Parm – Terrific Old School Italian-American in Little Italy

Parm Restaurant Little Italy restaurant Manhattan New York

Business Travelers: Do you recommend Parm for

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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.9/5 (5 votes cast)

What can you say about a Little Italy restaurant whose red typefaced menu is heavy on red gravy and traditional Italian-American fare? Delicious! This has always been a favorite food of mine, evidenced by these previous reviews and Parm does it well. It’s all here: meatball and chicken parm, sausage & peppers, turkey and eggplant sandwiches. A different dinner special is served each night. Unfortunately the Veal Parm is only available on Saturday night so I missed it. Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone are behind this restaurant. This same duo is behind critically acclaimed, high-end, red-gravy Carbone where the Veal Parmesan is $54. I wonder if Parm’s $25 Veal Parm Saturday dinner special is comparable? I will find out and report back.

The Parm Experience: Entering Parm you might think you have arrived in a diner. One quick look at what everyone is eating at the counter confirms you are in the right location. Several people are hanging in the entry area waiting for tables. All the seats at the counter are taken so I pause when someone comes comes over and asks it they can help me. I say I was hoping to eat at the counter and they quickly pull out a stool and deftly place it in a gap at the counter’s corner near the door. My seat luck strikes again. There are about about 8 seats on long side and now 2 on the short, including mine.

Realizing there will be no Veal Parm today, I order the meatball parm hero sandwich and baked clams. The hero comes on classic Italian bread. Other options for all sandwiches include a semolina roll or a no bread platter with a side salad or ziti. The sandwich is wonderful. The meatballs are perfectly cooked, not overdone, tender and nicely seasoned pairing well with the gravy and mozzarella. Maybe the best meatballs I have ever had (sorry Mom & Dad). The clams were a great start to the meal. I order the Pizza Knots to go and the treat continued at home.

Looking around at my fellow diners I drool (not literally) at the Baked Ziti with Meat Gravy, Chicken Parm and the Semolina rolls. The atmosphere is diner-like with 1960’s “tap your foot” dance music. There are 2 small TVs both showing Basketball on ESPN.

Business Travelers: Parm is centrally located in Downtown Manhattan and is terrific for Business Travelers and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers. If you want a casual real Little Italy experience, this is your place. Go on a nice day or evening and leave some time to walk the neighborhood. Explore some of the very popular small shops, bars and restaurants, both new and old, throughout the Lower East Side. Parm’s central location puts you within an easy walk to other Manhattan neighborhoods like NoHo, SoHo and Greenwich Village. Great for women traveling alone on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Parm
248 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
212-993-7189

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The Diner – Sanity and Classic Dishes in a Bustling Meatpacking District

The Diner New York Manhattan Meatpacking District
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Rating: 2.8/5 (5 votes cast)

Sometimes we are in the mood for a classic diner breakfast but being in the trendy and pricey Meatpacking District in Manhattan leaves few options. Luckily I remembered The Diner which turned out to be a good fit. Diner food at a place called The Diner, sometimes it’s just too obvious.

The Diner Experience: This place has several big pluses. It’s location in the center of the Meatpacking District is an ideal choice for calming those hunger pangs without spending big. The large windows on the corner location allow for lots of people and sidewalk entertainment watching. The large section of outdoor seating, wrapping the corner, makes a great place to spend time on a beautiful day.

Walk in and sit at the bar. The Diner has a fully stocked bar with about 7 seats on the long side with the short side being a service area. I call it a bar and not a “counter” as it does not have the layout of a typical diner counter. I sit towards the right giving me a good view of most of the restaurant and out through the windows to the street. The televisions are tuned to ESPN, one of my favorites. The bar is empty as is most of the restaurant and the outdoor seating on this Wednesday morning. Not a lot of street activity as well. This is good for me as I get good and quick service. Since it is just after 9 in the morning, I suspect everyone has headed off to the office.

I order an omelette with feta cheese, onions and tomatoes with a side order of crispy bacon. The food comes quickly, nicely done, especially the bacon, delicious and I quickly eat, being hungry from an intense workout.

