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Brooklyn meatball emergency broadcast - help us

ramonasaur Aug 4, 2012 08:58 AM

my g just woke up with a strong desire for fluffy meatballs. it's our 4th anniversary -- where in Brooklyn should I take her?

- we live in central brooklyn
- but we have a car
- the meatballs are all the romance we need -- the vibe of the place is not important
- she also loves clams

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    donovt Aug 4, 2012 09:54 AM

    The Meatball Shop in Williamsburg. It gets mixed reviews, but I really liked the meatballs the one time I went.

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    1. re: donovt
      ramonasaur Aug 4, 2012 11:08 AM

      does it have spaghetti?

      1. re: ramonasaur
        donovt Aug 4, 2012 11:56 AM

        Yes they do. I've only had meatballs and risotto there. Here's the menu:


      2. re: donovt
        StheJ Aug 4, 2012 05:43 PM

        The one time I went I found the meatballs to be lackluster as well as the sides and the overall atmosphere.

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        Barry Strugatz Aug 4, 2012 12:21 PM

        Joe's of Avenue U!!!

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          Mike R. Aug 4, 2012 12:29 PM

          You can count on some excellent specimens at Barboncino (Franklin Avenue, a couple blocks south of Chavela's).

          Don't stop there...get a pizza or two...wood-fired oven (made by a Paulie Gee's refugee!).

          1. David11238 Aug 4, 2012 06:08 PM

            DiFara, believe it or not. They make excellent (and very underrated) meatballs. The best in Brooklyn, IMO. But, that is if they're open, and if they're making them. I forget if they make pasta. I usually had mine on a hero with melted muzz.

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            1. re: David11238
              Geo8rge Aug 10, 2012 06:24 PM

              I don't think DiFara does anything except Pizza these days. I did not see the listing for heros on the wall. But I did not ask about it wither.

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              ramonasaur Aug 4, 2012 10:37 PM

              Barry, mike, david, thank you! I'm excited to try all three of those spots!

              1. didactic katydid Aug 5, 2012 04:25 PM

                Frankie's 457 has fairly unique but excellent meatballs.

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                  Geo8rge Aug 10, 2012 06:27 PM

                  Sam's in Cobble Hill might be fun. It has that 70's mafia movie decor. I like the food there. The meatballs taste like beef, there is no attempt at achieving awesomeness with spices and what not.

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                  1. re: Geo8rge
                    cazique Aug 10, 2012 06:32 PM

                    FYI Sam's is closed for vacation until Labor Day or so.

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                    StheJ Aug 11, 2012 03:23 AM

                    Ferdinandos has great meatballs and the fresh bread is always great.

                    1. NYJewboy Mar 29, 2013 05:55 PM

                      The Meatball shop is a rancid ridiculous hipster nightmare, however their meatballs can be (and I hesitate to use this word) spectacular.

                      1. guanubian Mar 30, 2013 06:26 AM

                        For take home, Faicco's and Bari must have great meatballs.

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