The Meatball Shop

Restaurants, Italian Lower East Side
  • 4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
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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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3.7 / 5

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Sally Y

This place and location is always a crowd pleaser. I haven't branched out to all the various types of balls or sauces, but I will say the beef ball with spicy tomato sauce is amazing. Top that over spaghetti or eat it as a slider, and you have yourself an awesome meal.  

My only wish is that it were easier to try a lot of different things without your bill being astronomical. If you wanted to try 1 different ball with a different sauce, it's $3.50 per slider. While it may be New York prices, I still think for $3.50, you should be able to get more than 1 ball with sauce on bread. 

Lindsey W

This is my 4th or 5th time coming here and I've only really enjoyed myself half the time. Last time I was here I got the 'special balls' and was not impressed. The sandwiches are the best option with the cheese. The drinks are always good AND the ice cream sandwiches cannot be beat, they are really top notch, super excellent no matter what combination you get. The waiters are also always nice - at this location, the one in Williamsburg and the West Village location which almost makes me feel bad about giving it 3 stars. 

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.