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The Meatball Shop

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84 Stanton Street, New York City, NY 10002
+1 718-551-0520
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 386
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  • 200
    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of our best meals in NYC!

Oh man--this place was amazing. We were staying just around the corner and after walking by it a few different nights we decided to go in without a reservation for dinner. They were packed but they fit us right in at their "communal table" which meant that we had neighbors sitting on each side of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
esorensen85
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Lynnwood, Washington
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  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Lynnwood, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Oh man--this place was amazing. We were staying just around the corner and after walking by it a few different nights we decided to go in without a reservation for dinner. They were packed but they fit us right in at their "communal table" which meant that we had neighbors sitting on each side of us. We got to know... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

As this one is ending. I've been here multiple times throughout the years and its prime unfortunately has passed. Service was great but several problems with the food and then management proceeded to argue over semantics. Not the first time I was offended at this place but it was the last.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I've been looking forward to this restaurant since I saw the commercial on TV. When I went during the afternoon, it wasn't all that packed, so that was a plus. If you want to act like a local, tell them you've been there before. The way to order is that you're given a menu and marker and you circle everything... More 

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

The food excellent, service is friendly and helpful. There are a lot of choices considering they only make balls. The menus are also cool, you use a sharpie to choose Your order.

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Love love love this place It's a loud small bar like atmosphere so not the best setting for families with young ones. However for everyone else it's awesome. Quality inexpensive (comfort) food. Great setting and service. My third day back there (for take away) since we and especially my little one cannot get enough of their meat balls Highly recommend... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We were looking for something different for a Birthday meal and a local New Yorker recommended The Meatball Shop. Its very small so be prepared to put your name down and wait. They will text you when your table is ready. IT IS WORTH THE WAIT! Small and cosy with great old school hip hop music playing we started confused... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the Meatball Shop. Upbeat, fun staff, loud music, tasty meatballs and a massive sugar hit in the shape of an ice cream sandwich. Not the place to linger long.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Food is incredible and the atmosphere is lovely and bubbly The barman is the perfect entertainer and extremely helpful when trying to decifer the ordering. Its really easy when you get the hang of it and I believe quite unique. We went back a few times and always had a fantastic meal. Definitely recommend the chicken meatballs and a cream... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Definitely worth waiting in line for, the Meatball Shop is a great place to start a night out or soak up a hangover. The meatballs themselves are juicy, with a choice of meats and good specials, with excellent accompaniments, particularly the salad, and a variety of sauces. Excellent cocktails too, especially the Turbo Lebowski, which kept me up all night!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

What a fun place to go. .. even out waiter was entertaining. I had the buffalo Cajun meatballs with red meat sauce which actually went great together and were a bit spicy. I tried the zucchini/tomatoes veggies which were good. Best part was the cookies for desert. .. chocolate chip and bRownie walnut!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 84 Stanton Street, New York City, NY 10002
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 718-551-0520

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 4:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 4:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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