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  • 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, HOW could you 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:

    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. Otto Strada recently reopened after a fire this winter; we are so happy to have them back in midtown Hoboken!

    Bin 14 {Meatballs with Marinara and Pecorino}

    What goes better with meatballs than wine? Nada, seriously. 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}.

    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!

    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 meatballs, but since they’re filled with hen of the woods mushrooms and fontina cheese and are TDF, we had to mention them. arancini. Sorrellina is an uptown wine bar relatively {a year old} new to the scene, but don’t let that fool you. Their small plates are something to definitely 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.

    Total Nutrition Kitchen {Korean-Style Spicy Meatballs}

    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, so that you can 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

    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.

     

    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.

    Enjoy the holiday! Where will you be eating your meatball{s} today?


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. She started the site 5 years ago 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 Hoboken + Jersey City 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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