At The Meatball Shop, this is how they roll: There are six kinds of meatballs, four sauces, and several ways to eat them: in a hero, in sliders, “naked,” with focaccia and sauce on the side, or atop pasta or other side dishes.

guttergourmet proclaims the beef meatball hero with spicy meat sauce the best in town. Another hound-favored combination at this month-old restaurant is spicy pork with mushroom gravy. Beef, chicken, and a weekly special of lamb all deliver great taste and texture, cubeoccupant says. First-timers might want to go with a slider “flight” to sample three different meat-and-sauce combos.

To counter all the carnivorism, there’s a vegetable “meatball” choice and an array of meatless sides, including an arugula salad with apple, a seasonal “market salad,” roasted vegetables, assorted greens, white beans, and polenta. cubeoccupant advises going in a small group and sharing a table full of dishes: “it may be a good destination for post-drinking grub and an cheaper alternative to ‘inoteca.”

The Meatball Shop [Lower East Side]
84 Stanton Street (near Allen Street), Manhattan

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