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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience - younger crowd for sure

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fantastic food but the service was excellent.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and we loved it! The ricotta crostini was amazing

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing would go back

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Top 5 in NYC

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Waitress was apathetic and cold. Food was delicious though

MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linguini with clams were fabulous

BB
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was wonderful in every way. Food was great. We enjoyed a new dish we never experienced before. The waiter was professional and friendly. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the New York noise and air
Don’t know why we are not getting points for this restaurant when I made the reservation on open table. Thank you

SH
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This place is ok. Always amazes me when an Italian restaurant over cooks its pasta. If you want to have a conversation, be sure to sit upstairs as we did. The bar on the main floor is LOUD. Having said that, why we were seated directly next to another couple when there were at least 10 more tables for two where you would not have overheard the next table’s intimate details is also, well, silly. The salad was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was incredible, great ambiance!
Would highly suggest the burrata, ricotta ravioli & tiramisu ♥️

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice seat outside, we tried it for restaurant week and it didn’t disappoint. Would go again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot

SC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing gluten-free free pasta!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Demasiado ruidoso. Carta muy limitada. Cerveza caliente. Buena pasta

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

AC was not working and we were sweating the whole time. My reservation was at 9:15 for my birthday and they sat me at 9:50 and then they forgot to put in my main course so I ate my main course 20min after everyone else.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I’m not sure if the air conditioning was broken but it was unbearably hot inside. Food was great!

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The patio at Bar Primi is lovely - but the food was pretty average (undersalted) and the service was awful (even during a slow lunch hour with plenty of servers around). We had to get up and go inside to ask for another drink after waiting for over half an hour for someone to come check on us and had to get up to ask for the check twice before they brought it to us.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. The frozen aperol Fritz not so great, but once you let it melt a bit taste much better. But each time I’ve gone to to bar primi has been phenomenal

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Found piece of plastic bag in my salad. Food very mediocre.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Highly recommended

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The server we had was somewhat rude and not attentive. We ordered the Brussels sprouts and watermelon salad, both of which were very good. We also ordered the burrata and prosciutto sandwich and the roll was so hard I couldn’t even eat it on the bread. I most likely wouldn’t return here, but has potential to be a cool place if the food and service were better.

k
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Host was off-putting and did not really make us feel welcome/comfortable -- lots of sighs, blank stares and umms because we asked to sit outside and forecast said weather would turn at 3, it was 1:45. When, ironically, it did start to drizzle, we had to come in and ask for a dry place to sit. Hostess seemed confused as to why we might ask to turn the table to be under an awning or for awning to be extended. Server did not assist us inside (we grabbed our stuff and stumbled in carrying our own wine glasses). Not pleasurable to feel dismissed, but too late -- we were having a business lunch and had to stick to our time. Food was delicious as always but the attitude tasted sour.

NM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I was disappointed with the service as I had made a dinner reservation indicating it would be for a birthday and still had to wait upwards of 40 minutes to sit down at a table. There were multiple parties of people lingering around at their tables and I suggested that the hostess kindly mention that to some of these parties but she refused to do so so I waited and waited.

a
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Door was welcoming as was server assistant. Server was haughty and was unenthusiastic about service. He let us sit a long time before offering a drink and we could see him talking to other staff in the mirrors. Once table side he was not involved except to take orders. At conclusion was almost dismissive or demeaning to one of us. Shocking.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing food, amazing atmosphere.. 10/10!!!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good italian food and service. Well portioned meals.

s
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely personable server. The arugula salad was wilted and did not taste fresh. Other food was great. Nice decor and they gave us the quietest table they had.

ED
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but they were out of the special donuts which was very disappointing. The waiter was terrible- very curt and rude and unapologetic about not having what we were looking for.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Great ambiance!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. Excellent food and service.

b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are so wonderful about my cheese allergy every time I go - I can get almost anything I want on the menu made fresh so I can eat it?! At an Italian restaurant?! YES, PLEASE!
It's all so delicious - I've never had anything here that I haven't absolutely loved. And the service matches the quality of the food.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, great for brunch.

M
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and the waitress were excellent. The only annoying thing that almost spoiled our dinner was when we just arrived the black lady at the reception failed to comprehend that we have a booking/reservation and kept repeating to my husband and myself that we need to wait for 45 minutes for the outside table, and 30 minutes for inside one. I kept repeating that we, in fact, have a reservation for 8 pm and there were a couple of available tables at that very moment. It seemed she was not listening at all. However, she finally realized that we had booked the table some time ago and we were sited. Afterward, we did enjoy a nice dining experience.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The place is pretty, good music, the manager very nice but the server was cold, no smiles, nothing. What they call a “cacio e Pepe” is a pasta with butter sauce. So disappointed!

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