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.
B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Bleecker St.
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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.Note
Reservations are only accepted for parties of six or more.Recommended Dishes
Zuppa di pesce (Fridays only), $25; spaghetti clams casino, $19