Hg2 : The Hedonist

Lil’ Frankie’s

While dining out in New York’s East Village dining scene has gone remarkably upscale in recent years, it’s nice to know that there are still spots that deliver on food yet remember the neighborhood’s history. A glassed-off radio station (broadcasting to East Village Radio; eastvillageradio.com) greets incoming diners, who gather (on weekend evenings in droves) to blow off steam with the scruffy boys and tough, sexy ladies who tend the tables, door, and bar. Within three rooms, each with a distinct character – one a brick taverna, the next a 1950s-style shoebox where the custom hearth resides, and the third a candlelit backroom adjoining a sliver of a garden patio – a casual, cool crowd delights at the stupendous Lil’ Frankie’s salad, the tender gnocchi and generous lasagna, the baked spinach with molten fontina, and thin-crusted pizzas artfully piled with fresh mozzarella chunks, and fine specialty toppings (the prosciutto-arugula, spicy salami, and the ortolana with zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms are all beyond). Pair it all with Peroni from the tap or any of the respectable Italian reds served in juice glasses, and your night is complete.

19 First Avenue (E 1st St),
East Village
+1 212 420 4900
Opening Times
daily, 4pm (noon Fri, 10.30am Sat/Sun)-2am (4am Fri/Sat)
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