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Bar Primi

4.7
4.7
1336 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 26 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 1,336 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding night out.
  2. 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.
  3. HN

    HelgaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great experience but a little dark.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. m

    michaelw

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and consistently great service 👌🏽
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. KG

    KirstinG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was fine but the food was extremely over salted and the service was non-personable.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    The worst service I have had in my life. It was slow and erratic. I got the check even before being asked for dessert. Possibly the worst management in a restaurant in NYC right now.
  21. NC

    NicoleC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In nyc for the summer and this was our favorite restaurant ! Food - amazing. Vibes - amazing. Sit outdoors if possible . Order the burrata for an appetizer for sure. Everything on the menu is great ! This will be top of our list every time we return!
  23. TW

    TylerW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Food was delicious and large portions. However, the restaurant crams the tables together with about 5 inches between table tops. Made for a very uncomfortable dining experience as you can hear every word your dining neighbors said and vice versa. Also caused an overly loud noise level.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious food and great ambiance
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My cousin recommended this restaurant and it has become one of our favorite place we have ever eaten at. From the drinks to the appetizers to the main course, but most of all the service… everything was perfect and it exceeded all our expectations. We cannot wait to come back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends 30th bday! Great time
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love bar primi! Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu
  28. PB

    PaulaB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was good. The only comment is that two people in our party ordered fish but it did not come with a side and the waiter didn't let us know so we could order one. Dessert menu is limited, especially if you want to share it.
  29. P

    Pleasant

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, very helpful and kind staff, lovely atmosphere!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was great. Our server was very attentive and present.
  31. JM

    JoseM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    cool vibes and great service. Menu is also good. Great place for a date or to meet up with friends.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. I recommend the me
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food and ambience
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great spot for anything from a large group or a date night. The ambiance is great and fairly young. The food was amazing and I look forward to going back. Great spot for a dinner out on the patio.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here !
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The garbage sitting outside is the only thing that throws the ambiance off the smell will go back and forth they have to do better with that.
  38. MC

    MaddieC

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I got caught in traffic and the staff was able to accommodate my lateness. Drinks and food came out quick and were amazing. Bar Primi continues to be a go-to to great ambiance, service, and food.
  39. D

    Dine57

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and very good service make for a very enjoyable meal. We were a party of 6 and they all loved the food.
  40. GG

    GianniG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Loved the place and the food. My only observation is that they didn't have an uniform or something which told us the servers were staff, so we didn't know who to waive at as we sat outside. Other than that, green service and atmosphere

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

FAQs

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

Bar Primi is rated 4.7 stars by 1336 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 26 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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