THE MEATBALL SHOP - HELL'S KITCHEN

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$30 and under
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The Meatball Shop serves the best meatballs in the world with a mix and match menu utilizing sustainable and natural ingredients whenever possible. But The Meatball Shop serves way more than just meatballs! Highlights from their hit menu include seasonal veggies, market driven salads, sandwiches, handmade ice cream sandwiches, craft cocktails and an approachable wine program.

The vibe of this Hell's Kitchen restaurant is always fun, upbeat and lively! Perfect for a night on the town or a family dinner with kids. Think the best dinner party you've ever been to with the comforting feeling of being at Grandma's.

With drinks and desserts a-plenty, The Meatball Shop makes the perfect casual stop for digging in to a hearty meal or a healthy bite, refreshing drink and mouthwatering dessert with family and friends.
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ES
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Tasty meatballs but too much sauce on the pasta by a lot. But if that's the way you like it this place is perfect!

JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food! We’ll be back

OT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their Mac and cheese was delicious. I had the eggplant parmigiana as well and it was very good. For dessert I had the oatmeal raisin cookie with the butter cream cheese ice cream with a different bottom cookie of snickerdoodle to complete the sandwich and all I can say is yummmmyyyy!!!

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I’ve been a long time lover of the Meatball Shop and dined at all locations over the years. Started at the original in the Village. Was thrilled when one opened UES. Even tried UWS and also love the HK location now that I live on 50th Street. But the menu has changed.

I loved the unique ordering with the menu and dry-erase markers. It was a special menu with awesome ways to try the meatballs. It was easy to understand. And I brought first time diners in all the time who’d get the schpeel on the menu. I was obsessed with the kitchen sink salad. I’d always order it with chicken balls and pesto.

I work at a bar in the neighborhood and we get a lot of tourists. They’d frequently ask me where they should go for dinner. I always recommended The Meatball Shop. I’m not going to anymore. This new menu change is disappointing. The tables are too small to change to a sharing menu “tapas” style. My favorite salad is gone. There’s no option to select one ball in sauce to try just one.

We ordered the Brussels sprout salad. It was too salty. We ordered 3 special pizza balls in pesto. I wasn’t sure if the balls were cooked all the way thru. And we ordered a couple of sides. It was difficult to maneuver the plates with our bottle of wine and bottle of water.

Within my disappointment I asked the server if you still did the fun Jell-O shots. He said you do. And we talked about dessert. But the way he described it, it only sounded like there was one cookie option and servers different ice cream flavors. I wasn’t blown away by the option for an oatmeal cookie. So we didn’t order my favorite dessert. We paid, left a 22% tip and finished our bottle of wine.

We overheard the hostess tell the table next to us that they could pick out 2 free Jello-O shots. The word free rang out over and over. They didn’t really want them, but if they were free, the why not? Felt like a slap in the face after we just spent $125 for a 2top and weren’t special.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

JS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Poor service, slow, messed up my order. Changed the menu yet again, and 15 dollar salad that was tiny.

JM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time dining at the Meatball Shop. Enjoyed the layout of the menu and variety of meatballs, base and sauces. Service was good. Neat little place and do recommend 😊

HB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE LOVE THE MEATBALL SHOP! Every time we're in NYC we track one down. It never disappoints!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We’ve been there several times & loved it! Had friends visiting so we thought we’d go back. They recently changed the menu and didn’t enjoy the options as much. Liked being able to create your own bowls with different meatballs & bases. Plus they took off the lobster meatballs which we really liked too.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have loved the Meatball Shop for years. It’s been one of my favorite restaurant/bars in NY, but they have made some changes recently that were really disappointing. A month ago I would have gone 5 stars down the line, but this visit was truly mediocre. I don’t think I’ll be going back anytime soon.

CP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great casual dinner, good value. Where the locals eat.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is consistently delicious, and you can't beat the price. Also, the a la carte menu allows you to get a delicious meal with sides and still avoid carbs if you want to. Highly recommended!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great comfort food... we always bring visitors to this spot. I had classic spaghetti and meatballs and it was delicious! The service was good and ambiance was light and fun. Will definitely be back!

CM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute little place in a good location. Amazing food!! The meatballs are THE best!!

g
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I’ve been a vocal fan of The Meatball Shop since its start and was looking forward to bringing my teenager (a huge meatball fan) to the meatball Mecca, or so I thought. We ordered and our plates were put down in front of us *maybe* 3-4 minutes later. A) while I appreciate the expedited service, I did not realize I made reservations at a fast food restaurant and B) it quickly became apparent why our meatballs arrived so quickly: both plates of meatballs were lukewarm on the outside and icy cold in the middle. Also, these are not the meatballs I fell in love with at TMS. What happened to this place?!?

One more important note: do not bother ordering the kitschy “spaghetti & meatballs.” These are the meatballs that are “stuffed” with spaghetti and they are just a $24 plate of plain nasty.

