The Meatball Shop

The Meatball Shop

Italian Restaurant and Sandwich Place$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Melinda W.
    Melinda W1 week ago
    I had the lamb meatballs with pesto and they were excellent!
  • Hugo M.
    Hugo M. Aguirre3 weeks ago
    Everything's cool here.
  • Bruce H.
    Bruce HarrisonFebruary 26
    I thought our waitress was joking when she mentioned a $0.50 surcharge for extra grated Parmesan. Shame on you Meatball Shop. Shame
    Upvoted Mar 21
  • Nikki
    NikkiJanuary 22
    great service and tasty balls. spicy pork is great, and the ordering system is flawless
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJanuary 9
    It's almost hard to find on the menu, but for a few more dollars you can get rigatoni with your meatballs. Spicy pork with spicy meat sauce, by the way.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissDecember 28, 2016
    Not real Italian food. Sandwiches are pretty bare. Staff seems confused. Ok for a quick lunch necessity.
  • Sanaz E.
    Sanaz EhsaniDecember 14, 2016
    Do not do takeout from here. They forgot 3 of the things we ordered and everything was cold. Used to come here a lot but quality is not what it used to.
  • Shiri L.
    Shiri LaraOctober 26, 2016
    The Kitchen sink is a very sizeable portion. I added the egg thinking it would be dinky but I was off the money on that one!
  • Chop Suey Club
    Chop Suey ClubOctober 25, 2016
    Great spot for a healthy filling lunch special. Kitchen sink comes with 2 sides.
  • Geraldine V.
    Geraldine ViscoOctober 24, 2016
    The food is delicious but this new bartender is nasty and dumb! He didn't know the food and refused to bring me my sandwich and a drink so I left. Spoke to him in Italian but he's from Mexico.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SavageOctober 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I like the kitchen sink. You pick the balls and they do the rest.
  • Mustafa A.
    Mustafa AkcayOctober 2, 2016
    Their meatballs suck!! The side dish veggie plate wasn't cooked enough they served it semi raw!
  • Adam D.
    Adam DSeptember 6, 2016
    Beef balls with spicy meat sauce is the go to
  • Ray L.
    Ray LopesAugust 24, 2016
    If you like meatball sandwiches, DO NOT HESITATE a visit. The "built your own food" menu style is easy, fun and flexible so you can build whatever you like best. Small but great beer selection.
  • David A.
    David AvellanedaAugust 7, 2016
    The tradicional meat balls with tomatoes sauce!!! And you have to try the espresso ice cream!!
  • Donna A.
    Donna AconeJuly 31, 2016
    Mashed potatoes
  • Janine B.
    Janine BlubbJuly 28, 2016
    Beef meatballs with tomatoes sauce with rigatoni
  • Michael M.
    Michael MartinezJuly 18, 2016
    Get the sandwich with spicy pork and spicy meat sauce. Bartender makes a good Negroni too.
  • Collette S.
    Collette SJuly 10, 2016
    Pesto Smash Sandwich
  • Harrison J.
    Harrison JohnsonJune 22, 2016
    Kitchen sink if you want some leafy greens with your meatballs
  • Jan K.
    Jan KlausaMay 3, 2016
    good meatballs with bajillion different sides
  • Adrien
    AdrienApril 15, 2016
    don't forget to include one of their meatballs specials!
  • Taylor P.
    Taylor PerryMarch 31, 2016
    Ask for extra bread on to-go orders. Tangerine lemonade was delicious.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MontiMarch 29, 2016
    Get the classic meatball sub with marinara and mozz. You'll thank me later.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseMarch 12, 2016
    The buffalo chicken meatballs are OK - a little dry and not quite hot enough.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FrietasFebruary 27, 2016
    Meatballs, duh. Also surprisingly good risotto.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeyFebruary 7, 2016
    ALWAYS get the Kitchen Sink. Always.
  • Joey T.
    Joey TJanuary 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Have the ice cream sandwiches.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyJanuary 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Unique and delicious. Super friendly staff always. Could it get any louder, though?
  • Hyo Min K.
    Hyo Min KwonJanuary 17, 2016
    It was sooooooo delicious!!!
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff Reine 🌧January 15, 2016
    Step 1: Meatball sandwich. Step 2: Ice cream sandwich. Step 3: die full & happy.
  • C R.
    C RJanuary 3, 2016
    One of the more overrated restaurants in the city. Below average meatballs and sauce... and this should be the resto's bread and butter (and one of my favorite dishes in the world). Major miss...
