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The Meatball Factory Rolls Onto The Scene

Monday, October 24, 2011 at 10:10 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Chef Dave Martin knows how to play ball. As demonstrated when the Top Chef alum debuted his meatball-centric menu to an eager crowd during this weekend’s preview of The Meatball Factory, which officially opens on Tuesday, October 25th.

  1. Elysian Farms lamb meatballs smothered with rich & creamy wild mushroom sauce
  2. Poutine-style beef balls, melted mozzarella & San Marzano marinara over fresh cut fries
  3. Guests got ballsy while enjoying a preview of The Meatball Factory\'s flavorful dishes
  4. \'Cheese, Please\' mozzarella pizza gets kicked up with Hells Bells Vodka Sauce—a fiery combo of Absolut Peppar, spicy cappicola, red bells, San Marzano tomatoes, oregano & cream
  5. Challah bread (from Eli\'s Bakery) stuffed with turducken meatballs & curry peanut sauce
  6. Chef Dave had a ball during his big preview!
  7. Pizza with ground turducken & curry peanut sauce delivered a knockout flavor punch
  8. Dave’s decadent & delicious World Famous Black Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  9. Malted fudge & sea salt caramel sundae with candied walnuts—a perfect post-meat treat

Commanding the corner of East 14th Street and 2nd Avenue, this warm, rustic bistro boasts a cozy interior with dark wooden tables, exposed brick walls, floor to ceiling windows and a sizable bar area. The menu of upscale comfort food centers around an extensive selection of house-ground gourmet meatballs, including flavorful rounds of braised pork, short ribs, chorizo, duck, lamb, turkey and veggie. Proteins pair up with eight savory sauces, such as green curry peanut, black truffle cream, spiced up vodka and fire roasted marinara, and fully customizable combos allow diners to curb any meaty craving—you can have your balls on a challah roll, over housemade pasta or crispy, thin-crust pizza, or poutine-style atop fresh cut Idaho fries coated in melted cheese.

So, what makes The Meatball Factory stand out? “Simple, high quality, fun food that’s affordable,” Martin shared. Nothing on the menu is over $15 and no bottle of wine is priced over $40. Yet, the quality and flavors are top notch. Take the Turducken meatball, made from a house blend of La Frieda turkey, Bell & Evans chicken, Hudson Valley Farms duck confit, sage & allspice. Martin prides himself on prime sourcing and uses his own line of handcrafted rubs, sauces and seasonings to tastefully elevate each dish.

While meatballs are the star here, you’ll also find dairy-free and gluten-free options, seasonal salads, vegetable sides, and a tempting array of sweet treats and ice cream sundaes to round out the menu. The ‘Thai This’ pizza—a mouthwatering medley of ground Turducken, luscious green curry peanut sauce, Thai chiles and Grana Padano sprinkled over delicate cracker dough—is a must-try. For the ultimate indulgence, order up Dave’s World Famous Black Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese—a decadent breadcrumb-topped infusion of slow cooked cream, shallots, brandy, sherry, truffles, fontina, thyme and oregano. And make sure not to overlook the shaker of red chili spiced agave on your table. When splashed onto entrées, it adds complexity, depth and quickly becomes addicting. To wash it all down, belly up to the bar for reasonably priced vino, along with 18 taps and 20 bottles of craft beer.

With an evident passion for his craft, chef Martin masterfully pairs new flavors with comfort food staples, creating dishes that you’ll want to savor again and again. And since The Meatball Factory rolls out endless choices and combinations aplenty, be sure to come hungry and prepare to have a ball.

 

The Meatball Factory, 231 Second Avenue at 14th Street, 212.260.8015

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