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The Meatball Shop

The Meatball Shop

Italian Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • Rebecca N.
    "Omg! The Jerk Chicken meatball with mango chutney is soooo good!"(23 Tips)
    Chad B.
    "I tried the Kitchen Sink with their classic balls topped with pesto."(14 Tips)
    Leslie T.
    "Hearty meatballs, great sauces, fantastic ice cream sandwiches."(29 Tips)
    What's Good Here
    "The spicy pork slider with pesto is a delicious mouthful of flavor!"(17 Tips)
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 28, 2013
    You might wait 2 hours to try any variety of meatballs you can imagine, in any form. The daily specials are always fun, vegetables are fresh and delicious. The homemade ice cream sandwiches are a MUST
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Suraj S.
    Suraj SavaliaNovember 22, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    My go-to and favorite restaurant in NYC. There can be a wait, but sit at the bar. Wonderful food, great drinks, awesome 90s hip hop & rap playing most of the time. Try the Meatball Smash w/ fried egg
  • Heisenberg
    HeisenbergOctober 25, 2015
    Very nice and cozy place. The rumors are true. Best meatballs in town. I tried spicy pork with tomato sauce and spaghetti under. A classic, tasty option. Ask for the wines,the bartender is always nice
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanNovember 21, 2012
    The special thanks giving turkey balls are to die from. The Brussels sprouts are awesome. The chicken balls with mushroom sauce also good. The cream sauce is good but very very heavy.
  • Moira
    MoiraJuly 2, 2013
    Veggie meatballs were solid & the kitchen sink salad was more than enough for dinner. Got the special sauce which was onion, beer & mustard. It was good, but would probably do classic tomato next time
  • Gaia B.
    Gaia BennettJune 11, 2015
    Food is excellent, service is great. Attractive men are a plus! Now let's talk about meatballs. They were juicy, soft, and a melt-in-your-mouth kind of experience. I had a blast, enjoyed every bite.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BretonApril 10, 2015
    Perfect order: Spicy pork balls with spicy meat sauce and family jewels plus a side of fresh-milled polenta and steamed spinach. You're welcome. #balls
  • Ali P.
    Ali PruittJune 27, 2014
    Reasons to love Meatball Shop: 1. The food is always delicious. 2. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed. 3. The food is reasonable. 4. There's always something new as a special. 5. There's outlets.
  • Off The Menu
    Off The MenuOctober 15, 2015
    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Sauce: Spice up the Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with the off the menu Spicy Tomato Sauce (Frank's Hot Sauce to the rescue) served over spinach or on top of pasta! Read more
  • Chris F.
    Chris FrancoisMay 23, 2013
    My tip is to go hear. That is pretty much it. Food here is amazing, ask the patrons what's the current popular meatball hero. Also I've been told they make a mean whiskey float here. I have yet.
  • Minhee C.
    Minhee ChoJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The specials do not disappoint! Had a "Bees Knees" jello shot to start the night and it was absolutely delicious. The market salad was fresh+crisp and the Merguez balls were perfectly spiced.
  • Evan
    EvanNovember 25, 2012
    Go late or early. Spicy Pork balls, classic red sauce. The sangria is good, but a PBR feels right. If there areginger cookies and chocolate ice cream, put them together and thank me later.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 24, 2011
    A counter-service operation with a build-your-own-meal menu, featuring five kinds of two-ounce, house-ground balls, various sauces, and a range of options (slider flights, heroes, pastas, and sides). Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 19, 2013
    No matter how you choose to eat them, the meatballs are solid: juicy, well-seasoned, and tasty if not life-changing. Good with cheap beer.
  • Joakim T.
    Joakim ThorénFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I had the spicy pork meatball eggs benedict toast last weekend for breakfast - been longing for it the whole week - I am finally going back tomorrow morning. Benedict meatballs for the win!
  • Justin G.
    Justin GianninotoAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong here. Incredible food and drinks and an upbeat, hip atmosphere will keep you coming back again and again. Try the homemade ice cream sandwich!
  • Martha
    MarthaFebruary 18, 2015
    i always get the sandwiches with a couple of veg sides. you just can't go wrong here as every time you ca change up your combo. love it. very casual.
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaApril 8, 2014
    Even the vegetarian balls are good. What can't you do, TMS??? Get the vanilla ice cream float in cream soda... and drink it before your gf punches you for not sharing!!!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroJanuary 6, 2012
    Four chicken meatballs, pesto sauce, simple salad on the side. Really great destination if you are watching the carb intake and budget!
  • Chelle .
    Chelle 🗽February 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have such well executed sides: sautéed Swiss chard with herbs, sautéed kale with raisins (daily greens selections) fluffy polenta. It's awesome that they aren't an afterthought!
  • Leah S.
    Leah SchallerMarch 29, 2015
    What's not to love? Good prices, great meatballs, and such a NYC local spot. Just be ready to go at a strange hour or queue for a long while
  • Roniel T.
    One of the best priced and consistently delicious restaurants in New York. The kitchen sink is perfect
  • Matt D.