  • Christal F.
    Christal FleishmanDecember 27, 2015
    Awesome service and great balls.
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VilaDecember 24, 2015
    The meatballs are obviously all delicious, but leave room for the chocolate ice cream. I come here every time I visit New York.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChaseDecember 22, 2015
    If you are lucky enough to come on a day they have the Mac & Cheese balls special, that is what you must get.
  • Phillip B.
    Phillip BDecember 20, 2015
    Chicken meatballs with Parmesan cream sauce were very good.
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingDecember 13, 2015
    Get the kitchen sink. A great dish with lots of yummy veggies.
  • Bryan N.
    Bryan NyeDecember 5, 2015
    Thankfully the food was great but our waiter was a little on the ride side.
  • Bryan N.
    Bryan NyeDecember 5, 2015
    Mac and cheese meatballs
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole StahleckerDecember 2, 2015
    Good vegetarian meatballs but server want very knowledgable which can be dangerous with allergies!
  • Alberto
    AlbertoNovember 29, 2015
    Risotto was delicious
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneNovember 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to take advantage of the brunch menu and grab a Buzzed Lebowski while you're at it.
  • Angel C.
    Angel C.November 3, 2015
    Spicy pork meatballs with spicy sauce and mozza cheese = hot, gooey, and delicious. Stretchy hot cheese is the best.
  • D
    DOctober 30, 2015
    Bunch of stuff and some moscato to go with it :)
  • Eric H.
    Eric HoOctober 20, 2015
    Nice variety of meatballs, fast and casual!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrenizerOctober 18, 2015
    Kitchen sink salad with family jewels, done.
  • Peter S.
    Peter StrongOctober 17, 2015
    Pesto sauce is the best.
  • James M.
    James MarshallOctober 16, 2015
    Spicy pork, spicy meat sauce, on the hero. Provolone cheese. Get a slider of whatever the special is too. Mashed potatoes (I know) are excellent. Ice cream sandwiches are awesome.
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardOctober 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    They have a brunch menu now?!
  • Florence N.
    Florence NguyenOctober 8, 2015
    Pb&j ice cream and bar
  • Maru R.
    Maru RegalziSeptember 20, 2015
    Best meatballs ever!! Wow!!
  • Esther J.
    Esther JungSeptember 5, 2015
    Spicy pork meatballs with creamy sauce! Yummm
  • FRITZ f.
    FRITZ fritztheyodelerSeptember 4, 2015
    Could it be that the meatballs are pretty damn good here? Um... does a fat kid love cake?
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsAugust 29, 2015
    Great place with an extensive menu
  • Susie Y.
    Susie YinAugust 22, 2015
    Meatballs, mushroom gravy, what else do you need
  • 💎T
    💎TAugust 13, 2015
    Chicken meatballs drenched in franks red hot sauce is so good!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhAugust 6, 2015
    Classic beef sliders are amazeballs haha
  • A B.
    A BCDAugust 5, 2015
    Yummy restaurant with a meatball-focus. Lets you mix and match balls and spaghetti and subs and stuff. There's a few other locations around the city.
  • A B.
    A BCDAugust 5, 2015
    Yummy restaurant with a meatball-focus. Lets you mix and patch balls and spaghetti and subs and stuff. There's a few other locations around the city.
  • Cathy C.
    Cathy CervenkaJuly 31, 2015
    great classic cocktails - much needed in this neighborhood!
  • Marissa S.
    Marissa SeseJuly 31, 2015
    cookies and homemade ice cream! THE BEST!
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob ForsterJuly 29, 2015
    As everyone said, spicy pork with spicy meat sauce is the best! Above all, don't leave without getting an ice cream sandwich. Pro tip, you can choose a different cookie on the top and bottom!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CJuly 22, 2015
    great food but weak cocktails
  • Nestor C.
    Nestor CabanJuly 16, 2015
    Terrible service. Music too loud. Probably racist towards young latinos.
  • Anton W.
    Anton WilliamsJuly 12, 2015
    The first The Meatball Shop restaurant was opened here.
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoJuly 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Nothing beats the original Meatball Shop. The staff here certainly is a step above the rest.
  • Joshua C.
    Joshua ChanJuly 1, 2015
    Their grapefruit ale is perfect combination with their balls. I recommend The Kitchen for a lighter and more refreshing meal. Their parmesan or their mushroom gravy is a must try.
  • Jason
    JasonJune 20, 2015
    The meatballs and pasta are great here
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MortensenJune 16, 2015
    The hero sandwich was very filling.
