April 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s been a while since I’ve written here! Just haven’t been eating out too much this year – but this past Tuesday I ventured with two friends to the New Haven Meatball House, somewhere I’ve been meaning to go to this whole year. The establishment is located on the corner of Park and Chapel, a bit far from my edge of the campus but I decided to make the trek.
The concept is pretty cool – you choose between 4 varieties of meatballs (chicken, beef, pork, and vegetarian), and then you choose a base to put them on (slider, potatoes, salad, etc). Lastly, you pick a sauce. When I looked up the menu online, it seemed casual, so I was expecting a Chipotle or Panera type environment.
I was pleasantly surprised – the atmosphere felt very fancy and upscale, and a bar dominated one entire length of the space. The lighting was dim with candles on every table, and the plushy booths were very cozy. The restaurant itself is small, so the overall feel was very intimate. The service was also very friendly and fast.
I ordered the beef meatballs with tomato sauce with the house salad ($8), and was surprised when the meatballs came on the side instead of topping the salad. The two meatballs were a fairly hefty size, and the meat was tender and flavorful. I thought the beef went well with the tomato sauce. The house salad was fresh but fairly standard.
The experience was nice but rather incongruous. The prices are fairly low for the atmosphere that the restaurant is trying to project, but I don’t know if they succeeded in making the meatball concept fit into the upscale environment. Though the meatballs themselves are large, overall portions are pretty small, though in the end that is probably for the better since the food is rather rich. Still, it wasn’t long before we all finished our dishes, and I think all of us went back to the university dining halls for more food after leaving the restaurant.
In the end, it was a fun experience and I’m glad I got to try out the concept, but I don’t think I’ll be back for another meal. It may be a fun place to go at night to get appetizers and drinks.