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Need really good takeout meatballs in Brooklyn asap

vvv03 Aug 26, 2011 08:20 AM

We are having our daughter's fifth birthday party tomorrow. I had planned on my mom bringing her amazing meatballs for the meal but she isn't coming due to the rain. I am now scrambling to find really good meatballs and sauce. I like them soft and flavorful and not the size of fists. We are in Park Slope but willing to travel a bit I necessary. Any great recs would be greatly appreciated.

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    Blumie Sep 9, 2011 02:59 PM

    I missed this thread when originally posted, but when I hear meatballs and Brooklyn, I think Frankies!

    Frankies 457 Spuntino
    457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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      tex.s.toast Aug 30, 2011 08:13 AM

      I'm with Sluggo, I am interested to hear where you went and how it was.

      As a note for future searchers - i noticed yesterday that Fornino to go was advertising polpette on their front window, and just across 5th ave the special sandwich of the day (possibly rotating back through regularly) at Beerkraft was a beef/pork/veal meatball.

      191 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      256 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      1. re: tex.s.toast
        Sluggo1407 Aug 31, 2011 03:08 PM

        Tex, I don't know if you've heard yet, but I just found out about a new restaurant in Manhattan that specializes in meatballs. Had I known about it earlier, I would have suggested it to the original poster. They cater. I'm going to try it soon and will report back.


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          tex.s.toast Aug 31, 2011 06:53 PM

          I went once, when they first opened and enjoyed it but havent been compelled to go back. Lamb meatballs (i believe a special then and possibly on the regular menu now). I enjoyed the place and the concept and hope they do well.

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            donovt Aug 31, 2011 07:32 PM

            I recently went to the one in Williamsburg. The lamb balls were the special that night and were awesome.

            The Meatball Shop
            170 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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              tex.s.toast Sep 1, 2011 05:59 AM

              thanks for bringing this back to the outer boroughs, donovt.

              next time your in w'burg - if you havent yet, try Best Pizza's meatball sandwich. Tasted it for the first time at the serious eats all star sandwich festival this summer and its amazing. like, makes me glad i DONT live in wburg its that amazing (i could put on 10 lbs a month if it was within walking distance of where i lived).

              Best Pizza
              33 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

              1. re: tex.s.toast
                parkslopemama Sep 6, 2011 11:42 AM

                I like the meatballs at Catene Deli (4th Ave. and 9th St.) but they are huge!

                Catene Deli
                237 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                  donovt Sep 9, 2011 06:14 PM

                  I haven't been in Williamsburg in a while, but will definitely check out best.

        2. Sluggo1407 Aug 29, 2011 06:19 AM

          So, where did you end up going? More importantly, how were the meatballs and sauce?

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          1. re: Sluggo1407
            vvv03 Sep 6, 2011 11:39 AM

            Sorry I've neglected this post. It turned out that my mother decided to come, so I thankfully had a whole lot of awesome homemade meatballs. I was going to opt for Motorino, which is in Manhattan (I work in Manhattan). I ordered 5 orders of 3 meatballs each and it was going to be around $50. My mother about died when she heard that (she brought a huge pot of sauce and 52 meatballs; I keep telling her she could start a business.) So I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you, but I think because my mom's are so tender and tasty, I have yet to have a restaurant meatball that holds a candle to it.

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            gpcohen Aug 26, 2011 01:19 PM

            Brancaccio's Food Shop

            terrific prepared Italian food including meatballs.


            Brancaccio's Food Shop
            3011 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11218

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              Bookistan Sep 8, 2011 06:54 PM

              Brancaccio's meatballs are great but I would not recommend them for a sauce. If I recall they have a touch of sweetness (raisins or currants?) and I think they are best eaten as a dish in themselves. Looking forward to trying Forninos new meatball outpost in the slope!

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              ANin Aug 26, 2011 09:59 AM

              What about La Villa?

              La Villa
              6610 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11234

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                thegforceny Aug 26, 2011 09:03 AM

                Caputos, Court Street at 4th Place; or also in same hood Esposito's, Court Street at Carroll Street.

                G. Esposito and Sons Pork Store
                357 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                Caputo's Fine Foods
                460 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                1. jen kalb Aug 26, 2011 09:00 AM

                  costco has quite good beef meatballs in their freezer which folks from my church prepare all the time, with a good sauce would be very suitable for your party.. At the other end of the spectrum, Brooklyn Larder has ldeliciousmeatballs too, but not at a price I would recommend for a group!

                  Bklyn Larder
                  228 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                  1. Sluggo1407 Aug 26, 2011 08:37 AM

                    I buy them at Meats Supreme all the time when I'm too lazy to make them myself. They are very good as is their homemade sauce which you can buy by the jar. There are 4 locations in Brooklyn, two on 86th Street. You can take the D train to 18th Avenue or Bay Parkway. There is a location near each stop. I believe they are $3.99 per pound and they are in sauce (in the deli department). If they are too big for you (golf ball size) you can cut them in half. They also have smaller meatballs in their meat department (not in sauce). They are pre-packaged and not nearly as good. I think they must buy those from a vendor. I don't know why. You can also buy a zillion types of pasta there and some great breads too.


                    Meats Supreme
                    2229 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11214

                    Meats Supreme
                    1949 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11214

                    Meats Supreme
                    181 Ave U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

                    Meats Supreme
                    6214 Ave U, Brooklyn, NY 11234

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