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Bar Primi

4.7
723 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(212) 220-9100
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Carmellini
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East 2nd Street
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Parking details
Comfort Parking: 303 Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Bleecker Street
Icon Parking: 610 Broadway between East Houston and Bleecker Street
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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.
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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

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.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Happy Mother's Day! Bar Primi will serve our usual brunch and dinner menus today.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 723 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food here is wonderful, perfectly prepared and served... an informed, sensitive, attentive staff without hovering... its always a delight to come here... Colin, the Manager is always generous and gracious ... i highly recommend it... the music was a little louder and more monotonous than I prefer, but not to the point of a disturbance... A little jewel in the East Village.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Bar Primi is a young people's restaurant. Noisy, semi-adequate food, distracted service, modest prices. I think it's popular simply based on herd instinct.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent. Friendly and delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Me encanto la carta y el k=lugar en si, buenos vinos, súper recomendable

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Listen, I liked the food. The rice balls were really good but the carbonara was not traditional enough. It needs more egg, less cream, and no cabbage.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The downstairs restaurant was extremely loud on a Saturday night. Food was superb especially the small plates. I ordered a "mocktail" which was very unimpressive and cost $9. My husband's martini was on the skimpy side.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was great. They did a great job with my kids. Excellent wine selection by the glass.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Delicious brunch with unique, Italian entrees. We got a pitcher of mimosas and a pitcher of the passionfruit Bellinis; everything was delicious. Only detracting factor was that our waiter started asking us for our order before the whole party had even arrived and it felt like he came over to ask every couple of minutes. I hate being rushed and feeling harassed into ordering before everyone is ready. The constant interruption was extremely irritating, and the restaurant was mostly empty so there was no need to rush whatsoever.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Everything we ordered was delicious
The space is simple pretty and comfortable

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was delicious!

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1.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The ambiance is the only thing great. Service was poor: pushing all the time (to be ready to order and to clean the table before I even finish!), asking twice in less than 5 minutes if we wanted wine. Food was not good at all (pasta was too “al dente”/almost raw). Go somewhere else!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Everything was good, from the ricotta crustini, the antipasto salad, down to the pastas and chicken dish. Service was good. Nice meal, nice servers, would definitely recommend

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Service was minimal and less than cheery food drab and portions smaller than expected hostess rude overall bad experience will never dine there again or recommend to anyone with tastebuds.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing food with a very lively atmosphere

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food was great but... was at the bar asked for a "well" vodka martini. The bartender did not seem to understand what well meant, so asked and I said cheap vodka. The martini came back about a little over half full in the smallish glass and cost $17

My friend and I were dumbfounded and mentioned it to the waiter and the maître d' - both said there would be some consideration in the bill and there wasn't.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It was quite nice and cosy and a welcome respite from the cold. Service and food were good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Menu appears relatively simple, but that is not what the meal brings. Dishes where simple flavors should shine (prosciutto) were kept that way and the quality of the ingredients shows through beautifully. The truffles ricotta bruschetta resonates with the wonderful smoothness of the cheese and just the right amount of truffle oil - without being overpowering, and the honey adds a wonderful sweet and flowery note - a subtle and excellent flavor build. The pasta dishes menu descriptions can’t begin to detail the wonderful layers of flavor that build on your palate as you savor each dish. We had three very different pastas and each one was unique (truly different flavor notes which is not always the case in Italian restaurants) - and equally interesting and enjoyable. It didn’t seem like you can wrong with any of the choices. Service was outstanding. We may have benefited from it being Easter as I could see the restaurant getting louder if packed, but the room did not seem like it would ever have the noise issues we find at so many new, industrial chic spots. Overall just a wonderful evening - we will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Staff and the food were great, Can't wait to be back.

Thank you for the great Easter

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The staff was amazing! So glad I tried it

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Very good food pretty good service fun atmosphere music playing!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great spot with fantastic atmosphere. Perfectly prepared Italian dishes, and attentive service. A little on the noisy side on a Fri/ Sat night due to all the hard surfaces and no sound deadening tactics, but you'll definitely feel like you're in a hotspot.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Would recommend everything we ate (crostini with ricotta, artichoke pasta, branzino, pistachio gelato) other than the lamb bucatini and the cauliflower. The bucatini was good, but nothing special while the cauliflower was definitely the mistake of the order and not worth anywhere near 16 dollars.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

They were great. Super accommodating of my two kids. One of them puked all over the place and they were super nice about it. I felt so bad. Thank you!!!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was delicious and staff very attentive. tables are very small and crammed together if you don't mind type of thing. Get the meatballs and squid ink pasta!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Amazing food! Their rice balls are the greatest thing I’ve ever eaten. Also amazing cocktail iced tea with limoncello! Love this place! Keep coming back.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Tables are very close together

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I don't know if I would recommend or go back. My wife's pasta was good, but my lasagna was cold and obviously not prepared fresh.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The food and service was fantastic!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

deceptive entrance, looks a little ordinary from the outside. but the first floor is welcoming and the upstairs main dining area attractive and larger than expected. food selection interesting, service attentive and atmosphere subdued, but appealing. conversation friendly.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I was looking forward to this meal as I'm always on the lookout for Italian that is a cut above the standard red sauce type of restaurant. The lemony arugala salad with marcona almonds, tart cherries and parmesan to start was outstanding. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, but both the linguini with clam sauce and the squid ink pasta with crab and garlic cream sauce had an overpowering amount of garlic. I could barely taste the small amount of crab for the garlic. The tiramisu was also a disappointment with an overly generous amount of cocoa and a sour tasting cream. It's an attractive space and the service was OK, but not worthy of another visit.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Lots of waiters, not to busy- but not super helpful. Good food

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

In my humble opinion, the pasta was overcooked, not al dente. Nice wines by the glass, including a fire priced Barolo by Diego Conterno.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Amazing as always

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Was an unknown place that we picked and were very pleasantly surprised. Would definitely recommend it.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great service, beautiful restaurant, amazing food. Loved everything!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great vibe, lighting, noise level! Not sure the pasta is worth $25 but it was still tasty! Stuffed meatballs were amazing as well.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Very pretty, well appointed place, nice bar, nice happy hour, good pasta, decent service , don’t have much other than pasta on menu.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Seamless service for a table for 10. Thank you !

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Truthfully, I had to wait 35 minutes even though I had a reservation. Asked server for bread multiple times and it never came. Server let us sit for 15 minutes with dessert menus before coming back to the table, and we were in a bit of a rush to leave. Food was fine but would not come back or recommend to a friend.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great Night, we’ll be back to finish dinner, we enjoyed the appetizers and cheese but didn’t make it to dinner because the drinks were too damn good, so we just kept on ordering those Paloma # 7 and got drunk. Very good restaurant and expect overall. Will be back soon.

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