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Bar Primi, New York, NY
Bar Primi, New York, NY
Bar Primi, New York, NY
Bar Primi, New York, NY
Bar Primi, New York, NY
Award-winning

Bar Primi

4.6
4.6
1405 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Aperitivo Hour Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 220-9100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Carmellini
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Marie Lyons: (646) 442-7850
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Lower East Side
  • Cross street
    East 2nd Street
  • Parking details
    Comfort Parking: 303 Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Bleecker Street<br />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.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,405 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,405 Reviews
  1. rnormfoto

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    So I know they're all about their fresh pasta which is why I went, but I found it very 'floury' and REALLY too al dente. The carbonara needed some sort of seasoning it was really missing!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    For the price point the seating was absolutely terrible and the menu lacked a lot.

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  3. Absinthanksgiving

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely lovely meal: the carbonara was especially noteworthy. A bit loud, even for a Saturday night, but that was largely due to the table of 8 next to us. Service was impeccable.

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  4. Hungrygirl

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food but it is so dark you can not read the menu

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delicious brunch! The ingredients were truly a cut above, our server was great, and the restaurant was very pleasant and comfortable.

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  6. KatherineP

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn’t been there in a while so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had a great meal and a good time with friends. Excellent pastas!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is fabulous! The service was horrendous!

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  8. lola453

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner. The food was delicious, and the service was excellent. We had a drink at the bar first, which was fun. It is pretty loud and energetic. I will definitely go back and recommend it.

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  9. ticketytwo

    New York City

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve eaten at bar primi many times over the years. Service and food are always very good

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  10. LGEV

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always excellent! The service is friendly and attentive. Bar Primi is a neighborhood favorite

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, lovely service. But the food, especially the vodka sauce, is TOO spicy.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, great food, just the wine was a bit disappointing.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We stopped in for our last night in NY dinner. The menu is all in Italian, so if you don’t speak Italian or are not super familiar with the dish names, have a translate app handy. We ordered and we’re surprised by the dish size in relation to the price. The Bucatini was SO salty. I’ve seen a couple other comments that say the same, so I don’t think this was a one off thing. The staff was great. The service was great. The food wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great.

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  14. HariG

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always. Neighborhood gem. Pleasant staff.

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  15. 212Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great staff, great menu, and a great time. Moderately priced. Will definitely come back!!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    In-attentive service. We were offered drinks once and we had enough time to finish them before the food came out. However, the food is always consistent, pastas are simple and executed well. The ricotta crostino is excellent.

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  17. PhilipB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    After taking our order the server essentially ignored us the rest of the evening. It was busy but not that busy. Couldn’t get drinks for nearly an hour. Took about 45 minutes between courses. Just awful service. 30 years of dining out In Manhattan and this is hands down the worse. No apologies offered by server or management. Food was good, but will never go back.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. HariG

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great negronis! Even better place to people watch!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and great service! Lovely upstairs to this restaurant, very nice atmosphere

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  20. TimothyP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very intimate ambience, candles all around on the second floor, very energetic atmosphere, some times the noise level maybe a bit loud due to the energetic atmosphere, but overall great food, great service, would visit again!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service all around. Lily was the best. Go!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic! They really wanted us to have a great time 😊

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful experience thanks to the very attentive wait staff. Great food as well!

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  24. Cautious

    New York City

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Bar Primi is a good restaurant. I wish it was less noisy. The food was very good. The service was good except when we tried to get our check.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was slow at first and took 40 min to get first drink but then was fine. Food was unreal

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  26. BestBites

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was phenomenal! Love this place, note it is a bit loud, perfect for groups.

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  27. JacquelineR

    New York City

    137 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, excellent service from start to end. Friendly staff!

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  28. InnatPoundRidge

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great all around pasta place with good drinks and casual but with tasteful furnishing and a really nice staff

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! My experience with Bar Primi was incredible! It was my first time there & I was blown away by not only the food but the quality of service! Our server Tommy was great- so professional, attentive, yet down to earth. I’ve been to many restaurants & everything here was impeccable from start to finish. The hostess was warm, welcoming, sociable & accomadated our seating request without hesitation. The food was flavorful & uplifting. The mocktails were the best I’ve ever had! Fresh fruit garnishes… I could go on & on! If you’re someone who notices the small details, there is nothing done without purpose in this place! We will be back & referring other people, definitely! Bar Primi is a MUST!!

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  30. Mgarces

    Montreal

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was ordinary and salted. The service was very good.

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  31. ShiraK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it. Food was great, drinks were great. I'd definitely recommend to everyone!

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  32. VanessaD

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance, food and service were on point! I really enjoyed my meal, my friends did as well. I highly recommend coming to this restaurant; I will be going back for more delicious food and drinks.

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  33. RicardoL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only issue we had was the wait time. Our reservation was at 7:45pm, we showed up 7:42pm and we got our table almost at 8:00pm. Other than that the service was great, the food delicious.

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  34. Pamelab

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ate there twice last week. The food is delicious and the ambiance upstairs just perfect!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great! The atmosphere is perfect, everyone is very friendly, and the food is fantastic.

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  36. MamaBo

    New York City

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian food ! Upbeat great crowd…. Excellent 🍹

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  37. Lauren

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food! Our waiter was super nice and attentive, the food runners were also very nice and on top of everything!

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  38. PhillyDiner

    Philadelphia

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really terrific place for a family dinner. A bit on the loud side but vibrant with a great menu and tasty pastas and salads. Def will go back!!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was among the best pasta places I go to, and the service was excellent. We sat outside and knew we were well taken care of.

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  40. JeeB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was slow and bad. Several reminders Food was great

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bar Primi using the Order Online button.

Bar Primi is rated 4.6 stars by 1405 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bar Primi

325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    East 2nd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Lower East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Aperitivo Hour Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Comfort Parking: 303 Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Bleecker Street<br />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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Carmellini
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 220-9100
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Marie Lyons: (646) 442-7850
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