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Monday, December 19, 2011


A couple of months ago, my friend David checked in at Parm on Foursquare. This was back in the day when I had a Foursquare problem. Today, you wouldn't even be able to find it on my phone. Immediately after I got over the fact that my friend was on my street and didn't invite me to dinner, I commented on his "check in" and asked what really mattered, "How is it?"  He promptly responded "Amazing you should check it out asap!" 

Parm is owned by the same people who opened Torrisi, the well talked about sandwich shop on Mulberry Street. The one Shannon and I decided to stick it out and wait 30 minutes for a sandwich this past January. Parm, which is located directly next door, has now taken over the lunch sandwiches, which allows Torrisi to have their pre fixe menu for lunch as well. I have heard, from friends who frequent there weekly, that the already expensive menu, has increased causing Torrisi to be a restaurant they can't frequent as often. 

I wanted to wait for the newness to die down as the line extending out the door, didn't look appetizing. Plus, Parm wasn't open for dinner yet, just lunch, which meant my visit would have to take place on a weekend, the busiest days of them all. 

A couple weeks later, on a beautiful Saturday, Emma, Craig and I wanted to get lunch. It had been awhile since we had seen Craig and needed to catch up. Not really thinking, we headed over to Parm. We love checking out new restaurants, it's one of the best things to do in New York City. It was later in the afternoon, and the line was just protruding the door. We figured we would give it a shot. There were roughly six people ahead of us in line, it couldn't take too long. 

WRONG! It took forever! Not only did the line to order take out take thirty minutes, we then waited at least 30-40 more minutes for our soggy and cold Meatball Parm Sandwiches. It it wasn't for the soggy bun and cold meatball, I have a feeling it would have been excellent. Unfortunately, it wasn't at this time. I do have high hopes.

We each got a Metaball Parm and decided to get some sides, Mozz ball with Prosciutto and Brussels Sprouts, to share. Who doesn't love mozzarella? Then to add prosciutto, genius. It was delicious! The Brussels Sprouts, even cold, were pretty damn tasty. I would like to try them warm though. 

At the point of ordering, we were already very hungry and you know how ordering goes when you're hungry. Thankfully, our eyes weren't that much bigger than our stomachs, and we ended up finishing off everything. 

If the wait wouldn't have been so long, and the food not take so long to come, I'm sure everything would have been much better, but from the experience we had, I wouldn't recommend Parm to anyone until the buzz dies down. It's just not worth it when you can walk a couple of blocks to the Meatball Shop, which takes roughly 10 minutes for takeout. 

Since our visit, they have opened for dinner. I haven't been by during lunch in awhile, but I believe the rush hasn't calmed down. Hopefully soon, I will be able to enjoy a warm fresh Meatball Parm. I will be back. Meatballs, in any form, are one of my favorite meals! 


I wonder if they deliver? Ok, I guess I can walk two blocks! 

1 comment:

  1. Nothing like a soggy meatball sandwich!!! ha ha. Hope your second experience is better than the first!