  • Danielle A.
    Danielle AdamsJune 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegetarian meatballs with mushroom gravy or Parmesan sauce over spinach.
  • Karleigh W.
    Karleigh WarnerJune 14, 2015
    I honestly didn't expect the Veggie Balls to taste that great, but they DID. Get in there, vegetarians! They had really neat music playing, too.
  • Santi A.
    Santi AmayaJune 11, 2015
    I think this place is past its prime... It used to be amazing. I just left extremely dissatisfied. The meatballs and vegetables I ate were pretty bland.
  • Melanie W.
    Melanie W.June 9, 2015
    The original meatball shop is still a classic. 🍝
  • Delivery M.
    Delivery MakananJune 8, 2015
    wow mantab sekali ya... Read more
  • Max S.
    Max SklarMay 30, 2015
    Here's the ice cream sandwich - I hear it's totally worth it! Gotta go it's going to melts
  • Ayin
    AyinMay 30, 2015
    I just found my perfect meatball triumvirate: mole chicken, chicken with pesto, and chicken with spicy meat sauce!
  • APIBus T.
    APIBus TIBCOMay 27, 2015
    that's great!!!
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 25, 2015
    Go with one type of everything, including the sauces.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WieczkowskiMay 13, 2015
    I love having the creamy sauce on my balls.
  • Karan T.
    Karan TamhaneMay 3, 2015
    Spicy pork meatballs FTW!
  • Nick
    NickApril 27, 2015
    Not just meatballs.. They have jello shots!
  • D C.
    D C🐧April 27, 2015
    Turkey meatballs
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HouglandApril 26, 2015
    Great service when sitting at the bar. Buffalo chicken meatball app to start. Then meatballs!
  • Angela Z.
    Angela ZhangApril 26, 2015
    You can't go wrong ordering anything on the menu. But be warned, the portion sizes for the sides are tiny.
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NgApril 24, 2015
    Balls balls balls. Mean cocktails and rotating kitchen sink salad are good bets.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CohenApril 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I came close to tears
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsApril 9, 2015
    The special is always worth trying!
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerMarch 28, 2015
    Chicken meatballs are gluten free — made with rice flour breadcrumbs. Get them over risotto!
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaMarch 22, 2015
    Great way to mix a meal 4 meatballs with a side and you pick the sauce. Brunch on weekends till 4.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokMarch 15, 2015
    Get a cocktail and meatballs at the bar
  • Guy B.
    Guy BoazyMarch 15, 2015
    Food, atmosphere, service
  • Brittany H.
    Brittany HicksMarch 14, 2015
    meatball hero whole wheat spicy pork with cream sauce and mozz. how the locales do. nuff said.
  • Brittany H.
    Brittany HicksMarch 14, 2015
    the staff is unreal. not only is the food obviously awesome, but every staff member is super fun, friendly and down for a late night dance party to kick ass hip hop music. skip the club and go here.
  • Durell S.
    Durell SmithMarch 11, 2015
    EVERYTHING!!!!!
  • S
    SFebruary 18, 2015
    Get: Beef meatballs with classic sauce. If you want an assortment of meatballs, get sliders bunless.
  • Daniele C.
    Daniele CodegaFebruary 17, 2015
    I don't get the big fuss around this place. It's nice but it far from being my top choice in LES.
  • Jennifer V.
    Jennifer VaradiFebruary 13, 2015
    There's no way to not love it here. The atmosphere is fun/lively. More importantly, the food rocks. Imagine meatballs of every flavor & variety. No way to go wrong. Great desserts too (icecream sand).
  • Sunaina S.
    Sunaina SwaminathanFebruary 12, 2015
    Perfectly seasoned balls that melt in your mouth making you want more. I tried the chicken balls with pesto and the pesto was a bit much for me. Next time I'm gonna try the marinara.
  • Angela D.
    Angela DumadagJanuary 25, 2015
    Affordable comfort food. Save room for an ice cream sandwich!
  • Ronald D.
    Ronald DonatoJanuary 22, 2015
    A little too small, but the food is worth it..👅👅👅👅
  • Biessa D.
    Biessa DinizSeptember 7, 2016
    Ambiente descolado, comida gostosa. Fique de olho no quadro negro para escolher os especiais do dia! Por ex: escolhi a salada do dia, com manchego e figo, e a limonada de pêssego. Maravilhosos!
  • Enzo T.
    Enzo TanoMarch 20, 2015
    increibles meatballs.. todo excelente.
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