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NYC's Meatball Shop Opens in DC Soon with Crab Balls, Jello Shots, and DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Aug 22,2018
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Crab balls rolled with salt-and-vinegar chips at the new Meatball Shop on 14th Street. Photograph courtesy of Meatball Shop.

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BY ANNA SPIEGEL

WASHINGTON, DC. - All the bad “balls dropping soon” jokes aside, we’re pretty excited for a branch of NYC’s Meatball Shop to open in DC. The niche chain started on Manhattan’s Lower East Side as a fun, moderately priced restaurant that’s open late for night owls and industry folks—and they’ve continued the same over eight years across five locations. The 70-seat branch on 14th Street (formerly Cork Wine Bar) will be the company’s first venture outside New York. An exact opening date is now TBD due to unforeseen delays, but it should be in the next few weeks.

Chef Daniel Sharp, who came to the first Meatball Shop from upscale restaurants like SPQR in San Francisco, created a few new dishes just for DC. For a starter, try Chesapeake crab balls rolled in a salt-and-vinegar potato chip crust, served with Old Bay aioli for dunking. Sharp says they’re using local crab to celebrate the debut, but will likely switch to Louisiana or another domestic product to keep the cost below $10.

The goal is to keep things casual, though Sharp uses quality ingredients like natural Angus beef and Heritage Foods heirloom pork. While steaks and chops from the same animals go to pricier restaurants, the shop’s house blends utilize cheaper cuts like leg or shoulder meat. All of the meatballs are blended, seasoned, rolled, and roasted in-house.

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