The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side

4.7
117 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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 UES 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.

Support The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Brunch Menu is back - with Bottomless Drinks!

    Multiple dates available

    Make breakfast great again! Join us for brunch favorites such as our breakfast sandwich with spicy pork b'alls, b'alls, biscuits & gravy and shrimp & grits. And add our new Bottomless Drinks - $30 for 90 minutes!
  • Family Meal for $70

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy a family meal for 4! Includes choice of 2 ball & sauce combos + choice of salad + choice of side + choice of cookie. Served with focaccia.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 117 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and their new menu our waiter was fab too

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic! Everyone was really nice and the food was delicious.

MS
vipMelissaS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch date with husband & daughter. Great for families. The kids menu was so cute, with simple & delicious choices, and a good selection of crayons. Also, our server asked about any allergies- which is so appreciated since our daughter has a few dietary restrictions.
We got the meatball trio - amazing, & the chicken parm hero - delicious. Finished off with a double decker cookie ice cream sandwich & espresso martinis.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside at night. It was cold and there were no heat lamps. Nevertheless, the food was excellent and the experience worked well for the entire family.

CN
ChristineNY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the staff is so professional. The team is consisent and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go there with the boys

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

A lot of our food came out cold and I wasn’t super impressed by the meatballs.

HT
HeatherT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great and food was too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly made my friend’s birthday so special! Thanks for the meat balls, bubbles, and laughs. :-)

EG
EGS79
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The meatballs are great - and filling (who goes to a meatball shop and orders salmon, anyway?). Happy that they've reopened.

DS
DisappointedSweet16
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I cannot truly give a rating because the restaurant was closed. Apparently this location of the meatball shop has been closed therefore I cannot truly give a rating. I made the reservation online and it was confirmed. I even got a text message the day before. We had gone to NYC for my daughter’s 16th birthday and walked many blocks to get to the restaurant only to discover that it had been closed. Very disappointed and upset. Needless to say we will not be going to the other locations in the future because of this incident.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time when i come here. Very kids friendly

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vipFrancesca211
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good neighbourhood staple. Hadn’t been back to the UES Meatball shop in a while. Service and food get high marks. We weren’t rushed. Will definitely go back more frequently.

RS
RobertS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food. Also happy they extended their menu. Our waitress was Fantastic!!

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Diana
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to TMBS since it opened, food is always good, and now as the menu has been changed a little it’s even better.

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vipSuzicakes
New York Area
405 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a lovely lunch outside at the Meatball Shop. Everything was very good... I could live without the big slices of celery in my Caesar salad, it was strange. Darling waiter!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great experience!

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vippkat21
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service!!!

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vipArty
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food & service at a very reasonable price. The best meatballs anywhere, with enough other things for anyone to choose something else to eat.

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vipLuvfoo
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Thanks to open table, I tried this place out although I didn’t order off the restaurant week menu. Since it was my first time dining there, I ordered the meatball sampler trio…a spicy pork meatball, a chicken Parmesan ball and a regular beef ball…all tasty and their sauce is also decent (I’m Italian, so I am spoiled but it’s passable). I also ordered a Caesar salad and it had a great homemade (I think?) dressing..very filling and I enjoyed the lunch. My husband could t join me, so I brought him home 2 servings of the $10 for 3 balls of the beef balls…he ate three already last night, and I’ll probably cook up some pasta over the weekend to enjoy the remaining 3.

EJ
ErickJ
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server name was Grace, she was the best!!! Quick & fast service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Our table was ready when we got there! High chairs already at our table. Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating to our children. FOOD WAS AMAZING ALWAYS! Drinks amazing. Love the Meatball Shop.

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vipDpe123
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was terrific! !

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vipBizzle2002
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family friendly. Great vegetarian options

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointed in this place. It looks like a promising ambience from the outside but the mood is quickly brought down by the chaotic staff and patrons allowing children to run around tables and throughout the restaurant. It took us 15 minutes to get water and then another 20 before we were asked for our meal order. It was weird when the waiter made us feel dumb for not understanding the menu. Looking forward to going to other places on the upper east side.

KL
KaylaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic bruschetta, I would order two next time.

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vipFoodie52
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Service was great. I was pleasantly surprised by and loved the veggie meatballs!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and customer service!! Here visiting from Chicago and we will be coming back on future trips.

FM
vipFood4Me812
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints at Meatball Shop!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday party there - it was awesome!

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Maureen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Ok for families with kids. Was hoping for better food.

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vipBasia
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat indoors because it was chilly. Thoroughly enjoyed The Meatball Shop! Just delicious food and hospitable service. Ordered rigatoni with classic meatballs and basil parmesan sauce, and it was yummy! Good-sized portions too! And any restaurant that has Ample Farms Creamery ice cream is okay in my book. Just delicious, and there are other choices if you aren't a meatball fan.

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vipEric
New York Area
443 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was a tasty little spot with some varying takes on Italian cuisine.

A
Alexandra
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor seating area (weather permitting), delicious food, and great service!

IS
vipISPROUD
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first time here. We were a group of 6 so I needed to make sure I had reservations to eat outside. The food and service was great and the weather cooperated. I was very worried about the weather and the table seating with Covid in mind. Our table was fine but had there been inclement weather there would have been a problem....no heat lamps and no protection from the elements other than the "pre Covid" awning. Glad it all worked out!.

NY
NYCChic
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Very disappointing chicken meatballs, tasted and looked raw. Mac & Cheese tasted like it was out of Kraft box, not worth $14. Truly disapoointed.

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Brianne
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wasn’t sure what to expect at The Meatball Shop but I am so happy I dined here! The food was incredible, the experience was personal and safe among Covid, and the service was great! I definitely plan to dine here again. I loved the “cheddar e pepe” mac n cheese!!

RM
RajM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went after years! Glad it still looks the same inside. They do a good job with social distancing the tables and have plastic dividers between tables.

The food is still consistent! The meatballs are good in size! I highly recommend trying the cauliflower- however I do think it’s a little over priced $8.00 for the portion size.

One thing I don’t recommend is the old fashion. Not much flavor if that’s a thing!

Happy Eating

GL
GabrielleL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Poor service and poor food. Have been here before and the quality has seriously diminished.

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vipNatabat
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meat and veggie balls, fun spot. Can't go wrong!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side using the Order Online button. The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 257-6121.

The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side is rated 4.7 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.themeatballshop.com/store/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.