Bar Primi

4.6
948 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Excellent setting. Excellent Negroni.

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CL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good recommendations from the waiter. Paloma cocktail was also very good. Upstairs has a good vibe

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UW
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect for bday dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch here is the best. Every dish is excellent.

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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JM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and wonderful staff. Cocktails are delicious!!!

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and server were amazing. Such a fun atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here!

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MA
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My wife and I both for sick later that night.

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food. Cool ambiance. Always crowded but in a festive manner.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dining experience. Our every request was taken care of. The team is amazing. For your next celebration you won’t regret it!

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l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Hostess was pretty rude. Pasta was fine. Don’t think I’ll be returning there are better restaurants in nyc

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I little too loud, but wonderful pasta and friendly, good, service.

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N
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited here during Restaurant Week and really recommend the truffle arancini.

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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!

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WE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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AC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food never disappoints. Always an outstanding dining experience! A must whenever you are in NYC

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

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.

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pasta you can tell it was really fresh. Cool ambiance as well. Upscale without feeling snobby.

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MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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GE
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Waiters are super attentive!! Food is delicious too!!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great waiter with good suggestions. Lively atmosphere and warm ambiance.

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NK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

our appetizer came out cold. The vodka pasta was bland however, the spicy crab pasta was delicious

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service, good crowd, good food and nice wine list for good price

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KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love it! The stuffed meatball app is a must.

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TL
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick bite. Brussels

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JJ
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the homemade pasta here!

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PW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Primi is our go-to neighborhood restaurant for excellent, al-dente pasta. The atmosphere is casual but hip and the professional service level beats many elite restaurants. Chef/owner Sal Lamboglia's pomodoro sauce is rich and flavorful and his stuffed meatballs are not to be missed. The squid ink campanelle is spicy and decadent and his tiramisu and homemade ice-cream are perfect desserts. Weekend brunch is outstanding and weather-permitting, it's delightful to sit outside under market umbrellas.

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G
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, with an incredibly easy menu to navigate.
Everything was fresh and there were many healthy choice.
I loved the cocktails.
Service was very professional.
A very cool vibe with great food.

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