Nearby Subway Stops
4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
- Business Lunch
- Private Dining/Party Space
- Full Bar
This venue is closed.
Since 1978, Upper East Siders have celebrated birthdays and other milestones inside the classic confines of Italian institution Primavera. The masculine interior is almost den-like, with wood paneling on the walls, ceilings, and square interior columns. Balancing feminine touches are minimal, limited to little more than rose motifs on frosted glass and intertwined morning glories on the tableware. The overall effect is cozy, the warm wood infusing the dimly lit room with an amber glow. Food is prepared in a classic Mediterranean style that privileges the quality of the ingredients over complexity of preparation. Linguini with clam sauce joins a host of pastas, the clams huge and fresh, served in a subtle sauce that emphasizes broth and olive oil over wine, with parsley flakes dusted on top. Fish, fowl, and beef make the second plate cut, with refrains of Mediterranean staples like garlic, olives, rosemary, and wine. At dessert, the tiramisu isn't shy with its mascarpone, the soft cheese in large creamy pockets above a small layer of brandy-soaked ladyfingers. Prices are steep, but that's part of what separates special occasions from ordinary meals.Recommended Dishes
Cold antipasti, $16.50; linguine with clam sauce, $26.50; costolette di agnello al balsamico, $39.50; tiramisu, $10.50
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