Lil Frankie’s

Pizza / Pasta / Italian

East Village


Get directions | 19 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003


Hours | Sunday 10:30am-, Monday 4pm-, Tuesday 4pm-, Wednesday 4pm-, Thursday 4pm-, Friday 12pm-, Saturday 10:30am-


A while back, we invented a game. This game is called ‘Can Lil Frankie’s Fix Your Dining Dilemma?’ The best thing about this game is that you almost always win.
Lil Frankie’s is not a restaurant you’ll see on a lot of ‘best of’ lists on sites other than this one. But it is possibly the restaurant we recommend wholeheartedly most often – be it for a big, loud birthday or a quiet dinner for two. Pretty much whatever your situation, Lil Frankie’s pulls through.
Someone’s vegetarian? No problem. Someone’s just a generally picky eater? All good. Someone doesn’t want to spend much? Fine. It’s a big group and you want to make a reservation but you don’t want to put down a credit card because the number in your group may change, and putting down a credit card just generally seems annoying? It’s handled. Have to plan your friend’s birthday two days in advance? Shouldn’t be an issue. Brunch? Yes. Open until 2am? Yes. Need to impress some out of towners with a ‘great neighborhood spot’? It’ll do. Just feeling a little sh*tty about your week so far and want to fill your body with carbs and wine? Go to Lil Frankie’s. Are you tired of reading this yet? That’s the point. In an almost unbelievable number of situations, Lil Frankie’s has your back. And the more we realized that, the more we realized that the rating on this classic deserved a few more decimal points.




Ricotta di Bufala
Asparagus Parmigiana
Kale Caesar Salad
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Beef Carpaccio
Steamed Mussels
Cacio e Pepe
La Pala
Handmade Ravioli del Monte
Handmade Spinach Gnocchi Pomodoro
Rigatoni Siciliana al Forno
Tagliatelle Bolognese
Eggplant alla Parmigiana
Seared Salmon
Tagliata Toscana