Meatballs and Cookies

Yesterday morning I headed out to Central Park for a 4.5 mile recovery run. My hamstrings were a little tight from Sunday’s race, but otherwise I felt great! The sun was shining and my legs were thankful for the squishy softness of the dirt bridle path.

The rest of my day wasn’t nearly as carefree as my a.m. run, but I had fun evening plans to look forward to. After reading a review in the NY Times a few weeks ago, I was intrigued by The Meatball Shop. This new restaurant specializes in….you guessed it – meatballs!

The Meatball Shop is tucked away on Stanton Street on the Lower East Side. In fact, I walked right by it at first! The menu is blissfully simple and the quality of food, cozy atmosphere, and attentive service are top-notch. Bonus: Ingredients are locally sourced and humanely raised.

Once we were seated, I perused the menu. Diners are given the choice of meatballs (beef, spicy pork, chicken, salmon, lamb, or vegetable), sauce (tomato, mushroom, meat, or creamy parmesan), cheese (mozzarella or provolone), as well as an array of breads, pastas, and vegetables. I chose the “meatball smash” which featured 2 chicken meatballs, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese stuffed and grilled inside a brioche roll. The arugula and apple salad on the side was a nice addition. I can’t say enough good things about this meal – it was warm and hearty, without being too heavy. And all of the ingredients were super fresh – loved the arugula!

Meatball Smash

(Grr…dim lighting…blurry photos)

The Meatball Shop

My dining companion ordered a classic beef meatball hero with melted cheese on a whole grain roll. The meat was described as being “fall off the bone tender”. Never mind that meatballs don’t actually contain bones….you get the point! And of course more of that yummy arugula salad on the side.

Meatball grinder

How do you top off a delicious dinner like that?

I know…

Cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar!!

Momofuku milk bar

Remember when I made a vegan version of Momofuku’s compost cookie? That was good, but there’s nothin’ like the original…

compost cookie

Last night I also snagged one of the cornflake-marshmallow-chocolate chip cookies and I think I like this one even better. It tasted like a chocolate chip cookie-rice krispies treat hybrid. Oh my heavens.

Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip

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What’s your favorite type of cookie?

  • I’m an equal opportunity cookie lover. I need to get myself to the Milk bar!

  • Pumpkin chocolate chip. I tell myself it is good for me.

  • I think I just found the perfect place for my husband’s birthday dinner — he’s never met a meatball he didn’t like 🙂

    Also, I just went to the momofuku website and now I’m drooling at my desk!

  • Usually I would say chocolate chip cookies, but two weeks ago I had a white chocolate chip macadamian and craisin cookie that was to-die-for. To make it even more sinful, it was fresh out of the oven.

  • Butterscotch oatmeal…yum!!

  • :O all that chicken/cheese goodness in a brioche roll – holy yum!! I adore brioche 🙂
    My favourite cookie…white chocolate chip 🙂 I don’t eat cookies often so i don’t know many flavours 🙁

  • Mmm…cookies. I’m going to have to go with oatmeal raisin for right now, but there a few cookies I don’t like.

  • I never would have put brioche with meatballs…either because brioche is so sweet or because it would be really rich but now I’m kind of intrigued. I’ve heard brioche makes really awesome French toast.

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  • Oh my goodness that dinner looks fabulous! Simply fabulous!!

    My favorite cookie is either plain sugar or peanut butter! YUM!

  • Ahhh I love the cookies at Momofuku Milk Bar! They are seriously amazing. Have you tried the soft serve yet? I highly recommend it.

  • Your sandwich sounds amazing! I’m sure my husband would love this place too – we’ll have to check it out asap.

    Love Momofuku Milk Bar. We saw David Chang with Anthony Bourdain a few times last year – too funny and so intelligent when it comes to food culture.

    My favorite cookie is a warm Boomchunka. It’s from a company in Michigan – oatmeal cookie with big chocolate chunks, pecans and dried cherries. Simply amazing!!

  • I love a 5-ingredient peanut butter cookie. It’s gluten free and tastes just like the nut!
    That restaurant sounds awesome! I would definitely eat there with the local and humane meat.
    I also love how more and more stevia sodas are coming out.

  • Jesse

    My new favorite cookie: http://journeytocrunchville.wordpress.com/2007/09/17/the-best-oatmeal-cookies-ever/

    My housemate made a batch and I had to muster all my will power not to eat the last ones before they got home today…

  • wow, those cookies look amazing!

  • Why didn’t I know about this place when I was in New York a few weeks ago?! Next time… I can’t say no to anything peanut butter or oatmeal (or both!) in cookie form

  • Ellen

    I can’t believe I have never noticed the Meatball Shop—I’m in the LES all the time. And I have yet to go to Momofuku—it’s been on the To-Do list for forever! Thanks for reminding me 🙂 My favorite cookie lately has been oatmeal chocolate chip. I think it depends on the time of the year. During the holidays I love gingersnaps and sugar cookies and pretty much every other time I love a standard chocolate chip!

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  • I do love a healthy sized meatball every now and then. That cookie looks insanely good! I still want to try that vegan compost cookie too. My favorite kind of cookie would have to be a tie between snickerdoodles and cranberry oatmeal chocolate chip.

  • Mmmm…love meatballs! 😀

    My favorite cookie changes all the time. :mrgreen: But currently, I’d have to say that it’s probably the peanut butter cookie with a hershey kiss in the center. Hot from the oven preferrable. 😀

  • Christine

    I had a plateful of freshly baked cookies at The Top of the Hub this past saturday in Boston (I highly recommend them!) That being said…I have to stick with the classic chocolate chip! Through in some oats and I’m all over it!

    p.s. I’m totally making meatballs this weekend now, I’m inspired!

  • those cookies look insane. INSANE! i love gingersnap – someone should make it with chocolate chips. (and by someone, i mean me)

  • Apple and arugula salad… Yum! Great combo. My favorite cookie’s probably my mas peanut butter chocolate no bake cookie. I can just never stop at one.

  • looooove cauliflower!! xxxx