I'm a big sucker for chicken parmesan. The cheesier the better. I know it's not an authentic Italian dish, but I will almost always order it when it is on a menu (or I will make my husband order it, so I can have a bite.. or half of his dish). There are so many incredible italian spots in NYC, but here's are my top 5 favorite chicken parm dishes.
5. Cafe Fiorello
This chicken parm is one of my favorites because it's really thin, crisp and not too filling so you can try the many other amazing pasta dishes. I could also probably easily do damage eating it all on my own. Bonus: you can also order it with Pepperoni on top.
4. Tony's Di Napoli
It's no shocker that one of the oldest and most classic Italian spots made the list. Their chicken parm is served family style, so come with an appetite. The marinara sauce is incredible and the cheese to chicken ratio is on point.
3. Quality Italian
I'm sure you've heard about, seen pictures and/or have tasted this chicken parm "pizza" and it's because it definitely lives up to the hype. I've never been able to eat more than two slices, so definitely come with a big group and leave room for the other amazing things on the menu (cough cough: garlic bread and the eggplant & burrata!)
With a name like "Parm" how can you not have good chicken parm? Whether you get the chicken parm sub or chicken parm plate with spicy rotini pasta or linguini you will not be disappointed. You can tell they use very fresh mozzarella and will savor every single bite. They keep opening new locations, so chances are there is one by your nearest subway line!
And the winning chicken parmesan goes to.. Coppola's! It's truely the best I've ever had -- just look at this beauty on the left! The cheesiness is unreal and it's perfectly crisp. You can tell that the owner and chef Salvatore Coppola started his career at an early age and uses recipes passed down from generation to generation. The staff is always very welcoming and the extensive wine list is always a bonus!
If you have any other spots that I should check out, definitely let me know!