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Meatball Parm Nirvana

guttergourmet Mar 5, 2007 09:38 AM

Frankie's 17 Clinton Street- Sunday brunch-glass of Valpolicella with a meatball parmigiana sandwich on Sullivan street bakery pecorino bread with sicilian red sauce (peppers, pine nuts and raisons). Any other contenders? Murrays Cheese also makes a nice one with Ottomanelli meatballs.

  1. a_and_w Mar 5, 2007 10:54 AM

    I really like the meatball parm at Lazarra's on 38th btw 7th and 8th.

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    1. re: a_and_w
      NAtiveNewYorker Mar 5, 2007 10:56 AM

      Seconded. Other subs there are terrific too (chix parm, sausage and peppers). The pizza is unique and good. The place is not much to look at. It's a second floor restaurant in a creepy building where you can (with some difficulty) order take-out.

    2. guttergourmet Mar 5, 2007 11:48 AM

      I recently tried the square/grandma/sicilian and it was great. Which hero/sub/grinder/torpedo/po boy/hoagie do you recommend: veal, chicken, sausage or meatball? Also, I just remembered that the heros at Little Charlie's Clam were great. Anybody been lately? They're closed sundays.

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      1. re: guttergourmet
        a_and_w Mar 5, 2007 11:54 AM

        At Lazarra's? I second NNYer's suggestion of the chicken, which is especially meaty and juicy.

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          eddieandhismommy Nov 30, 2008 09:59 AM

          I think they are closed everyday now...

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          Scooby Mar 5, 2007 12:05 PM

          I worked near Manganaro's Heroboy and especially liked the half chix-parm, half eggplant-parm hero's. But it may have been the proximity rather than taste that I loved the best. Thoughts?

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            a_and_w Mar 5, 2007 12:59 PM

            Heroboy is just OK, imo, though I liked their eggplant too. If you're still in the area, definitely give Lazarra's chicken parm a try. Unfortunately, can't vouch for the eggplant, if it's even on the menu.

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            surly Mar 5, 2007 12:55 PM

            parisi bakery on mott street between spring and kenmare in nolita. one of the better places in manhattan for hot italian american heroes like chicken parm, eggplant parm, etc.

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            1. re: surly
              guttergourmet Nov 28, 2008 01:33 PM

              Just had the plain meatball hero at Parisi. Hefty but the meatballs didn't really stand up toFrankie's Spuntino.

            2. guttergourmet Jun 12, 2007 06:49 PM

              Not a bad meatball panini at Buon Italia

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                silencespeak Nov 29, 2008 12:44 PM

                I hear Di Fara's meatball/chicken parm is fantastic, just haven't tasted it for myself.

                1. steve h. Nov 29, 2008 01:25 PM

                  damn, that sounds good. thanks for sharing.

                  1. guttergourmet Jan 4, 2009 06:38 PM

                    Just went back for the same (substituted barolo for the valpolicella). Still my favorite meatball parm sandwich and thanks to the bread, room for a slice down the block at the new San Marzano pizza joint for dessert.

                    1. guttergourmet Feb 26, 2010 03:50 AM

                      The new Meatball Shop on Stanton has stolen the title. Beef meatballs (I need to try the spicy pork variety) on a hero (choice of white or whole wheat) with fresh mozzarella (or provolone) and spicy tomato sauce. Best in the city!

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                      1. re: guttergourmet
                        LeahBaila Feb 26, 2010 04:48 AM

                        Thank you for the feedback on The Meatball Shop. I've been dying to get over there, and now it sounds like I know exactly what I'm going to order!


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                          Blumie Jun 22, 2010 04:19 PM

                          Tried to go to Meatball Shop last week, but it was too crowded. Ended up at Frankies 17 instead, and am resurrecting this old thread to make sure people know that they still are producing a mighty fine meatball parm sandwich. Pending my making it back to Meatball Shop, I'm declaring Frankies' as the best meatball sandwich I've had!

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                            HippieChick Jul 8, 2012 02:39 PM

                            I thought Meatball Shop was horrible. Not enough sauce, inferior bread, really subpar meatballs. Deeply disappointed. I hate these meatballs that are really smooth and dense and processed on the inside, like meat concrete. I prefer them to have some roughness. I'll give Frankie's a shot.

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                              Blumie Jul 9, 2012 07:13 AM

                              I have now been to both Frankies and Meatball Shop several times, and much, much prefer the meatball sandwich at Frankies.

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                                foodwhisperer Jul 9, 2012 11:03 PM

                                The guys from Meatball Shop used to work at Frankie's, I rate them both the same.
                                Terroir has a good meatball sandwich. The meat balls at Tres Sorelles was good.
                                If I remember correctly Inoteca on Ludlow had good meatballs, i know for sure they had good rice balls.

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                                  AubWah Jul 10, 2012 05:27 AM

                                  Anyone have an opinion on the best meatball hero in Midtown? $8 price cap

                                  1. re: AubWah
                                    HippieChick Jul 10, 2012 01:32 PM

                                    Eddie's Pizza truck has great meatball sandwiches for about 8-9 bucks. But you have to ask for extra sauce and no cheese, as they're kind of dry otherwise. But the meatballs are great. It parks in front of the Starrett Lehigh building at 601 West 26th, from 11-3 on Mondays. I don't know their other regular stations, but they're probably more midtown on other days.

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                                Jeffsayyes Jul 22, 2012 07:21 AM

                                While not horrible, I mostly agree that the hero is not that special at The Meatball Shop. It's decent enough, the price is okay, and it's fun to be in there though. I'm not mad at them, but I probably won't be back.

                        2. guttergourmet Jul 21, 2012 04:47 AM

                          Glad to see this post revived. All previous meatball parm sandwiches are mere shadows when compared to the Platonic ideal meatball parm sandwich served at Parm.

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