I've always loved the gutsy, simpler Tavern menu at the Gramercy Tavern, and after having the meatball entree there recently, I have fallen in love all over again. Michael Anthony's meatball is a long way from the meatballs that filled the meatball hero at Rocco's, my local Italian-American deli growing up. Made with pork, beef, and veal, the succulent, moist meatball arrives split in half, the size of a baseball; great aged fontina cheese oozing out of the center; a pile of wonderful sweet onion marmalade between the two halves; and surrounded by an intensely creamy potato puree. Armed with my newfound penchant for portion control, I ate half the meatball (and a couple of forkfuls of the potato puree), and took the other half home with a vision for my meatball sandwich dinner dancing in my head. Around 8 o clock that night I toasted a bialy and placed the microwaved meatball neatly between the bialy halves. Meatball sandwich nirvana, serious eaters, way better than Rocco's.
Gramercy Tavern 42 East 20th Street New York, NY 10003 Ph: 212-477-0777
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