by Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
August 24, 2011
Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
The Meatball Shop
170 Bedford Ave
(N 7th & 8th Sts)
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Anything playful entices me, so when I spotted the Jello Shot ($3) at the one-month-old Meatball Shop on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, I was quick to try it. My tasting companion informed me that it’s an upgraded version of the college frat party classic. I wouldn’t know!
Long Island Iced Tea was the flavor of the day when we visited. Two things struck me immediately: the firmness of the Jello and the intensity of the flavor and alcohol. This Jello is all grown up.
Since opening, The Meatball Shop has already featured five other flavors: Greyhound, Harvey Wallbanger, Lemon Drop, French 75 and Mojito. The flavor changes as inspiration comes to the entire team. From the chefs to the bar manager, everyone participates and invents flavors.
This novelty shot was so delightfully intense, but refreshing, that I would even venture to start a meal with a Jello shot as a palate prep.