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The Meatball Shop
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.
Posted by a.j. on 03/03/2011
went here with my son and brother after we decided to stroll around the city. Place was packed. When we went to order we were told we couldn't get the meatball smash sandwiches to take out. Why not? No definitive answer. See ya!! Have a nice day! Enjoyed some delicious burgers in the village.
Posted by anonymous on 12/16/2010
Listen, I've had a lot of meatballs but these are by FAR the best meatballs I have ever had in my life. They are so delicious, and once you start eating you can't stop. (I always leave full!) And how creative these people who created this restaurant? VERY! Their menus are easy - you mark what you want with a marker and hand it in to your very polite and nice waiter! And the different ways of serving meatballs...To Die For! The meatball sub is the best of the best, but if you're feeling simple just go with a meatball (my fav is beef but the lamb when served at the special is great as can be) your choice of sauce (mushroom, pesto, reg. tomato, spicy tomato... what to choose?? they are all delicious!) and have it over/side of a pasta! There's even a dish called "everything but the kitchen sink." What a bargain! I go to this place all the time and it's one of the best restaurants in NYC for the prices. If you haven't been... GO GO GO. You're really missing out if you never go to the meatball shop. P.S. Cute area can find parking easily oh yeah and best dessert of your life!! (HOMEmade ICE CREAM sandwiches. yes the ice cream is homemade and delicious!)
Posted by Anonymous on 11/19/2010
Imagine eating at the Harry Potter premiere. Not actually being invited to the red carpet - but like actually standing outside on the sidewalk. That's what eating here is like. You're in the midst of a crush of people, everyone taking iPhone photos (of their food) and shouting over the din. Literally, it's like being inside a Yelp hurricane. Another Momofuku, Shake Shack thing of people waiting forever to eat basic food with some sprinkle of celebrity chef on it. I'm waiting for Alice Waters to open a homeless soup kitchen - so we can see a line of boring "foodies" standing on the Bowery. It's like the new hipster plague - made up of middle-aged Brooklyn types.
Posted by Lucy on 11/04/2010
Living on the lower east side, it is impossible to avoid the buzz that has surrounded this place. So on the advice of the neighborhood, my roommate and I decided to see for ourselves what the 'best meatballs ever' tasted like. It took numerous attempts to actually get a table, since we never have the patience for an hour long wait, but we kept trying, taking the constant long lines as a sign of good food in our future. A few days ago, our number was finally called. The waitress was very helpful in explaining the menu and all the dishes. I had decided to go with the classic beef meatball and spicy meat sauce. Before placing the order, I confirmed the type of meat in the spicy meat sauce, and was told it was pork. Since I don't eat pork, I opted for the pesto instead. The waitress then informed me that every dish except the vegetarian meatball was made out of pork. Now I get it. People love pork. I've told this story to many of my friends and it has only ignited their interest in checking out this place. But could it really be that they only serve pork or vegetarian dishes, and nothing in between? What was really upsetting, was that nowhere on the menu does it say the beef and chicken meatballs contain pork. I ended up just ordering dessert, and as usual ice cream fixes most problems. My roommate also enjoyed her vegetarian dish, so there are no complaints about the food they do have. I was just really looking forward to eating some meatballs.
Posted by Lola on 09/20/2010
I went here on a Sunday @ 5 pm with my brother and his wife. After reading the reviews of this place i felt the need to clarify some that i respectfully disagree. When we arrived to the place we notice that it was packed and was informed that the waiting period was about 20 min. They sat us down 5 min later in the communal table. The place is tight with loud rock music but cute. The waitress was super nice and explained the menu in detail. We placed our orders and were served in 10 min. The Likes: Brooklyn lager was delicious just for 5 bucks, the special meatball ( made of steak, bacon and cheese) slider with spicy meat sauce was in my opinion the absolute best meatball on the menu, followed by the classic beef meatball with the spicy meat sauce. The worst: the spicy pork meatball. It has a very attractive name but it is a total disappointment. it tastes like spam with spices. Frankly they should eliminate it from the menu. Each slider was 3 bucks each. Bc everyone was raving about the ice cream sandwich, I gave it a try. We order the choc chip w vanilla, the brownie w vanilla and the peanut butter w mint. Out of all of these I liked the brownie cookie with mint ice cream. The mint tasted like a mojito so you can have it alone if you want as I did since mint with peanut butter is not so brilliant. These were 4 bucks each. Summarizing my experience: delicious food, fair prices, nice ambiance. Will definately come back and order the BBLT with the special meatball and spicy meat sauce and the brooklyn lager. Simple and good.
Posted by FG on 08/21/2010
The value is great. The meatballs are great. The sides are great. The salads are great. The homemade ice cream and cookies make a great ice cream sandwich. The wait staff can't be friendlier. Go for the BBLT. The wine & beer list is great and at great prices = Great value. Daniel knows how to cook great and Michael runs the front of the house Great. The only problem is that it gets so crowded, but the wait is worth it.