The Meatball Shop

Restaurants , Italian West Village
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The Meatball Shop
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Meatballs at the Meatball Shop
Meatball maestros Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman dominate Gotham's saucy-Italian-orb scene with five locations—Lower East Side, West Village, Williamsburg, Chelsea and the Upper East Side—and Food & Drink Award–winning fare. At any location, you can choose from the same mix-and-match menu of meatballs (spicy pork, beef, veggie), sauces (tomato, mushroom gravy) and sides (polenta, white beans). Everything—including the daily market specials and artisanal ice-cream sandwiches—is made with superlative ingredients, like Creekstone Farms beef. All of the venues are decked out with communal wood tables, but the Williamsburg, Chelsea and Upper East Side offshoots are also equipped with fully stocked bars. The cocktail program at each boasts a “whiskey grid,” with a choice of one of three bases (Rittenhouse Bonded Rye, Beam Black Bourbon and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee) to spike an old-fashioned, Manhattan, Sazerac or whiskey sour, as well as boozy root-beer floats, hot buttered rums, alcoholic punches and Jell-O shots.
Venue name: The Meatball Shop
Address: 64 Greenwich Ave
New York
Cross street: between Seventh Ave South and Perry St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun noon–2am; Thu–Sat noon–4am
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St; F, M, 1, 2, 3 to 14th St; 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average dish: $9. AmEx, MC, V
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Maria M

This chain restaurant is such a fun dinner option for a date or with friends (and despite the name, it's even fun for vegetarians!). There are different types of meatballs and sauces, and you can choose to have them without anything, on sliders, in a salad, on a hero, pretty much any way you would want to eat a meatball. Every day they have special meatballs, sauces, desserts, drinks, etc. The one must-have at this place is their ice cream sandwiches. The fresh cookies with the ice cream are perfect, and you can choose a variety of ice creams and cookies. Last time I went they had a port wine caramel ice cream which was the most amazing ice cream sandwich I've ever had. Definitely try to make a reservation in advance if you can, or get there during an off-peak time.  You may have to wind up waiting 30+ minutes if you go on a Friday or Saturday night.