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About Bar Primi

Bar Primi is a corner pasta shop devoted to ‘primi piatti,’ the pasta course. What began as an idea for a small space in New York's East Village has since become an essential in chef and co-owner Andrew Carmellini's range: fresh pasta traditionally prepared and cooked to order. At Bar Primi, the main course is Primi Piatti. We use a variety of non-GMO semolina and specialty ‘00’ flours, organic eggs and handed-down techniques to create our menu of Traditional and Seasonal pasta dishes. We make more than a dozen different shapes and styles daily. This includes lumache and rigatoni from our imported extruder or ravioli and mezzalune cut and filled by hand. Family recipes and secrets are traded between Carmellini and Brooklyn-born chef-partner Salvatore Lamboglia who also offers a daily meat or seafood special in addition to a selection of shareable Piccolini and Antipasti, artisanal cheese, salumi and simple home-style desserts.

325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:30pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Midday: Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Cross Street:
East 2nd Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 220-9100

Website:
http://www.barprimi.com/

Parking Details:
Comfort Parking: 303 Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Bleecker Street
Icon Parking: 610 Broadway between East Houston and Bleecker Street

Public Transit:
Bar Primi is accessible by the F train stop at 2nd Ave, 6 train stop at Bleecker, R/W train stop at 8th Street, or the B/D/F/M train stop at Broadway-Lafayette.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Carmellini

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Bar Primi will serve a Valentine's Day a la carte menu with special surprises for the holiday. We have a 48 hour cancellation policy: late cancellations are subject to a charge of $50 per guest.

Private Dining

Bar Primi offers partial and full buyouts for celebrations for 50-175 guests and semi-private bookings for parties of 20-45. Our event program features custom, chef-designed menus and personalized service from a team of event planning professionals.

Bar Primi Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
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Casual (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Fun (22)
Romantic (22)
Special Occasion (19)
Authentic (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Cozy (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Comfort Food (14)
People Watching (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Went for s friend’s birthday. The place is lovely and cozy. They gave us a great table. Unfortunately the service was spotty. While the staff was attentive, they didn’t give us the things we asked for. We spoke to several people about getting some bread. Finally, the fourth person brought it. They also took away appetizer plates before we were finished. A request for salt was also ignored. The food was tasty but sadly the service will probably be the reason I don’t come back.

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food4
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service2
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

It’s a very well designed space, not cramped at all for Manhattan. Very attentive service by everyone who approached our table. The young men refilling our waters and clearing and marking the table between courses were absolutely spot on. It was our first visit and Rebekah explained everything in great details, listened to our questions and answered them and unfailingly accomodated all my requests. Thank you Bar Primi!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Groups
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Overall the meal was very delicious!
We started with 2 orders of the Brussels sprouts and 2 orders of the ricotta crostini. Both were EXCELLENT!!!

Pasta: linguini with garlic, bucatini, orecchiette, seafood Campanella.
I think everyone thought the pasta was great but not superb. The linguini and bucatini were very very salty. They could’ve definitely toned it down with the salt.

Dessert: tiramisu & panna cotta
Both desserts were really delicious. I don’t usually like tiramisu but loved this one. Maybe I prefer a more Cakey consistency which is what I loved. The panna cotta is a Close 1st. Pieces of cannoli shell was on top with pistachio and thought it was unique and delicious.

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food4
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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Great spot for great pasta dishes and a creative wine list within an informal but cool space in a great neighborhood.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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·Dined 7 days ago

Bar Primi never disappoints! My husband and I have been coming to Bar Primi for several years now and always enjoy! Incredible menu- excellent quality pastas for a very decent price, best Tiramisu and great service! Their lunch special is a great deal! If you are searching for a romantic dinner- recommend upstairs area- very cozy there!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Primi is always delicious and great service, very quick to seat you! But most of all, YUMMY!

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

The meal was good and the drinks were GREAT!

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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent waiter from Allentown is special

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Phenomenal service all around and great food/atmosphere

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 (London)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Lovely place, Lovely food and service was great, But Please,? Dont come running filling water up After every zip one takes! Anoying !! A big minus was a Really big party of 12 college students beside us being Really loud, rude and having conversations not suitable for a restaurang and no one in the staff reacted ! Not Nice and made the evening a bit negative touch .

