Bar Primi

4.6
971 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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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 971 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely occasion. Our server was very kind and knowledgeable about the wine list and encouraged us to get a delicious bottle that paired lovely with our meal. We are excited for our next visit!

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for brunch. The food is delicious and the ambiance is great.

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LW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice lunch. We all had the pasta and it was delicious. Drinks were all very good too.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, relatively small portions.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Extremely slow service. Food mediocre at best

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One year anniversary done right!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious but portions are small! Great for a light dinner.

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My teenaged and I were delighted by the food, service, and ambiance at Bar Primi. The staff was friendly and authentic, and they made fantastic recommendations. Squid ink pasta with crab was terrific. Starter salads were delicious and substantial. Lovely evening.

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

Eat here all the time. Reliably good.

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PH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A consistently great place to eat with amazing pasta, ambiance, & service!

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S
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Dinner was great (brussel sprouts, burrata, bucatini, etc.)! And the ambiance is wonderful. It took a while for some members of our party to get their drinks (which came out after some appetizers). But overall the staff was great and attentive (knowledge of wine list, clearing plates, etc.).

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was mediocre and our waitress was not attentive. The cocktails were well made, but the food did not meet my expectations. Do not order the carbonara. There are much better Italian spots downtown.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently stellar!

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BR
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food and good ambience. The service is not great though...

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great but service was very slow. He was unapologetic about the long wait time for everything. I’ve been here before and that wasn’t the case, so hoping it was a one off.

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RS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday brunch. All four of us thrilled with our appetizers and entrees

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n
New York Area
138 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a great meal here. Everything was very nice, though I note that, as is typical, the tables (at least downstairs) were packed close together and the noise level from conversation was high. That aside the food was great and the service was very nice. This has to be one of the best downtown Italian places, and certainly at its price point (and also with a nice selection of moderately (for NY) priced wines). Highly recommended.

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

Sunday night of a three-day weekend so they were pretty slammed. But our waiter / server could not have been nicer. Super attentive and went out of his way to try and accommodate a special request. Food is always top notch there...

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch and should be your go to!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Primi is consistently excellent. Great cocktails, welcoming service (as long as you have a reservation!) and outstanding food. The linguine is the stuff of dreams and we've never had a bad dish here.

My only constructive criticisms would be that it seems there's a real effort to turn tables over super quickly. We ordered drinks, appetizers and entrees, and were still in and out in under an hour. I would have appreciated the opportunity to linger a little more, particularly given the high price point. Also, many of the smaller tables are quite cramped together, which can kill a little of the otherwise romantic vibes.

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BH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I cannot express what a disappointment this was to the people at the door. We had a reservation and they jerked us around. We had to argue to get a seat and the restaurant was half empty. The manager sat us after the hostess walked off. And the waiter took the bread pate away and then tried to rush us through. The menu was not well translated into English and most of it was Italian. We had to ask a out each dish. I know it's an Italian place. I live in the USA - wright the menu in ENGLISH. We settled on two dishes. No extras. Just Pasta for a lot of cash and then they brought the bread plate back AFTER I ordered a salad because the plates are small and there was no greens with it. We paid over one hundred bucks and left hungry.

SO I have two words for Bar Primi and they are NOT happy birthday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was FABULOUS! Great pasta in nice surroundings with attentive& knowledgeable staff!! Can’t wait to eat there again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Excellent setting. Excellent Negroni.

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best service in the city. It’s amazing food and the ambiance is killer. Truly an amazing experience and perfect date spot!! Again, some of the best service in the city.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good recommendations from the waiter. Paloma cocktail was also very good. Upstairs has a good vibe

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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a bad meal at Bar Primi! Took the chance and came here for Valentine’s (well Galentine’s since not a romantic date) and even though they were obviously very busy & running multiple different specials, the service was absolutely outstanding and all the food was delicious. The squid ink campanelle is so perfectly spicy and their ricotta cheesecake is to die for. Bar Primi, you have my heart!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect for bday dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch here is the best. Every dish is excellent.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Upon arriving at a near empty restaurant, we were made to wait at the bar because we were missing one member of our party.

I understand that everyone has a bad day, but our server was not the best.

The simpler dishes were fine, but others were over salted or poorly prepared (the polenta was watery, for example).

The best things were dessert.

Overall, I doubt I'll go back.

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JM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and wonderful staff. Cocktails are delicious!!!

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MA
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and terrific service. I considered chasing my wine with Plavix but i enjoyed every morsel. It was a fun evening and we will return again and again and again.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and server were amazing. Such a fun atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My wife and I both for sick later that night.

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended during our visit to New York and had the Restaurant Week Prix Fix - the pasta was delicious, the service was excellent and the atmosphere very happy! Will come back the next time that I'm in New York!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food. Cool ambiance. Always crowded but in a festive manner.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We tried the restaurant week menu, and it is a hit or miss. We did not know what to choose from the main menu, so we went with the 3 menu selection. We liked the appetizers and dessert, but our main meals were ok. We were not super impressed, but I have been told Bar Primi is amazing.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

My girlfriend and I are vegetarian. We made this super clear to our server and even ordered a pasta dish we were told could be made vegetarian by leaving off the meat. We get our food, and my first bite is full of meat. Must of been a hiccup from the kitchen, but not a great first experience at a place. Hard to say we'd try that again. The managers were quick to fix the situation and comp our bill partially, so I will say they have their customer service priorities in check.

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