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Bar Primi

325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003 40.725646 -73.991812
at 2nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-220-9100 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$

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Mon.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-midnight; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

Nearby Subway Stops

B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Bleecker St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Full Bar


Not Accepted


Andrew Carmellini’s casual pasta shop is a total crowd-pleaser: Who’s going to find fault with dishes like ricotta ravioli, orecchiette with sausage, and stuffed meatballs? This restaurant, housed in the former Peels space right on the Bowery, is significantly more affordable than Carmellini’s other restaurants, too. The cooking isn’t overly ambitious, but that’s what makes Bar Primi fun and satisfying. It’s kind of a scene, but aren’t all his restaurants? The seasonal grilled local asparagus with egg and gremolata is a nice way to start the carb-heavy meal—and the light seafood antipasto comes filled with squid, mussels, scallops, and the works. There are a dozen or so pastas on the menu—some traditional, some seasonal—and it’s hard to order poorly. But if you’re looking for something more unusual, try the fiore di carciofi: noodles filled with artichoke and topped with smoked bacon and Pecorino. Whatever you do, save room for the tiramisu—a divisive dessert that’s made perfectly here, thanks to chef Sal Lamboglia’s family recipe. And if you show up and it’s packed (which is likely), don’t sweat it: It’s even more fun to sit at the bar upstairs.


Reservations are only accepted for parties of six or more.

Recommended Dishes

Zuppa di pesce (Fridays only), $25; spaghetti clams casino, $19

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