The Meatball Shop

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The Meatball Shop
Restaurant information
Current owner(s) Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow
Head chef Daniel Holzman
City New York City
State New York

The Meatball Shop is a New York City based restaurant owned and operated by native New Yorkers Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, who met as teenagers when they worked together as delivery boys at the New York vegan restaurant Candle Cafe.[1][2]


Daniel Holzman is the executive chef at The Meatball Shop. He attended The Culinary Institute of America. and is an alum of Le Bernardin, San Francisco’s Fifth Floor, and Aqua.[3][4][5]

Michael Chernow runs the creative side of the business, focusing on marketing and branding. He has worked extensively in restaurants in New York and Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, where he earned degrees in culinary arts and restaurant management.[3][4][5]


There are now 6 locations total in New York, located in Williamsburg, West Village, Chelsea, UWS and Upper East Side.[1]


Michael and Daniel released The Meatball Shop Cookbook, published by Ballantine Books, on November 1, 2011. It was co-written by Lauren Deen.[4][6]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2014, FYI Networks announced it would pick up a pilot, "Say It to My Face", featuring Holzman and Chernow "defending themselves from their toughest online critics."[7] That same year it was announced that Holzman and Chernow were the inspiration behind an upcoming CBS sitcom, for which they will serve as consulting producers, executive produced by Bill Lawrence, borrowing from the Meatball Shop owners' real lives.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Brooke Gard, Juliet Huddy (June 28, 2013). Daniel Holzman’s Meatball Shop please grandmas and drunkards alike Retrieved October 30, 2013
  2. ^ Robin Raisfeld, Rob Patronite (February 15, 2010). The Meatball Shop. Retrieved October 30, 2013
  3. ^ a b Amanda P. Sidman (November 14, 2010). In It. The Meatball Shop on the Lower East Side. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Holzman, Daniel, and Chernow, Michael. The Meatball Shop Cookbook. New York: Ballantine Books, 2011. Print.
  5. ^ a b Alan J. Liddle (January 28, 2013). Breakout Brands: Meatball Shop. Retrieved November 6, 2013
  6. ^ Irene Virbila (November 23, 2011). Watch: The Meatball Shop Cookbook. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
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Coordinates: 40°43′18″N 73°59′20″W / 40.72161°N 73.98880°W / 40.72161; -73.98880