Business Travelers: The Diner is down the street from Google’s very large New York City presence as well as numerous other Silicon Alley businesses. The standard diner fare with a few twists and reasonable prices (for Manhattan) amidst the increasingly expensive Meatpacking District make it an ideal place for a good, quick bite with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. A central location provides easy access to many nearby neighborhoods including Greenwich Village and Chelsea. In addition to the high end shopping, bars, restaurants and nightly packed streets you can spend little or no money checking out the galleries in West Chelsea and the Chelsea Market, an indoor food and retail mecca. Don’t forget the best of all, New York’s Park in the Sky, The High Line. Walk from end to end and get a unique perspective of Manhattan. A good place for women traveling alone on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆

The Diner
44 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
212-627 – 2230

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Good Stuff Diner – One Of The Best In Manhattan

Good Stuff Diner Chelsea Manhattan New York
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Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
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Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Continuing our coverage of places open 24 hours, 7 days per week, my next stop is Good Stuff Diner. A diner yes, but a step above your standard plate slinging experience. Good Stuff has a great neighborhood reputation and I was looking forward to checking it out for myself. While technically a counter and not a bar, the selection of liquor available puts it close enough into the restaurant bar category.

We have visited a high end diner, Bowery Diner and 24 hour, 7 day French, Brazilian and Cuban places, French Roast, Coffee Shop and Coppelia respectively. Now it is time for a more typical diner experience.

Good Stuff Diner Experience: Looking for a late breakfast I decide to finally give Good Stuff Diner a try. I’ve heard many good things about the place so my expectations are high. Expecting a tough time getting a seat at the counter, I walk in and am pleasantly surprised to see two seats open. I sit down, order a cup of coffee and take a look at the menu. The coffee is very good so I bet on the same from my meal. I am not disappointed.

The menu is extensive with all of the expected diner offerings, many with a strong Greek influence. What makes this place appealing is the large list of salads and entrees not found on many standard diner menus. I order an egg white omelette with onions, peppers, tomatoes and feta cheese, keeping with the Greek theme, along with a side of turkey sausage. Staff is very attentive, food comes quickly, hot and quite tasty. Portions are good and I thoroughly enjoy the meal. Good Stuff’s name is on the mark.

The counter is a “L” shape with 5 seats on one side and 7 seats on the long end. The chairs are floor mounted swivel seats with backrests. I sit in the middle of the long side with a television right in front of me broadcasting ESPN. I can see partially into the kitchen and the front half of the restaurant and out the large windows onto busy 14th Street. Sit on the shorter side to get a view of the entire restaurant. There is another television higher up on the wall near the door.

Business Travelers: Good Stuff Diner is perfect if you are looking for a typical diner experience, one step up. The large selection of booths and tables, along with the counter seats, makes this a good choice for friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. All your diner favorites are available along with additional choices you won’t find on many diner menus. The location on the Chelsea and Greenwich Village border provides easy access to many Downtown Manhattan locations. Good Stuff is a neighborhood favorite so if you want to avoid the tourist filled places this diner is perfect to experience New York as the locals do it. Good Stuff Diner is a good place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Good Stuff Diner
109 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-929-2555

Good Stuff Diner Menu

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Coppelia – 24 / 7 Cuban Goodness in Chelsea

Coppelia Cuban Restaurant and Diner 24 Hours New York Manhattan Chelsea
Business Travelers: Do you recommend Coppelia for

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Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes cast)

Our Open 24 hours and 7 days per week offerings have been slim so the next couple of reviews will focus on where you can get really good food any hour of the day and maybe a drink as well. Our latest stop is Coppelia, a 24 / 7 Cuban Restaurant and Diner, more Cuban than typical diner and very popular with the local Chelsea crowd, business travelers and tourists.

