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Chef Dan Holzman may have made a name for himself slinging meatballs (and chicken balls and veggie balls) at The Meatball Shop, which he founded with his longtime friend Michael Chernow, but his repertoire extends far beyond (ahem) balls. Having grown up working in the restaurant industry from the tender age of 13, Holzman cut his teeth at fancy French restaurants like Le Bernardin and worked under the late great chef Jean-Louis Palladin. His...
One of my favorite things to do when I happen to find myself on the most expansive commercial real estate strip in Brooklyn—Bedford Avenue—is go to the Meatball Shop. Oh, how I love to plop myself at the bar, pluck an erasable dry marker from a nearby container, and apply it to a plastic menu, which asks me to choose my kind of ball (usually turkey), my kind of sauce (usually the mushroom selection), and...
  It might be something of an exaggeration to call one the loneliest number, but it certainly feels like the least respected—particularly where the home cook is concerned. Rare, after all, is the recipe that dispenses measurements suited to serve any less than four people, as if a table is not complete unless it’s also completely full. But for most of us, not every meal is a feast—many are quiet, solitary affairs. And, truth be...
We’re just going to out ourselves right away: We first heard about “Deflate-Gate” from Nugget Spot in Gramercy, when they pitched us their Super Bowl special of “under-inflated” nuggets (a canny ruse for price gouging popcorn chicken, but whatever). What we’re saying is, we essentially view the world through a limited lens of food, so would never deign to insult the intelligence of football fans by attempting to engage in sports talk. We’ll just...