intimate, casual setting.
Posted by anonymous on 12/14/2009
A triumph. Exquisite food that doesn't require a mortgage, Frankies 457 puts the focus on the plate, then works outward. The result is exceptional tasting fare in a rich, rustic setting. Sure, it's cramped, but also transporting.