The Meatball Shop

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79 Solid

The first in a chain of fast-casual spots serving meatballs (and not much else).

84 Stanton St., New York, NY, 10002


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The lowdown

Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow’s early plan to serve meatballs out of a takeout window evolved into an obsession to focus on meatballs exclusively. And thus was born the idea for the Meatball Shop: a counter-service operation with a build-your-own-meal menu, featuring five kinds of two-ounce, house-ground balls (plus a weekly special), various sauces, and a range of options (slider flights, heros, pastas, salads, and sides). Ingredients are well-sourced and dessert — a variety of ice-cream sandwiches originally developed by Chernow’s wife — is worth grabbing as well. The cumulative effect: a retro vibe for a thoroughly modern meatball that ended up launching an entire chain.

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