Whew, sorry for the radio silence! If you don’t follow me on Instagram, I was in Cuba (!!!!!) for the past week and had far less Wi-Fi than anticipated. I can not wait to share the photos from the trip – it was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. Though it was fabulous to unplug, I’m happy to get back to business… So on with the good stuff.
This is an oldie but a goodie. I had heard all about The Meatball Shop when I moved to New York but never got around to going until a few months ago. Since then, I think I’ve hopped in once every other week.
For the record – I’ve never been a meatball person. I don’t think I even tried a meatball until sometime in college (maybe?). As I’ve said before, I used to live off of a strict chicken finger only diet. Even now, I wouldn’t order meatballs at a restaurant except for the Meatball Shop. It’s awesome.
Hayley and I met for dinner after work in the Lower East Side and started with the crowd favorite mini buffalo chicken balls. They’re just as good as they sound, especially when dipped in blue cheese.
An often under appreciated aspect of this restaurant is that “balls” is written all over the menu (so glad I’m approaching the mature age of 25!). “Naked Balls” gets me every time. Literally, that’s what I order every time: The naked chicken balls with spicy meat sauce over rigatoni. It. Is. Bomb.
Not a looker, but I promise it has a strong personality.
H went for the special – turkey meatballs over mashed potatoes, smothered in gravy.
The specials board (drinks, apps, entrees) is the big thing to look out for. I’ve narrowly missed the “macaroni and cheese balls” several times now and it’s devastating. I’ll get there someday.
A couple other notes for when you stop by… Their Moscow mules are very good (they come in a gold cup!!!). I’ve not tried them firsthand, but based upon friends’ reports, the veggie balls aren’t the BEST ever. They’re good, but maybe give it a pass if you’re a veggie-only person. Or do go and prove me wrong (but please tell me about it if you do!).
The Meatball Shop has several locations in NYC, but the Lower East Side location is at 84 Stanton St at the intersection of Stanton and Orchard. Oh and don’t forget to stop by Spitzer’s on your way home for a night cap if you go during the week.