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Bar Primi

4.7
4.7
1318 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Aperitivo Hour Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 220-9100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Carmellini

  • Private party facilities

    Bar Primi offers partial and full buyouts for celebrations for 50-175 guests and semi-private bookings for parties of 20-45. Our event program features custom, chef-designed menus and personalized service from a team of event planning professionals.

  • Private party contact

    Marie Lyons: (646) 442-7850

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    East 2nd Street

  • Parking details

    Comfort Parking: 303 Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Bleecker Street<br />Icon Parking: 610 Broadway between East Houston and Bleecker Street

  • Public transit

    Bar Primi is accessible by the F train stop at 2nd Ave, 6 train stop at Bleecker, R/W train stop at 8th Street, or the B/D/F/M train stop at Broadway-Lafayette.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,318 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JL

    JuliaL

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We were given the wrong appetizer. Then they realized and brought us the right one. Then they forgot to give us one of our desserts when we specifically requested to multiple servers that we wanted to take it to-go. The food we ate was good but we left disappointed. We paid for 2 desserts but received only one at the end.
  2. KG

    KirstinG

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was fine but the food was extremely over salted and the service was non-personable.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    The worst service I have had in my life. It was slow and erratic. I got the check even before being asked for dessert. Possibly the worst management in a restaurant in NYC right now.
  4. NC

    NicoleC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In nyc for the summer and this was our favorite restaurant ! Food - amazing. Vibes - amazing. Sit outdoors if possible . Order the burrata for an appetizer for sure. Everything on the menu is great ! This will be top of our list every time we return!
  6. TW

    TylerW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Food was delicious and large portions. However, the restaurant crams the tables together with about 5 inches between table tops. Made for a very uncomfortable dining experience as you can hear every word your dining neighbors said and vice versa. Also caused an overly loud noise level.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious food and great ambiance
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My cousin recommended this restaurant and it has become one of our favorite place we have ever eaten at. From the drinks to the appetizers to the main course, but most of all the service… everything was perfect and it exceeded all our expectations. We cannot wait to come back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends 30th bday! Great time
  10. PB

    PaulaB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was good. The only comment is that two people in our party ordered fish but it did not come with a side and the waiter didn't let us know so we could order one. Dessert menu is limited, especially if you want to share it.
  11. P

    Pleasant

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, very helpful and kind staff, lovely atmosphere!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was great. Our server was very attentive and present.
  13. JM

    JoseM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    cool vibes and great service. Menu is also good. Great place for a date or to meet up with friends.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. I recommend the me
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food and ambience
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great spot for anything from a large group or a date night. The ambiance is great and fairly young. The food was amazing and I look forward to going back. Great spot for a dinner out on the patio.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here !
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The garbage sitting outside is the only thing that throws the ambiance off the smell will go back and forth they have to do better with that.
  20. MC

    MaddieC

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I got caught in traffic and the staff was able to accommodate my lateness. Drinks and food came out quick and were amazing. Bar Primi continues to be a go-to to great ambiance, service, and food.
  21. D

    Dine57

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and very good service make for a very enjoyable meal. We were a party of 6 and they all loved the food.
  22. GG

    GianniG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Loved the place and the food. My only observation is that they didn't have an uniform or something which told us the servers were staff, so we didn't know who to waive at as we sat outside. Other than that, green service and atmosphere
  23. KR

    KatherineR

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was very salty overall and not very hot. Staff was great and I always love the ambiance.
  24. CM

    CynthiaM

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    had a nice brunch at Bar Primi, good food and good service. Sat upstairs which was a lovely spot. They have a few tables outside as well.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fun ambiance!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great Italian restaurant. Great date spot. Will come back
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food was delicious but the service was horrible. Our waiter forgot about us and it took forever.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Love this place but the noise level upstairs is just too much. Could not hear across the table and we all had to keep repeating ourselves. Disappointing because this would be my go-to otherwise. Good service, good ambiance, great brussel sprouts!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite spot! Food is delicious and their Brussels are the best!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about both our meal and the atmosphere ! Delicious food !
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Above and beyond!
  32. MF

    MichaelF

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, the sauce on pastas we ordered skewed to the sweeter side but were still tasty. Appetizers were delicious - the Brussels sprouts are a must!
  33. J

    Jill2889

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Service was a little slow as the restaurant was busy, and drinks came much later than expected, but otherwise the food was exceptionally good and we had a great time!
  34. C

    Chuckk

    New York Area

    108 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    A definite NYU student crowd. We had everybody lapped agewise. We had a booth downstairs, seats need some help. Good bloodies, pasta a la Norma was outstanding. Might want to think about heating the pre meal bread.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing apps and pasta! Definitely recommend.
  36. D

    Deirdre

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and a great value for the price. Definitely will be back!
  37. KR

    KariR

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, especially the 4 clove garlic pasta!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday- definitely fun!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    They took a hour to seat us despite our reservation. Good food tho
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great environment

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bar Primi using the Order Online button.

Bar Primi is rated 4.7 stars by 1318 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Bar Primi

325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    East 2nd Street

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Aperitivo Hour Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Comfort Parking: 303 Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Bleecker Street<br />Icon Parking: 610 Broadway between East Houston and Bleecker Street

  • Public transit

    Bar Primi is accessible by the F train stop at 2nd Ave, 6 train stop at Bleecker, R/W train stop at 8th Street, or the B/D/F/M train stop at Broadway-Lafayette.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Carmellini

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 220-9100

  • Private party facilities

    Bar Primi offers partial and full buyouts for celebrations for 50-175 guests and semi-private bookings for parties of 20-45. Our event program features custom, chef-designed menus and personalized service from a team of event planning professionals.

  • Private party contact

    Marie Lyons: (646) 442-7850

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