Bar Primi

4.7
1149 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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
4 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
1 review
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!

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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
2 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
5 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
4 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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Server was rude, short with myself and the people at the table, not attentive, and honestly just made the dining experience awkward... and it’s brunch. It shouldn’t be any of those things at all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The waitress was rude. Not only did she try and charge us for an extra drink. She didn’t both to split the wine on our behalf and asked us to do it ourselves and left the table without us telling us she was leaving.

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mikimouse
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, nice ambience (not the most unique, but very nice). Have been twice, will definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine, desserts & ambience - amazing!
Highly Recommend: The Ricotta Bruschetta

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vipkknyc
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The amazing bartender started the night off right, with great knowledge of wine and the perfect dirty martini. Our table was nicely situated and the food was very good, thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty, loved it!

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KathyS
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Delicious foods from appetizer to main course to dessert. Our waiter Brian was a wonderful. So glad we got together with out of town friends at Bar Primi

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vipNYCNick
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Was made to wait over 45 min with a reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love bar primi. Always perfect.

JP
vipJoelP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the Veal very much. Only issue was that tables at this restaurant are pretty small. Would have preferred a bigger table instead of a round small table. I am 6'1 so I assumed the hostess would have realized that I needed a bigger table.

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DRB1
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the food and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Thank you!

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vipEugeneF
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants in the Bowery. The pasta is outstanding !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was extremely kind and helpful. Food exceeded our expectations. Great wine list.

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vipPaulG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For an amazing dining experience , I highly recommend Bar Primi. Downtown vibe with delicious and creative food .

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vipDennyMike
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely return!
Got together here for restaurant week. Hostesses were friendly and immediately welcoming; bartender charming and had bar drinks list straight away! Sat next to a regular who was pleasant and talked about her favorite dish.
Once we three had all arrived, we were seated at a wonderful “u” shaped booth. Those seating arrangements are great for two or three tops btw: easy to look at your friends without having to raise your voice or feel like you are cowering over the table.
Our server was genuine and never hovering; always present. Took used plates and glasses promptly.
Now the food: we did restaurant menu this time: I loved the Cauliflower appetizer! Delicious flavor and generous portion. We also had the Burrata. A big serving with nice soft bread. Main course was the chicken mushroom masala with spinach. It was boneless and I cleaned my plate. Friend 1 had the spaghetti (a go-to, but nice!) and friend 2 had the white veal bolognese (like the lady at the bar; it had a solid reputation here and really good).
Dessert: I loved the panna cotta and we also had the gelato (almond). Great value for RW. First time going and I like the vibe. The seating is well laid out. The staff has plaid. So don’t wear it the night you go (joking!). First floor equally as vibrant and festive as second floor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Extremely mediocre food; tasteless chicken marsala and cacio e pepe pasta was not homemade, as our waiter told us it was

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HungryGal
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Mediocre pasta, but definitely tasty. A bit overpriced for what you get. But the ambiance and drinks are great. Since it's pretty easy to get a reservation and it's a cool place, I'd come back with a large group for a last minute dinner. But don't expect to be blown away by the pasta.

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PatrickH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reviews we read ahead of time were great. There were very accurate. We absolutely loved Bar Primi. The atmosphere was great. The service was excellent. The food was tremendous. it was a great dining experience. We had a great time and have already recommended it to friends. And we will return to Bar Primi when we come back to NYC.

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LindaR
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Restaurant week so it was busy. It was a bit noisy upstairs. Downstars is quieter. I had chicken al limone, it was nice. Service was attentive

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The apple in my kale salad still had the grocery sticker attached to it. That was quite off putting haha.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little sign for birthday on table. Great service!

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

Bar Primi is rated 4.7 stars by 1149 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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