Polpette, or meatballs, is owned by the eponymous Nikki meatballs, who you will recognize as the tan, fit gentleman with gray hair usually by the front with a quick smile. While there was another location 10 blocks north that closed, the one on 71st endures.
There is a charming backyard with plant covered lattices in the back, but the front also offers a pleasant, cozy area to eat. The food is very good and, in particular, the papardelle with mushrooms, ravioli with spinach and vodka sauce. This is a classic red sauce joint and intended for hearty eaters.
We recommend going here with family or friends, bringing a good appetite and knowing that while not cheap, it won’t break the bank.