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Riverman500 Jan 24, 2012 10:21 AM

The New York Times just gave it two stars: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/din...

Any first hand reports?

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Parm
248 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

  1. Sommelier Apr 21, 2012 05:54 AM

    Total scam operation! We ordered one of the only very few wine options for under $100: a Sangiovese blend at $55 for a litre. A 750 ml bottle was brought to the table. I asked why it wasn't a litre, as we had ordered and the list offered. "We got rid of the other bottles" was her reply. Tasted it, and it was crap. Waiter brought over tastes of the Cabernet Sauvignon & Pinot Noir available by the glass... and all were thin, tannic, acidic and overpriced.

    Parm is another example of a couple of hucksters separating the rubes from their cash.

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      crsin Apr 21, 2012 09:27 AM

      ...how was the food?

      I can't say it shocks me that Parm isn't a place one might go for a killer wine list (for the record, I've never even looked at it). It's essentially a (relatively) inexpensive red sauce Italian joint, elevated and modernized through use of strong ingredients and preparation. It's largely an Italian sandwich shop, and they don't pretend to be anything other than this.

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        Sommelier Oct 2, 2012 12:36 PM

        crsin, I wasn't looking for "killer", just decent... and not marked up three times full retail! Take a look at the list, though. It's only purpose is to separate the marks from their dollars. I've bought plent of far better Sangiovese for under $15 per bottle in retail stores, so their $55 for a .750 (and sayig on the list that it was a full litre) is bulls__t!

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      VinoEd Apr 1, 2012 05:10 PM

      I've only been once and had the calamari, which was good but not great. I sat next to a couple eating a turkey and a chicken parm, both looked killer. I'd givve either one of those a try.

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        vegivore Jan 25, 2012 10:46 AM

        I've been there a couple of times for lunch since they changed over. And lunch at Torrissi numerous times before that. I hesitate to comment because I don't have that much experience with this type of food. (I love Italian food in Italy, but have never been that impressed with American Italian food.) But a friend recommended the cauliflower, and I enjoyed that so much I decided to give them a chance with the other stuff.

        So far, I enjoyed almost everything I tried there. The chicken Parmesan was worth the hype. I enjoyed the turkey sandwich, even though I usually find them bland. The potato and egg sandwich was a guilty indulgence. And the ricotta cheese superb. As was the mozzarella cheese. The butternut squash was amazing, and my mother still talks about the cauliflower.

        On the new menu, I was very impressed by the mozzarella sticks. The Jalapeno poppers were a bit rich for me, but I could see how someone else might enjoy them.

        I haven't been there for dinner yet though..

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        Parm
        248 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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          Riverman500 Jan 25, 2012 11:05 AM

          Thanks vegivore. I have to admit that I can't imagine how a turkey sandwich or chicken parm could get so much hype but I guess I'll have to see for myself. I'm especially curious about the Sunday night Chinese food special.

          I also like Torrisi for dinner and plan to try their new tasting menu as well.

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            Chuck Lawrence Jan 25, 2012 09:18 PM

            Best chicken parm
            AND
            Best turkey sandwich ever. I'm seriously addicted and surprised every time.Turkey? Yes!

            One more and it's a hattrick. After the NYT review I'm tempted by the meatball but kinda over that as a meal. The Club Sandwich, however, looks seriously tempting. Chicken salad, bacon and potato chips.

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            Parm
            248 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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              ml77 Jan 26, 2012 09:46 PM

              They're just really well done, almost platonic ideals of what these sandwiches should be. You might end feeling like it's "just" a chicken parm, but compared to the gloopy messes that most places call a chicken parm these days, it's a revelation.

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                wewwew Apr 1, 2012 10:18 AM

                "They're just really well done, almost platonic ideals..."
                I would say the same about their crumb cake cupcake. It's fine

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            beefchowfun Jan 24, 2012 02:55 PM

            I went two weekends ago w/someone and split: the meatball parm + chicken parm + brussel sprouts, ricotta and squash. the sandwiches were awesome and the ricotta + squash were also amazing. i <3 sprouts but was a little disappointed. would def go back. (note: we took our order to go)

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            Parm
            248 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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              Riverman500 Jan 25, 2012 07:42 AM

              Thanks for this beefchowfun.

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                NAtiveNewYorker Jul 26, 2012 11:33 AM

                Yum!

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                crsin Jan 24, 2012 11:16 AM

                I went over the weekend for lunch. Place was packed with many waiting for tables, but managed to snag seats at the bar without any wait. I just had the roasted turkey sandwich and the spicy rabe. Both were delicious--the turkey may have, in fact, been the best turkey sandwich I've had to date (lives up to the hype). Never been to Torrisi, but it looks like the sandwiches at Parm are the same as what's being served up there. Menu looked simple, composed of various well-crafted Italian-American items. I'll definitely be back and would like to try it for dinner as well, but will probably be avoiding it during peak hours due to the buzz and the small size of the space. Takeout is an option, too.

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                Parm
                248 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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                  Riverman500 Jan 24, 2012 01:15 PM

                  Thanks for your feedback. I plan to try it soon.

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                    foodwhisperer Jan 24, 2012 09:46 PM

                    Torrisi Sunday Gravy was the biggest ripoff I've seen. Overrated. Michelin and Times are giving out stars like Costco gives away free samples

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                    Torrisi Italian Specialties
                    250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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