Bar Primi NYC Review

Bar Primi NYC Review

Our Rating

Bar Primi had been on my NY list since it opened and I was excited to try, as I loved Locanda Verde when I went a little while back. Until recently, Bar Primi didn’t take reservations and that made it harder. The potential of a long wait eating into my precious and limited time in NY was a complete turn off, but they recently changed their reservations policy, and my friend Amy scored an 8pm slot. I was really looking forward to catching up with her since she moved from London to NY last year. We used to have great dinners in London when time flew by and suddenly after hours we realized how late it had gotten. I miss that.

The restaurant is split on two levels and the décor is nice, but nothing exceptional. I waited for her for a bit, staring at all the dishes coming from the kitchen that looked amazing.

The menu has apps and pastas mostly, hence the name Bar Primi. There are not many secondi as options and just a daily special. We didn’t care; we were there for the pastas! So, we had to try several…

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What we ate:

Mushroom crostini: this was just ok. The bread tasted a bit stale and plain, and the mushrooms were good but not amazing. I would skip.

Bar Primi NYC Review

Broccoli rabe, bomba calabrese, feta and breadcrumbs: I love broccoli and I probably eat it multiple times per week but this one was overly fancy with too many toppings hiding the beauty of the simple vegetable. Skip.

Bar Primi NYC Review

Squid ink campanelle pasta with crab and chili: the bartender had suggested this as he said it was very unique and different. He was right, the pasta was shaped like mini little calla lilies and tossed in a garlic crema that barely tasted like garlic at all, fresh crab and fresno chilies. The pasta was extremely light, the sauce was innovative and tasty and the slight heat from the chilies made it all special. He was right, a must order.

Bar Primi NYC Review

Fiori di carciofi: Most reviews had raved about this pasta and they were right, it was very unique and something I had never seen before. One long tubular pasta, filled with artichoke puree and served with a delicate sauce with some citrus, smoked bacon and pecorino. It sounds very heavy but it wasn’t actually and the flavours were delicious together. And it was fun to eat this next to the squid ink one as they were completely different and a full plate of one would have been too much, but some of each was perfect.

Bar Primi NYC Review

Bucatini amatriciana: after we finished the two pastas above, we were definitely not hungry anymore but were still curious and had to try one more. We decided to go for a more traditional one, the classic amatriciana, but made with lamb versus guanciale in this case. The bucatini was cooked al-dente and the sauce was very tasty.  A very good amatriciana that almost rivals the one Stewart used to make when we lived in Vegas.

Bar Primi NYC Review

We skipped dessert as they just have classics like tiramisu and gelato and decided to go to Morgenstern’s instead (http://www.morgensternsnyc.com/shop separate review).

In sum: well executed pastas and a cute vibe but for some reason no need to rush back. Il Buco Alimentari around the block has a way more fun vibe but the pastas are not as good. Wish we could combine them………

325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, United States
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Bar Primi NYC Review

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