Last night, Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman opened their fifth outpost of the Meatball Shop, and this one's sentimental: They met and became best friends on the Upper East Side when they were kids. With 116 seats and a 40-seat back room that you can rent for private parties, this is the largest location yet. The restaurant's going to liven up the neighborhood: It's the first Meatball Shop location to offer weekend brunch, with a beverage program of 40-ounce pitchers of cocktails. Note that it's only open from 6 p.m. to midnight right now, but brunch and lunch service will launch next week and a 2 a.m. closing time soon after. Check out a few of the new dishes, straight ahead.
The Meatball Shop, 1462 Second Ave., btw 76th and 77th Sts., 212-257-6121