Bar Primi

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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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MG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Delicious food: Squid ink pasta, Bolognese, and ricotta is a must. Fun location: We arrived early and stopped at two bars before dinner: The Wren and Gemma while we were waiting for our table.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Atmosphere was wonderful. Service was awesome.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Bar Primi for a birthday dinner for our family of 4. The service was top notch and the food was delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. The waiters are so kind and attentive.. FANTASTIC food. Highly, highly recommend.

e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a birthday brunch, the food was excellent and they served free ice cream as a birthday treat! They honored our reservation on time even though we had one person who was running a bit late. Thank you for the great dining experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pasta in the city. Had the steak for the first time, too. It was good but could’ve stuck with pasta!

DH
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Meredith was excellent.
The ricotta on toast would be my last meal before the electric chair.

s
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta, Great energetic service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bar primi is the perfect place to sip wine and have a solid dish of pasta with friends. This restaurant is always my go to when I can’t decide where to go for dinner. I recently had my birthday dinner there and I couldn’t have picked a better place. The staff is always so lovely and attentive and the ambiance is perfect.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I came here for dinner the other night after trying to find an Italian place to go to since my cousin was in town. I live right down the street from this restaurant and walk by it every single day but never had a chance to go. I saw they had a reservation on open table the day of so I went ahead and secured us a spot. I got there early, had a glass of wine at the bar and waited for everyone to get there. We were seated upstairs which had such a great vibe and was very energetic. It’s a beautiful space but still low key. We ordered the meatballs and ricotta toast to start- both were delicious. For our mains, we each ordered a pasta since that’s what the restaurant is known for. I had the pomodoro with gluten free pasta which was good and the other pastas we ordered were the rigatoni carbonara and the penne bolognese. Everyone said they enjoyed their dishes. For dessert, we had the Nutella sundae which was great. Everything from the ambiance to the food and wine was great. If you’re looking for a relaxed spot to have some comfort food/pasta this is a great place.

BB
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

OUR SERVER meaghen WAS GREAT. the dish we loved was the pasta with bread crumbs. the cauliflower cacao and pepe was too heavy and not too tasty. the staff is lovely and the vibes are fun. i would return.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

The host at Sunday brunch this weekend was one of the rudest people I’ve ever met. I’ve taken time to step away from the experience and see if I still feel that way, but I have no idea what happened in her personal life to make her behave that way at work.

We love it here and bring our dog often but were treated horribly by her and the bus boy who set up our table outside. We waited 20 minutes for them to set it up even though we had a reservation, when no one was at the restaurant and were made to feel entirely unwelcome. They sat multiple tables before us. When we tried to check in to see what the hold up was, she was visibly annoyed and irritated. We then received service from 3 different servers. Were genuinely concerned they did something to our food because the vibe was so odd. Whatever, even if we ate their spit, it still tasted good.


I think she should find a job that doesn’t make her so miserable. Probably not client-facing for everyone’s benefit. If she’s working here next time we come, we’ll go somewhere else.

F
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice neighborhood place to have dinner, but a little haphazard and noisy unless you go early. The antipasti was sparse, but the pasta dishes were excellent. I felt that our server was a little preoccupied, but very sweet. We would definitely try again when we’re town.

MB
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful lunch visiting from Toronto! Thank you to the staff and chef!

EM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. lovely atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place had a nice cozy vibe and spectacular homemade pasta. The wine list was extensive. Only fault is that it is a bit pricy, but that’s pretty standard for the neighborhood.

ME
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch Sunday morning as it seemed like the best place in the area (Soho / Noho). Great food, a little different vibe as it was Italian-themed brunch, but great overall.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, great staff. The set-up leaves you fairly close to the group next to you (which can get a bit loud if they're a bigger party), but that's what you get in NY!

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

WAY too noisy downstairs. Should have requested to sit upstairs. But great pasta and burrata

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously had the best experience ever! My friend and I had a reservation at 8pm this evening but we arrived 30 minutes prior and promptly sat at the bar to get a few drinks while we waited. All of the staff that we encountered this evening was amazing and ensured we were happy with our drinks/food and service. We ordered the tomato rice balls for an appetizer and each got the spherical with clams. Both were incredible and the drinks were even more delicious. Highly recommend this place & will definitely be returning!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a friend’s wedding.

F
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food! Consistent each time we are there. Good younger crowd.

OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long time visit with a good friend after many years

JN
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Bar Primi before and we had a family trip to the city, in Soho particularly. My family wanted Italian and choosing Primi was a no-brained. We had the meatballs, prosciutto and cheese and appetizers, and the artichoke, vongole, bucatini, and squid ink pasta for our mains, then the tiramisu and affogato for dessert. Solid fare from start to end. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. We were pleased with our dinner

HC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bar Primi is our go-to spot in the East Village. The service is outstanding. Wines are uniformly good. The food is great. It's a really good choice for gluten-free. It's as good for lunch as it is for dinner. Dinner can get really loud. Outside and upstairs are better.

RS
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good Italian on the LES. Appetizers are a standout. Pastas are good, but not outstanding. Nice, reasonably priced wine selection. Service is friendly and atmosphere is nice.

HM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was the sweetest! She gave us free ice cream for dessert

PR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience - younger crowd for sure

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fantastic food but the service was excellent.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

For a busy Friday night, our experience was great. Service was accommodating and communicative when our reservation ran a few minutes behind. Atmosphere is beautiful and a place where you can actually hear others in your party across the table—a rarity I find in the city. Our food was brought out of order, but we were comp’ed for the mistake. The only downfall was our food wasn’t properly hot, but was delicious.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and we loved it! The ricotta crostini was amazing

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good pasta! Nice ambiance upstairs.
They were very considerate of a birthday at the table and the service was great!
Recommend the corn ragu fusili, so refreshing and light.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cute place with nice ambiance. The menu was a bit limited and hard to decipher but our waiter was very helpful. We asked for bread which was slow to arrive and taken away when our food arrived. The meals were all tasty. Overall a nice atmosphere and experience. I would visit again.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing would go back

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Top 5 in NYC

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great except the food came a little late. The music was also a bit too loud for our liking.

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Waitress was apathetic and cold. Food was delicious though

MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great... food is so tasty! We had a business meal and we sat at one half of a large table... which could have been problematic but luckily no one else sat with us.

C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cane during restaurant week for lunch on a Thursday. It was pretty empty but began to fill up after an hour. Our server was very kind and had a great personality. The manager on duty was also very friendly. The food was really good. We ordered the brussel sprouts, burrata cremosa, eggplant sandwich and paccheri. Every was prepared very well especially the paccheri which was my favorite.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Linguini with clams were fabulous

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