The Meatball Shop

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Lower East Side
The build-your-own-meal approach prompts tots to make crucial decisions: beef, spicy pork or veggie? Tomato or Parmesan cream? Slider or hero? But when it comes to the house-made ice cream sandwich, yes is the only possible answer.
Venue name: The Meatball Shop
Address: 84 Stanton St
New York

Cross street: between Allen and Orchard Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun noon–2am; Thu–Sat noon–4am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average dish $9. AmEx, MC, V
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Tazi Phillips

With the restaurant‘s slogan “We Make Balls,” it’s hard not to snicker when patronizing this restaurant. At their flagship shop on Stanton Street, lines are often out the door for a menu that ranges from naked balls (my personal favorite) to the meatball smash. Choose the daily special or balls made from beef, spicy pork, chicken or vegetables, and match with a sauce like parmesan cream, mushroom gravy, spicy meat sauce, pesto or classic tomato. Ready to go the whole nine yards? Check off ‘family jewels’ to have your balls topped with a fried egg (I highly recommend!). 

Cheap eats, cheap booze and food sourced from local farms? Yes, it does exist. Bonus: soak up the sun in their (limited) outside seating area during the warm spring and summer months.