Last weekend, after a quick 10K to kick off a new season of races, I was more than ready for a brunch full of carbs. We happened to also be hosting our out-of-town friends, which meant that everyone came out of the woodwork to get together for a brunch reunion. More fun people = more fun food to review.
Bar Primi was a great choice for two reasons: its ease in making a reservation for 8, and its brunch pasta. We got there early and took over the bar, ordering mimosas with blood orange juice while we waited. The mimosas are notable because blood orange juice wasn’t on the menu; the bartender offered to go to the basement to see if they had any in the fridge when I asked if they had some more special than OJ. This kind of customer service deserves a shoutout and it didn’t go unnoticed.
The communal table where we were seated was perfect for our large group. An oversized round table is a winner in my book, and Bar Primi was so accommodating of our staggered arrival times and our chatty distractions.
We started with the bomboloni homemade donuts with chocolate dipping sauce for the table because it sounded too good not to. I was expecting doughnut holes and these were massive, which was even better for sharing.
We felt like balancing out the doughnuts with a starter salad, which was serviced with fresh grated Parmesan. It was necessary but plain.
For my main, I ordered the Italian benedict with parma ham, tomato Hollandaise and focaccia. This dish was amazing and I instantly regretted agreeing to share half of it with Paul. It was a generous helping of salty ham which balanced the creamy Hollandaise perfectly.
Tommy ordered “the sandwich” with roast beef, italian peppers and provolone, which looked and tasted like a brunch burger. He said it was delicious.
The breakfast spaghetti with kale, pancetta, and poached egg was a big hit at the table, and was essentially an enhanced carbonara. They offered a gluten-free option for one of our friends (brownie points!) which was just as good. I kept stealing bites! If you’re going to order a breakfast pasta, you must come to Bar Primi and try this.
Adriana ordered the breakfast sandwich with grilled mortadella, scrambled egg, fontina and banana peppers. It was heaping with well-seasoned and perfectly-cooked egg and we loved the presentation and the pan-seared breakfast meat.
We also all shared the breakfast potatoes with peppers and onions which was so insanely good that we then ordered a second. I still don’t get how they were so flavorful and delicious, but this was my favorite part of brunch.
After a heavy breakfast of carbs and many cocktails, we were ready to face the cold again and continue our day with friends. I definitely set the bar high for a new year of brunches in NYC!
The Bitches say: A. I don’t find Italian brunches particularly exciting, but Bar Primi delivered an original, delicious and very filling meal that was perfect for our large group.
Bar Primi serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.