It’s no surprise that the Torrisi guys, known for serving the Best Turkey Sandwich in New York City, would also bring us the Best Chicken and Eggplant Parm at their new outpost next door called Parm. The restaurant looks like an old school, 1950’s diner: shiny red bar stools, cooks wearing red-striped, white paper hats and wallpaper with wine glasses and vegetables resembling a Julia Childs look. However, don’t let this Johnny Rockets style fool you because this kitchen is cranking out culinary masterpieces and unbeatable, flavorful sandwiches/platters. Start with the calamari- yes, you can get this rubbery, fried dish anywhere, but this is the only place where the crunch meets tender seafood. It’s not chewy at all and very satisfying and surprising. The Chicken Parm is dynamite and cooked perfectly with just the right amount of sauce to cheese ratio. It’s tender and breaded lightly enough so it doesn’t taste crunchy or fried. The Eggplant Parm, however, scores the highest of the “parms.” It is so soft, tasty and comforting. I couldn’t pay attention to anything else that was going on in the restaurant because the eggplant was so awesome. All I could think about for the next few days was this champion and any carnivore will too. The house roasted turkey which is glazed with honey, garlic and herbs is better than anyone’s slow-roasted Thanksgiving turkey (sorry, mom) and it is a sin if you escape New York without scarfing one down.
Dining at Parm is an extremely unique experience. It’s a very untraditional New York City restaurant and can make you feel like you are in a small town. The low key scene is different from any other “hot” new restaurant opening this fall which proves one point and one point only: this Italian food is legit! Dropping in for lunch or take out can be more fun than strolling in for a casual weekend dinner. Regardless, these Italian parms are winning big, and I don’t think anyone can top them!
***P.S. The Sarratoga Club sandwich is chicken salad on toasted bread topped with bacon and potato chips…just sayin’. Also, a Parm outpost is located at Yankee stadium.