Two days ago, had any friend of mine asked me, “Hey Amelia, wanna get some meatballs?” I wouldn’t have been all that enthused. However, if they asked me that same question today I would be down in an instance.
Friday was the last day that one of my roommates would be living with us and we wanted to have a dinner together, just us three. I suggested we go to a place I’ve passed by on Ninth Avenue with a fellow intern who swore by their food. It happened to be The Meatball Shop which has four locations, all in the state of New York. The place is a restaurant/bar that has meatballs for all. Not only do they have all the meat types but they also have veggie balls — so if you have those annoying vegetarian friends, they can still come along and enjoy.
Cheers to having the best summer a girl could have in New York City.
There are many ways to order your meatballs but I did it the “Naked” way. The dish consists of your choice of four meatballs and sauces with a side of focaccia bread and parmesan cheese. I paired chicken meatballs with pesto and classic tomato sauce.
Aerial view of the best meatballs I’ve ever consumed.
Chicken meatballs with pesto and tomato sauce from The Meatball Shop.
One thing is for certain at The Meatball Shop, all their food shaped like balls taste good. The ice cream sandwiches rival that of CoolHaus and any other ice cream sandwiches in the city. The cookies are soft and the ice cream is creamy but light. Perfect cure to last week’s heatwave. I ordered a chocolate chip cookie with brown sugar ice cream sandwich. It was marvelous.
Brown sugar ice cream with chocolate chip cookies from The Meatball Shop.
After we ate, we crossed the street and walked down to Tenth Avenue and waltzed through the High Line until we reached home base. All in all it was a good night with good friends just as every meal should be enjoyed.
I don’t just want to be Guy Fieri, I want to beat him. And sometimes, I do.
I beat his episodes, at least. Admittedly, I am one of hundreds of thousands of people who can’t get enough of the show “Diners Drive-Ins and Dives” on The Food Network. I even heard once that The Food Network sees poor ratings when they have almost anything but D-D-D on the air.
A few months back, I came across a list on one of my favorite blogs, Chow Bella, announcing that Guy Fieri had just been taping new episodes of D-D-D in the valley. I need to avoid bandwagon riding, so I hustled in when I heard he had been. Poet and I don’t even know it. I’ve basically followed Guy everywhere in AZ so far, so this was my routine duty. (More blog posts to come about the other D-D-D featured places I’ve been).
St. Francis in Phoenix was one of the places on this new list, although it’s been all the hype for quite some time now. Homeboy chef Aaron Chamberlin does magic in this place. He cooks everything in his wood oven, and the colors of the ingredients are incredible. Everything is local and baked fresh and just…k. No words. Just, no words. Literally, here are pictures that speak all the words I could attempt to construe…
Baked Goat Cheese. Chevre, if you’re fancy.
Fresh Baked Veggie Flatbread.
Baked Moroccan Meatballs over Israeli Couscous.
Green Chile Pork and Fresh Cornbread.