While the meatball has been one of the most popular dishes in America for the past century, it seldom provoked inspiration and creativity as chefs and cooks at home typically adhered to the same traditional ground beef meatball recipe. However, owners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow have successfully addressed that problem with their uber-popular Meatball Shop. With three locations (LES, West Vill. and Williamsburg) The Meatball Shop redefines the conventional meatball by serving unique flavors such as : Steak N’ Bacon Cheddar, Buffalo Chicken with Bleu Cheese, “Veal Balls” and Pork Fennel Sausage and Peppers. Whether they are served “Naked” or on a hero, the meatballs are equally dynamic. I went with the naked Pork Fennel Sausage and Peppers, which were the special of the day.
When ordering the meatballs “naked” four balls are served with a choice of sauce and a side of Focaccia bread. This is the best way to truly experience the unique taste and brilliance of the meatballs. The meatballs were created by combining pork fennel sausage and poblano peppers, which added a zesty taste to the combination. Unlike traditional ground beef, the pork fennel had an element of substantial flavor and kick (because of the use of pepper). Although the bread was unnecessary and lacked flavor, it did not undermine the dish, which surprisingly with four generously sized delicious meatballs. In addition, unlike the majority of meatballs that are served with magnanimous portions of sauce, The Meatball Shops version serves light portions of sauce as it is indeed integrated into the meatball. Taking into account the tremendous press and popularity of The Meatball Shop (and frankly, the meatball craze that has hit New York in the aftermath of the Meatball Shops opening) one might speculate a dish like this would come at a premium. Nevertheless, at only $7, the meatballs are actually quite affordable and are absolutely worth every penny.
The Meatball Shop: (Williamsburg, Lower East Side, West Village)
170 Bedford Avenue, 84 Stanton Street, 44 Greenwich Avenue,
Brooklyn, New York, 11211 New York, NY, 10002 New York, NY, 10011
P: + 1 (718) 551-0520 + 1 (212) 982-8895 + 1 (212) 982-7815