Bar Primi

4.7
1172 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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DianaaaVegass
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, experience and price! Loved it! Would highly recommend to pasta lovers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I’ve been many times and dropped a lot of money at this establishment. Service was horrible compared to previous visits. Egg was basically raw, food came out so late! It’s good but not worth $300 for a brunch of 4.

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Vale
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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vipTaylordorothy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was wonderful! Outside setup was warm enough and the inside was well spaced out!

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aclou
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The portions were so much smaller than usual!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The outdoor setup was great! The heaters were perfect and no one was near each other. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Ambience. Warm and Cozy. Ordered a bottle at a great price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We came here to celebrate Valentines day. I was very excited to try Bar Primi after seeing photos on Instagram. I booked this reservation 3 weeks in advanced and flew in from Florida to celebrate the holiday with my boyfriend. We expected Bar Primi to be one of our highlights from the the trip. The food was very good indeed. The meatballs were our favorite, however I had much higher expectations for the service. Service was slow and it was uncomfortably cold outside which made the long wait to get our food seem even longer. We never received any bread for our table which was a shame because that would have held us over while we waited, and it would have been so good dipped in the leftover tomato sauce from the meatballs. After a long wait between our appetizer and our main dishes, we received the agnolotti and steak dish, but no one came to ask if we wanted any additional parmesan cheese or pepper on our food (both of which we would have appreciated). Actually, no one came at all to ask how our meal was. We also had to eat our main dishes with the same silverware we used for our appetizers.. We were planning to order dessert but the service was so slow we just wanted our bill and to get back to the hotel. While these are not huge things, there are so many other great Italian restaurants in NYC that have better service and better attention to detail. The food was good and we left full, but service was definitely lacking and we do not plan on returning.

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vipSavvyNYC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful set-up if you are seated in covered area with heat lamps.

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vipSamO
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was impressed with the ambiance during COVID outdoor dining. I dined in less than 35 degree weather and was warm throughout my dining experience. Will definitely come back!

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

Great for outdoor dining! It was one of the coldest nights in NYC and we were warm.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great outdoor seating! Very warm!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We know that dining in NYC is tough right now with the outdoor dining, the staff was gracious to move us to a warmer space when one became available. Unfortunately they forgot an entree entirely, and by the time we all waited for one dish to come- the rest were frozen cold. Was a little disappointed that they didn’t fomo the meal as a courtesy, but overall experience was okay.

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vipElizabeth
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We got very unlucky because it was FREEZING and super windy when we went — their heaters did not do enough. However the food was delicious. We left right after our entrees to warm up at home!

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Shannon
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brussel sprouts and burrata are delicious! Heaters and outdoor set up are cozy!

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Ladysars
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Fantastic Italian appetizers including rice balls and stuffed meatballs, delicious pastas, and warm drinks :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As usual, the food was wonderful however we were not seated very close to a heater so we were quite cold (food got cold very quickly as well).

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vipAvinN
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoor setup during COVID times. We went on a cold and windy December night, but were quite warm in the space and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The pastas were excellent -- highly recommend the fusilli. And I love that they have Threes Brewing IPA as one of their craft beer selections. Service was excellent, and we loved our date night in every way (rare these days with two young kids). Highly recommend this spot

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vipgladgirl
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience in 28 degree weather outdoor dining. Supporting our local restaurants in our neighborhood and Bar Primi is on top of the game!
The only thing missing from the menu was a hot soup..........just saying! :-)
Our favorite restaurant.

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TaraM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great service! Delicious food! Yummm

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vipLawrenceS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Well located restaurant, with a bustling atmosphere. Decent choice of mains. We both had lemon chicken which was very good. For dessert, we split a delicious tiramisu. Nice place

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HeynowTainow
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little overpricedfor delicious Italian food. But overall great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cute for brunch but $100 for 2 wasn’t the best value (this included drinks and tip)

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Lowereeeatsside
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A fantastic experience!! Delicious pasta and a great outdoor dining setup.

JC
vipJoanneC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. We sat outside due to Covid. Nice outdoor seating with lights and heaters made it comfortable despite chilly weather. Service was good, drinks took a bit long to get but other than that, everything was great. Would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the heaters for their outdoor dining

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Gresham
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in the city. I highly recommend the clams.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly fantastic! Everything was perfect! The food as always delicious! Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meal since pandemic

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rebeccas
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service, I can’t stop going back!

MP
vipMichaelP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

EXCELLENT pastas, great cocktails and they did a really nice job expanding their outdoor set up.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The ambiance was phenomenal. From the lighting, to the atmosphere, candles, seating arrangement, and the bathroom. The food was average - nothing to rave about. The meatballs were a little dry, but the truffle bread was the best out of everything we got.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The servers are consistently horrible but the food and drinks are decent. Dint expect great service or a server that knows much about the wine list.

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Dave
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, per usual. Service was friendly and accommodating, the food was excellent. First indoor meal since February, very nice!

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vipEugeneK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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vipCourtney
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Server forgot a number of items on our order and I was still charged for them

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

I personally disliked the food. Couldn’t find the harmony that is supposed to be created between the ingredients. It felt like everything was put on top of each other and hoped for the best. Ate 2 pieces of the beet salad, tasted empty. Had a bite of the hazelnut bread thing, truffle and honey together confused my taste buds. Lastly, cacio e pepe’s lack of taste had been tried to be compensated with high amounts of oil. Which by the wayhad to be made by another type of pasta, since they ran out of the original one. We were the second customer of the day, arrived at an empty restaurant, still took them 10 minutes to seat us. Didn’t have high hopes coming here, still left very disappointed.

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Oscar
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

They take too long to assign us a table. However, the food was great.

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vipAkhila
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

A small bowl of pasta is $26. It’s delicious food but you’ll leave still hungry.

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Bar Primi does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates.

Bar Primi is rated 4.7 stars by 1172 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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