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Open for Business: Franny's 2.0, 348 Flatbush Avenue

It was back in September of 2011 when Michael Pintchik, the landlord who owns lots of property on Flatbush Avenue between Fifth and Grand Army Plaza, told me that he'd lined up a new tenant for the space last occupied by Blockbuster, at 348 Flatbush Avenue, and that it would be "a great restaurant. Something everyone's familiar with, and that everyone will love." A few months later, word got around that Franny's would be moving into the space, and last night at 5:30 it officially opened for business.

It was already crowded with half-hour waits for parties of 2 by 7 PM, but those waiting now have a bar area to wait in that seats about 12 and stands about 15 more. There are two main seating areas, one taking up the entire western half of the restaurant that seats about 26, and one tucked past the bar, next to the open kitchen, that seems smaller but seats about the same amount of people. There's also a downstairs room for private parties and groups.

The front room

It's an attractive space, dominated by blonde wood (and logs dividing the two rooms), white tile on the walls, and patterned tiles on the floor, behind the bar, and around the ovens. The exposed kitchen is the focal point of the back of the restaurant, along with its two massive wood-burning ovens. The front dining room appears to be the obvious choice for where to hope you get seated, as the back room was more cramped, was quite hot on account of the ovens, and it also appeared to be where they seated all the parties with children (though that may have just been a coincidence).

The back room

The menu itself is the same as it's been, changing frequently according to what's in season, and the pizza wasn't noticeably different from what we've come to expect. The quality of the service was also what we've come to expect, and all signs point toward this being a very smooth transition. Lunch is coming soon, and Marco's, a Southern Italian restaurant from Franny's owners Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens, should be opening in the old space this fall.

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This beats Indian and JBob's bookstore any day of the week... ! ;-)

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

Franny's is good, but are hugely overrated. That and the cheapest glass of wine is $12. At a pizza place.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarcovee

Agree with Marcovee-Frannys is good but theres way too many good pizza places in Brooklyn alone to deal with the crowds and prices.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

HPS record: haters comments appeared 8 minutes and 34 seconds after article appeared.

Franny's clam pie is the best clam pie outside of New Haven.

Have a beer instead of an expensive glass of wine.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEschew obfuscation

Agree with Eschew. Franny's is one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. A meal there never dissapoints. I think their pizza stacks up just fine to Motorino and Roberta's, plus it is in my neighborhood.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterReal Parksloper

In my opinion, it's one of the top 3 pizzas in NYC. And the side dishes and pastas and cocktails are wonderful.

The crowds (given the price point) would seem to indicate a level of excellence that people enjoy.

The clam pie is indeed the best there is in the city. Very happy to see they are going to be starting lunch service.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersterling

I also love how they completely resurrected this space from its former home of a Blockbuster. Not only that, but they even restored that great old metal awning.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersterling

I really want to love their clam pie, but I always find it way too salty. Still love Franny's though

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Not sure why my other comment didn't show up, but Franny's is indeed one of the top 3 pizzas in the city for me. The sides and pastas and cocktails are first rate. No better clam pie in the city for sure. We are lucky to have them as a part of the community. Their BKLYN Larder is also terrific. One of the better fine foods stores in the city.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersterling

@sterling-ridiculous theres no question Frannys is great but just in Brooklyn alone Di Faras, Robertas, Paulie Gees, Lucalis, GIuseppinas, Motorino (when it reopens),Forcella and Totonnos are just as good as Frannys (not to mention the not quite as good places like Brooklyn Central , L&B etc. Point is theres way too many good choices to suffer Frannys prices/waits.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

I'm sorry, I don't think most of those places are better than Franny's. Nothing ridiculous about it. Di Fara is hype, the pizzas are burnt and you stand outside for 20 minutes waiting for a slice. Robertas I agree is good, Lucali and Giuseppina's I agree are good. The rest are okay. Not a fan of Motorino or L&b. Paulie Gee's is good too. I still prefer Franny's to nearly all of them because it's not just the pizza. Their homemade pastas are delicious and unlike most Brooklyn restaurants, Franny's has exceptional service.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersterling

The wait (combined with the price points) would seem to indicate Franny's success. If only Giuseppina's could figure out how to garner themselves a little press, that place is deserted even on weekends.

Franny's is a full service restaurant that happens to serve pizza. Some of the places you mention have only pizza, primarily pizza or are slice joints. Franny's routinely ends up on national "best pizza" lists. The only other one to do so is Lucali. Motorino used to be good, but now it's just okay.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersterling

@Sterling who goes to DIfaras for slices, theyre almost never available, you go for the pies,. I did not say most places were better than Frannys I said they were comprable (at least in terms of taste) but far easier and cheaper to access.

Look despite their prices Id still go to Frannys more often if it wasnt such a pain to get into (especialy for parties large than 2). Theres way to much good pizza to not spread the love around

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Franny's now accepts reservations for parties of 8 or more. The place seats 100 (as opposed to 32 in the former space) so getting a table may be significantly easier now. They are also doing take out, lunch and delivery soon.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersterling

Frannies has a wonderful cabbage soup.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdave

Do they no longer have an outdoor area? If so how many seats did they really gain (in warmer months)
BTW - Franny's is great and the pasta is equal too or better than the pizza

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrklynmind

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