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Chicken Parm

Am looking for a place for a sit down casual fun dinner that serves amazing chicken parm for a pregnant friend who has been craving it 24/7. She usually gets the fix in Jersey, but is coming into the city for the night.

I know it isn't high class, but it's an itch that we all need to scratch every once in a while.

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  1. Carmine's - cheesy, garlicy, enormous - the best in the world. UWS location may be a tad quieter and quicker seating for you and your friend, though going to the TSq location off-hours (eg, late lunch, early supper) works well too. Enjoy !

    1. I second CARMINE'S...I do NOT like chicken but went with a group to Carmine's in the theatre district and we shared several dishes, among them was chicken parm. The best ever....

      1. Carmine's is definitely good stuff. Another place that makes great chicken parm (also family style - an a bit less crowded than Carmine's) is Tony's DiNapoli - there's one right across Broadway and another location on the Upper East Side. Hope she enjoys her fix!

        Tony's DiNapoli - Times Square - @ the Casablanca Hotel
        147 West 43rd Street

        Tony's DiNapoli - Upper East Side
        1606 Second Avenue (@ 83rd Street)

        1. Probably too late for this post, but if your friend gets the "itch" again, a good place to scratch it is Fiorentino's on Avenue U in Brooklyn. I posted some pics of their chicken parm under New York Restaurants on Roadfood.com. I think Carmine's on Beekman Street in Lower Manhattan does a decent version as well.

          1. Nicks Pizza on the Upper East side, and The Palm serves a good Chicken Parm. She could have the cheesecake for dessert.....that should definately satisfy a pregnancy craving!

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            1. I was afraid of Carmines but it could be perfect for a family outing. Which room is better? And what other dishes are favourites? This just may be the solution to my dilemna on feeding frugal picky eaters......

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              1. re: gyppielou

                The Carmines I'm referring to has only one room. It's kinda small, but the food is great. I don't eat any lasagna but theirs. The zuppa di pesce is good as are the stuffed shrimp and I've never had it, but I've seen many tables eating the lobster fra diavolo on many a night. Great place to walk around after and check out the tree at the South Street Seaport. This link should show you a picture of their menu and prices. http://menupix.com/nyc/restaurants.ph...
                It might be a couple of years old and the entree prices may be $1-$2 more now. Hope this helps.

                1. re: billyboy

                  Supper on 2nd st. in the East Village has my favorite chicken parm...it's on the brunch menu and the scene in the daytime is so much more appealing than the madhouse there at night.

                  1. re: billyboy

                    Just to make clear that I and several other posters are NOT referring to Billyboy's Carmine's, but to the two raucous twin establishments, one just off Times Square between Ollie's and Sardi's, the other on Broadway around 90th.

                2. Wow, I followed this thread and was amazed to see Carmine's so highly recommended! I went once years ago and found heaping portions of really uninteresting, generic, red sauce italian food. This thread made me try it again. I found heaping portions of really uninteresting, generic, red sauce Italian food. Started with baked clams -- tough, overcooked, and in a sauce that was way too salty, They were better with just a squeeze of lemon, but still overcooked. The chicken parm was huge and incredibly ordinary. We had it on a bed of angel hair in a red sauce to rival Chef Boyardee. We left more than half, and our waiter, Mark (who was great) hustled over and said, "I'll wrap that up for you," and seemed shocked when we told him not to bother -- it was as though it had never happened before! (EVERYBODY was leaving with doggie bags.) I heard others at tables nearby saying, "Wow, that's so HUGE!" I didn't hear ANYBODY saying, "Wow, that's so delicious!" If you're a family on a budget I guess it's a way to eat out without breaking the bank, but if you have other options, NYC has far superior Italian restaurants. I don't think huge portions of bad food are any bargains. I'll continue the quest for a great chicken parm!