Bar Primi

4.6
1006 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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
8 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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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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A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Terrible hostess and service.

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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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food! However, we had a very rude waiter!

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SU
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter and food were great. A little noisy but fun spirit

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is great. Their pasta is delicious, the only problem is that it is a bit expensive, both their drinks and their food.

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in NYC...keep up the great work...thanks to Macha

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Primi is always a fun experience! I have been dining here at least a few times per year for the last five years (give or take) and consistently have a fantastic time. The staff really go out of their way to make your meal excellent, and the food is always spot on. We love the casual atmosphere and can always have a nice conversation there without it being too loud.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The upstairs ambiance is really nice with the big windows and high ceilings. The pasta is freshly made with a nice variety of dishes. My only critique is that it's a little bit higher priced than I would like for a plate of pasta, and the cocktails and wine will all run you $15 a pop, but I guess that's New York for you.

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JC
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, attentive service (both at bar and in restaurant) and plenty of delicious food options. Great negronis, too!

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RJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Go to date night spot in les

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KC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great wine menu and amazing service!

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J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

expensive for mediocre food, not really worth the money

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very noisy Friday night with some rude patrons but still a good meal and friendly service

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and beautiful venue!

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

Noisy but very good food

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London
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Same as always: to make you order drinks at the bar, they make you wait at least 15 minutes although you can see your table ready and waiting for you. So great food but ...

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful, food was fantastic!

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

waiter was extremely inattentive and it took an hour to receive our food. No one checked in on us, we had to ask the waiter to check on our food twice.

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Miami
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with my whole experience at Bar Primi. I can't wait to return.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
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
4 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
17 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, relatively small portions.

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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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