• The Best Meatball Spots in Hoboken and Jersey City

    National Meatball Day is here {March 9th}! What better way to celebrate with a warm bowl of comfort food? We’re a little unclear how this holiday started, but really, there’s no way to resist celebrating. Meatballs are like a burger and fries or bowl of pasta without the major commitment and stomachache afterwards {unless you eat too many, which is quite easy to do}. So, to honor this wonderful day, we’re bringing you some of our favorite meatball go-tos in the area. Here are the best meatballs in Hoboken and Jersey City, for your consumption:

    Hoboken Meatballs

    The Cuban {Sweet + Spicy Meatballs}

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    Add a little Latin flavor to your meatballs at The Cuban, where you will be oh-so-happy that you did. The Cuban’s signature meatball dish boasts and array of spices and sweet flavor that will leave you finger lickin’ the bowl!

    Otto Strada {16 oz. Meatball}

    Yes folks, a ONE POUND meatball that is sure to combat those carnivorous cravings once and for all. This is a 16-ounce meatball that does *not* disappoint.

    Bin 14 {Meatballs with Marinara and Pecorino}

    There’s nothing that goes better with meatballs than wine. So natch, we had to mention Bin. For the wine and tapas lovers, Bin 14 serves a variety of delectable menu items which includes meatballs with marinara and pecorino {ideal app}. For a delicious follow-up, opt for the mushroom, burrata, and arugula pizza {which even has an option for a gluten-free crust}. And for the brunch crowd, they have an egg + meatball dish that is TDF.

    Rosticeria Da Gigi {Original Meatballs}

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    We know there are many Italian spots in town that serve meatballs that are quite tasty, but recently Rosticeria Da Gigi served us some balls, and served them well. They were big, juicy, topped with some parmesan — just perfect for a cold day. Gigi’s rice balls are nothing to scoff at either. SO GOOD. Located at 916 Washington Street, this gourmet deli is a step above many of the other delis in town with their flexible {read: caters to gluten free friends} and authentic Italian menu. Simple and scrumptious food — oh, and you MUST try their chocolate mousse!

    City Bistro {Chicken Meatballs + Eggplant Polpettes}

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    Owner John Avoletta {who also owns Johnny Pepperoni’s} just recently revamped City Bistro’s menu and it is totally worth checking out. These chicken meatballs are one of the new additions and are out of this world, bound to make any Italian mother proud — especially since the sauce is John’s mom’s very own recipe.

    Tony Boloney’s {Meatball Sub}

    Yes, we know these are garlic knots not the meatball sub you were accepting, but in case you didn’t know, Tony Boloney’s garlic knots are un-be-lievable. As is their meatball sub. We suggest ordering both. And the Old Man Brooklyn pie. You’re welcome.

    Anthony David’s {Bucatini with Veal Meatballs}

    BYOB with bucatini noodles and veal meatballs —oh.em.gee. Anthony David’s is known for its yummy eats, and their meatballs should be included in that assumption. After a hearty meal with your own vino, finish it off with warm doughnuts drizzled in Nutella. You won’t be disappointed.

    Sorrellina Meatballs {Arancini Rice Meatballs}

    Okay, so technically, arancini are rice balls, but since they’re filled with hen of the woods mushrooms and fontina cheese and are delish, we had to mention them. Sorrellina is an uptown wine bar serving small plates that are definitely something to write home about.

    Vito’s Deli {Turkey and Swedish Meatballs}

    We couldn’t complete this list without some Italian deli meatballs in mix. Vito’s deli serves both turkey and Swedish meatballs, which is a nice change of pace from beef. Add a “side” of a pepperoni, buratta, salami sandwich and you’ll be full till dinner and beyond. Read more about Vito’s, a Hoboken staple since 1986, here.

    Total Nutrition Kitchen {Korean-Style Spicy Meatballs}

    For those looking for a meatball situation that won’t break the caloric bank, TNK offers “clean” meals that are weighed out and proportioned with all of the right calories/macros. Basically, you’ll be able to make sure you’re staying on your healthy-eating plan while indulging on some meatballs. The shop’s spicy meatballs come without sauce, but a duck/sweet chili sauce is a perfect dip to add to the mix {if you’re not watching your sugar content}.

    Johnny Pepperoni’s {Spaghetti and Meatballs}

    Spaghetti and meatballs = an obvious yet often overlooked combo. And when it comes to Johnny Pepperoni’s, their spaghetti and meatballs and chicken parm is our go-to order.

    Jersey City Meatballs

    The Roman Nose {Meatball Bowl}

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    The sauce for this infamous bowl is deemed the best in all the {Jersey City} land — and it’s pretty good. Order some extra sauce when you get this dish to make sure that there isn’t a spoon fight for it at the end.

    IncrediBALLS Meatballs {Food Truck}

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    When the Pier 13 days of glory are here with food trucks galore, you must make sure you make a stop and grab some of these delicious balls. The Sweedish balls and the Italian meatballs are the go-tos,  but there are a ton of other unique ball options like Jamaican Jerk and even vegetarian options!

    Barge Inn {All-You-Can-Eat Pasta with Your Meatballs}

    When it comes to meatballs on the cheap-yet-delish continuum, the Barge Inn in Jersey City is your spot. Not only does it feel like you’re headed to a family member’s house for an Italian Sunday dinner sitch, but the pricing is great {Thursdays = all you can eat pasta!}. The interior is a bit dated, but it’s cozy and intimate — candlelight, 10 tables max, and authentic Italian. Tip: Try the stuffed rigatoni in vodka sauce. You really can’t ask for much more.

    Razza Pizza Artigianale {Meatballs Smothered in Cheese and Sauce}

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    Meatballs smothered in sauce and topped with cheese are ideal in a meatball-loving world, and when it comes to Jersey City, Razza is a pizza spot that offers the best of both worlds: pizza and meatballs. Their specialty pies include butternut squash and pancetta, maple bacon — and when the heirloom tomato salad is on the menu, get it.

    GP’s Restaurant {Just Like Grandma’s}

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    You can’t go to GP’s and not order their famous meatballs — you just can’t. These classic beauties are a staple in the Jersey meatball game, and we’re literally drooling just looking at this pic. Enough said.

    So if that didn’t get you jonesing for a meatball, you might as well call yourself a vegetarian. Speaking of — if you’re craving a meatball but need to go veggie, The Meatball Shop in Brooklyn {& Manhattan} is another great option for a filling meatball meal sans the meat.

    What local spot has your favorite meatballs? Share with us in the comments!


    Written by:

    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. She started the site to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


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