Mr. Monkey's favorite meal during our cheap eats weekend in New York City was lunch at The Meatball Shop.
This cozy Lower East Side eatery kept up with the steady stream of customers like clockwork yet managed to maintain its warmth and friendliness.
The ordering system is fun.
Mark your choices on the laminated menu.
Naked balls -- four meatballs served with focaccia ($7).
Side of simple salad ($4).
Arugula and apples. Nothing terribly exciting, but we wanted something green.
Sliders ($3 each) -- spicy pork meatball + spicy meat sauce, chicken meatball + Parmesan cream sauce, vegetable meatball + pesto sauce, jambalaya meatball + classic tomato sauce.
Nearly two months later, Mr. Monkey still can't stop raving about this place.