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28 Cornelia St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. 4th St.
the recommended Grilled sea bass, is not properly prepared
By harrymandate on 2/13/2016
The only way to get the correct flavor and taste from grilled branzino (sea bass) is to grill it with the bone in. Then the fish keeps its juices and flavor while being cooked. Also, vegetables and herbs can be put inside to make the taste more interesting. If cooked like this, the fish needs to be filleted by the waiter (preferably), or by the person eating it, or eating slightly more messily from the top down, that is eating one side, removing the spine, and then eating the other side. The restaurant makes it easy for itself, and for those diners who do not know how the dish is supposed to taste, by first filleting the fish and then cooking it. As the result, the fish become very dry during cooking and loses most of its flavor. Putting some oil on it while grilling it, does not really work.
A night to remember!
By beldamanu on 9/17/2012
Had a party there last friday for 10 people in the private room (carriage house). The staff decorated the room for that wonderful home feeling with beautiful flowers and many candles. The service was impeccable, on cue, and the staff had a great demeanor. The food was amazing, served at a perfect timing, my personal favorite the gnocchi. Although this experience already sounds incredible the staff went above and beyond sending us Champaign for our celebration! Finally, one of my guestsâ€™ accidentally lost the memory chip for a camera during the party. When we called the next day they had already found it and were waiting our call. It was an absolutely a great and memorable evening! Thank you !
Decent, not wowing
By Ozzira on 11/19/2011
Not very inventive but the food was above average. Service was not impressive, almost poor. I would suggest this for some one with deep pockets but an easy critic. Not for true foodies.
By kspice on 9/4/2010
at the bad reviews. 8 of my friends and I stumbled upon Palma while looking for another place late one Sunday afternoon. The maitre d/co-owner(?) quickly set up tables for us and within 5 minutes we had 4 bottles of Prosecco chilling on the table. He waited on us the entire time. Allowed us to order at our own pace and offered suggestions of food we could share. Everything was good, from the special tomato/mozzarella salad to the gnocchi and paparadelle with lamb ragout. At the end we opted not to have dessert instead he offered to make us all shaken espresso, chilled and sweetened and served in a little chilled glass. Our waiter was charming and knowledegable (I would hope so if he was co-owner). Now maybe it had something to do w/ the fact we were a table of women, but I'd go back based on my experience.
By stefaniedee on 5/13/2010
The gnocchi was outstanding, prawns, fish... every single dish was made to perfection. The room in the back is really cute for a party of 10 or more. I have eaten in a lot of places around the world and this place has great food and cozy and romantic atmosphere.
great atmosphere, annoying staff
By hipsterhottie on 8/23/2008
Just don't order the gnochi, it was horribly bland!!! Great date spot, but just ignore the moron waitress that acts as if she has taken sillly drugs!
What a shame.....
By sstubbe on 4/25/2008
After what was a reasonably cozy meal in the beautiful garden, the evening was ruined for us by the incredibly rude manager / maitre d' -- he had already been snooty on the way in, but nice cocktails, a pleasant moroccan waiter, and reasonably good food made us forget. But towards the end of our meal the manager became aggressive, making us feel unwelcome, and when we questioned his behavior, we were floored to be told "i don't care what you think, this is my restaurant, so go home!" We were stunned, not least because we had rented the private room for a lot of money no more than 3 weeks earlier.... The owners would do well to relieve this man of his role. Until then, we will be happy to find another garden.
By Jamie_Wylie on 7/20/2007
Its taken me 5 days to calm down enough to be able to stop my hands from shaking and physically construct this review. From the off i knew this 'eatery' was doomed. The waiter forgot what the specials were, and then forgot what we ordered.. i should have taken it as a sign of how unmemorable in taste the specials were from the waiter's forgetfulness, but silly little me ordered the ludicrously priced sardines (bland.. no flavour) at $17, and the grilled seabass (was i eating a brick or plastic.. not sure.. tastless.. at least a brick would have had a better consistency then this slop) which weighed in at a stupifying $34.. the waiter chose to warn me of neither price. My girlfreind had pasta swimming in chopped tomatos, she needed a straw to finish it. Nice decor though.. but it would have to be as nice as the Ufizzi to get me back through those doors again.
By Werewolf on 5/20/2007
I found the service to be so terrible that it was dfficult to find joy in anything else at the restaurant. The Maitre'D was incredibly rude - he rang the woman in our party that had booked our table at 9PM the night before we were to dine there asking if he could move our reservation back a half hour. When she said that it was not possible he said to her "Fine, then I'll just give you a bad table"! He was then outwardly rude to us and kept us waiting for 30 minutes and refused to seat us (as we waited for one person in our large party) while our table just sat there next to us, empty. The waiter was quite inattentive as well. As for the food - the appetizers were pretty good but our entrees were all terribly mediocre.
Magic in Manhattan!
By mangiamaina on 3/6/2004
The decore of Palma seemed a little barebones when we peeked into the windows, but it reminded us both of our honeymoon in Sicily so after doing a little hunt and peck on Cornelia Street we decided to give Palma a go for dinner. The selection of fresh seafood continued our stroll down memory lane, especially the zuppa di pesce. My husband picked a Greek wine from the well priced list and we decided to indulged in three appitizers. No dipping sauce needed for the tender calamari. They're the freshest we've tasted in the city!! The osso buco was seasoned perfectly and served with fantastic creamy polenta. For dessert we shared a terrific coconut brulee and perfect espressos. The service was attentive for such a busy night. We left feeling Palma had put a spark of the "magic Mediterranean" back into our souls. Highly recommended!!!
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