If you have ever wandered aimlessly around Manhattan during a mealtime it won’t happen again. Some of the best eats are off the beaten path. Parm and Salumé, far enough off the touristy streets of SoHo, are two of the finest spots you will find.

Parm serves some of the freshest and well-made chicken, meatball and eggplant parms in the tri-state area. Salumé has only the finest gourmet Italian meats and ingredients for delicate and authentic Italian sandwiches. 

Food at Parm is well-executed and simple Italian fare. Nothing fancy, just delicious. Order the chicken parm hero (chicken cutlet, mozzarella, tomato sauce, basil) with a Browns cream soda. Parm also serves a range of vegetable sides and other well-cooked Italian staples. Try the house cauliflower, roasted beets and giardinia pickles. If you order take-out, (which will alleviate most of the wait of the always packed restaurant) coffee cakes will tease you right next to the register, and you might have to give in.

House cauliflower, roasted beets and giardinia pickles at Parm
House cauliflower, roasted beets and giardinia pickles at Parm

At Salumé, the food tastes like it’s straight off the plane from Italy. Order the Parma Red Label, a Prosciutto Crudo Panini with buffalo mozzarella, tomato, olive oil, flake Salt, and ask them to add arugula and truffle oil. The sandwich is surprisingly light and comes with a lively side of micro vegetables tossed in oil and a parmesan chip. A Blood Orange Pellegrino Limonata is a refreshing addition to wash it all down. Salumé also offers a refined selection of salads, sweets and gelato, which are also worth a try.

Surryano ham from Salumé
Surryano ham from Salumé

Pricing at these two destinations isn’t comparable Subway, but the extra cost is well worth it. The chicken parm with a cream soda and the Red Label with a Pellegrino will cost you about $16. Both meals offer a generous amount of food— you will be full. 

99-cent pizza has its perks, but dishing out some cash for a gourmet lunch is well worth it. Treating your taste buds like royalty is valuable investment. Maybe the European Union should switch their currency to chicken parms— they have to be worth more than the euro.  

Parm—248 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 212.993.7189 ParmNYC.com

Salumé—330 West Broadway at Grand St, New York, NY, 212.226.8111, salumenewyork.com