The New MTBLLS NYC Cart is just O-K
Last week, we told you about the new meatball cart that’s been popping up in the neighborhood. It often hangs out on 49th and 6th Avenue, but on Friday I discovered it on the strangely quiet stretch of 47th and Vanderbilt. This is the street that recently became off-limits to food trucks thanks to an unsurprising crackdown. In their place now are a few fancy, colorful food carts serving things like philly cheesesteaks, gourmet sandwiches, and meatballs.
The street wasn’t nearly as crowded as it was when there were seven or so trucks huddled up against each other. The line for MTBLLS NYC moved pretty quickly and I got my food in under 10 minutes. They offer three different balls (beef, chicken, veggie) in a few different situations – bowl, baguette, roll, or slider.
In the baguette, I was allowed to try all the three ball varieties – and I would have if they weren’t out of their veggie ball (made of eggplant and carrots) for the day. So I got two beef and one chicken. The guys also topped the sandwich with two of their sauces (romesco and francaise) and both ricotta and pecorino cheese.
I must say that I found the balls an adequate size – just about each bite contained a meatball – and the experience to be rather filling. But the flavors were disappointingly lackluster and this sandwich by itself is not worth $10.