Me, my sister Giavanna, my bro Jeff, my cousin Rich and his boyfriend Steve were all extremely excited to experience MEATBALL SHOP in the Lower East Side the other night. I checked the menu several time. Rich had done extra cardio. We were READY.
The evening began with pre-dinner drink at Rayuela. I’d been wanting to go there sometime; leading mixologist Junior Merino is a consultant. Had a delicious drink with cucumber and other refreshing biz. Great ambiance.
We foolishly approached Meatball Shop at 7:30 on a Thursday expecting an instant table. I mean, the place has been getting a TON of press. (No but, it actually has). We were told 1 1/2 hours. GOODNESS ME. Hungry bellies waiting ready for meatballs were not pleased.
So, with battling iphones and apps we eventually settled on Spitzer’s, a great LES haunt mostly known for its extensive beer collection. Total hipster vibe, with a rustic, airy yet very nighttime ambiance. We sat down at one of the long wooden tables and ordered a variety of surprisingly great food.
We made ourselves feel better by saying that upon exit we would get a rogue meatball sub from the first crappy pizza place we saw but….we ordered fries for the table… and finally agreed meatballs would wait for another day….