Two new restaurants that we’ve been talking about for months have finally opened, and they’re already drawing crowds.
Polpette, which we had thought was going to be called Nicky Meatballs, just opened at 483 Amsterdam Avenue (84th) in the former home of Good Enough to Eat. Don’t worry, there are meatballs are on the menu, including an appetizer described as “Stolen three meatballs snatched fresh from the frying pan crispy outside and deliciously moist inside.” There are also “Brooklyn Hero” sandwiches for $12, slider for $10 and lots of pasta. A half portion of pasta is $11 and a full portion is $16. The full menu is here.
Tessa, the high-end Mediterranean spot in the former home of Time Out bar on 77th street and Amsterdam, opened last week. Peeking in a couple of days ago, it was clear that the word has gotten out. The whole place was packed, and the wraparound bar was bustling with a well-dressed crowd. The ceiling is decorated with security gates. That’s one way to keep out the riffraff!
The dining room seats 75, and the menu features octopus, clams, pork belly and pork cheeks, among other delicacies. Entrees are in the mid-to-high-$20 range. We’ve posted the dinner menu below and you can access the PDF here. Oh, and here’s the dessert menu.
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