Bar Primi

4.6
1032 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.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Found piece of plastic bag in my salad. Food very mediocre.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Highly recommended

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The server we had was somewhat rude and not attentive. We ordered the Brussels sprouts and watermelon salad, both of which were very good. We also ordered the burrata and prosciutto sandwich and the roll was so hard I couldn’t even eat it on the bread. I most likely wouldn’t return here, but has potential to be a cool place if the food and service were better.

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k
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Host was off-putting and did not really make us feel welcome/comfortable -- lots of sighs, blank stares and umms because we asked to sit outside and forecast said weather would turn at 3, it was 1:45. When, ironically, it did start to drizzle, we had to come in and ask for a dry place to sit. Hostess seemed confused as to why we might ask to turn the table to be under an awning or for awning to be extended. Server did not assist us inside (we grabbed our stuff and stumbled in carrying our own wine glasses). Not pleasurable to feel dismissed, but too late -- we were having a business lunch and had to stick to our time. Food was delicious as always but the attitude tasted sour.

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NM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I was disappointed with the service as I had made a dinner reservation indicating it would be for a birthday and still had to wait upwards of 40 minutes to sit down at a table. There were multiple parties of people lingering around at their tables and I suggested that the hostess kindly mention that to some of these parties but she refused to do so so I waited and waited.

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a
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Door was welcoming as was server assistant. Server was haughty and was unenthusiastic about service. He let us sit a long time before offering a drink and we could see him talking to other staff in the mirrors. Once table side he was not involved except to take orders. At conclusion was almost dismissive or demeaning to one of us. Shocking.

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

Amazing service, amazing food, amazing atmosphere.. 10/10!!!

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s
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely personable server. The arugula salad was wilted and did not taste fresh. Other food was great. Nice decor and they gave us the quietest table they had.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Great ambiance!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. Excellent food and service.

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b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are so wonderful about my cheese allergy every time I go - I can get almost anything I want on the menu made fresh so I can eat it?! At an Italian restaurant?! YES, PLEASE!
It's all so delicious - I've never had anything here that I haven't absolutely loved. And the service matches the quality of the food.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, great for brunch.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and the waitress were excellent. The only annoying thing that almost spoiled our dinner was when we just arrived the black lady at the reception failed to comprehend that we have a booking/reservation and kept repeating to my husband and myself that we need to wait for 45 minutes for the outside table, and 30 minutes for inside one. I kept repeating that we, in fact, have a reservation for 8 pm and there were a couple of available tables at that very moment. It seemed she was not listening at all. However, she finally realized that we had booked the table some time ago and we were sited. Afterward, we did enjoy a nice dining experience.

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

The place is pretty, good music, the manager very nice but the server was cold, no smiles, nothing. What they call a “cacio e Pepe” is a pasta with butter sauce. So disappointed!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating the return of a family member that was in Baghdad. From the moment we entered the restaurant we were warmly welcomed. We had a large group - the service was impeccable! We ordered a wise array of appetizers which were delicious! Everyone enjoyed their entrees and the dessert were decadent!

I would highly recommend!

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IT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food & staff is excellent. Outdoor seating with umbrellas. Good selection on menu. I have only been here for brunch.

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

Service was excellent, and so was the food

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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VG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really really really loved this place. Great food and service. Loved the pasta.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome food ! Love it

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved loved loved, will def be back again!

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CV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta and location. The waiter was knowledgeable and friendly.

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OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was wonderful, and service was good to start. But our server disappeared halfway though our meal and we had to constantly seek out service.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately we were seated inside despite several requests on open table app and calls to the restaurant for outdoor seating (several days in advance)

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AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The wait staff was really attentive. My daughter and I enjoyed a very special meal.

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GC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance at Bar Primi is fantastic! Came here with two other friends for a birthday celebration. We sat in a round booth and it was perfect. The setting was intimate but friendly. The food was delicious, especially the lamb bucatini. Their frose is also great, not too sweet. I highly recommend this place to anybody who loves a great NYC Italian restaurant.

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w
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Hip neighborhood spot on the Bowery- excellent food. Only thing that was negative was a hostess with an attitude!!!

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DG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar primo was excellent! We were sat immediately by the hostess, our server was great, checking on us frequently but not too much that it interrupted conversation, and the food/wine was AMAZING! Highly recommend the garlic linguine and the arugula salad with walnuts. And if you go in the summer- have a glass of the frosé.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing Italian food ! Everything was delicious !!

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a reservation for 2 set for 12PM Saturday during which they were serving brunch. Upon arriving around 11:50 AM my guest and I were greeted promptly and led by the hostess to a table upstairs. The decor was nice and the place had a nice atmosphere. The tables already there looked to be enjoying their meals. I sat in a corner table a decent distance away from the other guests and given water right away. Staff was friendly as we ordered and once we did the food came quickly. The table setting was nice mostly wooden with silverware, everything was clean and tidy. We ordered the linguine and rigatoni allá norma that arrived in less than ten minutes. The food came with decent sized portions and were plated well. The pasta was al dente and flavorful, my friend and I tasted one another’s food to which we were both pleased. I personally enjoyed hers more which came with mozzarella and eggplant, both delicious. For dessert we split the panna cotta which came with berries and honey. It was a little bit too sweet for us but still enjoyed it regardless, I’m sure it would have been perfect with a little honey or none at all. We were able to have a nice conversation while not being interrupted. The bill came out to just under fifty dollars before tip. We received a postcard with the bill which my friend took home. Paid with card and left after 1 PM. I will definitely come back some time in the near future for dinner.

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K
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was terrific, the service exemplary! The noise level was just right in terms of energy without overwhelming the conversation.

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

Great, not good

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c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was exceptional, and I would expect nothing less of Andrew Carmellini but the service was lacking. We got a small plate to start and I was literally taking a bite when they took the plate from our table and handed us our appetizers. Then they tried to bring our main courses when we weren’t finished with our appetizers (we’d only had our appetizers for about 5-10 minutes) so we asked them to wait. They did and it was fine. We would go back but know that this is a fun energetic spot. Not a place for a quiet dinner.

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KT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome!!!!!!!!! My friends and I loved this place and said it was our favorite part of our New York trip.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Initially the staff was a little challenging to engage with (we had a celebration that required a bit of extra attention) but ended up being very helpful and accommodating.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great date spot! I love the froze.

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A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Terrible hostess and service.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for my mother’s birthday. The food was amazing, the wine was wonderful, and the waiters were very helpful! Definitely coming back again!

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! We went for brunch and couldn’t have enjoyed it any more.

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We were seated 35 minutes after our reservation time with no apology from the hostess. Once we were seated, poor service continued as our waiter was not attentive and did not refill our empty water carafe until we asked. The food and atmosphere were both great, so I hope the service improves!

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