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Bar Primi is a great East Village move for a pasta-heavy group dinner.
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!
Love this place for brunch. The food is delicious and the ambiance is great.
Had a very nice lunch. We all had the pasta and it was delicious. Drinks were all very good too.
Great food, relatively small portions.
Extremely slow service. Food mediocre at best
One year anniversary done right!
Delicious but portions are small! Great for a light dinner.
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.
Eat here all the time. Reliably good.
A consistently great place to eat with amazing pasta, ambiance, & service!
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.).
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.
Great food and good ambience. The service is not great though...
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.
Delicious Sunday brunch. All four of us thrilled with our appetizers and entrees
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.
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...
Great brunch and should be your go to!
Great experience. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC.
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.
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.
Food was FABULOUS! Great pasta in nice surroundings with attentive& knowledgeable staff!! Can’t wait to eat there again!
Excellent setting. Excellent Negroni.
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.
Great service and good recommendations from the waiter. Paloma cocktail was also very good. Upstairs has a good vibe
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!
Great food and perfect for bday dinner
Brunch here is the best. Every dish is excellent.
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.
Great atmosphere and wonderful staff. Cocktails are delicious!!!
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.
Food and server were amazing. Such a fun atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here!
My wife and I both for sick later that night.
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!
Amazing food. Cool ambiance. Always crowded but in a festive manner.
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.
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.