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The original and flagship Frankie & Johnnie’s, at 269 West 45th Street, in the heart of the Theater District, has been a celebrated New York fixture for over 75 years, having opened in 1926 as a speakeasy. Legend has it, to gain access to the original speakeasy; patrons knocked on the unmarked door and used the password “FRANKIE” when a small peephole was opened. If it was business as usual, a confirmation reply of “JOHNNIE” was heard and admittance was gained. Hence, the Frankie & Johnnie moniker, which became synonymous with good food and drink in a convivial, unpretentious, setting. Since its inception, the steakhouse became a favorite haunt of the stars of stage and screen whose pictures bearing autographed odes to the restaurant are its principal decoration. The original Frankie & Johnnie’s serves as a prototype for its three offspring - Hoboken, NJ, Rye, NY and most recently West 37th in Manhattan.
The West 37th location is situated in John Drew Barrymore’s former townhouse. The main dining room, located on the second floor, was Mr. Barrymore’s study, complete with his original fireplace, dark wood walls and stained glass ceiling panels. Modern upgrades include a brand new state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar in the heart of the main dining room. The first floor offers the same warmth as upstairs but with casual dining booths and a dark wood bar three quarters the length of the room.
In traditional Frankie & Johnnie’s style, the menu includes the quintessential steakhouse fare of steaks, chops and seafood, distinguished by the house hallmark – prime cuts of USDA dry aged beef. Each steak is seasoned with a secret blend of herbs and spices before it hits the grill and served with Frankie & Johnnie’s own bottled steak sauce. Pasta dishes and sides like creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes are also on the menu. A consistently updated wine list offers a large range of selections to compliment any dish. Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse also offers complementary limousine service to diners within the Midtown area and the Theatre District. This service allows Midtown-area residents, theatergoers and tourists to easily go to and from dinner at the restaurant.
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