28 Cornelia St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.731262 -74.002414
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
Enjoy A Beautiful Garden Dining Experience in the West Village!
Book Our Private Carriage House for your next private luncheon or dinner party. Holds up to 18 people.
A mellow, Mediterranean mood prevails at Palma, a Sicilian spot that solidifies Cornelia Street as one of the best small restaurant blocks in Manhattan. Decor is simple and soulful, with chestnut tables and a stone-tile floor. Well-chosen music and soft-voiced, olive-skinned servers help the restaurant dance to a sultry undertow.
Nice for weekend brunch, but didn't like tacky practice the restaurant has.... – I've come here for weekend brunch twice. The food was excellent. The ambiance (particularly the outdoor garden out back) is very nice.
But I had a very big problem with the fact that....at least on the weekends (on both my dining occasions there)...I saw that the restaurant apparently allows private tour groups to traipse through the entire restaurant in order to visit the historic carriage house in the back of their garden property. During my last brunch there, four separate tour groups, each with approximately 15 people, came in through the front door (on a very chilly day mind you, which resulted in a drafty feeling) over the course of about 1.5 hours. They walked to the back of the property and when they were done a few minutes later, they all came walking back through the restaurant, (discreetly) looking at the customers, what they were eating, etc..
I can only surmise that the restaurant either gets a "cut" from the tour company, and/or that they are hoping that the tourists who visited the carriage house out back might return to their restaurant one night for dinner...
I find this to be EXTREMELY tacky and inconsiderate on the restaurant's part, and as a result, and on principle only, I will never eat there again.
I love it! – The food is very flavorful, the menu has a lot to offer and I can go there with my vegetarian friends. Absolutely looooove the aragosta salad!!!!!!!! Its my favorite thing to eat there... Its huge and great!! My friend gets the gamberoni , which he loves! The pappardelle ragu d'agnello is sooo good and its hard to stop eating then once youve started!! I love coming here with friends.
Good Food, questionable service? – I?ve eaten here a number of times and usually it?s a pleasant experience. Palma has always been talked about for their quality food and service. Just found it odd on a weekend night when there were 7 tables outside with one server. With one person serving 7 tables, it is obvious there is only so much 1 person can do.
With a single server, a host who is standing around looking jovial, I was questioning the management of the establishment especially on a weekend. Since I?ve eaten here a handful of times, I know things are not run like this all the time.
Best crispy calamari in town! – I have been dining at Palma since it's opening in 2001. I am happy to say that I consider it one of my top 5 "regular" places to go when I want a meal that I know will be exactly what I am in the mood for. Although there have been some evenings, when it is crowded, the service may be somewhat delayed but I have never experienced any one being outwardly rude. The calamari is some of the best I have eaten anywhere, the zuppa fragrant and so fun to eat! Fresh branzino and some very fine specials created by Chef Elena that I have never found anywhere else. Eating in the garden in the summer is so delightful, at lunchtime I just want to stay for hours! My only gripe is that I wish they would bring back the "di mare", a dish with assorted grilled seafood - clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, lobster - I miss it!! I always enjoy the cuisine here and will continue to dine here year round!
One of the best West Village restaurants AND on the Cutest street! – First of all, Cornelia Street is one of the best streets in NYC, right in the middle of the West Village, so quaint! Second, Palma is on this street and it is truly a "find"! My friend introduced me to this restaurant because she rented the back "house" portion of the restaurant for a private birthday dinner. The food was excellent. Lots of seafood on the menu with fresh pastas. Great wine and the whole ambience made you feel like you in were in a rustic home in Italy. Fabulous!
Elegant Italian Dining – We had our wedding dinner in the carriage house and couldn't have asked for a more intimate and romantic dining experience. The food was unique and very tasteful. The wine was excellent and the service was superior! An unexpected was the cake, hands down, the wedding cake was the best cake I have ever tasted period. It will most certainly be a destination every trip to New York!
Terrible experience – Interesting to see two such sharply divided opinions about this place. While one group has been treated horribly, the other has had wonderful times there. Sadly, we?re in the former. We live nearby, and were hoping to make this one of our haunts, because ? admittedly ? the food is very good. We?re very patient, and have a high tolerance for the occasional restaurant snafu when things get busy. We always make an effort to be pleasant, because we feel that human interaction is an enjoyable part of the dining experience. We gave Palma a couple of tries in the hope that their rudeness was just a glitch. For some reason, the staff behaved each time as if they preferred we drop dead. Each of the negative reviews reflect some aspect of our treatment there, including being ignored, lied to about reservations, and treated with such cold disdain, I wondered if I had forgotten to shower. We had been planning to book their house in the back for our daughter?s wedding party, but that became unthinkable. Too bad. I?m going to miss that calamari.
An Excellent Choice – As a resident of the West Village and someone who likes to cook I have the choice to dine in a lot of restaurants and know good food. After two visits to Palma I can't wait for my next visit. Arriving on a busy summer Saurday evening we were warmly welcomed and enjoyed fabulous strawberry mojitos at the lovely bar while we waited for a table in the enchanting garden. Before we finished our drinks we were escorted to our table. We chose from an abundant and interesting menu. Both the calamari and grilled baby artichoke stuffed with ricotta were perfect starters. Crispy, succulent and pefectly prepared. Not to mention unbelieveably generous portions. For our second course we shared an unusual lamb ravioli with a very noteworthy spicy, plump marinara sauce. We shared a superbly prepared swordfish in caper and lemon sauce. Our waitress was delightful and very pleased to hear our comments about recipe experiences. The charming host stopped by the table periodically to see how we were doing. In spite of how busy the restaurant was we were never rushed and when we left the staff including the chef bid us goodbye as though we were family. Eating at Palma feels like being in an Italian country home surrounded by happy people in a sparkling courtyard, intimate, festive and absolutely delicious.
My dining touch of love........ – Amazing, outstanding and a touch of love is how I will explain my dining experience at this restaurant. I was told to dine here from an elite group of friends. Let me say, they were right about everything from the service to the food. We were greeted by the manager who seated us quickly on what seemed to be a busy night. I love him, by the way, he was easy on the eyes. The sea bass course was delightful, while friends enjoyed the zupa and homemade gnocchi.....The lovely waitress was so right in her wine choice. Everything was right about this place, just a bit loud at times. Anyway, I will definitely come again and send my friends but next time I want the beautiful garden. See you next time in New York..........
New York Flava' – Alright, coming from the west coast and dining at places such as the famed IVY, ORSO, PASTIS, CHOCOLAT and so on, I think I know a thing or two about some fine dinin'. Palma, is definitely now my new favorite place. I completely forgot I was in the nations largest city and my god was the food amazing! I do highly recommend the sea bass with artichokes accompanied by a white sangria. If you have a huge appetite you have to have lamb over pasta for starters. To finish off or maybe if you're itchen' for some sensual sweetness, a must is the dark chocolate sorbet; it is absolutely sinful but oh so heavenly.
Along with the exquisite food, the service was absolutely charming. It's unfortunate that the previous reviewer carried a sense of entitlement prominent in the Blondie hazed glitz of LA LA land. I found the eccentric & entertaining New York personalities refreshing leaving me definitely wanting more.
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