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The Meatball Shop

Restaurants, Italian Lenox Hill
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Papier-mâché Nelson Mandela at the Meatball Shop
Photograph: Teddy Wolff

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: 1462 Second Ave
New York
Cross street: between 76th and 77th Sts
Transport: Subway: 6 to 77th St (Lexington Ave)
Price: Average dish: $9. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–midnight; Sat, Sun 11am–midnight
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4 out of 5 stars

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The Meat Ball Shop is a fun place to go with a group to try a bunch of different things. Puns abound in the menu and specials, providing for some lighthearted entertainment alongside the food. The also have a feature where, if there's a long wait, you can provide a cell phone number and they will text you when the table's ready. Especially great for people who live in the neighborhood who can just wait at home! 


The chain restaurant has a number of locations, but out of the ones I've been to, the UES location is my favorite. It's a little bigger then the other spots, and the hostess and waiter we dealt with were very accommodating. A group of 7 of us were going in and when we called to see if they had room, they put us on the waiting list before we even got there so we didn't have to wait nearly as long for a table. They also have the best ice cream sandwiches, and have special types every day (they also have special kinds of meatballs too - when we went, they had a "pizza" meatball with pork stuffed with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese). 


One of six locations, The Meatball Shop on the Upper East Side is the place to go for amazing meatballs of course. With meatball choices like classic beef, spicy pork, chicken, veggie, and special, everyone can find something tempting to eat here. If you are a hot wings fan, try The Meatball Shop's take on them, the mini buffalo chicken balls with creamy blue cheese dressing. The spicy pork balls paired with spicy meat sauce are not overly spicy, but very tasty. They've even got amazing veggie meatballs, which are hearty and filling paired with classic tomato sauce on top a generous portion of mini rigatoni. 

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