840 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 687-2953
Palm Too Restaurant
The Palm Too
Cuisines: Italian, European, Steakhouse, Continental
Takes Reservations: Yes
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07/23/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Upon walking in, we were assaulted with a strange smell of the place, like moldy, musty wet carpet. We were seated on the first floor by the waiter station so it was a bit hectic and noisy.
We ordered from the restaurant week menu--the salmon filet was a very large piece but bland. The filet mignon was melt-in-your-mouth-like-butter wonderful.
Our dining experience was marred by the following--I found a piece of metal some metal wire at the bottom of my watermelon salad appetizer and my sister found a chipped shard of ceramic under her bed of spaghetti that came with her chicken parm.
Desserts--cheese cake, bread pudding and flourless chocolate cake were decent. Nothing to write home about.
12/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Giant lobsters, huge steaks but so much more. Most newbies order steak or lobster with the usual sides and iIt is expensive. But... The Palm is also a great old style Italian joint. Delve a little deeper into the bill of fare. They will make you just about anything you want and if it's good enough it may end up on the menu. Not the kind of place for the ""dandified"" crowd. If you want the waiter to introduce himself and recite the specials you will be disappointed. A manly place (and that ain't a bad thing sometimes)!!!
09/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
With nostalgia cartoons painting a history landscape on the surrounding walls and authentic 1950?s style of gentlemen service, this restaurant is worth every penny. Not only is it a historical valued landmark, its meals rival the finest that New York has to offer. I had a 16 ounce female Lobster with the roe still inside married to a delightful Filet Mignon (aged beef) that melted gently against your taste buds to the point that you would lean back with closed eyes into a bliss of wonderment.
Think of the animation, ?Ratatouille? and the experience the food critic, ?Anton Ego? had. Yup, it will bring you back in time.
I cannot (and I?m a writer) describe to you the magic this place will bring to all of your senses. Please, save your money and go here. It?s pricey but every time you make a payment on that increased credit card bill, you will remember the experience of why you are still paying this off. Then, you?ll smile. It is more than worth it. I can?t wait until I can afford this must have luxury again. :)
05/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've been a patron of this terrific place for years! It is absolutely my very favorite place! My husband and I bring friends, family and clients who we want to impress with yummy steaks and seafood.
This is THE place where you can relax and enjoy fresh, high-quality food (better than your mom's). The wait staff bends over backwards to accomodate you and your guests.
The maitre'd, Al, is the perfect host and always manages to entertain you while he ochestrates the hundreds of patrons who frequent the Palm.
Tell him Lisa and Ronny sent you! Enjoy!
08/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Been to the Palm Too several times and every time it was great.
Pick a steak, any steak, they're all tasty.
Wait staff is old school and very personable...and they know the wine list very well. On several occasions they have given me outstanding ""value"" picks.
NYC Steakhouses all seem to be chasing the same masculine expense account clientele, and Palm Too is no exception. However, I have to say that the dining room in this place is particularly good for families celebrating a special occasion (a nice place for sure, but not stuffy at all).
07/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I finally went to the Palm to see if it could really live up to the reputation that it seems to have on so many new yorkers. AND IT DID 100%! Both my boyfriend and I work in the food and beverage industry..and have worked in various new york restaurants, so we know great food when we see it. and eat it!! he ordered the 28 ounce porterhouse steak..and i swear to god his eyes lit up when the old (and very unattentive) waiter brought it out. i ordered the 2 lb lobster because i knew i wouldnt be able to finish it all, and believe me i couldnt. i even ordered it CLEAN (wich means they deshell the entire lobster for you free of charge) and they warned me it would come out looking like ""nothing on my plate"" but i was sitll amazed by how much lobster meat was still on my plate! it was absolutley amazing. we had the baked clams as an appetizer, my boyfriend ate every damn clam, only saved me one he sadi ti was so amazing. for sides we got mashed potatoes and creamy spinache...DEFINETLY mouth watering..two sides are ENOUGH for two people, so be ware..because ALL of these proportions are monsterous. i it was a little pricey..not too bad we enjoyed ourselves. my boyfriend calls this a MANS restaurant...he says you can FEEL the testosterone when youwalk in the building. very small and cozy, all male staff, huge propportions, GREAT FOOD. im sad to say though, the ONE and ONLY dissapoinment to both of us was the service. now this doesnt go for the entire waitstaff but it seemed as though if you werent a large group, about to drop hundreds of dollar sthen you were nobody. i noticed my boyfriend and i got TERRIBLE service from the old snobby hag, but the table next to us (5 buisness men) were showered with amazing service by our SAME waitor. it was very rude and VERY noticeable.
but we shall return, and very soon, and continue to give this place nothing but good reviews because the overall experience and food was A+.
