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Photos: Behind the scenes with the crew from Slotted Spoon Meatball Eatery

After ten minutes in the kitchen, surrounded by mounds of meatballs, I finally broke the silence: "Who's got meatball jokes?" I asked. Jensen Cummings stopped me. "No, we're not going to do that. We're not going to be the guys that tell the bad ball jokes," he declared. Cummings (also the chef of Row 14, until the end of this month), along with pals -- and business partners -- Johnny Coast and Alex Comisar were in the latter's home kitchen, testing meatball recipes for their forthcoming restaurant, the Slotted Spoon Meatball Eatery, which will open in the spring of next year.

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