Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse Has A New Home

Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse Has A New Home

No matter where you live, if you have an affinity for succulent steaks, chops and the like, chances are you have a favorite steak house. And, if you’re a New Yorker or a frequent Big Apple visitor, chances are you have a few prized places. If Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse tops the list, you’ve probably noticed the vacant space at 269 W. 45th St.—the address Frankie & Johnnie’s called home sweet home since 1926, when two waiters from Philly (named Frankie and Johnnie, naturally) opened up a Prohibition-era speakeasy in the spot. If you want to satisfy carnivorous cravings at the venerable Midtown institution, fear not. Frankie & Johnnie’s has a brand-spanking-new location just up the street at 320 W. 46th St. on Restaurant Row.

The Space
Housed in the former B. Smith’s lot, the bi-level, 140-seater boasts ample space—giving visitors plenty of room to spread out in comfy Oxford leather banquettes, at the spacious mahogany bar and at tables draped in crisp, white linens—plus sleek design accents, including dark wood furnishings and industrial brushed metallic light fixtures. As a nod to its Theater District location, the eatery is teeming with framed vintage Broadway show posters, as well as pics of happy patrons from the old outpost.  

The Food
I’d never been to the W. 45th Street spot, so I was super psyched to dine at the restaurant yesterday. While old-school classics (think “Dancing Cheek to Cheek” and Jimmy Durante’s “The Glory of Love”) emanated from the sound system, I sampled several selections from the restaurant’s menu, including a flavorful bowl of heaven in the form of golden corn bisque, plus melt-in-your-mouth sirloin, ribeye and filet mignon. Of course, meat and potatoes go together like peanut butter and jelly, so I paired the protein treats with plenty of crave-inducing carbs, including cottage fried potatoes and potato pancakes—the latter of which are the best in the city, in my opinion. Another standout side was the creamed spinach. A few new starters and a catch of the day offering will be added to the menu next week. If you’re in the area to see a show, the restaurant has a wallet-friendly theatre menu for $55 per person from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

If you find yourself hankering for Frankie & Johnnie’s, take a deep breath, your fave steak house is still around, and you’ll love its new Restaurant Row digs. The W. 37th St. and Rye locations aren’t too shabby either.  

 

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