Bar Primi

BAR PRIMI

Specialty Pasta Bar on Bowery Street ”Bar Primi”

 

 

Bar Primi    325 Bowery (b/t Great Jones St & 3rd St) NYC 

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥ ♥♥♥
♥♥♥1/2
$$$

Bar Primi opened last month on the corner of Bowery and Bond Streets. The location is the former space of Peels. The chefs are Andrew Carmellini from Lafayette and Locanda Verde and Sal Lamboglia working on their team is Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard. My girl, Ryo a.k.a boss lady at Pinkyotto, and I patrolled here on a Saturday night around 9:30pm. We both live across the street from here, so we decided to just do a walk-in. (Not that we had much of a choice. They don’t take reservations for parties under six.) However, we were lucky to get a table upstairs.
I remembered former tenant Peels’ space well and I noticed they did not renovate much. The only major difference that I saw was the outside awning used to be all white and now it’s red. This means if you used to like Peels’ decor, don’t worry, Bar Primi is just as cute *\(^_^)/*
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  Cutie Room (me) *\(^_^)/* Pinkytto (Ryo)

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Spaghetti – clams casino $19 ♥♥♥
Now let’s talk about food! This place specializes in pasta. Every day they have one special entree, but otherwise they only serve appetizers along with many choices of pastas. We ordered three pastas and two appetizers. The pasta portions were a little smaller than expected so two pasta dishes did not fill up two hungry girls. We ended up adding one more pasta later. All three pasta dishes were good, but nothing special. Don’t forget the price point is around $19 so you can not expect sea urchin or truffle pasta.
I had a great time chatting it up with Ryo and patrolling this new neighborhood place for sure. I just don’t think I’ll be coming back here anytime soon. It would be nice if they served a menu with more unique and special pastas. I don’t mind paying $28 for pasta as long as it’s amazing. I will go back if the menu changes sometime in the near future.

IMG_8634Orecchiette – sausage, broccoli rabe, chickpea $16 ♥♥♥

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Seafood Antipasto $12 ♥♥♥ & Grilled Local Asparagus – boiled egg, gremolata $10 ♥♥♥

breakfast spaghetti kale, pancetta, poached egg $16

strozzapreti ragu alla bolognese, ricotta $18

IMG_8268Pappardelle – spring mushroom, marsala $19 ♥♥♥

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Aria Wine Bar

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The ambiance is quite loud and crowded. This means it may not be the place for date night, but I definitely recommend it for a girls’ get-together!! The place itself is small with a cute atmosphere. I’m sure it depends on the day of the week, but my first and last visits here were SuPa busy. The menu is reasonable and shockingly all very tasty, too. Probably one of the best $9 beef carpaccio I have ever had in NY. (My favorite Carpaccio is still at Bar Pitti in Greenwich Village. Recently I had amazing Veal Carpaccio at Minetta Tavern, too.) I was here with myTabelog teammates, Kenta a.k.a Lord of the Forks, and my boss, Shouhei, from Japan. We enjoyed catching up and sharing the tapas plates together. They don’t take reservations for parties under six people so it can be a bit hard to make a plan to come here. This time we walked right in and were lucky that we didn’t have to wait. We sat at a long community table with other groups, most of which were girls. In fact, the crowd was 90% girls. Girls always know cute, yummy and reasonable places in city *\(^_^)/*

 

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥ ♥♥♥  $$$

 

Me & Tabelog Japan teammate

Beef carpaccio with arugula $9 ♥♥♥1/2

Datteri E Gorgonzola gorgonzola stuffed dates wrapped in speck $9 ♥♥♥

Fettuccine Ai Funghi wild mushrooms & truffle oil $12 ♥♥♥

Calamari In Umido stewed calamari, capers, olives, tomato sauce $9 ♥♥♥

PappardelleOssobuco Pasta – Slow stewed veal ossobuco sauce $12 ♥♥♥

Prosciutto Di San Daniele $7