Bar Primi

4.7
1203 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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

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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
120 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
2 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
4 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.

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

super deco du restau tres bien !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A good, consistent, casual dinner spot. Great food, great service, reasonably priced. Nothing super fancy, but a good local spot to keep in your back pocket.

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vipLikes2eatndrink
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best frose on the planet. Love the meatballs and rice balls too!

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PamelaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was great

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vipfran
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went for brunch and the food was really great. Lots of options to pick from and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a delicious birthday dinner here outside and heated. It was great and I went back the next day for brunch.

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vipBarryB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service; great food; brilliant and friendly staff

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vipHope
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!
I’ll come again soon!
Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a very nice experience everyone at the table enjoyed their meals and the price was reasonable.

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vipEliza
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love it here! always amazing food, great service, and great atmosphere

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DianaaaVegass
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
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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vipVale
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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vipTaylordorothy
New York Area
4 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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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
4 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
11 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!

FAQs

Bar Primi does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Bar Primi is rated 4.7 stars by 1203 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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