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The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side, New York, NY

The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side

4.7
4.7
156 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

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Other options

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 257-6121

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Baller Boxes available! Menu https://www.themeatballshop.com/menus/#baller-boxes For our Catering options, visit www.themeatballshop.com and click on Catering.

  • Private party facilities

    For Private Parties , visit www.themeatballshop.com and click on Private Events.

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    2nd Avenue between 76th and 77th

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • 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.

What 156 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KS

    KevinS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was AMAZING and the service was wonderful. I would definitely go back!
  2. SP

    SusanP

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reasonably-priced food with a full bar and great vibe on the UES? It's a rare thing indeed. They also do Happy Hour and take reservations. THANK YOU!!
  3. LL

    LisaL

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious: the meatballs, salad, butternut squash and humus. The server was friendly and helpful.
  4. KP

    KaseyP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for our large family. Great options for kids.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service! Everything we ordered was on the money. Thanks to our server for the recommendations.
  6. W

    Wrecks

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our table of 3 was one of a few occupied tables during lunch. We were able to walk in and be seated immediately. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent suggestions. Our 7y.o. loved the kids’ spaghetti and meatballs. I had the spicy pork with rigatoni and my only issue was that the pasta was a bit toothy for my taste. My wife had the meatball sampler as an entree and all the options were solid. A very nice lunch that I would love to return to, if time allows.
  7. MD

    MaggieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this place for families! The food was delicious, the service was great and the atmosphere was cozy. It was a highlight on our trip to NYC.
  8. BS

    BobS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was great with nice service, music was a little to loud during dinner and not exactly appropriate language for kids
  9. F

    Foodlover

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I am not cheap, but resent why a restaurant will place an additional charge when requesting extra salad dressing. The flatbread was delicious. Salad was OK. My friend enjoyed her meatballs.
  10. m

    mrsambo89

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was not what it was in the past
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Outdoor dining
  12. DH

    DebbieH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to sit outside which was nice, Jackson, our server, was cool. Great lunch , thank you 😊
  13. LS

    LukeS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The only complaint I have is that we were celebrating a birthday and they didn’t acknowledge it / do anything special. Good was great and like the setup of the restaurant too.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Not very crowded on a Thursday.
  15. KM

    KenM

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped here for lunch yesterday. Very nice. All the food was good. The meatballs were terrific! A little pricey for smallish portions, but OK for our “once in a while” list.
  16. f

    food4fun

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience with my family was fun and friendly.we all enjoyed r meal and will definitely be recommending this place to friends (if we make them).
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food as always. Their menu has gotten more complicated and I have mixed feelings about that. Still live their meatballs and that’s why I go. I don’t need several different preparations of fish and veal or lamb. I want meatballs. Their salads are awesome.
  18. JB

    JenniferB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite spot in the city. The food is AMAZING and the people who work there are the nicest. The servers have conversations with you and treat you like family.
  19. SG

    SGS312

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and food was delicious :)
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    This is a great option for a fast bite above fast food. The ambiance is a bit stale, though. Somewhat quick fix decor matches the menu. Meatballs- the reason for the season- are not as carefully crafted as you would expect for a “names sake”. In fact, they had a slightly soapy flavor, as if the chef hand rolled them with cologned or freshly sanitized hands. The pastas were cooked well, and gravy tasty enough- not sweet.. the star of the show- the broccoli. Wine list is meh, and service , uneven, but friendly.
  22. JB

    JohnB

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great meatballs, great service. It was nice and quiet, although we were there pretty early.
  23. JC

    JoeChea

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was good, as always. The fool aid was a bit on the weak side, we didn't taste or feel any alcohol and we weren't able to order another drink because they were closing. But overall a pretty decent experience
  24. AR

    ARLYTHEAT

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    loved the food and the staff
  25. LS

    LS1111

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Food was absolutely awful. I certainly will not be going back.
  26. NW

    NicholeW

    East Texas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great people and vibe. The buffalo meatballs are not fun be missed. Will be back!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cute place—tucked away a bit. We loved it! The food was very yummy. Service was quick. And, our server was super nice and friendly! ☺️ We’ll deffo be back!
  28. DJ

    DanaJ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were delicious. Plenty of GF options. Waitress was kind enough to serve us outside even though it was cold. Will definitely come again.
  29. NC

    NicoleC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best time with my husband and daughter. Food is so good!
  30. JG

    JeffreyG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really cool vibe with great staff. Food was delicious. The pork meatballs steal the show but everything is great. Go for the ball specials so you also get amazing vegetables. Polenta, mashed potatoes, broccoli, carrots…solid! We will definitely go back there when next in NYC.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was simply exquisite!!! Highly recommend!!!
  32. CR

    ChristieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was awesome and food and drinks were delicious.
  33. D

    Domer84

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Visiting from out of town, and returned here based on several great meals I had here in past years. Though COVID caused a few things to change I can happily say this place and the food are just as good as I remembered it.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in NYC to share it for the first time with a family member. It was more than 8 years since we ate at TMS. It was as good as the first time.
  35. S

    Steve

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the service to the food was great!
  36. KM

    KatieM

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Visiting NYC and needed dinner after our time at The Met. So glad we found this place. Very tasty food, friendly and great staff, good atmosphere. Highly recommend!
  37. AA

    AnnA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food but too noisy and way too warm. They need an a/c or open windows.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was so crazy excited to try this place and it delivered on all accounts. The service was amazing. The team understood and could recommend options from their own experience with the menu. The drinks were delicious and the overall vibe is cas’ with a hint of hipster and city highlights. Will definitely be returning.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place and their new menu our waiter was fab too
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic! Everyone was really nice and the food was delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 Chow Now 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 4.7 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side

1462 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075

Additional information

  • Cross street

    2nd Avenue between 76th and 77th

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 257-6121

  • Catering

    Baller Boxes available! Menu https://www.themeatballshop.com/menus/#baller-boxes For our Catering options, visit www.themeatballshop.com and click on Catering.

  • Private party facilities

    For Private Parties , visit www.themeatballshop.com and click on Private Events.

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