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Posted by Happy guy on 08/01/2012
So tasty and very reasonably priced. Great service added to the overall experience. This is a def must go!
Posted by EastVillage OldTimer on 03/16/2012
What a colossal disappointment. Meatball size was okay, but insufficient sauce and they were just not tasty. Frankly, I've had better at the hot table at supermarkets, as well as many a local pizza joint. Bread was decent enough, but the sauce was too salty or weird or something---had a strange aftertaste and did NOT taste fresh. Huge, huge letdown.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/28/2011
Tried the new Meatball on Greenwich. Tiny meatballs with a microscopic slice of focaccia! Everything was so salty we didn't finish our meal. Taste? Who knows what was under the salt??? There are healthier choices around Greenwich for sure!
Posted by TheREAL L.E.S. on 08/23/2011
As a little girl growing up in the L.E.S. with my Italian Grandmother's authentic home cooking, her meatballs were the crown jewel. So, considering myself something of a meatball connoisseur, after having sampled the pork meatballs (way too spicy) and the beef (which, also have pork in them and are nothing to write home about) I am not impressed. Their pasta is terrible (not to mention their gravy tastes like it came straight from the jar) and the other sides I've tried are mediocre at best. On the plus side, their parmesean cream sauce is quite good, as is the bread they use to serve the heroes. As for the atmosphere, I would rather have a frontal lobotomy than have to wait any length of time to sit elbow to elbow with the hipster trash who frequent this one of many L.E.S. "Hot Spots". Overall, the food isn't bad, but it isn't truly good either. Better off getting invited to a real Italian family's Sunday Dinner...now THOSE are real meatballs!
Posted by phil on 08/03/2011
This was kind of disappointing. Meatballs are ok. Too loud and noisy and trying to be too hip. Meatballs are cheap to make so i dont know why people say its a good value. Save your money for chinatown which is only a few minutes south.
Posted by Phillysgirl on 06/23/2011
So...I was told by many of my food connoisseur friends/chef friends, as well as reading numerous food critic reviews and seeing them featured on the Food Network, how wonderful and amazing The Meatball Shop was....However, I was sort of disappointed. Firstly, I am Italian and not only have I been told that I make great meatballs, but I come from a long line of excellent chefs/cooks who make amazing meatballs. I have to be honest, they were just eh....I won't say they were horrible, because I would be lying, however, I can tell you that aside from their really delicious "homemade ice cream sandwiches", I will not be returning.
Posted by NYCChica on 03/20/2011
My husband and I decided to try this place after seeing it mentioned in several places and most reviews were favorable. It has it's pros and cons. Pros- the chicken meatballs and mushroom gravy were very good, and so was the salad du jour. The ice cream sandwiches were delicious and I liked that you could choose two different cookie flavors. The service was mostly good, although we did get a bit of an attitude when we asked that the blaring music be turned down. The prices are reasonable even though it's located in the "now hip and trendy" Lower East Side. Cons- the place is very small and the music is so loud it's very hard to hear your dining companion. (I don't know if it's like this all the time or just at "dining prime-time," so going at lunch it might be better.) The beef meatballs were dry and disappointing, and the tomato sauce on them lacked flavor. The polenta served as a side was also very bland. The ice cream sandwiches had too much ice cream and had to be eaten with a spoon which defeats the purpose of it being a sandwich. The wait can be long, we gave up the first time since the wait was an hour. Some guy on the line said, "it's worth it", when we opted to leave instead of wait. He was wrong, this place is okay, but definitely not worth an hour wait.