The Meatball Shop 84 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002 just opened a couple of weeks ago but they seem to have things in good working order. Waitstaff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The menus are mark-your-own (like at Akti Seafood Restaurant), but all the combination and possibilities have been thought out so that choices are clear and easy. Each person gets their own menu so you can all get acquainted with the menu at the same. You do have to share an erasable marker though.

Enough about throwbacks to elementary school, let’s talk meatballs. There’s six meatballs: classic beef, spicy pork, chicken, salmon, vegetable, and a weekly special. There’s four sauces: classic tomato, spicy meat sauce, mushroom gravy, and parmesan cream. That’s 24 different possibilities, but then you can have them as is, with sides or sides under them, as sliders, as heroes, or as smashes (2 balls on a brioche bun with sauce and cheese, with side salad). The picking process was actually fun, and with helpful steering from our waitress, my four-person party tried a lot of stuff.

Vegetable Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce

We had the Vegetable Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce. They were dense and cold in the center so I’d skip  (I think this is out for vegetarians), but the rest were good: pork meatballs with tomato sauce, chicken meatballs with parmesan cream sauce, and the weekly special was Corned Beef and Cabbage meatballs. We had the last as a smash with mushroom gravy and provolone cheese. They all taste pretty much as expected.

Corn Beef and Cabbage Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy and Provolone Smash

The risotto was risotto, not special, not bad. The white beans were getting on the extra soft side but flavorful.

risotto white beans

The market salad of arugula, beets, tangerine, and walnuts was super fresh, lightly dressed, elegant for a meatball joint. The roasted veggies of the day was fennel with raisins and walnuts. It was almost good, but too much burnt fennel.

market salad with arugula, beets, and tangerine

The prices are great for a hearty meal and you won’t feel as heavy as you might expect; but it’s not worthy of a special trip.  This is more of a “heck, we’re in the neighborhood” kind of meal.

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