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Bar Primi for the Win!

After another productive day with my team at work, we headed over to the East side to relax over a delicious Italian dinner, family style! I've heard wonderful things about Bar Primi and this was my chance to check it out! This space was previously occupied by Peels, a restaurant I visited once given its close location to NYU and yummy food. Well, I can say with confidence that the food here far exceeds its previous resident. NOM DOT COM.

Lynnette, my cocktail spirit animal, arrived there before us. She magically waited for us on the corner, just like out of a movie. 

  The entrance and Lynnette waiting on the corner

The entrance and Lynnette waiting on the corner

  Table Set-Up

Table Set-Up

We sat outdoors which can always be a mixed bag (we had a very lively man on the sidewalk that was drunk and yelling expletives...didn't order that appetizer!) There aren't many Diageo brands at this bar (moment of opportunity!), so we got the Lambrusco (a lovely Italian wine) Sangria. 

  Glass for the House Sangria BEFORE the magical liquid is poured in

Glass for the House Sangria BEFORE the magical liquid is poured in

  Sip sip

Sip sip

For our starters, we got the prosciutto with melon, ricotta bruschetta, stuffed meatballs and mussels calabrese. Out of these four, my favorites were the melon (I love the contrast of sweet and salty) and stuffed meatballs (the sauce was so yummy!).

  Prosciutto with Melon

Prosciutto with Melon

  Ricotta Bruschetta 

Ricotta Bruschetta 

  Stuffed Meatballs

Stuffed Meatballs

  Mussels Calabrese 

Mussels Calabrese 

We also got three pastas to share, the bucatini with lamb amatriciana, orecchiette with sausage, broccoli rabe and chickpea, and fiore di carciofi with smoked bacon and pecorino. I loved ALL of them! The Fiore was very unique - it is a rolled pasta presented like a spiral. I've never had this pasta type and loved it!

  Bucatini with Lamb Amatriciana

Bucatini with Lamb Amatriciana

  Orecchiette with sausage, broccoli rabe and chickpea

Orecchiette with sausage, broccoli rabe and chickpea

  Fiore di Carciofi with smoked bacon and pecorino 

Fiore di Carciofi with smoked bacon and pecorino 

To fuel us for the rest of the evening, I got some caffeine! A nice cappuccino is a great way to re-energize for the night. 

  Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Make sure to give this spot a visit - bring a group of friends so you can sample a lot of dishes. This is the best way to experience Bar Primi!

Cheers,

Liz