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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Broadway Eats: The Meatball Shop

In late fall of last year, we tried a new place (for us, anyway) to eat before a Sunday matinee. We made our way to The Meatball Shop in Hell's Kitchen shortly after it opened, and found the place already bustling.

THE MEATBALL SHOP

LOCATIONHell's Kitchen: 798 9th Avenue & W. 53rd (Reviewed) Other locations throughout New York & Connecticut
 Phone: 212-230-5860
CLOSEST THEATERSStudio 54, Broadway, Neil Simon, August Wilson
HOURS11:30am - midnight, Sun-Thur; 11:30am - 2am, Fri-Sat
WEBSITEhttps://www.themeatballshop.com/
MEALS SERVEDLunch/Dinner; Brunch Sat-Sun: 11:30am - 4pm
BARFull bar, specialty drinks
FAMILY FRIENDLYYes

THE MENU
Just as you might expect, meatballs are the dominant menu item. But there are several varieties, including classic, chicken (gluten free), veggie (which can also be made vegan), salmon and lobster. There are a variety of sauces to choose from, too. You can get just meatballs or create a bowl, with a decent variety of bases, including spaghetti, rigatoni, gluten free pasta, greens, quinoa, lentils, polenta or mashed potatoes.  The menu also includes several salads, Italian dishes, veggies and seasonal sides, and sandwiches.

   

THE PLACE
The space is gleaming white with plentiful seating and gives off a butcher shop vibe. The decor is chic industrial - large prints of meat grinders adorn the walls, the tables are butcher block, the chairs are wood and metal, but comfortable. Big windows allow for people watching, though it is interesting to watch the waitstaff hustling around. My favorite thing - the meat grinder door handles.



THE SERVICE
We got there shortly after it opened, and there were several parties. Couples and several families out for Sunday brunch/lunch filled the place pretty quickly. Our waiter was friendly, very efficient, and attentive, despite being quite busy. What was particularly nice was that really everyone on staff that afternoon actually waited on us, serving the food, refilling drinks. It was a real team effort, that felt natural, not as a way to get us in and out or cover for bad service.

OUR ORDER
We enjoyed a few beverages. Mike enjoyed their apple cinnamon margarita ($12), and we shared a carafe of their Devil's Juice Sangria ($17). The carafe was a great deal as it equaled 3 glasses of sangria; a single glass is $8. We'd definitely get the sangria again.


I had a spaghetti and meatballs bowl with classic meatballs and spicy meat sauce. It was mildly spicy, the way I like it, and the pasta was cooked perfectly. It came with a wedge of delicious bread. The portion was large - I didn't finish it all. So how were the balls? Excellent. ($15)



Mike had a Hero. He chose chicken meatballs, classic tomato sauce, served on a toasted wheat baguette. He opted out on the cheese, but he could have had provolone or mozzarella. It came with a nice sized mixed green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing, which he also enjoyed. He, too, didn't finish everything. ($16) 



Despite not finishing our entrees, we had to try their homemade ice cream sandwiches! ($7) They were incredible!! Mike had "PB Wins the Cup" (peanut butter with chocolate) ice cream on chocolate chip cookies; I had "Chocolate Milk and Cookies" on chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were fresh baked, and the ice cream was Ample Hills Creamery. It was huge and soooo delicious. Funny how you can be stuffed and still find room for dessert...

THE BOTTOM LINE
Producers of future immersive Sweeney Todds may want to visit for design ideas. A hipster meatpie shop might be just what Mrs. Lovett needs! Considering how much you get and how high quality the food is, it was very reasonable. And we will be back.

RATING: (out of 5)

(Photos cultivated from the internet, not our actual meals. That said, this pretty much what they looked like!)

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