Now, we know my loyalty lies in all things Meatball Shop, but I have to admit, I'm intrigued by this Meatball Factory. I mean, it's a factory, not just a shop. The term "large quantities" comes to mind..
According to the menu, which is aptly named The Meatball Gallery, features plenty of meatballs of various meat origin (and non-meat for the vegetarians out there) for you and your friends to feast on. Traditional? Try the Old School – certified Angus Beef Hanger Steak, Heritage Pork, Premium Veal, Aged Asiago & Thyme ($8). Feeling meat-crazy? There's the Meatzza Meatzza - Braised Certified Angus Beef Short Ribs, Hanger Steak and Filet, Buffalo, Potato & Parmesan ($8). How about spicy? Kick up the heat with the Latin Stallion – Spicy El Cerdito Chorizo, Buffalo, Heritage Pork, Manchego, Adobo & Potato ($8). And if you're feeling just plain crazy, there's a Turducken meatball on the menu! Say what?! Yes. Someone was brave enough to attempt that – House Blend of La Frieda Turkey, Bell & Evans Chicken, Hudson Valley Farms Duck Confit, Sage & Allspice ($9).
Naturally, there cannot be a ball without sauce, and these are not your Nonna's sauces. Well at least some of them aren't, like the Dragon's Lair (Green Curry and Peanut Sauce with Red Pepper and Thai Basil). But then there's the more traditional types like the Hells Bells Vodka Sauce (Absolut Peppar, Spicy Cappicola, Red Bells, San Marzano Tomatoes, Oregano & Cream) and 'Shroom Central (Roasted Medley of Wild Mushrooms blended with Veggie Stock, Thyme and a touch of cream). For the fancy folk, there's Truffle Time (The Black Truffle Sauce from Dave’s World Famous Black Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese- Slow Cooked Cream, Shallots, Brandy, Sherry, Truffles, Fontina, Thyme & Oregano), and for the purist, there's a Fire Roasted Marinara (Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic & Sweet Onion, Fresh Basil & Sherry).
All meatballs come with choice of one sauce, or have a sampler of $3 sauces for an additional $3. And of course, you can have any of your balls on bread to make a "sammie".
This Meatball Factory offers more than just meatballs, including crisp Crackerbread pizzas, pastas (truffle mac n cheese!), salads and sides. Chef Dave Martin even took into account allergies and special diet-restrictions (gluten, vegan, etc). Thanks Dave!
I can't say I'm not intrigued…it's also about a block away from the 1st ave L train stop, so…I dunno man…the truth lies in the taste. Check out the menu here. Did I just see poutine on there?! F, I think I did..
The Meatball Factory
231 2nd Ave (corner of 14th and 2nd)