Serendipitous Event: BF and I were headed down Clinton Street to visit another eatery, when we spied Frankies Spuntino from the cab. We locked eyes and lamented it was such a shame it was our last day in the city and we wouldn’t have a chance to check out the little bistro with cool graphics and menuboard (we are suckers for a great logo). Upon arriving at abovementioned rival establishment, we were underwhelmed by the ambiance, so we backtracked to Frankies.
We were pleasantly surprised with only a 10 minute wait at 11AM on a Sunday, during which we chose to sample their mocha latte and cappuccino made with Stumptown Coffee beans. Both were strong, smooth, and very satisfying.
We were quickly escorted to our table in under the proposed 10 minutes and dove into the menu carefully planning our selections. (We love to share and strove to achieve the right balance of savory –vs- sweet ).
French Toast (utilizing Thick Cut Grandaisy Filone Bread) & Canadian Maple Syrup (Note: BF is a stickler. We’re only allowed Maple Syrup if it’s real, which this absolutely was!) Served with Fresh Seasonal Fruit.
Avocado, Green Apple, Field Green Sandwich on whole grain bread with spicy mayo and a generous amount of cheese. (The menu item contains onion too, but we opted out of it.)
2 Crostinis: Cremini Mushroom & Truffle Oil and Ricotta with Local Honey & Black Pepper
Oh. My. Goodness!
This was literally the best brunch either of us had ever eaten. EVER! The French toast was crusted to perfection with light battering over the artisanal bread. It had a satisfying crunch when cut and was pure heaven when dipped into the real maple syrup.
The sandwich, whose name I have forgotten in my post-food-coma, was a homerun as well. It included a generous amount of fresh avocado and tart green apples, balanced with a spicy mayonnaise. Presented between two soft slices of another artisanal bread, this one featuring oats on top, with field greens and several slices of mild cheese. The combination may sound slightly daring, but it was a phenomenal mouthful.
The crostinis were also delightful. Both were presented on crispy slices of French bread topped with oil and then mounded on top with their main contents. The Cremini Mushroom & Truffle Oil was a savory success, while the Ricotta & Honey was a sweet temptation. We spooned a tad bit of the ricotta onto a bite of the French Toast to create “the most perfect bite ever” and were not disappointed.
At the end of the meal BF left a note advising that we will be back whenever we visit the city, and we most certainly will!
The service was as fantastic as the food. The wait staff is very polite and helpful and the kitchen staff extremely speedy.
Visit for yourself at:
570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014