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Bar Primi is a great East Village move for a pasta-heavy group dinner.
Sunday night of a three-day weekend so they were pretty slammed. But our waiter / server could not have been nicer. Super attentive and went out of his way to try and accommodate a special request. Food is always top notch there...
Great brunch and should be your go to!
Great experience. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC.
Bar Primi is consistently excellent. Great cocktails, welcoming service (as long as you have a reservation!) and outstanding food. The linguine is the stuff of dreams and we've never had a bad dish here.
My only constructive criticisms would be that it seems there's a real effort to turn tables over super quickly. We ordered drinks, appetizers and entrees, and were still in and out in under an hour. I would have appreciated the opportunity to linger a little more, particularly given the high price point. Also, many of the smaller tables are quite cramped together, which can kill a little of the otherwise romantic vibes.
I cannot express what a disappointment this was to the people at the door. We had a reservation and they jerked us around. We had to argue to get a seat and the restaurant was half empty. The manager sat us after the hostess walked off. And the waiter took the bread pate away and then tried to rush us through. The menu was not well translated into English and most of it was Italian. We had to ask a out each dish. I know it's an Italian place. I live in the USA - wright the menu in ENGLISH. We settled on two dishes. No extras. Just Pasta for a lot of cash and then they brought the bread plate back AFTER I ordered a salad because the plates are small and there was no greens with it. We paid over one hundred bucks and left hungry.
SO I have two words for Bar Primi and they are NOT happy birthday.
Excellent setting. Excellent Negroni.
Some of the best service in the city. It’s amazing food and the ambiance is killer. Truly an amazing experience and perfect date spot!! Again, some of the best service in the city.
Great service and good recommendations from the waiter. Paloma cocktail was also very good. Upstairs has a good vibe
I’ve never had a bad meal at Bar Primi! Took the chance and came here for Valentine’s (well Galentine’s since not a romantic date) and even though they were obviously very busy & running multiple different specials, the service was absolutely outstanding and all the food was delicious. The squid ink campanelle is so perfectly spicy and their ricotta cheesecake is to die for. Bar Primi, you have my heart!
Great food and perfect for bday dinner
Brunch here is the best. Every dish is excellent.
Upon arriving at a near empty restaurant, we were made to wait at the bar because we were missing one member of our party.
I understand that everyone has a bad day, but our server was not the best.
The simpler dishes were fine, but others were over salted or poorly prepared (the polenta was watery, for example).
The best things were dessert.
Overall, I doubt I'll go back.
Great atmosphere and wonderful staff. Cocktails are delicious!!!
Food and server were amazing. Such a fun atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here!
Food was outstanding and terrific service. I considered chasing my wine with Plavix but i enjoyed every morsel. It was a fun evening and we will return again and again and again.
My wife and I both for sick later that night.
Attended during our visit to New York and had the Restaurant Week Prix Fix - the pasta was delicious, the service was excellent and the atmosphere very happy! Will come back the next time that I'm in New York!
Amazing food. Cool ambiance. Always crowded but in a festive manner.
We tried the restaurant week menu, and it is a hit or miss. We did not know what to choose from the main menu, so we went with the 3 menu selection. We liked the appetizers and dessert, but our main meals were ok. We were not super impressed, but I have been told Bar Primi is amazing.
My girlfriend and I are vegetarian. We made this super clear to our server and even ordered a pasta dish we were told could be made vegetarian by leaving off the meat. We get our food, and my first bite is full of meat. Must of been a hiccup from the kitchen, but not a great first experience at a place. Hard to say we'd try that again. The managers were quick to fix the situation and comp our bill partially, so I will say they have their customer service priorities in check.
Incredible dining experience. Our every request was taken care of. The team is amazing. For your next celebration you won’t regret it!
Hostess was pretty rude. Pasta was fine. Don’t think I’ll be returning there are better restaurants in nyc
I little too loud, but wonderful pasta and friendly, good, service.
Visited here during Restaurant Week and really recommend the truffle arancini.
We had dinner at Bar Primi to celebrate a special family occasion. Hostess and staff were extremely accommodating with letting us decorate the table, and sat us in a private corner. Perfect spot for a cozy celebration!
Food was great, as was the service. Andrew Carmellini and his staff are very talented!! Some hot vegetable side dishes would be a nice addition. Our waiter was very accomodating, and he made a great wine recommendation.
The food never disappoints. Always an outstanding dining experience! A must whenever you are in NYC
The food was incredible but the service was just sooo bad. Two out of three appetizers came out, and then they started clearing out plates for the pasta before the third came out. So I said something and they brought out the third appetizer. And then an HOUR went by before we got our food. It took an hour and a half to receive our meal. But once we did get it the food was absolutely delicious. Kind of a disappointment that the service was so bad because the food really was amazing.
Great pasta you can tell it was really fresh. Cool ambiance as well. Upscale without feeling snobby.
We went with our grandchildren who recommended this restaurant as part of our choices for a different restaurant for restaurant week. We were very pleasantly surprised, the food was delish and we had a fun evening. We hope to go back for another fun evening.
Delicious dinner at Bar Primi. The atmosphere was lovely. Definitely recommend the Sicilian Tomato Rice balls, the best rice balls I've ever had. The meatballs were solid. Highly recommend the Orecchiette and the Spaghetti--wonderful tomato sauce. The wine was great and reasonable prices and the service was excellent. Can't wait to go back!
Waiters are super attentive!! Food is delicious too!!
Great waiter with good suggestions. Lively atmosphere and warm ambiance.
The food is pretty good. Our waitress was subpar. No space at the bar to wait so we had to stand and it was cramped, there was nowhere to go and the staff was annoyed we were in the way. We would have gladly stood out of the way if that was an option but it wasn’t and it was 20 degrees outside. My advice is to get there at the exact time of your reservation. Second bar upstairs was closed.
I specified that I was there for a bday and they went above and beyond to make it feel special w/o being cheesy. Handed us two comped glasses of Champaign and put a candle in our dessert! Food is always good and it’s super cozy
our appetizer came out cold. The vodka pasta was bland however, the spicy crab pasta was delicious
Good service, good crowd, good food and nice wine list for good price
Love it! The stuffed meatball app is a must.
Quick bite. Brussels
Love the homemade pasta here!