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Palma - 88 Reviews - 28 Cornelia St, New York, NY - Romantic Dining Reviews - Phone (212) 691-2223


28 Cornelia St (at nr. 4th St.)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 691-2223
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Low key, charming, the best! I don't really want you to know this as this place is still a relatively well-kept secret but they deserve you to know. The zuppe di pesce is a must a...


Attended a birthday party here at the back of the restaurant. The ambiance was nice, but our group did not have privacy. We kept getting interrupted by various people walking in t...

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/7/2014

Best food ever!!! – If eating is your passion you must try this restaurant!!! Incredible food, impeccable service, and wonderful wine. \r \r Best food I have had in United States, and easily competes with the best around the world that I have tried (and I have tried quite a few!). I simply loved the Mediterranean Sea Bass and the ravioli in Palma?but the menu offer so many choises that every time I could not try something different, and I was always surprise how delicious is everything!!!! more

The best Italian in New York 2/5/2011

Low key, charming, the best! I don't really want you to know this as this place is still a relatively well-kept secret but they deserve you to know. The zuppe di pesce is a must as are the jerusalem fried artichokes. more

Simply Divine! 11/29/2010

I went here with my bf for Thanksgiving and what a treat! The place itself is so charming and cozy. Kinda makes you feel like you stopped in at a friend's house for dinner. The menu was prefixed and delicious from the antipasto to the pumpkin pudding desert. I will definitely be going back for my birthday in a couple of weeks to experience the daily menu. I highly recommend Palma. The service was amazing, even though the night was busy our server was super attentive. Do yourself a favor and run here. more

Palma And Marino Rosato- A WONDERFUL Pairing! 6/21/2010

When I heard that Marino Rosato was the new Chef at Palma in the Village, I could not wait to get a seat! While the menu, which changes daily, presents as a rustic introduction to classical Italian cuisine, the efforts of the Chef Rosato go so much further! The flavors and textures of the meal he prepares for you only begin to seduce your appetite. The antipasto is uniformly light, clean, delicate, and lasting. The dinner of herb crusted baked swordfish was uniformly cooked for tenderness and gently bedded on grilled brussel sprouts and tender seasoned onions, with a topping of sliced cherry tomatoes. This dish was so good, it induced our table to begin sharing plates and stories about food that we thought might rival our meal, but in the end, all agreed, that he had presented us with a dinner without compare! Exquisite! Palma is short on size but long on romance and charm. Bring the ones you love and stay as long as you can. Go when Chef Rosato is there, and be prepared for the incomparable! Grazie, Chef Marino and Palma! Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance Cons: Space more

Romantic, Warm and Genuine 11/4/2009

If you want to fall in love go to Palma's. The chef is really from Italy so the food is made with care and is fresh and delicious. The Zuppe de Pesce is to die for and can be shared. The pasta is fresh and the fish is superb. I celebrated my birthday in the 1810 Carriage House in the rear of the Garden. Everyone is still talking about it. How about warm chocolate souffle or Panna Cotta to dream in. The Carriage House is like a Farm House in Tuscany or France with Candles and family photos. I loved it!! Pros: A unique Garden and Carriage House Cons: Garden Seats Fill up Fast more

Disappointing 9/14/2009

We finally decided to eat here one evening after a few years of saying, ""we should eat here one evening."" Food was fine but not memorable. Service was inconsistent - we probably had 4 different servers through the evening which is fine however they apparently don't speak to one another. We were asked if we were ready to order drinks twice, said yes, but then the servers would leave without taking an order. We asked what the specials were, which seemed to be an imposition. One of the persons in our party order a special and raved about it, the remaining 3 of us ordered from the menu and were not wowed. Dessert was wonderful! I might give this place another try because it may have been an off night but I wouldn't rush back. Pros: lovely indoor space with warm lighting & a beautiful garden Cons: service more

Best little Italian Place! 7/27/2009

This place is just like dining in Tuscany! We've passed it by for years and now we wish we had gone in earlier. The garden in the back is to die for... just like being in Europe! The food was amazing and the chef even came out to check on us. We felt very taken care of and very charmed. We will definately be back for our anniversary! Pros: Good service, great food! more

Best Kept Italian Secret in Town 6/30/2009

While the food is wonderful, the atmosphere is relaxing, magical and very European. Pros: Great Organic Fresh Italian Food more

Homey Yet Elegant: Perfect place for a date, or taking family 2/2/2009

I have lived in the neighborhood for ages, and when I finally found Palma, I knew I'd just found my FAVORITE neighborhood place. The combination of homeyness, hipness, truly tasty food, and just..NICE. people,was lovely. I'm always looking for a place that I can bring friends and family, where I'll feel really at home, but at the same time, it's a bit upscale,. I love the fried artichoke chips as a starter. The best thing is the Mediterranean Sea Bass, which I've had wrapped in paper (!?)and is delicious!! Someone else mentioned thye tours that come through once in a while on a Sunday (in the garden) , but , as a longtime Village resident, I love that people get to see this pretty place with it's 1810 makes them feel protective of the Village's beauty!! We do Sunday brunch in the garden all the time in the summer. Support little, homey, artisanal restaurants like Palma...they survived 9/11 with their joyous spirit intact, which is when I firsdt started going there. Go support 'em and find your new cozy place. And when I was there last night, there was an Olson twin and the guy from ""S*x and the City!"" (not together) Pros: Homey but elegant, food can be terrific, lots of celebs, garden is wonderful Cons: A little hard to find...Cornelia Street is a really small side street in the Village . more

Elegant italian 12/20/2008

This restaurant in the West Village offers a mellow Italian experience with fine Italian cuisine and wines.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. Oh, and the food and wines are great. Great for a date night! more

It was okay. 12/10/2008

\r \r The rucola salad was good but the other dishes were all very salty. The wine list wasn't very impressive either. \r \r The service was good but they were definitely in a hurry to clear my plate. (Nothing annoys me more than trying to clear my plates when I'm still eating)\r \r I had a good time but I credit that to my dinner companion. Probably won't be back.\r \r more

Nice for weekend brunch, but didn't like tacky practice the restaurant has.... 10/27/2008

Pros: garden out back Cons: restaurant allows tour groups to walk through restaurant to see carriage house out back more

I love it! 9/16/2008

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. more

Good Food, questionable service? 7/27/2008

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. Pros: Fine dining Cons: Shorthanded service and questionable teamwork. more

Best crispy calamari in town! 7/18/2008

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! more

One of the best West Village restaurants AND on the Cutest street! 5/20/2008

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! Pros: Cute, Quaint more

Elegant Italian Dining 2/18/2008

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! Pros: Atmosphere, food, service, more

Terrible experience 2/2/2008

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. Pros: Good Food Cons: Horrible Service. Have never been so badly treated in any restaurant more

An Excellent Choice 9/8/2007

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. Pros: Excellent cuisine in sparkling intimate atmosphere Cons: Festive dining can be a little noisy...not for intimate conversation on a Saturday night. more

My dining touch of love........ 8/28/2007

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.......... Pros: Manager and staff, plus garden and fresh fruit drinks. Cons: noisey a bit more
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    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.


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    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...

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