Bar Primi

4.7
1243 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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FredericP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place, very nice food, wonderful atmosphere

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AnneNYC
New York Area
7 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Made a reservation for 7pm —I had the confirmation email to prove it. Checked in at 7:03, to be fair it was busy, so I was not bothered when the hostess asked us to wait outside for a few minutes. After 20 min of waiting, I finally went inside to check, and overheard a man checking in—without a reservation—and the same hostess telling him she could seat him right away. Shocked, I said “well I was supposed to be seated at 7 and I’ve been waiting outside for 20 minutes.” The hostess looked at me as if I was crazy, then flat out lied to me and said my reservation was for 7:15 (it was not) but proceeded to seat us.

We sat for 10 minutes before anyone even came to our table to give us water. All in all, absolutely terrible service. Our waiter barely came to our table, other than to hover when we were signing the check (clearly trying to see what we were tipping).

To top things off, as I left the restaurant, I saw that I had received another confirmation email from opentable saying my reservation was changed to 7:15—meaning the hostess had gone in and changed it herself to back up her lie! Did she not realize I’d get a notification?? Probably won’t be back, the food is good but not worth the awful service.

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DanielC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bar Primi seems like a go-to staple for me these days. The food is always good.

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johns
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not the greatest pasta in the world and that was disappointing after reading the reviews. Linguini with garlic and breadcrumbs overwhelmed by the garlic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! Had to wait longer than expected to put our orders in but once we did it the food came quick.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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NickF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTony
New York Area
291 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service here are both good. Lots of good pasta selections. Two are house made -- the orecchiette and the agnolotti. Both were very good. The arugula salad with dried cherries, almonds, caprino was good too. Service was friendly, efficient and helpful. The restaurant is right next to the Bowery Hotel.

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vipMikeD
New York Area
17 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
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

No complaints, great location. No complaints about the food and our waiter was friendly and conversational. Drinks were strong and yummy.

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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.

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vipLindseyT
New York Area
6 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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vipMamahasSpoken
Los Angeles
19 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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Bar Primi is rated 4.7 stars by 1243 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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