Bar Primi

4.7
1270 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Unfortunately we were here for a milestone birthday. Had planned to order martinis, dinner, a bottle of wine and dessert.. after our waitress took our order we never saw her again.. we finished our drinks as the appetizer came. And sat with no service and empty drinks until we finished our entrees. We had to ask multiple people walking around if they could find our server. Someone finally came by and said our server left for the night? Sad that this was supposed to be a special night. :/

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Johnnyyyyyyy
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as always!
Been here many times and I always leave talking about how great everything was
Thank you , I’ll see you next year !

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buzzylunch
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Strong food as always, good vibe.

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vipKathyA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite spot in New York!

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vipStephZ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and wine.

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Johnnyyyyyyy
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Will be back soon

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vipCC10580
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

While I was unable to attend, my friends enjoyed a fun lunch outside (with heaters) before attending an event at the Sheen Center.

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vipBillM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, lovely atmosphere, service was excellent food was good. I highly recommend!

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vipgfm124
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at Bar Primi - food was fantastic, service was excellent, I am still thinking about the breakfast pasta!

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JamesJ
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite restaurant we went to on our New York girls trip. It was loud but we liked that, it added to the great environment. The ambiance was beautiful, the food was 10/10. The rice ball appetizer is a must, and all of the pasta we tried was unreal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fabulous.

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LisaY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Found the tables on the main floor to be quite crammed in. The server knocked over an entire beer on my husband. He said he didn’t want another one but was brought one any way by another server and after a bit of back of forth of saying that he didn’t want the beer - it was left with us. They did give us a complementary dessert but charged us for the beers (1st one drank, 2nd one spilt and 3rd unwanted replacement- paid for 2).

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vipDuc9
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It's good. Meets expectations. I would recommend to people that want a solid Italian dining experience that isn't over priced.

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ZuSan
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, a nice dining spot for a group of friends!

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BobbiB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Great ambiance. Noise level a bit too high. But overall a fun place to dine!

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vipabcd
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Understaffed! I felt fit them but it was actually absolutely terrible service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Over all a good dining experience. Had to sit by the bar because our reservation was for dinning outside but honestly when we saw where we had to sit which was the sidewalk and it was cold we opted for the bar. The drinks and food was great. The meatball appetizers was my favorite

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had I my life! Absolutely delicious. Great service and atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Birthday, I asked to have dessert brought to the table at the end but it never came, so no surprise. Food was good though!

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sammie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Primi had a cute setup for outdoor dining. it was heated very well so we were not cold at all. Food was very yummy.

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JulianneA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was fantastic! Our waitress recommended a new wine they brought in and it was perfect. Great spot for dinner, good food and good times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grandma loved it! Yummerz

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating, delicious food, nice dim ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my parents birthdays. Food and service was fantastic. Everything we ordered was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so great and knowledgeable! Food could have been a tad warmer but it was a busy night and we opted to sit outside. Could not have asked for a better server and great atmosphere. Food was also great, authentic Italian

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FredericP
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place, very nice food, wonderful atmosphere

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AnneNYC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good and the service was friendly and accommodating. We ate lunch outside in the sidewalk seating which was pleasant but the Street noise from Bowery was distracting.

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vipAlikk
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Worst service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just one of my favorites! & service one of the best!

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vipRoshniC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic!

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SClutch
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The service was very subpar. And the entrees were rather small, the appetizers were the star of the show. One of those places you go once and probably never again.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

AmaZing food and great service

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EmmaLegz
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I remember coming here years ago and loving my dining experience. I decided to take my boyfriend here since he hasn’t been to a restaurant like that in New York and I must say that I’m so incredibly disappointed. We had a reservation and had to wait, our waiter barely checked on us multiple times, the food came out cold twice and we still weren’t checked on. The noise from Bowery electric was honestly over the top and we couldn’t have a romantic dinner. The food was OK I remember it being absolutely wonderful and now the quality has gone down. For the prices it’s not worth it there are so many other great restaurants. The waiter was the worst part and the fact that we were not checked on even after we sent our food back because it was cold was an issue. After my boyfriend signed the check the waiter didn’t even say excuse me to take the check out from underneath his hand. Absolutely rude that’s never happened before an unacceptable. Will not be coming back here again

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vipKariS
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC!!! Bar Primi is always wonderful on every level. Excellent service and excellent food. Rebekah and David go above and beyond in making sure everything is perfect… and they are both warm and friendly. Kal at the door is very welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here for a nice date night out and it did not disappoint! The food was spectacular and the service was really great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Bar Primi for our Anniversary Dinner and look no further their food is so delicious!!!

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cozy vibe
Great foods
Excellent service
Attainable reservation

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You can order delivery directly from Bar Primi using the Order Online button. Bar Primi also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Bar Primi is rated 4.7 stars by 1270 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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