Bar Primi

4.6
832 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:30pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Midday: Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 6:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 220-9100
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Carmellini
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East 2nd Street
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Parking details
Comfort Parking: 303 Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Bleecker Street
Icon Parking: 610 Broadway between East Houston and Bleecker Street
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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, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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 832 People Are Saying
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JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The rice balls were amazing! Reminded me of my Sicilian Mom's rice balls! Great wine by the glass selections! Overall great ecperience, cannot wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food and friendly staff. I had bronzino and my boyfriend had linguine with clams.

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PM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love eating at Bar Primi. Food and service is fantastic. I've recommended it to many friends and all have loved it as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I chose this restaurant for my birthday dinner because I love pasta. My party arrived within a 15 minute window of my reservation time and did not receive any hassle from staff for being a little past the actual reservation time. That was great. The ambience of the restaurant was nice it was slightly cramped for a seven person table but it was very lively at 9:30PM on a Friday night in mid September. As far as the food goes, it was good, however I found the plates to be small portions for some of the prices on the menu. Felt like I had only 4 fork-twirls of pasta. The froze was great choice. My parents called the restaurant ahead of time and ordered a bottle of champagne that was poured by servers after we sat down. Assumed dessert would have been on the house considering the occasion was for my birthday, they did put a candle in it however.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for good food and ambiance. Delicious Bloody Mary. Service was great. All around wonderful place for brunch.

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CS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. The wine list is wonderful too. It's a little pricey for what it is but still worth it.

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and my favorite local spot. Branzino and bucatini are musts

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HP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

A fine, comfortable ambience great for group dinners or casual date night. Pasta is delicious, though could use some more succulence. Wait staff is very friendly and accommodating.

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GL
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible... There were 3 servers 'Trying' to service us and they were all rude and got our order wrong. The food was either cold or hot but not cooked enough since they rushed to bring the order after making a mistake twice.
Very dissatisfied.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal with friends at Bar Primi. The portion sizes of the appetizers were great for sharing -- we sampled four different items on the menu. On a hot, sticky night, the watermelon salad was splendid! The pasta was fresh and delicious, and nicely seasoned. Desserts can also be shared (don't miss the tiramisu). The staff was friendly and attentive, and helpful with suggestions for ordering. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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LO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was very very slow. We had to ask about our main course and had 2 different waiters that made things confusing.

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n
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Bar Primi is quickly becoming one of my fave spots. It's a great go to for almost any occasion. The cocktails are great & the bartenders are pretty engaging. The food is delicious and pretty much all the seating is awesome. You feel like you can breathe and relax here. It's quite big and open but still feels really calm and friendly. This is a great spot to have a talkative brunch with cocktails & carbs. You can also get some decent people watching in if you have a view of Bowery. I've taken my suburban parents here. It was a good dad spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely incredible. I enjoyed every second of the meal. Will absolutely be returning.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Have never felt so rushed to get out for dinner. Had 6 waiters and bus assistants ask us if we were done and could clear our unfinished food 5 minutes after getting our dishes. Not a great experience

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Bar Primi is a cozy fine dining establishment with a lovely outdoor patio. Wait stuff is very attentative- the froze and meatballs are a must!

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SL
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was not very good and they didn’t let me sit without the 1 other person in my party even though there was a lot of empty tables. Food was good and the bartender was soooo nice

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D
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This place is good. Pretty little spot. Airy and nicely set up. Felt a tad rushed at lunch and there weren’t a lot of people there. But overall food was nicely made. Meatball appy was tasty.
The frozen rose was probably my least favorite one to date.Right. You don’t order a frozen drink or sangria in an Italian place. BUT broke my rule cause it was hot.
Don’t bother.

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Nice wine list. The only drawback is the noise level.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta is sensational. Small portions but excellent.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I made a reservation for just myself for restaurant week and I was seated at the bar. That is the most annoying thing as a solo diner. It literally makes you feel like you are unworthy. If I wanted to sit at the bar I wouldn’t have made a reservation. Also, the gelato was highly over churned to the point where it was crumbling and the bartenders response, though apologietic, was “well, it is the last day of restaurant week.” Okay, sir. Whatever you say. Not sure if I’ll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

No air conditioning. Had to move seats.
Great and understanding servers and service. David at the bar made it worthwhile.

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cute outdoor seating, perfect for a lunch or dinner with friends. The food was incredible - best brussel sprouts I've ever had. Highly recommend!

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LS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly and the food is always consistently great!

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w
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Cool place but service is lacking. Felt ignored and rushed. Portions are super small.

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BH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here and we want to come back one of my favorite Italian restaurants, the best rice balls in nyc!

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b
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was slow. Our waiter was standing around most of the time. Appetizers for 3 of the 5 of us were brought out. We waiting for the other 2 to get their cheese plate. Took more than 10 minutes to come while our waiter told us twice, that it's on its way. Food was just good. Nothing special. And portions were quite small.

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Z
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food.
The Salad and Porcini sandwich were amazing. Gelato not so good. Instant favorite

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e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love Bar Primi! A favorite. Service is wonderful- professional without being stuffy and still being plenty friendly. Menu is perfect for a casual evening of pasta or going all out for a special occasion

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E
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went with a friend to Bar Primi with a friend for dinner. We ate outside since it was a beautiful night. Had the frozen Rose which was great and perfect for the hot evening. We had to wait a long time for our salad to arrive. ( I think we were forgotten about) However, once the error was noticed the rest of the meal went smoothly. Everything we ate was delicious, in particular the arancini. We received these for our long wait on the house, and turned out being our favorite part of our meal. I would return despite the error in service.

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AF
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food, fit for foodies. Great wine selection.

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d
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The meatballs were so good! But you have to eat then with the tomato sauce. It was a little loud but overall a worthwhile experience

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. We didn’t feel rushed, they were very accommodating of food allergies, and the staff was lovely. Would highly recommend!

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BS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, atmosphere and food on our trip to NYC.
Would highly recommend Bar Primi and would make sure you have a Frose cocktail

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Though my pasta was a little heavy, I generally enjoy my entire meal and will come back soon.

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LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent hearty Italian food. If in the area, would return.

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OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything we had from salads to pastas was delicious. would definitely be going back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was good not reall

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DM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is fantastic. While it is a neighborhood, fairly casual restaurant, my pasta dish was as good as anywhere I've been including very expensive, well reviewed Italian restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!! The spaghetti tasted delicious and was an overall good experience

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was sub par. I got the spinach fusilli and it was tasteless. Good ambiance, but food is bland and not worth the price.

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