250 Vesey St (North End Ave)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 776-4927
Hours: Sun-Thu 11:30am to 10pm
Fri & Sat 11:30am to 11pm
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Sandwiches
Area: Battery Park
Parm at Brookfield Place is no intimate affair. This sprawling space features a u-shaped marble bar, candy-apple red booths and retro lighting. The food is what you might expect at any old school red-sauce joint.
The bar fills up with area workers and tourists stopping in a beer or two (or maybe three). They offer an Italian beer called Menabrea along with domestic varieties and a nice selection of wines. Cocktails include a Hemingway Dacquiri and the Parm Manhattan made with rye, vermouth and bitters.
Starters range from baked clams to crispy zucchini and stuffed artichoke hearts. There are salads, including a classic Caesar and another made with arugula, figs, almonds and parmesan. Pastas dishes abound; linguine with clam sauce, penne shrimp scampi and baked ziti served with a meat gravy to name a few. There are also plates of eggplant and chicken parm, pork milanese and "The Ozersky," a roast beef hero with Italian fries named after food writer Josh Ozersky.
My chicken parm arrived on a seeded semolina roll. It's a well built sandwich with two large pieces of moist, flavorful chicken and lots of red sauce and a sprig of fresh basil. It went well with a nice glass of Pinot Noir. The sandwiches come in two sizes ranging from $11 to $16, perfect for for families with young kids. We spotted a few during our visit. The dessert of choice is a triple layer ice cream cake.
We found the service at Parm to be friendly. The setting is casual making it a good place to kick back and enjoy a nice Italian meal.
Review By: Thomas Rafael