On a Roll: The Meatball Shop

The Meatball Shop sliders

Meatballs are the hip cuisine du jour, and The Meatball Shop, a year-old restaurant on the Lower East Side, is the place where New York’s bright young things go to satisfy their cravings. I’ve know the chef and co-owner Daniel Holzman since he was about 13—his dad is a wonderful cabinetmaker, now retired, who worked with us at Stedila Design on many projects over the years. So when Daniel and his friend Michael Chernow decided to open a restaurant specializing in meatballs, we were pleased to advise on the design. Our help was purely conceptual (see the sketch below) and Michael practically built the place himself (I think I made only one site visit!).  Daniel has worked under such great chefs as Eric Ripert at Le Bernadin, so as good as the restaurant looks, the meatballs are even better.

The Meatball Shop interior

Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman

Daniel Holzman (left) and Michael Chernow, co-owners of The Meatball Shop

The LES Meatball Shop has been such a wild success that Daniel and Michael are soon to open another one at 170 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, and there are plans for a third shop on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village. We’re delighted to be the design consultants for both new locations.


Lincoln Center’s Operatic New Restaurant

We love Lincoln, the spectacular new restaurant that’s part of architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s redesign of Lincoln Center. It’s in a glass-enclosed pavilion with a sloping grass-covered roof, a public park that overlooks the reflecting sculpture pool. The restaurant interior is as soaring and dramatic as anything performed on stage at the Metropolitan Opera across the plaza. And the all-Italian menu by chef Jonathan Benno, who used to be at Per Se, lives up to its fabulous setting. Where better to dine on Presidents’ Day?

Grass-covered roof of Lincoln restaurant designed by Diller, Scofidio & Renfro architects at New York's Lincoln Center

Lincoln Restaurant at Lincoln Center in New York

Diller Scofidio Renfro Lincoln Restaurant

The interior of the Lincoln Restaurant at Lincoln Center.