With a business named "Kiss My Bundt", clearly I have a sense of humor.
So when I was told by an older gentleman that he knew where to get good "balls", I both laughed and listened.
Hungry, and ready to taste my way through New York, I first went for a cupcake from Sugar Sweet Shnshine (photo and comments on this cake on our facebook page, facebook.com/bundts)
After my sweet appetizer, I walked a few blocks to "The Meatball Shop".
Greeted, I was comforted by the smell of sizzling meat and garlic. I first took a look at the surroundings, a long communal table, a few two-tops, an the bar counter. I opted for the bar so that I was perfectly perched to take it all in.
•First decision: beverage.•
This place has $4 glasses of house wine. And pretty great beers on tap for $3. I opted for a $3 pint of Perroni.
•Next: what kind of ball?•
There are 4 standard balls: beef, chicken, pork, and vegetarian. Then, they do a special ball everyday. This particular day I opted for the special, which was an amazing Beef and Mortadella. Yum. Super flavorful, super moist. I love how the outside was browned, giving the ball a great contrast of textures and flavors.
•What's under your ball?"•
The restaurant has a variety of ways to eat your meatball. You can get a slider for $3, you can get a meatball sub, meatballs smashed between your fave bun, "The Kitchen Sink", which is kind of a salad. Or, you can get it the way that I did: 4 meatballs in your choice of 1 of their 5 sauce options, and a slice of focaccia on top for dipping purposes. I chose a spicy meat marinara--an excellent choice.
Now everyone from you to the Lady and the Tramp knows about spaghetti and meatballs. But I just felt too cliche ordering spaghetti, but I noticed coarsely ground polenta as an option. So, that's what I ordered. So amazing--salty, beautiful corn flavor, course texture surrounded by creaminess, and a lovely topping of grated parmesan. So good.
The waitress asked me "do you want your polenta under your balls or in the side?"
"on the side, please."
•Did someone sat homemade ice cream and cookies?•
Though I was full, I can't resist scratch made desserts. They had a menu of 6 cookies options and 6 ice creams flavors to make a sandwich. If you go here, it is the bargain of the day at $4 each.
I got the brownie cookie with caramel ice-cream. So incredible. I only had room for 4 bites, but so good!
Great balls, great sauce, amazing polenta, cheap beers and wine, excellent dessert, and great service. This was a total "win". Plus, this place is like a gathering point for weary/hungry souls and happy regulars. I even got a list of 15 places I "had" to go to by Tessa, my hostesses' friend, who was dining beside me. She works as Franky's in NY, so if you meet her be nice and tip well!