When the Bryant Park Whole Foods opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, Manhattan will get its first Frankies Spuntino in a grocery store, from Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, partners in the group of Italian restaurants that includes Prime Meats and Frankies 457.
The duo has build a relationship with the chain since 2006, when Whole Foods first started selling its olive oil. Here’s a rundown of what customers can expect from Frankies and beyond:
- The Frankies menu offers some dishes familiar to fans, like the Sicilian salad, or a meat and cheese lasagna, as well as a combination option that’s $15 for a main and two salads. Baked pastas are planned, too.
- Kano by Genji Sushi allows diners to order sushi omakase, as well as sushi at various price points.
- On the second floor, there’s Harbor Bar, selling crab claws, charred octopus, and smoked salmon trio from superchef Daniel Boulud, who consulted. The raw bar offers 24 beers on tap as well as wine and cocktails.
- Nearby, there’s a quick-serve station with digital ordering, offering pastrami sandwiches, Indian-inspired bowls, and Nashville-style hot chicken.
- Look for a Detroit-style square pie stand, as well as a a tahini kiosk, where it’s ground on site at Seed + Mill.
- Towards the entrance is what the store is calling a “news agency” that opens daily at 6:30 a.m., with coffee from Allegro, a juice bar as well as pastries, breads, and cereals.
- On the ground level, there’s a produce butcher, where shoppers can take any produce item item to be minced, sliced, and diced.