The Meatball Shop

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I’ve never really been a fan of meatballs, probably because the only ones I’ve ever tried were the ones served in school cafeterias. (I know… so sad…)  One day, I was looking for a lunch spot and came across The Meatball Shop with some friends.  Back in 2010, co-owners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chewnow opened their first location in the Lower East Side. I had heard about it but never actually visited. Now there are 4 locations, in Williamsburg, the West Village, Chelsea and the Upper East Side.  I happen to try it at the Amsterdam Avenue location on the UES.

Though the wait is usually long, this time, it was lunch and we were seated within 5 minutes. Greater service, hip and warm atmosphere, what else is next?

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Luckily, brunch was being served! Eggs AND meatball served together? Oh my… Things couldn’t have gotten better. What’s fun about the menu here is that you get a dry-erase marker to mark off anything you want.  Their choices ranged from brunch style to simple meatballs served in 4 to meatball salads and sloppy joes.   I had the “Balls, Biscuits, & Gravy,” served with the breakfast sausage kind of ball. Juicy and flavorful, topped with freshly made mushroom gravy atop the brioche buns that replaced their sold out biscuits. I finished every bit!

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My husband and friends ordered the special vegetable side dish and mashed potatoes (super creamy). They also had the single plate of 4 beef meatballs and the sloppy joe. Don’t underestimate these little balls… they will surely fill you up!

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Lastly for dessert, I had my first Affogato (Not the most pleasant looking photo though!). Affogatos are usually a scoop of vanilla ice cream served with a shot of espresso. In Italian, it literally means “drowned.”  The Affogato served at this shop has a selection of ice cream flavors to choose from, including mint and espresso. I think it was well made and definitely energized me for the rest of the day!

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The Meatball Shop was a pretty fun place, and I think it’s a great spot for kids. I will definitely come back in the future (and perhaps try their ice cream cookie sandwiches? Hmmm…)

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