Chicken parm platter at PARM / Photo by Will Engelmann
Most folks wouldn’t expect much from a restaurant where paper hats, red-backed booths, and sandwich baskets are the norm. At PARM, an Italian sandwich shop in New York City, the visuals might be the same as any you’d find in a nostalgic Italian ristorante – but the food most definitely isn’t. After all, how many Italiano eateries dish up flavor-packed chicken limone with zippy lemon vinaigrette or perfectly portioned meatballs that singsong for smothers of sauce?
By year’s end, the NYC-exclusive will segue into the Hudson Valley via Woodbury Common. PARM will set up shop in the Hamptons district of the shopping center, near popular stores like J. Crew, Adidas, PacSun and Lululemon, come fall.
Known for its juicy mozzarella sticks, hearty turkey panini, and famous parmigiana sandwiches, PARM is a city favorite that operates in four locations from the Upper West Side to Prospect Park. The chefs behind the curtain have spent their lives learning how to translate the upper echelon of the culinary world into the layman roots of their Southern Italian heritage. PARM offers unique menus at every location, and the Woodbury shop will have all the classics patrons know and love, plus a few they haven’t tried yet.
PARM is one of the early endeavors of Major Food Group, a hospitality company that has been making waves in the restaurant community in recent years. Headed by chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi with managing partner Jeff Zalaznick, MFG possesses 18 New York Times stars and three Michelin stars. The group works to create innovative and delicious dining experiences while retaining the cultural roots of the cuisine.
After studying under geniuses like Anthony Carmelli and Wylie Dufresne and working in highly rated European restaurants, PARM’s chefs are better suited than most to deliver classic sandwiches to their patrons, who will soon include those in the lower Hudson Valley region.
In addition to hosting the first PARM location outside of NYC, the Common is home to over 250 stores and shops where famous fashion lines like Burberry, Armani, and more are available at a discounted price. PARM is slated to open toward the end of 2019, along with Kinton Ramen, Old Navy Outlet, Dior Men, and Mackage.