While 24 / 7 is very appealing, especially in the middle of the night when sleep eludes you or you’re burning the midnight oil for that big meeting or even better, out for a night on the town, our reviews have taken place at lighter hours, namely brunch and dinner. We’ve previously reviewed 24 / 7 outfits Coffee Shop, French Roast and Bowery Diner. Coffee Shop is technically 23 hours but we count it anyway. Now we add Coppelia. Now on BarTaste you can find a great variety of choices for all day and night dining: Brazilian, Cuban, French and a High-End Diner. Tell us where to go next. The three Manhattan IHOP restaurants are 24 / 7, wonder if they have bars?

Coppelia Experience: About 1 P.M. on a Sunday, after a hard-core gym workout, I am very hungry and walk into Coppelia for brunch. It’s peak brunch time, groups waiting for tables and all the bars seats full except for one. Once again my luck comes through and I nab the last seat. Service is immediate and extremely nice and I quickly have a menu and a glass of water.

The waiting groups seem to get seated without much delay making the wait look minimal and seats are turning over at the bar. I see brunch drinks going by and seriously consider getting a Bloody Mary but I have an event later in the day where I know a few cocktails will be served so I decline. I order some homemade iced tea which was unique and quite tasty, I highly recommend you try it.

I order the Huevos Rancheros after eyeing all the delicious food going by, this was a difficult choice but it turned out to be the right one, it was extremely delicious. The bar is long, facing the wall, and I am sitting in the middle near a service break with about 9 seats in a straight line to my left with about 9 mores seats curving around to the wall towards the front of the restaurant. Sit on the curve it you want to see all the of the restaurant happenings or sit along the straight edge to see the bar activity out the front window onto busy 14th street.

The service is fast, extremely nice and the crowd is having a very good time. I am seated almost directly in front of a television with ESPN.

Business Travelers: Although I am here for a Sunday brunch I can see this being a terrific place to go with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues for a casual yet delicious Cuban meal. The hours make it especially appealing and working late will not leave you arriving as the doors close (do 24 hour restaurants have locks?) Located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, bordering Greenwich Village, you are centrally located. Coppelia is about a 20 minute walk from Penn Station, near the West Village, Meatpacking District and the Silicon Alley business area in Flatiron. Midtown is an easy cab ride away. Walk West down 14th street to the Meatpacking District’s high-end shopping and bars, to West Chelsea for the galleries and the indoor Chelsea Market. A comfortable spot for women traveling on business. I suggest a cab for late night hours.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Coppelia
201 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-848-5001

Coppelia Menu

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The Bowery Diner – An Upscale Diner in a Newly Luxurious Neighborhood: The Bowery – CLOSED

Bowery Diner Manhattan New York

Business Travelers:  Do you recommend The Bowery Diner for
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Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
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Rating: 3.2/5 (7 votes cast)

Switching things up a bit I decide to have a big Saturday morning brunch at a place I’ve heard lots about and have been wanting to try, The Bowery Diner. I’ve missed a lot of changes in The Bowery during my time in Philly and was anxious to see for myself. Usually I will review a dinner, this time it’s breakfast, and you will see a few lunch meals coming soon. Besides, I had a nasty summer cold which was screaming for a steaming hot cup of tea.

The Bowery Diner is on Bowery, not “Bowery Street”, “Bowery Avenue” or “The Bowery”, just Bowery. The neighborhood is called Bowery or The Bowery and has a history of both prosperity and seediness.

The Bowery Diner Experience: On Saturday morning, July 14, 2012, I awoke with a nasty head cold. Wanting to get out and get something to sooth my suffering (boo hoo) I decide it was the perfect opportunity to expand my bar meal reviews and I walk into the Bowery Diner about 10:15 A.M., I was not to be disappointed.

It’s a very nice morning and when I walk in Frank Sinatra is playing, cool. The tables and booths are almost entirely full while most of the counter seats are open. The counter faces the wall and has about 4 seats on the short end and 11 on the long end. One television at the end showing CNN. Very cool highchair child seat, clamps on to the end of the booth table. A sign says their sidewalk seating permits are coming soon. I sit towards the front facing the wall.  From here I can see some of the front tables and out through the floor to ceiling windows and watch all the passerby on Bowery. New York is waking up.

