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Posted by Peter Hochstein on 02/05/2014
I don't understand the reviews that knock this restaurant. I've been eating At Parma for about 20 years. Even though I no longer live in the neighborhood, I still go back from time to time when I have reason to be on the UES. I don't know from "authenticity" but the food is well-prepared and nicely presented. The service is good. And puleez do not –that's a "do not" – let them change the decor. "Tired?" I rather consider it classic. Carpeting muffles the noise, so my dinner companions and I are blessed there with the ability to hold a conversation, without shouting or cupping our ears. (Try that with some of the newer, glitzier places.) True, there's nothing in the decor to steal your attention from the dinner or your companions. Personally, I consider that a plus. Is some of the crowd "old?" Yeah. Those are folks who pay good money certainly (not outrageous money in New York, but not cheap, either) and who want good value for the bucks they shell out. I'm with them.
Posted by stacey on 12/04/2013
We have been eating at Parma for 15+ years and I am sorry, the reviews that say that the food is horrible as well as the service is just wrong. We eat there at least once a week and some times more. The decor is outdated but the waiters are all terrific and we have never, ever had a bad meal. Not once.If you want really quality but simple food served by professionals, go to Parma. You people that are saying unkind things don't belong there.
Posted by jessica on 02/25/2011
I am from Parma, food is authentic and wonderful. Some people should just get over themselves like the couple whose review is just plain mean. And everyone should remember we are all going to get old someday God willing. So lighten up, and enjoy. The folks here prepare wonderful food, and if it is not to your liking, tell them; no need to post it on the internet. Karma.
Posted by anonymous on 02/02/2011
I've lived on the UES for over a decade and never been to this place-- we stopped by on a whim and the man behind the bar assured us that we would enjoy it. So, we stayed. And we did! It was the best gnocchi I've ever eaten and I've eaten gnocchi all over. They were amazing-- like little butter pillows. My partner's linguini with pesto was great-- but the gnocchi with porcini sauce was the standout. Fantastic! Our waiter was lovely and although it was not as romantic as we'd hoped, the food made it all worthwhile!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/13/2010
Incredibly overpriced for what I described as airplane food and my wife described as diner food. The seafood filled ravioli was mushy (I would bet they microwaved it) and the baked clam appetizer was tiny and flavorless. The presentation of the food was rough - not in a rustic, homestyle way, but more in a I don't give care kind of way. Most annoying was that our waiter was text messaging throughout the evening.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/26/2010
The decor is awful and the service is lackluster. Still we continue to go to Parma for the fine food. The restaurant is undoubtedly living on fumes and its customer base is growing very old; however, if they redecorated, engaged some younger staff and changed the menu a bit I think they could be a winner all over again. Nothing too dramatic would make it well worth a visit.
Posted by UpperEastSider on 01/23/2010
We went there on the recommendation of friends. There were 6 of us. The salads were limp and lame -takes real effort to make a salad that poorly. The pastas were laden with sauce and heavily overcooked. The place is old and tired looking -reminded me of restaurants my parents used to go to when I was a kid in the 70s. The waiters are all crusty males with really no sense of service -the food was brought by bus boys who had to ask who ordered what -at a restaurant where we paid $100 a head (with two bottles of wine and two desserts for a table of 6). The place does have some neighbourhoody old world charm -but the price (in the form of inedibe food, ok service, and exhorbitant prices) is too high. The evening wd have been wasted if it had not been for the great company, the fun time we had and the laughs we shared (despite the food).