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Men and Their Meatballs

Burgers may currently rule, but let’s not forget the mania for meatballs.

  1. 1. Maremma

    228 W. 10th St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-645-0200

    Inexplicably delicate lamb meatballs served as antipasti.

  2. 2. Frankies Spuntino 17 Clinton

    17 Clinton St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-253-2303

    The two Franks serve them two ways: in a righteous pool of red sauce or as a toothsome sandwich on Sullivan Street Bakery pizza bianca.

  3. 3. A Voce

    41 Madison Ave., entrance on 26th St.; 212-545-8555

    Some know Andrew Carmellini as a James Beard–awarded best chef; others know him for his duck meatballs.

  4. 4. Bocca Lupo

    391 Henry St., at Warren St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn; 718-243-2522

    Veal-and-porcini meatballs in tomato sauce ladled over a soft slice of bread, like a neo-Italian-American take on that diner classic the hot open-faced sandwich.

  5. 5. ápizz

    217 Eldridge St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-253-9199

    Chef-owner John LaFemina wrote the book on the subject, literally—it’s titled A Man & His Meatballs.


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