JB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I try to get back to the Meatball Shop every time I’m in NYC. The food and drinks are so good, and it’s always a good time. My only issue this time was we felt we were being rushed by the waitstaff. There were many free tables and they were still seating new guests, but my entire party felt like they were rushing us out the door. I was still eating my meal while they were clearing away the dishes from the other people at my table, which is normal, however, they were also asking what we wanted for desert while I still had a good amount of pasta left and had a mouthful of food. This seemed to continue until one of the people in the party told our waitstaff that we would order after everyone finished their meal. I’m not sure if this person was anxious to get cut for the evening, but it was uncomfortable. We would have stayed for another round of cocktails, but felt like we needed to leave. It was a big bummer.

b
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply but tasty - not overly expensive. Would recommend to anyone!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I somehow always forget just how good the food is there until the next time I go. My mother, who was visiting out of town, said we would DEFINITELY be returning. Everything was perfect.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I've been to this location 3 times, and every time is great!

PC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun, relaxing place - Perfect location for theater (West Palm Beach) - Love this place and would highly recommend!

B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual and fun dining with something for everyone in your party. Food is freshly prepared. Great options for carb lovers and no-carb eaters as well as GF options and vegetarians as well as a good bar menu. Very attentive service staff.

B
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cool ambiance and food is great.

You pick your ball, your sauce and a side, bingo, great meal

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shared a Caesar salad and bowl of spaghetti with classic meatballs and spicy meat sauce with one other person. Delicious. Sauce was not spicy at all. Ordered 4 more meatballs because they’re just that good!
Loved it!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely! We loved everything about it! Food was delicious and so flavorful. Especially enjoyed the ice cream sandwich from Ample Farms Ice Cream.
We'll be back!!!

CD
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the atmosphere here. Food and service were great also. Simple, fun, and tasty!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Meatball shop. Took my family there for my niece’s first trip to NYC (5 months). Wanted them to try something more local. Everyone had a great time and loved the food! Was worried about bringing an infant but the staff was very accommodating. Our server, Kirby, was excellent and made great suggestions. The seasonal risotto is to die for and of course the spaghetti and meatballs is an absolute must. Get there before they run out of the spaghetti and meatballs (limited batches made daily) they are out of this world.

G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

They had a very rude bartender. He actually came to our table to be confronting with us. His behavior was unprofessional and immature

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family’s first time in NYC and this was the first place we took them. They raced all night!

JS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great place to go with a friend. Would highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was adequate but cocktails were superb. Very crowded and high volume reminiscent of a college town bar. Service was pleasant and efficient

W
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It's not Le Bernardin or Marea, but it costs hundreds less. A fun and tasty meal that my wife and I really enjoyed pre-theater. Not a lot of brain damage from a complex menu written in a language I haven't used since high school. Simple concept - get meatballs on top of some kind of pasta or mashed potato or whatever, put a sauce on top of that, and eat it. I can't eat a lot of carbs, so I put mine on greens instead of carbs and it was quite good. We were too full for dessert (too much sugar anyway so I can't eat it) BUT the desserts other people were eating looked positively sinful.

The meatballs come in all sorts of combinations. Veggie for the vegetarian, salmon for the pestcatarian, classic regular and spicy pork that was not very spicy.

LP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner before a late show with my husband. The staff was all very friendly, and the food and drinks were great! The service was quick, but not rushed. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

SP
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I dine out A LOT and live in the area. Finally decided to give Meatball Shop a try since I walk by it daily in HK. Our server, Matthew, was lovely. He always checked in on us and even gave status updates. We ordered some apps and something from the Kids menu for my son; then later ordered food for myself and my husband. Not sure what happened but the kitchen obviously made an error. They sent mine and my husband's entree out first. The apps and kids entree came later which doesn't work when you have children. The mushrooms side dish was awful - no flavor at all! Same for the arancini/risotto balls - no taste whatsoever. I ordered the lobster meatballs which was mostly filler and not much lobster, although the garlic cream sauce was yummy. My husband ordered the 3 stuffed meatballs which is their specialty. I had so much hope for that dish but was disappointed with the lack of flavor all around.
The only thing that was decent was the kids meal my son ordered: spaghetti with meatballs. Our server was great and the location is cute but I won't be going back again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They seated us quickly and the food was awesome!!!

d
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fun place. Simple menu. Best desert! Service was great

F
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very nice place to spend a dinner! Just a little but noisy...

O
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meatball shop was nice .food was good people that work were very nice

KJ
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved The Meatball Shop! The food is very good, the atmosphere is great and the service was fast. Our waiter was very helpful and took good care of us. Came with my teenage daughters before seeing a show on Broadway.

f
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place with a fun menu. We opted for customizing our bowls and got3 different options. The lobster balls were amazing and the servings were plentiful. Very reasonably priced too. We’ll definitely be back!