Meatball Shop

Italian in East Village & Lower East Side

Elevating the humble meatball to high art, the Meatball Shop serves up five varieties of juiciness (including a lentil vegetarian option and a mac 'n' cheese special). Order those balls on a hero (a long roll), add mozzarella and spicy tomato sauce, and voila, you have a tasty, if happily downmarket, meal. This branch boasts a rock-and-roll vibe, with tattooed waitstaff and prominent beats.

There are six other branches in NYC. Check the website for details.