    Matt DePersisJanuary 7, 2013
    The "Kitchen Sink" is incredible and offers a huge variety without making a lot of decisions. You get a great mix of veggies along with your meatballs. Win-win!!
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MonahanOctober 20, 2012
    Best ice cream sandwiches. So light compared to heavier ice creams. Also if you mention it's your birthday they'll throw a candle on it, which made my day!
  • Roger R.
    Roger RJune 28, 2016
    Can't even describe how good this place is!!...if you can go during brunch go!! The breakfast sandwich is unreal good!
  • Elliot W.
    Elliot WehnerJuly 26, 2015
    Everyone knows they have great meatballs. I like them on a sandwich. The cocktails they have at the bar are surprisingly good and a good deal (on a relative basis)
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BufanoJanuary 5, 2014
    Great meatballs, not too in love with the ice cream sandwiches. Ice cream was good but the cookies weren't warm so it wasn't very special in my opinion. Definitely would return!
  • Chad B.
    Chad BJune 2
    I tried the Kitchen Sink with their classic balls topped with pesto. A healthy combination of salad, veggies and protein.
  • Madeleine R.
    Madeleine RowanJune 13, 2012
    They're doing a lot of things right here, far beyond the meatballs. Stick with the Naked Ball selection for dinner and go with a Hero for lunch. The sides are awesome too.
  • summer d.
    summer daidoneApril 3, 2015
    The meatballs are some of the best in New York. Ask for the buffalo meatballs as an appetizer.. A special menu item that they won't always tell you about
  • Sean W.
    Sean WilkinsOctober 10, 2013
    The "Kitchen Sink" salad is always a good idea. It's like Family Meal, if you've ever worked in restaurants, so it's a solid deal while also being healthy and filling.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownJuly 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't snooze on the special drinks written on the blackboard. The homemade raspberry lemonade is zingy like you wouldn't believe.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsJune 17, 2012
    Try "ever-so-slightly spicy pork meatballs that melt away under a cloud of Parmesan cream sauce, helping temper the heat. Dip the accompanying focaccia liberally into the bowl." Read more
  • Peggy L.
    Peggy LiJanuary 9
    For vegetarians, try the vegetable meatball or one of the multiple vegetarian sides (roast broccoli was good). At least half of the sauces are vegetarian-friendly as well.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfApril 26, 2015
    My partner had breakfast sandwich with breakfast sausage balls, reckons it's the best brekkie he's had in NYC. Bloody Mary's aren't too shabby either.
  • Leslie T.
    Leslie TengDecember 22, 2015
    Hearty meatballs, great sauces, fantastic ice cream sandwiches. Cozy interiors and good service.
  • Natasha Z.
    Natasha ZuluagaJune 21, 2015
    One of my fav in New York. This location is the best food, but sometimes the service is a little rude. Always go for the cookie ice cream sandwich
  • Andy R.
    Andy RosenbergApril 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great vibes, great balls. Inexpensive for a premium experience. Great date spot or great place to hang with your dude friends as well. Everyone loves meatballs.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CroweAugust 23, 2017
    A must whenever in New York, still haven't tried everything on the menu that I want to. They also have rotating daily specials
  • Linda N.
    Linda NguyenJune 15, 2014
    Veal meatballs with spicy meat sauce and rigatoni, so good. Get the snickerdoodle cookies with brown sugar ice cream, the bomb dot com.
  • Rebecca N.
    Omg! The Jerk Chicken meatball with mango chutney is soooo good! And if they're having the strawberry shortcake ice cream sandwich, grab it!!!!
  • Alejandra G.
    Just get the classic meatball with the classic sauce, and the chocolate chip and vanilla ice cream sandwich - no frills, can’t miss!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerAugust 3, 2016
    open until 2 am on Friday and Saturday and midnight every other night; perfect for a super-late dinner or a meal after going out
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DerschowitzDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get some sliders with a side of mashed potatoes. Chicken meatball with pesto was my favorite. Don't forget to end the meal with an ice cream sandwich!
  • June L.
    June LaiDecember 1, 2016
    Love the traditional Italian restaurant vibes but hip hop and R & B music along with great friendly servers!
  • Humberto M.
    Humberto MartinezDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A) Better than LES location. B) Parmesan cream sauce is always a good choice C) always worth adding a "special" slider to your meal for tasting!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrinkworthJanuary 15, 2012
    Great food, but having 3 staff, Vulture around the table when still finishing - to move you on, to seat more - is so not cool nor enjoyable. Open a new venue - or chill people.
  • Debbie L.
    Debbie LaymanMay 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite spots in NYC. The naked sliders and ever changing veggies options make a delicious and easy low carb meal out.
  • Christine S.
    Christine ShepherdJanuary 13, 2012
    Great concept, service, and food. But no knives?? How can I cut the cheese? All jokes aside, a knife would have been useful! That's my only complaint :)
  • Johnny
    JohnnyJuly 23, 2015
    Good place to bring friends or go alone. Staff is friendly and the chicken meatballs with mushroom sauce is on point.
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