We were surprised that our visit to the Upper West Side location of Parm was unexpectedly comfortable. Why unexpectedly? Because we’ve been to the original Parm on Mulberry Street and it was LOUD. And, to be frank, a quick look around the place was concerning because there were lots of hard surfaces–glass, tin ceiling, mirrors, tile floor, and marble bar top–and two flat screens tvs at the bar where we ate our lunch.
So why was the space pleasant? First, the tv volume appeared to be off–we couldn’t hear it. Second, while we could hear music, it was playing very softly in the background. Third, nearby tables were quiet, including a table that had a handful of very small children. All in all our experience was perfectly fine, but we must note that our visit was at lunch time so it may not be a fair indicator of what the space is like during a busier seating.
The bar counter is in the front of the large space, which also housed a number of tables and an outdoor seating area. There are larger dining spaces in the back that are separated from the front of the house by a column or archway. We checked out the main back dining area and it was fine, but not many tables were occupied. Given the hard surfaces, large flat screen tv, and the bigger space, it is very likely that the back space would be uncomfortably loud when packed, but we think the front dining area would be fine even if the back is busy.
We can certainly recommend this location of Parm for lunch and suggest a seat in the front area, particularly if the back dining area is busy. The food is good (although the chicken parm sandwich was not quite as good as was at the original location) and at 73.6 decibels the space is quiet…for the Upper West Side (at least at lunch time).
Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p..m.
Friday and Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p..m.
nue (betw. 70th and 71st Streets), New York, NY 10023