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The Meatball Shop

Restaurants, Italian Chelsea
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
The Meatball Shop

Time Out says

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.



Address: 200 Ninth Ave
New York
Cross street: between 22nd and 23rd Sts
Transport: Subway: C, E to 23rd St
Price: Average main course: $10. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–2am; Fri, Sat noon–4am
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4 out of 5 stars

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Meatball Shop was one of the first places I fell in love with in NYC, and I still go back all the time. Two words VEGGIE BALLS! For a vegetarian, to find a place that specializes in meat, but also gets their veggies so so right, is a real treat! This location is a bit more "bright" and less "hip" than the original spots in Williamsburg and LES, but kitchy-cute none the less. With a pick and choose menu everyone can find something they love here. Overall the food can be a bit on the bland side, but still tasty to me! Come early as wait times can get long! 

Delicious little spot for a quick bite to eat. Bring your appetite because you will leave in a food coma. They have a variety of meatballs and fixings. There is definitely something for everyone. For all you GF people, the chicken meatballs are safe and you select your fixings, most of which are GF. They have a full bar but their cocktail selection and wine selection seemed sparse. 

A few of these around now but they’re always good for a quick bite, on your own, as a couple or in a big group.You can’t book so be prepared for a bit of a wait but it doesn’t tend to be too bad.All of the meatballs are great, but I tend to keep it simple and go for the traditional with traditional sauce.Loads of amazing accompaniments too and you can have them as they are, with salad, in a sub, etc. with Sxipoints finest beers on tap too, well worth a visit if you happen upon one!

I came here for brunch not expecting much (mainly because all the other brunch spots nearby had queues going out the door), and was really pleasantly surprised. Everything here was really honest, delicious, and fun. They had a great take on all classic brunch dishes, and incorporated meatballs into them in creative and delicious ways. It's also great value for money, the staff were really cool, which makes this place definitely somewhere I'll be returning to.

Everything here tastes like it's straight from your mom's kitchen, if your mom made a mean Italian meatball. The place has a casual, fun bar kind of vibe, and every kind of meatball is delicious, especially if they're perched on top of mashed potatoes or on a sandwich. I get the veggie side of the day every time because they taste amazing, and you absolutely must get an ice cream sandwich for dessert (or dinner if that's how you roll). Sure, you can get meatballs on top of pasta, but the rest of the menu is worth exploring. The specials are always changing, too!


Great restaurant serving a really simple yet fulfilling menu. Service was very good, as was the food. Personal highlight was the ice cream sandwich!