Bar Primi

4.6
890 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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.
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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
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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

On New Year’s Eve, Bar Primi will serve a special a la carte menu of classic and celebratory dishes. We will offer two seatings: our first seating concludes at 9:30pm and the second seating will toast to 2019 at midnight! Large groups reach out to the restaurant directly to arrange a chef’s menu.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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 890 People Are Saying
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TS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good—enjoyed it greatly.

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AP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
56 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 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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V
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was minimal. Food was below satisfactory. And expensive given these two factors. If you’re in the search for great Italian food, there are so many better alternatives .... very close by.

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MK
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

When I arrived place wasn’t busy at all(5.30pm ) , I had a reservation for 2, but they they didn’t let me sit whithout my friend . At the bar nobody offered a drink or a glass of water while I was waiting, so I needed to ask for it . The waiter was pretty friendly , food was good but overpriced in my opinion, for $24 I got a small size of pasta, nobody offered cheese or fresh pepper.... Wine recommendations was amazing, exactly what we were asking for . But I don’t think that o would choose that place again or recommend it to a friend

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

We love everything!

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NS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

We love this place but the noise level is so ridiculous we can’t even have a conversation without shouting. Idiotic.

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, we had 2 pastas and the kale salad. Kale salad was EXCELLENT.

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TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, but not as great as it was a few years ago.

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JE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great value! Food is outstanding and not too expensive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food one of our favorite spots

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We booked the restaurant for our sons 21st birthday. The resultant is quite dark which would be lovely for a romantic meal but made reading the menu difficult. The food was ok but our daughters meal was salty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Beautiful ambiance!

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CZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was really poor. Our waiter was not to be seen. I had to wave someone down so that I could get some parmesan cheese with my entree. He never checked in with us....it was such a disappointment. The noise level was almost unbearable. I understand fully that the restaurant is busy and crowded, but then turn the music down!

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TD
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Walking in, the front end staff was kind and welcoming and the ambiance was gorgeous! Our waitor did help us pick perfect wines and that’s about it. My meal came out cold and he didn’t bother to check on us until he brought the bill. He hovered until we paid and we felt rushed. Definitely won’t return back unless it’s for a glass of wine.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn't sure what to expect here as I'd seen mixed reviews. All of our food was amazing. Would HIGHLY recommend the hazlenut and ricotta toast, pumpkin agnolotti, lamb bolognese, and pepperoni brussel sprouts. The dessert menu left something to be desired but I will be back.

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p
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Got there for my res at 9:45 at 9:40 was not seated till 10:15 - not acceptable - hostess was at least polite - this place is a restaurant for 20 some things who think they are grown up and in a real restaurant. But they are not. its a diner that is expensive really expensive for a diner/bar. Staff is all ok but it doesn't feel pro. food super average. if you have no where else to go go here its pretty there is booze.

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PK
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a big fan of all of Andrew Carmellini's restaurants (especially The Dutch and Locanda Verde.) However, I love having Bar Primi in my immediate neighborhood. It's a real gem. The vibe, food, and service are all outstanding. Prices are reasonable and they have a tight (but great) wine list. Everything on the menu is excellent but the pastas and the salads definitely stand out the most. And like all of Andrew's restaurants, everyone who works there is both a true professional and genuinely nice. A rarity these days!

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RH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Birthday- squid ink pasta was a little too peppery and hard to taste the crab. Otherwise meal was excellent.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been going to BarPrimi for many years (had my first date with my wife there AND we got engaged there..so we hold it in HIGH regard). Had a really off day there when we went for brunch. Service was awful & her egg whites took about 45 minutes to get & they left ALL the ingredients out of the frittata to add to the insult of bad service...she was too upset to complain & just wanted to leave. The manager came over and apologized (and picked up the check) so probably would not do brunch there again since it appeared very hectic (large groups, hostess confused, waiter unattentive) but won't write off this place yet since we find the food always really good & tasty and the service has always been good on past visits.
Just an off brunch day I suppose......we'll give it one more go for dinner

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went on a Saturday night for a birthday dinner. This was my second time here and probably the worst of the two times I’ve been. Hostess Katie was incredibly rude and disrespectful and should probably find a job that makes her happy instead of hosting. food was great. Waiter was nice, although it seemed that he was preoccupied with waiting a lot of other tables that there was no mention of the specials for the night and he didn’t refill the water glasses until we asked. We also ordered a bottle of wine that was not refilled by the waiter. I don’t mind pouring my own wine trust me, but i was confused because the first time i had gone to this restaurant the wine was poured everything was on time, specials were mentioned. Service was inconsistent between the two times i went. Not a big deal but the first visit definitely set higher expectations.. it’s better to go on a night that isn’t busy. Preferably mon-thurs night. Or early sat/sun dinner.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing , except for the tourist lingering outside of the window... changing her clothes . Asked the manager if she could leave since she was in the window and she refused , they let her stay . She looked high / drunk and it was inappropriate and intrusive

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good overall. And they brought out our dessert with a candle without even asking cause I notified it was a birthday in the rez

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service and probably the best gluten free pasta I’ve had in the city!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our waiter was awful but the management was great and pulled through with our delayed and messed up order

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t
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd visit to Bar primi and it was delicious. The meatballs and the carbonara are my favorite along with the affogato for dessert.

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a nice experience, wait staff was great very attentive.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food but the waitress rushed us, which I did not like!

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NC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Bar Primi 3-4 times before and have never been disappointed. It is definitely one of my top 5 spots in the city that I hit up when I find myself craving a quality bowl of Pasta. The service is always good, but my friends and I felt very taken care of by Frank this time around. My girlfriend is quite particular about red wine, and he was kind and patient enough to open 3 different wines for her to taste. Naturally, his suggested bottle hit the nail on the head. We left feeling warm, full and happy. Will 100% come back.

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J
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was good, not great. Service was very slow and our server forgot our drinks. Overall, not bad but will definitely not be going back. Not worth the $100 for dinner for 2.

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