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Bar Primi

4.7
4.7
1296 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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Booked 49 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

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What 1,296 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. 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

  2. KR

    KatherineR

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The food was very salty overall and not very hot. Staff was great and I always love the ambiance.

  3. CM

    CynthiaM

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    had a nice brunch at Bar Primi, good food and good service. Sat upstairs which was a lovely spot. They have a few tables outside as well.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and fun ambiance!!!

  5. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great Italian restaurant. Great date spot. Will come back

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    The food was delicious but the service was horrible. Our waiter forgot about us and it took forever.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Love this place but the noise level upstairs is just too much. Could not hear across the table and we all had to keep repeating ourselves. Disappointing because this would be my go-to otherwise. Good service, good ambiance, great brussel sprouts!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favorite spot! Food is delicious and their Brussels are the best!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience. Above and beyond!

  10. MF

    MichaelF

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Service was fantastic, the sauce on pastas we ordered skewed to the sweeter side but were still tasty. Appetizers were delicious - the Brussels sprouts are a must!

  11. J

    Jill2889

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Service was a little slow as the restaurant was busy, and drinks came much later than expected, but otherwise the food was exceptionally good and we had a great time!

  12. C

    Chuckk

    New York Area

    108 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    A definite NYU student crowd. We had everybody lapped agewise. We had a booth downstairs, seats need some help. Good bloodies, pasta a la Norma was outstanding. Might want to think about heating the pre meal bread.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing apps and pasta! Definitely recommend.

  14. D

    Deirdre

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and a great value for the price. Definitely will be back!

  15. KR

    KariR

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great, especially the 4 clove garlic pasta!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday- definitely fun!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4

    They took a hour to seat us despite our reservation. Good food tho

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great environment

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food loved it

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Such a cool place but was let down by the food and supposedly ordered their most popular pasta dishes. We would still go back for the atmosphere and the service

  21. KS

    KS18

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was delicious, but waited 30 min to be seated even with a reservation. Very crowded and noisy so it was hard to have a conversation. I would go again, but different day/time.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Extremely busy, very slow see

  23. A

    Amit

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Been to Bar Primi for business meals and casual get togethers alike. Completely dependable for delicious food and drink and excellent service.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall1food4service1ambience4

    Unfortunately we were here for a milestone birthday. Had planned to order martinis, dinner, a bottle of wine and dessert.. after our waitress took our order we never saw her again.. we finished our drinks as the appetizer came. And sat with no service and empty drinks until we finished our entrees. We had to ask multiple people walking around if they could find our server. Someone finally came by and said our server left for the night? Sad that this was supposed to be a special night. :/

  25. J

    Johnnyyyyyyy

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great as always! Been here many times and I always leave talking about how great everything was Thank you , I’ll see you next year !

  26. b

    buzzylunch

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Strong food as always, good vibe.

  27. SK

    SrutiK

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Very loud. Food and drink are good. But it is a very busy and small restaurant.

  28. KA

    KathyA

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Fun atmosphere and excellent service

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Favorite spot in New York!

  30. SZ

    StephZ

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Amazing food and wine.

  31. J

    Johnnyyyyyyy

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome! Will be back soon

  32. CC

    CC10580

    New York Area

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    While I was unable to attend, my friends enjoyed a fun lunch outside (with heaters) before attending an event at the Sheen Center.

  33. BM

    BillM

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant, lovely atmosphere, service was excellent food was good. I highly recommend!

  34. g

    gfm124

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience at Bar Primi - food was fantastic, service was excellent, I am still thinking about the breakfast pasta!

  35. JJ

    JamesJ

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible service and food

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Favourite restaurant we went to on our New York girls trip. It was loud but we liked that, it added to the great environment. The ambiance was beautiful, the food was 10/10. The rice ball appetizer is a must, and all of the pasta we tried was unreal.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was fabulous.

  38. C

    Cesar

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    So good. All the pastas are delicious. The steak is awesome too. Will come back.

  39. LY

    LisaY

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Found the tables on the main floor to be quite crammed in. The server knocked over an entire beer on my husband. He said he didn’t want another one but was brought one any way by another server and after a bit of back of forth of saying that he didn’t want the beer - it was left with us. They did give us a complementary dessert but charged us for the beers (1st one drank, 2nd one spilt and 3rd unwanted replacement- paid for 2).

  40. D

    Duc9

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    It's good. Meets expectations. I would recommend to people that want a solid Italian dining experience that isn't over priced.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

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Bar Primi is rated 4.7 stars by 1296 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

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Booked 49 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • 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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