05/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Palm Too has been one of my favorites for quite sometime now. I always enjoy the steaks, lobsters, and side dishes (especially the potatoes). True there's nothing special about the decor and it's certainly not a romantic spot, but it's an old school steakhouse with good food and underrated desserts (cheesecake, chocolate cake). On another note: Yeah it's a bit pricey but lets face it, it's New York and quality doesn't come cheap.
10/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
When entering the Palm restaurunt you are brought back to the feeling of classical, warm, old New York. The walls are covered with classical drawings of the worlds famous, and the floors are wood and have been walked on for over 75 years. The prices are average and are what is expected of this type of NYC rstaurant. The service was on point, and peaceful. Me and my partner had salad and soup for apps., both were fresh and full of taste. For dinner we ordered steaks that were cooked the way we requested, were hot, and tasted how a USDA prime choice steak should taste. Overall the expirience of dining at the Palm was great and worth going back for many more years to come!
05/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to various Palms over the years at the various NYC locations as well as the Palm in Vegas. I hadn't been to the original in several years and I am glad. The medium rare fillet was overcooked/overcharred. The pink portion was not juicy and bland. Overall, a shocking disappointing.
03/27/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This place - like every other famous NYC steakhouse - has its gimmick. This place's gimmick is cartoon characters on the wall of 'true' regulars. This place is SMALL. You are right on top of the people next to you.
The waiters are a mixed bag. Some are well experienced and have been there for years. Others are quite green and very unsure of themselves - you can almost hear their greetings and responses come from a script they have been taught.
The food is on par with other steakhouses but is by no means 'the best'. The desserts are worth having. $10 valet parking on the weekend is a nice touch.
I cannot believe a steakhouse of this caliber does not have a homeade steaksauce. They give you a bottle of A-1. WHAT???
11/04/2005Provided by Citysearch -
work in the Grand Central area, by far the best lunch in town for just $20 bucks! The filet mignon is good, not the best, but good. With the lunch special you get a salad, main course and a slice of cake. The lobster salad and Steak salad are the best I've had. Very crowded and noisy, quick sitting for lunch. Staff can be a little rude but prompted. Staff was also on the geriatic side, but perhaps they were the first to work there when the restuarant opened. The decor is a tad tacky, with cartoon celebs on the walls, but historical at the same time. To sum it up great for lunch!
10/26/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I've been there many times with business functions, guests, etc. Each time, they prove to you that if you know nobody, you are nobody. You'll need your picture on the wall to get any respect from the old, snobby waiters. The food is ridiculously priced and very mediocre. And, if you or a guest only wants a 3 lb lobster, forget it, thats too small (read: too cheap) for them to serve. I've never spent $800 for a party of 6 and felt so dissatisfied, and cheated...
01/22/2005Provided by Citysearch -
a $60 steak better activate every tastebud in my mouth. sadly my 20+ ounce porterhouse had LITTLE taste. furthermore, not a single steak was prepared as we had ordered it. Half my steak was medium well, part medium rare, part medium. but perhaps what left the worst taste (and aftertaste) in our mouths besides the over one hour wait for our food was the hefty $600 bill for our party of 7. was i full? yes. satisfied? not in the least.
06/15/2004Provided by Citysearch -
Palm may serve other foods, but the only thing you should order here is steak or lobster. Having eaten at the major steak houses, Palm is still my favorite. Not cheap, not for models, not for delicate cuisine. This is hearty steak and lobster, perfect every time. Save up and give it a go.
09/11/2003Provided by Citysearch -
I came here for the food! Awesome clams oregenata, a porterhouse of 28 oz. that hit the spot, very god, not the best, but up there. Dessert berry tart, sweet and perfect. Also my family had the filet, a 5lb lobster and sides of spinach, aspargus, potaoes. Ambiance is old, and not my style, but its an institution in NY, Im not gonna change it. A little corporate but, hey like I said I went there for the food.