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Friday, January 6, 2017

Frankie and Johnnie's Steakhouse Est. 1926 Holiday 2016-17 Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

Peter tells us the Shrimp Scampi is also Kathie Lee Gifford's favorite!
Peachy Deegan and Owner Peter Chimos:

"Even better than the movie, especially since we came first, Frankie and Johnnie's is a classic New York steakhouse that is popular with not only visitors to the theater but also the actors themselves.  Kathie Lee loves our shrimp scampi, and Michael Douglas and Tom Selleck love our steak.  When choosing a steakhouse, you could opt for a large corporate atmosphere but our guests believe our personal touch and classy sophistication over our three boutique locations supercedes that kind of success." -Owner Peter Chimos

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One of the best things to happen recently was that we finally met Peter Chimos, owner of Frankie and Johnnie's!
Frankie and Johnnie's was first featured in 2012:
and this is our second visit.
Since January 2016, Frankie and Johnnie's has been located at 320 West 46th Street between 8th and 9th avenues (where B. Smith's used to be...) and it first opened in 1926.
Originally, Frank from Pennsylvania and Johnnie from New York started this as a speakeasy with food and it was known for that from the 1920's to the 1970's.  In the 1970's it became a steakhouse, and Peter Chimos started here in 1977 as a waiter.  In 1985, Peter bought Frankie and Johnnie's with Van Panopoulos, his brother-in-law and together they are the owners today.  Frankie and Johnnie's is highly popular with theater-goers and it should also be popular with you!  Its phenomenal classic cuisine is absolutely delicious and we began with the Frankie and Johnnie's Classic Salad, above.  They thoughtfully put the dressing on the side and the iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers, mushrooms and pimentos teamed up for some fantastic nutrition.  It's the perfect chopped salad and it was exactly what we had hoped for.

Oh how we love shrimp, especially when it is scampi!
Peter tells us that this is Kathie Lee Gifford's favorite, and once you taste it too, you'll see why.  Dancing a waltz in house garlic butter, this decadent starter is sublime in flavor, texture and freshness.

Crabmeat is one of our favorite things on earth, and Frankie and Johnnie make an outrageously divine Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Cocktail.  To the superbly generous lumps of quality crab to the cocktail sauce with the right amount of jazz, this appetizer is a winner also.

It goes without saying that their wine selection is standout, and it is essential for a steakhouse to have a superlative wine list.  Frankie and Johnnie's sources their steak from two-three purveyors, and we tried the Petite Filet Mignon, 8 ounces.

It arrived perfectly medium, and the juiciness was off-the-charts amazing so Michael Douglas and Tom Selleck, we'd agree with you.  This bastion of old-school excellence is detail and quality-oriented right down to their signature steak knives:

You'd be remiss to not include the sides, especially when they are as delicious as the Au Gratin Potatoes which are oh-so-wonderful:

They did not live a long life, but did live happily ever after in Peachy's stomach.  The Fresh Asparagus were crisp and accentuated with brilliant garlic, which we absolutely adore:
We've never seen or tasted such a triumphant garlic accent!
And, if you are in more of an Italian-American mood, we would highly encourage their compelling Chicken Parmesean:
Arriving in a generous portion, this spectacular sensation of Chicken Parm is happily properly smothered in mozzarella and heavenly tomato sauce.  The only thing we do not like is that it took us four whole years to return and we hope you never make that mistake and we plan to not make it again.

Frankie and Johnnie's continues to be Highly Recommended.

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