Easy to make with endless possibilities, sandwiches are always a fun lunch option. There’s tons of delis around the city offering their spin on pastrami sandwiches, reubens, and Italian combos, but Parm steps up to the plate it’s own way with its famous parm sandwiches.
The store while small has great personality. There’s countertop seating with red barstools, a couple of booths and tables in the back, and some cheap, yet awesome, vintage-y wallpaper. Instead of waiting for a table, we decided to sit at the bar, mostly because we were too hungry to wait, but also because there’s just something so retro New York about sitting at a counter just a couple feet away from the guys cooking and serving your food.
Parm has other things on the menu like salads, baked ziti, and calamari along with nightly specials that range from patty melts to seafood scampi to even Chinese, but the real showstoppers here are their parm sandwiches. I mean, what else would you expect from a place called Parm? Amidst the various sandwich options, the parm varieties include chicken, meatball, or eggplant. You then get to pick whether you want your parm on a semolina roll, on a hero (classic Italian bread), or on a platter.
My roommate and I were fairly hungry so we decided to share an appetizer first. Keeping with the Italian feel, we eyed the “mozz” section of the menu, which had “ball,” “sticks,” or “prosciutto.” Despite my intense curiosity over what “ball” could actually be, we went the more traditional route and got some mozzarella sticks. Now, you have to believe me when I say that these were the best mozzarella sticks I’ve had in my life. The breading was great, and the cheese was hot and super tasty. I’m sure you’ve had those moments where you’re eating a mozzarella stick and with one bite you pull out all the mozzarella cheese and are left with this empty breaded shell. These cheese sticks aren’t that. These sticks won’t let you down.
I also ordered a chicken parm on a semolina roll, seeing as I had never had a semolina roll before and was intrigued. The portions are big, the breading was perfect, the chicken was juicy, and the sauce and cheese being all warm and melty on top made for a truly amazing sandwich. I also loved the semolina roll, although I would like to try the hero next time, because it almost seems like you get more food that way, but don’t hold me to that.
Parm is a great lunch spot, and it’s one of those places where I saw so many things on the menu that I wanted to try that I have to come back. Want me to list them? Okay. Garlic bread, pizza knots, ricotta toast, buffalo cucumbers, b&g poppers, baked clams, ice cream cake, zeppole…oof. Take me back already.
Chicken parm on a sweet semolina roll and mozz sticks
248 Mulberry St.
New York, NY 10012