Eat and Drink NYC's best meatballs By Meredith Deliso and Georgia Kral Updated March 9, 2016 10:39 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email It's the meatball's time to shine. From classic fare to Asian takes on the Italian staple, here are some of the best NYC meatballs to try. Meatballs with pine nuts and raisins from Frankie's Spuntino Photo Credit: Frankies Spuntino This Italian Brooklyn spot is known for its meatballs. A favorite dish among patrons, they come three to a plate and are served with pine nuts and raisins for an unexpected yet delicious combo. $14, 457 Court St., Carroll Gardens, 718-403-0033, frankiesspuntino.com. Greek-style meatballs from Kefi Photo Credit: Daniel Krieger "Kefi" is a Greek concept that refers to the bliss that accompanies bacchanalia. So that should tell you something about the restaurant's food. Chef Michael Psilakis's acclaimed tsoutsoukakia, or meatballs, are a triple threat comprised of pork, lamb and beef and are topped with roasted garlic, olives and tomato. $11.25, kefirestaurant.com. Breakfast meatballs from The Fourth Photo Credit: The Fourth Don't wait until dinner for your meatball fix. At The Fourth, you can get order them for breakfast or brunch. The restaurant's fennel-sage chicken meatballs top creamy grits and a tomato fondue and are served with an araucana poached egg. It'll warm you right up. $16, 134 Fourth Ave., 212-432-1324, thefourthny.com. All kinds of balls from The Meatball Shop Photo Credit: The Meatball Shop If you like meatballs at all, head to one of The Meatball Shop locations. They have lots of types, from beef to spicy pork to chicken to veggie. We are partial to the spicy pork, but they're all tasty, and the price is right. Also TMS promises flexibility, which is always nice. Pick your balls and pick your sauce! $9, various locations, themeatballshop.com. The Kobe Meatball from Lavo Photo Credit: Melissa Hom If you like your meatballs made with some quality stock, head to LAVO. The Italian restaurant's version is made from fresh-ground A-5 Kobe beef. Did we also mention that it's massive? Pair it with your choice of sausage ragu, whipped fresh ricotta or garlic crostini. $25, 39 E. 58th St., 212-750-5588, lavony.com. Wood-oven meatballs from Sotto 13 Photo Credit: Sotto 13 There are meatballs, and then there are wood oven-fired meatballs. At Sotto 13, order a plate of the veal-beef-pork ricotta meatballs, which are baked in the restaurant's wood-burning oven and served with pomodoro sauce, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Share Italian-style, or, who are we kidding, enjoy all by yourself. $11, 140 W. 13th St., 212-647-1001, sotto13.com. Meatballs in green sauce from La Vie en Szechuan Photo Credit: Georgia Kral The meatballs with green vegetable soup are so soft, they could melt in your mouth, if only they were a bit smaller in size! Served with bok choy and in a sea of green sauce that's vegetal and aromatic, these meatballs are completely unlike any you've had before. $18.95, 14 E. 33rd St., (646) 927-0482, La Vie en Szechuan. Hoisin meatball sandwich from Num Pang Photo Credit: Num Pang Sandwich Shop Num Pang has made a name for itself as the place to turn to for elevated ingredients and out-of-the-box combinations, all within the familiar Banh Mi mold. The hoisin meatballs with jasmine rice, basil and stewed tomatoes have a flavor profile that the masses will love, while still being inventive. $8.95, various locations, numpangnyc.com. Classic meatballs from Carmine's Photo Credit: Carmine's Sometimes you just want a comforting plate of spaghetti and meatballs. For that, head to Carmine's, where the iconic dish is made with ground beef and veal, fresh herbs and Romano cheese. They come six to a plate, so be prepared to share. $19.95, 200 W. 44th St., (917) 924-1362; $18.95, 2450 Broadway, (929) 202-8560, carminesnyc.com. Mario's meatballs from Parm Photo Credit: Lauren Eden If you think your mom makes the best traditional meatballs, think again. "Mario's recipe" for meatballs at Parm transcends what can often be considered a classic Italian dish. Have them as an appetizer or on a meatball parm sandwich (pictured on the right). Either way, you will not regret it. $15, 235 Columbus Ave., 212-776-4921 and 248 Mulberry St., 212-993-7189, parmnyc.com By Meredith Deliso and Georgia Kral Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.