Francine Stephens

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    April 8, 2014

    Trailblazer 2.0: Danny Amend Pushes Marco's as He Did Franny's

    You can thank Franny's for the proliferation of the Brooklyn-themed restaurant over the last decade: The Prospect Heights pizzeria was one of the first to espouse a farm-to-table ethos in the borough, and it drew legions of fans from across the city as a result.

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    December 19, 2013

    The 20 Best New Restaurants in NYC, 2013 Edition

    Restaurants open at a breakneck pace here in New York City, and they trot out food from just about every corner of our planet (and sometimes many corners of our planet on one menu). In the last 12 months, we've seen a spate of Isaan spots, a Laotian joint, mash-ups of Jewish and Japanese cuisines an ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Franny's Crew Rolls Out Lunch, Sets Date for Marco's Opening

    Two months after Franny's owners Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg drew back the curtain on the new location of their 10-year-old pizzeria, the restaurant is as busy as ever, the larger space filling to capacity most nights of the week. And that's why, Stephens says, the pair wanted to relocate ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    What's in a Restaurant Name?

    It seems like restaurant names are getting more and more bizarre. Cowgirl Seahorse? Dirt Candy? At Vermillion? Maybe all the good names are already taken, and we're entering an era of monikers like Furry Flowers and Upside-Down Blue. Restaurants named after people, especially the proprietor, are a ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    At Bklyn Larder, Balancing Budgets in the New Post-Gourmet Economy

    Max Shrem/SlashfoodDuring the boom years, opening a gourmet food store seemed as safe a bet as opening a Sbarro in Midtown. A $12 bag of Martelli pasta? No problem. $40 for a pound of aged comte? Make it two. If money flowed freely, it found particularly smooth sailing down the tributaries of gentri ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    The Early Word--Bklyn Larder

    Rapini and ricotta sandwich Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens, the owners of the cultish pizza place Franny's, have opened a new specialty foods and sandwich shop, Bklyn Larder. I stopped in yesterday, on opening day. The shelves are stocked with a rather twee selection of goods--sherry vine ... More >>