Went to Frankies last week during the shoulder recovery (had to suck it up and take the gf out to a close by place to thank her for her wonderful care!) Wanting to go to a place close by we decided on trying the new Itallian place on Clinton - Frankies. Originally I thought it was part of Frank's empire (Supper, Lil Frankies, Franks etc) but it's not apparently this guy owns Frankies on Clinton and a Frankies in Williamsburg.
The host was very attentive and nice. I walked in wearing my sling and the host understood immediatley why we couldn't sit at the available table. He allowed us to wait at the bar (drinking only water) until one of the tables along the wall opened up while having a nice conversation with us even though the restaurant was fairly crowded. The waitress was knowledgable and friendly.
We started with a cheese plate (Pecorino Romano, Pepato, Castlerosso, Mountain Gorgonzola and Amaltella) and then I had the homemade Cavatelli with hot sausage and the gf had a paperdelli with lamb or pork ragu (can't remember which).
Although the ambiance was great and the place was fun, the food was average at best. The Cavatelli was slightly firm so I liked the texture and the sausage was very good but the dish just didn't pull together fantastically well. The gf's dish was ok, i've had much better ragu at many of the lower east side/ east village itallian joints. Both dishes were simple but for the price I would have expected a little more taste. The cheese was good but no where close to the quality of otto's cheeses.
With the cheese, food, a coffee, tea and dessert the bill came to about $80 (we didn't have wine). Everything was fresh but for the price I would have expected more, Frankies certaintly doesn't supplant Max or Franks but does have a charming atmosphere.