This is one of those don't judge a place from the outside. With construction on the West Side, you might pass this place without seeing it.
The inside is so interesting with all of the history of the original Palm at 837 2nd Ave. When we entered we were given a brief history on how The Palm started (amazing to see all of the faces through history, something you have to see for yourself, especially if you're into comic books). They did a nice job with the table arrangements - seating is not too close together.
Our waiter was Victory, who promptly took our drink orders at the table.
I started with the lobster bisque and the 14 oz strip steak with a side order of roasted potatoes, which I enjoyed. It was cooked to perfection. I also had the key lime pie for dessert and their delicious coffee.
Just as the check came the general manager (Scott Young) came over to see how everything was, which I thought was a very nice touch. Scott mentioned about the history on why the drawings were put on the walls, and he also mentioned about joining their 837 Club, which is a Palm loyalty program. I'm really thinking about that. I would definitely go back to this restaurant sooner rather than later.
She said: 4 tongues
July 24, 2009
Don't let the incessant sounds of pounding and the unending burst of dust in the air fool you Ė The Palm, at the new TriBeCa location on that part of the West Side Highway that is constantly under construction, is a gem that shouldnít be passed up.Iíve wanted to try this restaurant for the longest time based on its reputation and history, and I thought NY Restaurant Week was the best time to do it.Am I glad I picked this restaurant.The moment I stepped into the restaurant and the doors shut behind me, the outside noise was cut off.I was taken into a restaurant that was unlike any other steak & seafood place Iíve been to.There were hand-drawn sketches on the wall featuring celebrities that have dined at that location.There were also replicas of cartoons hand-drawn by the artists themselves.Most steak places Iíve been to leaned on the macho side (because real men eat meat??), but this is a place that is appropriate for family gatherings as well as business functions.
Now on to the food.As I mentioned previously, I came there for restaurant week and thus did not order from the regular menu.I started off with the Caesar salad, which was deliciously crunchy and without a dressing that tends to overpower.There was just enough to coat the leaves with a wonderful tangy taste.For the main course, I ordered the chicken cordon bleu which was a little too salty for my taste.I understand from the general manager that this was not part of their regular menu but created for restaurant week, so you probably wonít even see it there.But I did enjoy a bit of my husbandís NY strip steak, which he ordered medium well.It was so tender and juicy, and had just a hint of pink in it.They only had one dessert for restaurant week, which was Key Lime Pie and is not a favorite of mine.
As for parking, there is a garage conveniently located next door to The Palm (on Warren Street).Or if you donít feel like driving in, you can take the 1, 2, or 3 train to Chambers St and walk about three blocks.
Although the restaurant week menu was limited and contained items that I normally donít eat, I still gave this establishment 4 tongues.The service was excellent.When we first got there the maitre dí was very friendly and even took the time to give us a little trivia about the beginnings of The Palm.Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive.And the general manager was just accommodating.Somehow, even though I wasn't happy with the chicken cordon bleu and the key lime pie, that tiny taste I had of their NY strip steak gave me the feeling that their regular menu would be outstanding.So watch out for my next review and letís see if the 4 turns to my first 5 rating ever.