|"Meatball Mike" Chernow (left) and |
Chef Daniel Holzman
Chef Daniel Holzman and his partner, Michael Chernow, AKA “Meatball Mike” are New York’s Kings of the Meatball. With the opening of their 5th location, on the Far East side of Manhattan, at 1462 Second Avenue, they are the undisputed champs of the Meatball scene. Their other locations are all downtown – in Chelsea, at 200 Ninth Avenue at 22nd Street, on the Lower East Side at 84 Stanton Street, and in the Village which has two locations:
170 Bedford just below Christopher St. and 64 Greenwich Avenue south of 7th Avenue South. I had an errand to do which landed me practically outside their Greenwich Avenue door so I finally got to sample their beautiful balls. I chose the Spicy Pork variation, a light and scrumptious meatball--or rather meatballs since an order consists of 5 the size of golf balls. But what really knocked me out was the creamy Parmesan sauce that topped the dish. It was a complete indulgence of course and I have no clue what the fat content was nor do I care. Life is meant to be lived, not calorie counted. I’d made my foray into meatball territory alone so of course I wanted to make them for Andrew. Or at least, that’s what I told myself. In truth, I could have eaten the whole batch of the things all by myself. But then who doesn’t love a great meatball?