I forget where I first heard about The Meatball Shop, but I give tremendous gastronomical thanks to whoever it was! This is a place where you definitely want to eat, plain and simple. It’s delicious, fuss-free, fun, comforting, and with everything on the menu under $10, it’s definitely affordable. What more can you ask for?
Opened in 2010 at 84 Stanton Street in the East Village, The Meatball Shop has quickly become a favorite of NYC locals and foodies alike. With the success of their first location, co-owners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow soon expanded and opened two more locations (West Village and Brooklyn).
I recently visited The Meatball Shop on Stanton Street. Here’s a pretty detailed recount of my excellent experience while there:
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! About a month ago, Asheley and I attempted to dine at April Bloomfield’s The Spotted Pig in the West Village with two of our good friends. We arrived in Manhattan way before dinner time, so we took the opportunity to travel around the city for some pre-dinner snacks. By the time we were hungry again, it was 8 p.m. and we called The Spotted Pig to see what the wait time was like… 2 and 1/2 hours. No thank you. It was a Sunday night and we all had to get up early the next day for the work week. Wanting to see what the buzz was all about at this place (and there is a lot of buzz), we quickly found another date that worked for all of us a few weeks later and we tried again. Here’s a rather detailed recap of our experience.
We all have that “go to” meal… that one thing that we eat time and time again when we can’t think of what else to cook or we don’t have any energy to devote to trying a new recipe or idea. It’s normally that tried and true dish that we can prepare with one eye open and one hand tied behind our back. It’s familiar, it’s trustworthy, it’s delicious. The same goes with dining out. When you have that trusted restaurant that you just absolutely love and adore, it is easy to head there when you have guests in town, want to show off an amazing and affordable New York City meal to your friends or family, or when you just can’t think of what else to eat! For me, this place first and foremost has to have great, simple food with high quality ingredients. It has to have a fantastic ambience with dynamic energy, a friendly waitstaff, and with these economic times, the restaurant has to be easy on the wallet. Otto Enoteca and Pizzeria is that place for me.