Bar Primi

4.6
917 reviews
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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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

On Valentine's Day, Bar Primi will offer a special la carte menu and an optional three-course menu served family-style for $75 per guest, which includes a Prosecco toast to start the evening! Menu pricing is exclusive of all other beverage, tax, & gratuity.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

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7.7

Bar Primi is a great East Village move for a pasta-heavy group dinner.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 917 People Are Saying
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NK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food is pretty good. Our waitress was subpar. No space at the bar to wait so we had to stand and it was cramped, there was nowhere to go and the staff was annoyed we were in the way. We would have gladly stood out of the way if that was an option but it wasn’t and it was 20 degrees outside. My advice is to get there at the exact time of your reservation. Second bar upstairs was closed.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I specified that I was there for a bday and they went above and beyond to make it feel special w/o being cheesy. Handed us two comped glasses of Champaign and put a candle in our dessert! Food is always good and it’s super cozy

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

our appetizer came out cold. The vodka pasta was bland however, the spicy crab pasta was delicious

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service, good crowd, good food and nice wine list for good price

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KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love it! The stuffed meatball app is a must.

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TL
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick bite. Brussels

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JJ
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the homemade pasta here!

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G
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, with an incredibly easy menu to navigate.
Everything was fresh and there were many healthy choice.
I loved the cocktails.
Service was very professional.
A very cool vibe with great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our overall experience was excellent. The hostess and waitresses were very efficient and helpful with getting us seated and our food and beverages placed. The dining area was beautiful and not over crowded like other brunch spots with similar popularity. It was easy to have a conversation across the table and hear everything. The food was AMAZING. I got the ricotta pancakes and my friends got the Italian Benedict, breakfast crostini, breakfast frittata, and penne. It was all delicious and came out super fast. I highly suggest the ricotta pancakes!

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was really tasty, however for some reason the staff was really rushing us. They rushed us through the meal and the check. The waiter was kind and attentive but we were in the middle of conversing and drinking coffee when they picked up all our plates

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

small seating and loud but the great food and quick service made it worth it!

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

My boyfriend and I were so excited for our date night cause we have heard exceptional things about Bar Primi. The food was excellent and the vibe was great, but they sat us nearly a half hour after our resveration time... then the service was very slow, but we saw other tables getting there food and great service. Maybe it was great an off night for our waitress, but we were pretty bummed.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food, especially the pastas. Don’t sleep on the squid ink campanelle.

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RZ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son lives close to this restaurant and a friend of his highly recommended it. Four of us went for brunch on New Year's Day. We were early so we sat at the bar for a drink. The bartender was excellent, very friendly. The cocktails were great. I had the breakfast spaghetti; it was amazing! Everyone else loved their food too. I highly recommend it.

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

Fave place.

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

Absolutely wonderful experience at Bar Primi for New Year’s Eve! Great price, ambience, and amazing food. They had so many special touches and the service was excellent. So happy we chose this place!

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a lovely time for NYE; however they capped our reservation time to 9:30 which would have been fine but they seated us 30 minutes late because they were behind schedule. They didn’t offer to give a drink or anything to make up for their behind schedule and then the waiter rushed our meal constantly asking to clear plates while we were obviously still eating and then would come over less than a minute later to ask to clear again. The food was very good and the ambience was great. I just wish the service was better and allowed us to stay a bit longer since they were running so behind.

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HH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and environment. Would recommend for any special occasion or just a nice dinner!

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PS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pasta was good. Portion was small and expensive. Downstairs very noisy. Upstairs better. Server pleasant but not very well informed about food.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We got seated and no one came to see us for a solid 15 minutes, but people seated after us got immediate service. We left and went to Gemma and had a wonderful experience.

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Very loud in the bar area mostly due to annoying person talking loud and cursing every other word. We were moved upstairs due to this and enjoyed the rest of our meal in a very pleasant atmosphere. Staff could not have been nicer!

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DK
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I thought the food was mediocre and feel that there are way too many excellent Italian restaurants to go back to this one

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall great experience. Came here to celebrate Christmas with a group of friends. Everything was amazing. Such a memorable meal!

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KB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a great meal here. The food options were awesome...the ingredients were fresh and well prepared. Service was excellent. The atmosphere was vibrant and energetic, but we were in a booth where we felt like we had our own space. Would highly recommend.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Primi was recommended to us by Bridie from the Ludlow Hotel during our recent stay there. She was spot on with this recommendation and we had a lovely meal and will return when we are back in the neighbor.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Made us wait 20 minutes for our table.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Bar Primi is a comfortable, casual spot for decent Italian comfort food. The food will not blow you away, it's pretty standard, but the ambiance and service are good. I recommend Bar Primi for casual weekday dinner with bae or friends. The prosciutto appetizer is a great deal that includes a heaping pile of prosciutto - take half of it home for sandwiches.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great restaurant! Our first time in and we will definitely be returning. We had to wait a little bit with a reservation but the hosts were very attentive and made sure to have us seated as soon as possible. Food is just great! Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good—enjoyed it greatly.

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AP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here before for my husband’s 70th and came back for the squid ink pasta dish. It was good and flavorful. I think they changed the pasta for this fish?

The food was great. The service and ambience superb. A little loud, but we will visit this restaurant every time we come to nyc. I can’t wait to try their carbonara!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was very rushed. Three different wait staff associates tried to take our plates before we were finished.

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C
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent overall - cocktails, wines, pastas. One exception, bring in martini glasses for martinis - there is nothing worse than a martini in a coupe glass , it’s shameful

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

All good except very noisy. Was impossible to hear across the table.

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience as always! Good food and best atmosphere for a cozy Sunday night dinner before the holidays.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Waitress was wonderful and accommodating with a surprise birthday dessert. Did not feel rushed out as I often do in busy NYC restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very pleasant

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t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The host staff was rude when I asked to change my reservation party head count. They made zero effort to accommodate even though I booked it a month ahead. Also thought it was weird our waiter brought out two different bottles after we picked out one from the wine list already to sell it to us? Seems like a cheap move, you should sell up during the selection not after the fact. The wine was brought out in a carafe and not opened in front of us, which should happen. Suspicious. I love Bar Primi's food and atmosphere. Staff is questionable...

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and cocktails were great, pity the table next to us was very loud (I guess that was just bad luck) Will definitely go again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!

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TR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful place, excellent service

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