Bar Primi

4.7
1224 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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  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent pasta dishes.
Also ample portions. Looking forward to a repeat.

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NickF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience. Service was beyond great. Food was perfect. Drinks were fabulous. 10/10 would recommend

MD
vipMikeD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bowery street vibe was electric. We sat upstairs and got a great corner table. The classic old New York ambiance was around us as well as the buzz of people having a great time. Our waitress was amazing. She helped with the menu and when we asked to have apps pasta & entree she could not have been more accommodating. The food was excellent the ricotta crostini with truffle honey & hazelnuts is a great way to start. Enjoyed the pasta cacio y Pepe with bucatini executed perfectly. I had the hanger steak with potatoes that were incredible crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.We all had a great time and were not rushed & the service was attentive & friendly. I am definitely coming back.

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ReginaN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! A must go!!

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vipJenniferB
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Quite a few pasta selections. Local feel. Will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best pasta of my life last night and I’ve been to Italy many times. The service was OUTSTANDING!!! Our waitress made the experience ten times better and all of the staff there were so attentive and kind. We couldn’t stop talking about how incredible bar primi was for the rest of the night after we left. I highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time her with boyfriend and loved it! Will definitely come back

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Sofi
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food for a great price in a really cute location. The decor wasn’t anything interesting or cool, but the food speaks for itself. Really fresh and flavorful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Everything’s was great! Service could have been better, I felt like we waited forever to be waited on. A group way bigger than us who came in after us was served and attended too faster.

Also, I was taking my sister out for her birthday and they brought her the slice of tiramisu with the candle before I could get back from the bathroom. It was a bit disappointing from that aspect but no complaints on food or anything else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely dinner! They didn’t mind us sitting at the bar to start off with a drink and then seating us at our table after our resy time. The food was phenomenal and the service was great. Love the vibe of the restaurant overall

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

squid ink pasta was amazing!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dining experience. The food was great. The server was friendly and attentive. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Incredible pasta. It was really really loud but honestly the food and wine was so good that I will still definitely go back. Vibrant, fun crowd even on a Wednesday night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely incredible - will be coming many more times in the future!

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JustOk
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, delicious, great atmosphere.

LT
vipLindseyT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the last table of the night, but everything was still so good. We got Palomas and the Squid Ink Pasta was amazing. Overall 10/10

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kaities
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was a friends birthday and we ordered some champagne. The waiter said she would keep it on ice but everytime and refilled it was warmer and warmer.

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vipAc88
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The pastas are great so is the antipasto salad

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MamahasSpoken
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pasta was yummy, chicken looked good too. They were very accommodating. Everyone enjoyed, upbeat and laidback.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal 10’s across the board darling

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I was disappointed with my dining experience and would love to chat with Bar Primi thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, great service! Will definitely come back.

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vipChrisS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was great. Pricing was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I am a huge pasta fan!!! I have tried so many pasta places in the city, and I would say I approve of this Italian restaurant. First, the vibe was really good and the set was super cute. There was only outdoor seating available, and honestly it was a bit too hot in NYC, so I was sweating my butt off eating pasta, but all worth it.

They have done a good job practicing social distancing, and staffs were wearing masks too. The only down side was that the service was a bit slow, maybe because it was packed?

I ordered a Soave as my drink and it was the closest drink I can find similar to a Chardonnay. For pasta, I got the Squid Ink Campanelle. It was chewy, rich, and super creamy with a good amount of crab meat. The crab was fresh, and the pepper on the top definitely add a good kick of spice to it for a change of flavor. Love the dish.

I didn't give 5 star review, because I thought the pasta could be a bit more flavorful or saltier? Also, they did not provide any free bread as starter, which I was sad about cause I really love my free CARBS. This is probably the only place that didn't offer free bread. Overall, the food quality was good. I would say the price was high for the amount of food given.

At the end of the day, if you are visiting NYC or in LES, you should try out this place! I love the squid ink pasta and would love to go back to try out the Bolognese pasta next time.

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Zambo
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, great place, great area.

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AbigailH
London
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing so friendly and the best food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for everyday dining or special occasions. We were there for Mother’s Day and the food was amazing! Always enjoy eating here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Decent food & drinks. Not the most exciting area in Manhattan.

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CharlesS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was excellent. Perfect for a group dinner

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BriannaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brunch selection! The pitchers of mimosas were a little on the smaller side though

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Will dream about the pancakes 4evr

SM
SarahM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meatballs were very good. Service is very fast and server was nice, great ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipAnnie
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch there with a friend and we were both happy with the food, the ambience (outdoors) and especially the service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lilly was an excellent waitress. Really made my birthday brunch special

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice vibe. The Brussel sprouts were amazing and so was the lemon chicken

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LyndsieL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brussels sprouts were AMAZING. Pasta, chicken was all very delicious. Drinks were flavorful, ambiance was great. It was my first time going and I’ll return for sure

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DrJB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great staff, managers and owners are amazing!! Highly recommend

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vipEater
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Crab scrambled egg crostino was great! Brunch overall was very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super deco du restau tres bien !

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Bar Primi is rated 4.7 stars by 1224 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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