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Mangiamo! Hoboken: The Meatball Shop NYC Trip {Gluten Free Eats}

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The Meatball Shop has quickly become a famous restaurant and brand in NYC. With five locations in Manhattan and one in Williamsburg (plus a cookbook!), this restaurant attracts crowds from all over the city. Co-owners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow opened their first location in downtown Manhattan and just celebrated five years of business on February 9th.

Photo courtesy of The Meatball Shop

Photo courtesy of The Meatball Shop


Menu courtesy of The Meatball Shop

What makes The Meatball Shop unique is its unique way of ordering.

Here’s how it works: everyone at the table is given their own menu and using erasable markers can choose everything from drinks, entrees, to dessert. At every location, the “daily goods” board posts the specials of the day, including a special meatball, side, vegetable, drink and dessert.



Eating gluten free here is very easy, and the staff as a whole is extremely knowledgeable. There is even an allergy menu that lists what is gluten free! My go to order is the chicken meatballs, GF sauce of either tomato or pesto and a side of creamy polenta that can either be separate or “under” the meal. The daily risottos are also gluten free and my favorite is the saffron risotto – absolutely decadent.



I have dined at three of their locations so far and have never been disappointed. Just a warning: this place is ALWAYS crowded and you will NEVER leave hungry. It is great night out with friends to grab cocktails, eat some delicious food and end with an assortment of desserts.

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The Brooklyn Meatball Shop’s front window. For more information, visit The Meatball Shop.

Ci Vediamo. Mangia bene, Hoboken! 

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Val Rossi is the blogger behind Mangiamo! Hoboken. Growing up half Italian, studying abroad in Rome, and watching her grandmother make everything from minestrone soup to lasagna put her on a journey to find the best italian food in Hoboken. In 2012, she was diagnosed with Celiac's disease, and is now on a journey to find the best gluten free eats and products in town. Give her a glass of Chianti and some Nutella, and she is one happy girl!

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