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

everything was fantastic however our table was close to the door and it was freezing in that spot .. didn’t help that it was 9 degrees outside

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went there for New Year’s Eve. Really nice place, great food and drinks. Very good service.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We came here for brunch on NYE, and we were one of about 3 tables there. Probably can be explained by the fact that it was NYE though. Food and drinks are great and for a decent price.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I'll come back and support your business. And shoutout to Trish.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Romantic
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food5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always fantastic, super friendly service, Saturday brunch is the sneaky move.

Tags: Kid-friendly, People Watching, Bar Seating
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food5
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Best service we've ever experienced at a restaurant. Food was awesome as well!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

A nice surprise! Great Italian cooking and very good atmosphere!

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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Good Christmas Eve dinner but it was odd that an Italian restaurant was out of their only fish dish when it’s customary for Italians to eat fish on Christmas Eve. The meal was still enjoyable though the table was a bit cramped and we are on the petite side.

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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Get the squid ink

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food5
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Absolutely delicious food. Our server was very attentive and informative. Great experience!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Spicy, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very good pasta, average appetizers, average wine, cocktails were pre-mixed (according to our waiter). Nice young crowd, gets pretty loud. Nice room and beautiful lighting. Overall not bad but not worth the hype.

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food3
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service3
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

First rate service in setting with real world ambiance. The food was FANTASTIC - you simply can't go wrong here for a great Italian meal. I highly recommend this venue to those who know a good establishment, as this one won't disappoint.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent service, delish food, great wine, a little loud for my taste, lovely establishment

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Superb pasta; attentive service. Very nice wine list at reasonable prices ; this place is a real gem. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Service felt rushed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Amazing food as always! Have been here multiple times for a variety of occasions. Would recommend to anyone. Great service. Five stars through and through!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Really went above and beyond for our anniversary dinner. The seat was awkward in a corner which meant we had to play musical plates, but still worth it!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Casual
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Really great cocktails, the food was fantastic. Our waitress was super helpful and nice. The place was pretty loud but we were next to a huge group and I think it was mostly them.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food had great flavor but not sure of the value but given it's NYC its on par.

Service was attentive but it was way over done as it seemed they were just trying to turnover the table and get us out the door.

Didn't like how I has to ask for some bread and olive oil. Should of been asked if we'd like some from our waitress.

Not sure I'd come back as there are many other Italian spots in the city.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

3rd time I’ve been there every time they ask you to wait at the bar. No problem to wait but the restaurant is always half full

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Place was fun, food was good, waiter was incredibly irritating. Endlessly pacing around all of his tables, it went far beyond helpful to just being plain rude. He became very short with us if we weren't quick enough to complete each of the stages of our meal so we felt very rushed throughout.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We visited Bar Primi during a trip to New York. It was absolutely delicious. We both agreed it was one of our favorite meals. We each had a cocktail. We didn’t pick from any of the Italian cocktails, went with an Old fashioned and Dirty martini. We started with the Brussels sprouts with crispy pepperoni, and had the Penne pasta and Linguine pasta for our entrees. Both were size able portions. For dessert we shared the Nutella sundae. I would definitely recommend going here with a group of 2-4 people. They did have larger tables but it felt like a more intimate dining experience with a couple of people. Wait staff was super helpful and attentive. Definitely will be going back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Good local place. Food and service are good. Reasonable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

everything was excellent, starting with the bloody mary, the meatball appetizer, and the two pasta dishes - all superb

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food, albeit small portions. A little more expensive than I would have liked

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I take these reviews seriously. I felt that our waitress rushed us. She would not allow us to order appetizers prior to dinner, saying that the kitchen preferred one whole order. Ridiculous. I felt the seats were uncomfortable. I felt that the ambiance was sterile. For example, there was no music. The pasta (kale fusilli) was over-cooked and not hot. The bread was mediocre. The wines by the glass were cautiously poured to not not exceed a preset limit, and the wine itself - averaging $15/glass - was not very good for red Italian wine. I had two kinds. I also felt that the tables were too close together. Bar Primi needs to improve their food quality, service, and ambiance. There are so many more, fun Italian restaurants in NYC that I do not see how they are competitive.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service a bit rushed. Food was average

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent service and food as always.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great brunch menu, good service and decent prices in an amazing location. Accomodates groups very well.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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