Stay away from here if you value your hearing or if you're over 30. We have had excellent meals at Frank's, and decided to try Lil' Frankie's for its pizza. The pizza is flavorful - good crust with interesting toppings - lots of anchovy and olive combinations; tiramisu was good, light rather than dense, if you like it that way - but there's no chance for a pleasant dinner given the tiny, tiny tables and truly punishing music played at an astounding volume. Whoever picks it out favors the type of horn solos where the artist blasts the same note over and over for 10 minutes, makes you think the piece is finally ending, and then goes and does it again. I never realized there were so many tunes of this sort, but there are, and they're all at Lil' Frankie's. My husband said when we left - " I feel as if I've been in a fight."
This is definitely a restaurant for college kids, who jammed the place. It should get the economy of space award for Manhattan. This was a Saturday night, but the hostess indicated that they get a crowd on other nights too, so pick your times to get the experience you want.
21 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003