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Robert Sietsema's Top 10: No. 5 New York 2010 - Meatball Shop

Meatball Shop

Meatball Shop

84 Stanton St.

New York, NY 10002


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It was a brilliant move on the part of chef Daniel Holzman to take an Italian-American classic, the meatball hero, and make slight improvements to it, instead of transforming the fuck out of it so that it was no longer recognizable. He began by selecting really, really good bread, which yields soon after you chomp down, instead of resisting your teeth and squirting the balls out the end. He also used fresh mozzarella instead of the crap you find in most pizza parlors. The meatball hero at the Meatball Shop is memorably delicious, and enough like the original that it would pass as such with most meatball-hero aficionados—including myself.

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The Meatball Shop is a warm embrace, comfort food to the max. What one should mention is the amazing sides and the wonderful house made ice cream and cookies that make the ice cream sandwiches.