One of Aziz Ansari’s favorite sandwich shops is now operating a full-service, sit-down restaurant at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Parm — the casual Italian-American chain that launched out of a small space on Mulberry Street in Little Italy — has opened its latest outpost on the arena’s Suit Level A, next to Jay Z’s 40/40 Club.
That makes Barclays, according to a news release, the “first arena to feature a full-service restaurant created by James Beard Award nominees and Michelin starred chefs.”
Parm’s creators are chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi and restaurateur Jeff Zalaznick, whose hospitality company, Major Food Group, runs the fine dining establishments Carbone and ZZ’s Clam Bar. Carbone and Torrisi have been nominated for the James Beard Awards’ best chefs category several times.
Their downmarket restaurant serves not only hero sandwiches ($15 to $16) but also classic Italian-American appetizers like mozzarella sticks ($12) and fried calamari ($16), pasta and parm platters served with spicy rotini ($22 to $25) at its larger locations on the Upper West Side and in Battery Park City. (The Parm at Yankees Stadium sells only sandwiches.)
Parm at Barclays Center is open to all ticket holders and offers a to-go option for customers who’d rather eat in their seats while they watch a Nets game or a concert.
Take a look at the food and the space, which hosted an opening event the night of a Katy Perry concert on Wednesday:
If you're ordering an appetizer for the table...
...you could get this bountiful plate of meatballs ($15), made with Mario Carbone's special recipe, according to the menu.
Parm has three pasta plates on the menu
One is this rotini bolognese ($19), topped with a dollop of ricotta cheese and smothered in meat gravy.
As for entree platters...
...choose one of three parm dinners, like the chicken parm that -- as the menu puts it -- "started it all!!!" Pictured above, it costs $25 and comes with spicy rotini pasta.
Here's what Parm's interior looks like
The design of the menus, seen here on the restaurant's round wooden tables, screams "red sauce joint."
Servers wear red ties...
...and compete with TVs mounted on the walls for your attention.
CORRECTION: The original version of this story reported the Perry concert as taking place on Thursday. It was Wednesday.