UPPER WEST SIDE, NYC | As I've been out of the loop for a while, every once in a while I am surprised to find out something I feel like I should have known. And as I have always been a huge fan of Torrisi's Italian Specialties—and their Mulberry Street-adjacent hero and sandwich shop PARM—I thought I was on top of all of their geographical offerings. But thanks to some article on some online food site, I recently learned there exists a second Parm, just a crosstown bus ride across the park from me on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
I made a late afternoon visit and opted for the chicken francese sandwich—being already a huge fan of the parmesan heros and roast turkey sandwiches. I am now a fan of this new(-ish) sandwich as well. Nice, savory prep and cook of juicy chicken breast, simply adorn with sliced, firm, rich red tomato and crispy chopped lettuce, this as the other sandwiches and menu items, succeeds in evoking the basic charms of Italian home-cooked comfort food, though not taken it much farther than that, which I'm still convinced is the point—that it's not necessary.
A clean, more open spot than the downtown original, and a friendly, attentive, and swift staff propelled the good quick bite into an appealing dining experience.
PARM | 235 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023 | (212) 776-4921 | parmnyc.com