Since this is BarTaste, I’ll count the counter as a bar especially since I am facing a wall of liquor from my counter seat. I seriously consider a neat glass of scotch or whiskey to sooth my suffering throat and head. I decide against it and order several hot steaming cups of tea which were perfect. The guy at the bar was extremely nice and attentive as I dallied before ordering food while enjoying the hot tea, did I say hot? Yes, hot, hot, perfect for a summer cold.

The music turned to Blues and I am feeling much better so I order Florentine Benedict and extra crispy bacon. The food is wonderful. Creamy fresh spinach on the benedict and a mound of bacon cut thick and cooked just the way I like it. Yes, two dishes with meat, I need comfort with this cold.

Business Travelers: With all of the new housing, retail and hotel development in The Bowery a local place for any meal is essential. The Bowery Diner is your place. With a menu a full step above a typical diner and a full bar. The Bowery Diner is a very good place for an evening alone or with a group of friends, co-workers, clients and colleagues. The Bowery Diner is open 24/7 and I hear it gets a crowd later into the evening and when all the bars and clubs let out. Happy Hour is 5 to 7 P.M. with 50% off booze and Oysters! Oysters at Happy Hour, what could be happier? Go for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and make sure you allow time to explore The Bowery neighborhood. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in The Bowery Diner and the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

The Bowery Diner
241 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
212-388-0052

The Bowery Diner Menu
New York Daily News The Bowery Diner Review

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Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden – Name Says It All

Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden Philadelphia

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Rating: 3.8/5 (2 votes cast)

 

I was looking for a place to do a bar meal review after attending a very interesting meeting for start-up entrepreneurs at Venturef0rth, an early-stage tech community incubator and yes, it is spelled correctly with the “0”.  I realized I had not spent much time in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philly and decided to head to one of my favorites: Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 about 8 P.M.  Silk City is just what it’s name says,  a Diner with a Lounge and a Beer Garden.  The diner and lounge have long been staples of the neighborhood but have been terrifically updated in 2007 and are a destination location with a creative and well done New American menu.  This review focuses on the Diner counter saving the Lounge and Beer Garden bars for highly anticipated return visits.

I start with the evening special, Chicken Corn Chowder, followed by the Bacon wrapped Meatloaf with Mash Potatoes and Peas along with a glass of wine.  Both were delicious.  As I have mentioned before, order your two courses separately to avoid getting your food all at once while sitting at moany restaurant bars.

The Silk City Bar Experience:  Entering the Diner section you encounter that classic diner look and feel which has been meticulously upgraded and maintained.  The bar, really a counter with a full complement of liquor, is long and faces the wall.   The diner atmospheres makes this setup comfortable and the friendly staff is another big draw.  The counter has about  25 seats and the ones on the far end would provide the best view of the entire place.  I sat about 1/3 of the way down the long section.  The patrons were engaging with two old friends catching up to my left and Mother and young daughter enjoying a fun meal on my right.  A few trendy hipsters were sprinkled around with a couple of  button down business people about and others stopping by after work to get take out.  Lots of seats still left on a Tuesday night.  Really love this place, the atmosphere and food.  Highly recommend.

Business Travelers:  A good casual place to go to get you out of the Center City Philly scene.  Whether you are alone or with colleagues or customers, the counter is fun or grab yourself a booth.  While it is not a far walk from Center City, I recommend skipping the walk in favor of a cab for better security.  If you are already in the Northern Liberties neighborhood by all means walk to Silk City.  Only one small television so don’t go for the TV. Give yourself some time to walk around the bustling, trendy and hip Northern Liberties area.  Stop at Rita’s after and get yourself a taste of  real Philly Italian Water Ice on 2nd Street.  Good for Women Business Travelers traveling alone.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden
435 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123.
215-546-5170
Silk City Menu
Philadelphia Weekly Silk City Review

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