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The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Enjoyed the food a great deal. Fun place. Sitting outside was fine.
The chicken meatballs and tomato sauce were terrific! My friend enjoyed the fish special and the cauliflower was cooked and seasoned nicely. The side kale dish was just ok as it was not the freshest kale. The weight staff was excellent and the rose was quite nice!
We came to celebrate my brother in law’s birthday. Food was delicious as always.
We ate at the Meatball Shop for the second night that NYC restaurants were allowed to have 25% capacity indoors. They handled it really well, taking our temperature at the door and gathering our contact info for contact tracing.
Our servers were lovely and I have always liked the ambiance of The Meatball Shop, especially the music. However, the 6 mini chicken meatballs I ordered were mediocre. I regret not ordering the veggie balls. I super enjoyed the cauliflower, however, and my boyfriend said his pasta and meatballs were tasty.
The rose sangria is delicious, so all and all it was a good experience. Just don't think I will be ordering the chicken meatballs again.
We had a great time at dinner at The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side. We had a 3 year old in tow and the kids menu and ice cream cookie sandwich dessert were huge treats! I appreciate the spaced out set up as well and the service was very good.
Good food but they changed the vegetarian meatballs to white beans and they were much better when they were lentils... also some parts of the outdoor seating were very close to traffic on the sidewalk which made the whole taking off your mask thing to eat a bit uncomfortable...
It was great, very nice staff..................................
They’ve got the formula down and it delivers every time. Love the emphasis on veggies. Only comment is that I miss the old menu - too many new options. Ordering now a bit bewildering.
Outstanding service. Everyone so sweet and helpful. Delicious food and great value. I’d eat here every night just for their cauliflower alone!😊
Food was disappointing. We expected the quality to be better.
We had a very nice time at the Meatball Shop. The food was great & our waitress was very nice to us and checked up on us often. Ambiance and noise was suffice, have to cut some slack with the outdoor dining as it is hard for every business right now, but I thought they did a good job and we were not out in the literal street which added to comfortability. I would definitely go back again. Great place for a date!
Great food - only a few tables outside. Waiter was attentive. Sangria was delish.
Great food and service. Went with my kids (5 and 2) and they accommodated perfectly and the kids loved the food! Dessert was good too, my husband wants to come back.
Welcoming, fun, helpful staff, fun atmosphere, varied menu, great cocktails.
The place is deafeningly loud at dinnertime and makes you want to be anywhere else but there. The food has gone downhill--the tomato sauce in particular was quite sour. Finally, I find that they nickel and dime you (charging $4 for a kid's side of pasta which is a tiny tiny amount of food and charging you for grated parmesan cheese if you ask for it).
Very crowded. No personal space. Good food and service.
Capodanno, cibo ottimo e pasta al dente come in Itali
The only downside to the whole dining experience was getting the bill while we were still having dessert. I think the wait staff should always wait until the bill is requested by diners.
Great vibe and delicious fare! The kale salad was exceptional and the bowls were delicious - and huge!!
Everything was good! The one thing that bother me a little, it is the tables are really small and tight.
Simple uncomplicated spot for a simple meal. The meatballs and accompanying sauces were well seasoned and specialty drinks were good. Service was quick and friendly.
We were there on a quiet Tuesday night. The waitress was so friendly and helpful with questions! The food was delicious! We will definitely return in the future.
We've been to the Meatball Shop many times before and this was our first really bad experience. There was a quality control issue with my son's food but we decided to stay anyway. We were surprised that all the manager did was refund $5 of my son's dinner. It will be a while before we go back, if at all. Unfortunately, it's a favorite of our son's. We'll have to try other places in the neighborhood.
The meatballs and service were great. I’d definitely stop in again if I happen to be in the area.
Great dining experience!
Food was great! We ordered the mozzarella ball appetizer and crab ball appetizer to start. The fool-aid was delicious! We were all happy with our meals.
New mom met friends with stroller. Going at 5 before the dinner crowd provided for a delicious easy dinner. Staff was so friendly and accommodating with my giant stroller!
I was very impressed with how delicious everything was. I had the Smash with pizza balls and it was amazing. The staff were very friendly and attentive.
Meatballs are average at best. Food average.
a few dolllars short of 200 for 6 people to have average meatballs over preboiled spaghetti. a dollar extra for a small portion of grated cheese for the pasta, preposterous, not that it's a dollar but that there's even an idea to charge for something so customary. my second time, second store, can't recommend
I went to the meatball shop to celebrate my birthday with a bunch of friends. What made the experience so good was that a friend of mine informed the staff that it was my birthday. Apparently the Meatball Shop does not sing to patrons for birthdays but one young lady volunteered, stating that she would be explosive and ridiculous. It was a great experience, and she wished me a happy 15th birthday. I am 30. This place is awesome and staff go above and beyond!
Everything was good except the meatballs were a bit too salty.
The whole vibe of meatball shop has changed, which i am ok with! although i miss the marker and laminated menus, the food is still overall good!
Great menu! It’s even vegetarian- friendly despite the restaurant name. Tables are a bit cramped together but service was good and the place was not too loud which we appreciated.
Service is excellent. Meatballs are good but not amazing. I would expect more since it's their specialty but overall I am pleased and will return soon to try different varieties.
Good food, service, and pleasant atmosphere. Recommend it.
My friend order quinoa and it was served to her frozen
During our last visit, the food was fine - not great. Some of the waitstaff are much more attentive than others, which made our overall experience pretty mediocre. Not sure if we will be back anytime soon. When you make small changes to your order, they nickel and dime you. But, you don't find out until your bills comes!! The best part??? Save room for the ice cream sandwiches. I tried the lobster meatballs -- they were just OK. I prefer the Classic version -- they are better.
Thank you so much! We had a great anniversary dinner. Service was excellent and food was great.
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 Caviar and 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 4.5 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.
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.