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Bar Primi

4.6
4.6
1358 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Aperitivo Hour Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 220-9100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Carmellini

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Marie Lyons: (646) 442-7850

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    East 2nd Street

  • Parking details

    Comfort Parking: 303 Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Bleecker Street<br />Icon Parking: 610 Broadway between East Houston and Bleecker Street

  • 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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,358 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manhattan

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Staff is very friendly and so welcoming! Cute ambiance and the drinks were great.. I ordered the squid ink pasta which is also good but it was missing a bit more sauce.. and we got the branzino and the piccata as well. And it was good! Thank you for a fun night!
  2. FD

    FabienD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good welcome and service. Pasta were succulent and tiramisu good as well.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food, well prepared. Our two-top was a little tight with our neighboring table. Bar Primi was guilty of a pet-peeve I have with too many restaurants. Overly-iced, watery cocktails without enough alcohol to justify the exorbitant prices. And I asked for light ice, and my tall glass was filled with ice top to bottom. I’d go back for the food, but I’d stick to wine.
  4. G

    Getawaygrl

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Show and dinner family holiday trip . Took long time to get server each time or for refills but then food came quick was delicious .
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch. Delicious food and attentive service.
  6. VD

    VandDdineout

    New York Area

    100 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Delicious Pasta. Lovely bartender. Emptied out fast.
  7. J

    Johnnyyyyyyy

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always! One of my favorite spots for brunch lunch and dinner thank you for the experience!
  8. SH

    SaraH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice experience but despite many tables being open they would not seat our 8:15 reservation until 8:30 which is kind of annoying
  9. ZA

    ZinoA

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Was disappointing this time round overall except our waiter
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Very loud, but lively and nice staff. Meal was truly mediocre - nothing unique about the flavor or dishes. Would be great if food was as lovely as the staff!
  11. MC

    MelanieC

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time at Bar Primi and this was no different. Food, ambience and service never disappoint and a special nod to their seasonal pumpkin raviloi right now - highly recommend. Our waiter was also amazing, I am pretty positive he has been my waiter before and he is always so pleasant and makes good recommendations.
  12. VF

    VegFoodie

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service was horrible. Waited so long to order both food and desserts. Food was good not great.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Even with a reservation, you’ll have to wait 15-20 minutes to be seated. The appetizers are decent (brussels sprouts are great), but the pasta is below average and extremely overpriced.
  14. EL

    EmilyL

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food in a very chic atmosphere. 10/10 will go back!
  15. TE

    TarynE

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Service was a bit spotty but food was great and overall good experience
  16. SK

    SandyK

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Two of our pasta dishes were difficult to eat because they were so salty. One pasta dish was bland. We were all disappointed.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a top choice for pasta in NYC. Always consistent and always delicious.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server was great. Provided good input on both our wine and food orders. A real gem of a place, very reasonably priced.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time.
  20. J

    Jill

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable and food was delicious. Nice pours on the cocktails. I will be returning.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding night out.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    All was good, it’s always a solid choice.
  23. HN

    HelgaN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were so kind. my friends showed up 30-40 mins late and since it wasn't busy they didn't mind at all. The food was excellent but the staff really make this place nice. I also saw the star from Prometheus walk by. I forget her name, but it's that's sort of neighborhood
  24. A

    Adrian

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was top notch. The outdoor patio was very comfortable and warm. The staff (albeit slammed) were on it. However, my biggest shoutout goes to the Guest Relations team. We were initially 5 people, then our friend surprised us by flying in last minute from Toronto. The staff at Bar Primi said they were full but they'd keep us posted if anything opened up. Considering this was a 7pm reservation on a Saturday in Manhattan we assumed we were out of luck. An hour later they let us know they've made space of us on the patio and we're looking forward to seeing us. I worked in the industry for 12+ years and know you can't always accommodate, and sometimes it really takes some finagling to make it work. They did it. They were great. They set our night off on the right track. Bar Primi, you're great at what you do. 100% will be back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience1
    I used to adore Bar Primi, and visited every time I was in the city. The food has gone seriously down hill (saltiest food I’ve ever eaten), the service was deplorable, and the front desk staff? Just plain old rude. Will never return.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    It was cold and we sat outside with no heaters which wasn’t the restaurants fault but then the service was incredibly slow and usually don’t mind but since it was so cold it was hard. Some food was delicious, like the bolegnese, but the more unique dishes like linguine (wayyy too garlick) and the pesto pasta (way too lemony) we’re a bit much on a singular flavor.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great experience but a little dark.
  28. m

    mlc123

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ricotta crostini was phenomenal and so was the broccoli pesto. Great service and just a really delicious meal. I will be back!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Wait staff was amazing, hostess was horrible (fire that guy) bartender was careless, Negronis were good, food was decent, food took longer than it should have to come but these things happen. The waiter and bus boys were the highlight of the staff they were great and very attentive. But overall the hostess is rude and condescending, and could care less about client experience. The bartender spoke to us as she would do her best but failed to deliver on service.
  30. m

    michaelw

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and consistently great service 👌🏽
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I love the vibes of the place and I know many people rave about it but I just think it’s a bit overrated. I got a decent meal and a glass of wine and ended up paying $60+ for dinner. the food was good the service was amazing (not discrediting their hard work) It’s just somewhere I probably won’t need to go back to.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very good. I thought the outside was charming and inside looked chic! Food took an hour to come out due to an issue in kitchen. Wish we were told about this, and maybe given a free drink while we waited. Would go back for sure!
  33. RR

    RumpleRaymi

    Montreal

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was very nice but the air conditioner was broken and it was like we were eating in a sauna, which made the evening very average.
  34. CS

    CamillaS

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I have been eating at bar Primi regularly for years and this is the first time I wasn’t happy with the food. All the regular dishes were average at best and not like they normally taste, we didn’t even finish them. Also sad to see the famous kale salad no longer on the menu. New owners maybe?
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Well-intended but over-attentive “faux-service” (“How is everything?,” asked robotically, with every visit to the table by the busboy or waiter), combined with mistaken orders and mistakenly delivered dishes. Food is fine.
  36. V

    Victoria

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, great drinks, and fabulous food! Outdoor seating is nice if it’s not a hot day
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    food was very yummy ambiance was nice service was good!
  38. TC

    TaylorC

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    bad service, never brought my birthday cake, never came back to table to check on us, took my drink away when it was half full
  39. JL

    JuliaL

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We were given the wrong appetizer. Then they realized and brought us the right one. Then they forgot to give us one of our desserts when we specifically requested to multiple servers that we wanted to take it to-go. The food we ate was good but we left disappointed. We paid for 2 desserts but received only one at the end.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wir waren während der Restaurant Week zum Lunch. Riceballs sehr lecker, Pasta ok, lemon Sorbet sensationell. Guter Service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

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You can order delivery directly from Bar Primi using the Order Online button.

Bar Primi is rated 4.6 stars by 1358 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Bar Primi

325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    East 2nd Street

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Aperitivo Hour Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Comfort Parking: 303 Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Bleecker Street<br />Icon Parking: 610 Broadway between East Houston and Bleecker Street

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Carmellini

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 220-9100

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Marie Lyons: (646) 442-7850

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