A Taste of NYC: The Meatball Shop
The Meatball shop has been getting a lot of press these days. Even before moving to NYC I remember seeing it featured in some Bank’s small business advertisements. I’m not particularly a huge fan of meatballs, but with all the hype, I thought I’d give it a try. They actually have several locations now including the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, Chelsea and Upper West. I went to the Chelsea location (wow, I just realized how much time I’ve been spending on the West Side!).
So here’s the deal about the meatball shop- it’s sort of pick and choose/design your own, think Counter Burger with the fun check marks you get to put on your menu. They have several staple kinds of balls (turkey, beef, chicken, veggie), and always a special. Besides creating your own sort of bowl or concoction, you can also get a single meatball on a slider. This is a great little appetizer if you want to taste the meatball of the day but don’t want a whole plate of it.
I’m kind of a sucker for design your own places…so I loved it. I actually had a salad, which did not at all help my attempt to be healthy as it was rather heavy (it’s a must to come here very hungry, you will eat a lot). My salad had all sorts of market roasted vegetables, topped with my choice of ball and sauce: chicken meatballs and pesto. Finally topped with a fried egg. Yum.
My friend designed a pasta bowl, also topping it with chicken meatballs and pesto (yes, I was a copy-cat because apparently that is the best combination…maybe I’ll be more creative next time!). We also shared a side of garlic roasted broccoli, which was very good, although with all the veggies on my salad I probably didn’t need it.
So my only regret about this place was not saving room for dessert! They have a make-your-own ice cream sandwiches with homemade cookies…reminded me of my college days spent at Diddy Riese! (If you live in West LA, you know what I’m talking about). Next time maybe I’ll share a plate of balls and a dessert…that sounds like a good plan.
(Sidenote: We sat outside and it was very dark so please excuse the photos!)
Multiple NYC locations, including:
200 9th Ave New York, NY 10011
What to Order:
Meatballs! Any kind of ball you like. It’s design your own so you can’t go wrong, but the chicken balls with pesto was amazing!
And save room for an ice-cream sandwich to share