Bar Primi

4.6
988 reviews
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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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7.7

Bar Primi is a great East Village move for a pasta-heavy group dinner.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter and food were great. A little noisy but fun spirit

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is great. Their pasta is delicious, the only problem is that it is a bit expensive, both their drinks and their food.

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in NYC...keep up the great work...thanks to Macha

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Primi is always a fun experience! I have been dining here at least a few times per year for the last five years (give or take) and consistently have a fantastic time. The staff really go out of their way to make your meal excellent, and the food is always spot on. We love the casual atmosphere and can always have a nice conversation there without it being too loud.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The upstairs ambiance is really nice with the big windows and high ceilings. The pasta is freshly made with a nice variety of dishes. My only critique is that it's a little bit higher priced than I would like for a plate of pasta, and the cocktails and wine will all run you $15 a pop, but I guess that's New York for you.

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JC
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, attentive service (both at bar and in restaurant) and plenty of delicious food options. Great negronis, too!

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RJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Go to date night spot in les

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great wine menu and amazing service!

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J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

expensive for mediocre food, not really worth the money

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very noisy Friday night with some rude patrons but still a good meal and friendly service

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and beautiful venue!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Noisy but very good food

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London
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Same as always: to make you order drinks at the bar, they make you wait at least 15 minutes although you can see your table ready and waiting for you. So great food but ...

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful, food was fantastic!

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

waiter was extremely inattentive and it took an hour to receive our food. No one checked in on us, we had to ask the waiter to check on our food twice.

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a
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with my whole experience at Bar Primi. I can't wait to return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely occasion. Our server was very kind and knowledgeable about the wine list and encouraged us to get a delicious bottle that paired lovely with our meal. We are excited for our next visit!

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for brunch. The food is delicious and the ambiance is great.

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LW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice lunch. We all had the pasta and it was delicious. Drinks were all very good too.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, relatively small portions.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Extremely slow service. Food mediocre at best

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One year anniversary done right!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious but portions are small! Great for a light dinner.

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My teenaged and I were delighted by the food, service, and ambiance at Bar Primi. The staff was friendly and authentic, and they made fantastic recommendations. Squid ink pasta with crab was terrific. Starter salads were delicious and substantial. Lovely evening.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat here all the time. Reliably good.

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PH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A consistently great place to eat with amazing pasta, ambiance, & service!

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S
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Dinner was great (brussel sprouts, burrata, bucatini, etc.)! And the ambiance is wonderful. It took a while for some members of our party to get their drinks (which came out after some appetizers). But overall the staff was great and attentive (knowledge of wine list, clearing plates, etc.).

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was mediocre and our waitress was not attentive. The cocktails were well made, but the food did not meet my expectations. Do not order the carbonara. There are much better Italian spots downtown.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently stellar!

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BR
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food and good ambience. The service is not great though...

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great but service was very slow. He was unapologetic about the long wait time for everything. I’ve been here before and that wasn’t the case, so hoping it was a one off.

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RS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday brunch. All four of us thrilled with our appetizers and entrees

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n
New York Area
138 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a great meal here. Everything was very nice, though I note that, as is typical, the tables (at least downstairs) were packed close together and the noise level from conversation was high. That aside the food was great and the service was very nice. This has to be one of the best downtown Italian places, and certainly at its price point (and also with a nice selection of moderately (for NY) priced wines). Highly recommended.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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...

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch and should be your go to!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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BH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience

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