Saturday, April 28, 2012

Frankies Who? A Review of Francesca

Just kidding! I'll love you forever, Frankies 17!
When I first found out they were turning my all time favorite restaurant, Frankies 17, into the Spanish tapas restaurant Francesca, I was devastated! STUNNED! It took me months to deal with the pain. I even tried to use humor as a coping mechanism, by announcing on April Fool's Day to my all facebook friends that they were "turning the West Village Frankies into a French restaurant called Francois, and the Brooklyn Frankies into a pierogi palace (yes! I actually said "pierogi palace"!) called Franciszek". Unfortunately that didn't help me move on from the loss of Frankies 17, and people were so upset, I almost lost some friends over it.

Finally, acceptance turned into curiosity: Could Francesca be as amazing as Frankies 17? Was there any tapas dish in the world that could replace Frankies' gnocchi? Well I am happy to report that the answer is YES! Last night I went to Francesca with my friend Jessica (the person that first took me to Frankies 17 back in 2006!) and her husband Jeff....and let me tell you, it was AMAZING! Glorious actually! Pretty much everything is the same (same awesome waitstaff, almost the same decor except for high tables in the first room), except the food is something new and refreshing and scrumptious!

What we ordered:
-The Dry-aged Beef Tartare served with cauliflower cream: Served with perfectly toasted bread, this dish made us shake our heads in disbelief that anything could be so good.
-Egg Salad with Boqueron: at this stage in my life, I'd like to think I can make a mean egg salad. But this one was even more flavorful!
-White And Green Asparagus with migas (fried bread), aioli, sherry vinaigrette: so fresh and delicious!
-Creamy Fideua With Idiazabal: kind of like a delicate mac and cheese. Yummy, but seemed to be lacking something.
-Our dessert was a special, and involved warm chocolate on bread with salt. Need I say more?
Drinks were great too!

Take a look at the pics on Serious Eats. If this doesn't convince you to run to the restaurant now, I don't know what will! Don't tell anyone though! The more people that know about this, the longer it will take for me to get a table.

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