This institution began as a simple storefront eatery in 1969. These days, Frankie & Johnnie’s Tavern (as it is lovingly referred to) covers an entire city block, with a catering hall to boot. Locals, celebrities, Yankees and their fans love to roll in and pull up their sleeves in this large dining room, with a welcoming bar, pizza oven, back garden and brass tags listing luminaries like “Rocco the Jeweler.” The Bastone family has been critical to the Bronx food scene for over 50 years now, and it shows through cooking that is as solid as it gets. No one is reinventing the wheel, but gargantuan portions of beloved Italian-American classics like stuffed pork chops, delicious pizzette, tender stuffed artichokes and fresh seafood pastas more than hit the spot.
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