1578 1ST Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002840.774380 -73.951094
Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Midtown
Great Italian Food – I love this place. Been to Primavera twice and both times we had great food and service. I also like that the owner is always around as well. The place is expensive, but worth it for the the food & service.
If you're reading this, you're on the internet and too young to go... – Seriously, Primavera is lovely, the service is always incredible but the old style dining feel is simply not attractive anymore, nor are the ridiculous prices for average, top of the line Italian. Not that I was paying or anything, I come here often, begrudgingly I may add, with my grandmother, but seriously, $40 for two pieces of thin veal? Hundreds of Italian places in the city could have cooked just as nice a meal for half the price, if not better- with larger portions. Also, the fried zucchini was lousy and the batter was much too thick. All in all, if you're aware enough to go on the world wide web ;) and look at reviews, you're ten years or more too young for Primavera. That, of course, is simply my opinion. I'm one to like ambiance nearly as much as food and service. Quite frankly, old paintings, a worn rug and a dimly lit restaurant with waiters in tuxs' and tables spaced a mile from each other isn't "fun" nor interesting. The service however, is incredible and you always know what you'll be getting at Primavera: great service, a boring evening (unless you have company that is truly amazing), overpriced food, and maybe an old celebrity sighting. Last night Bloomberg, Senator Kerry, and Ray Kelly were all there, secret service detail and all.... most likely discussing Bloomberg's presidential run. Obama '08-- oh I love how I just politicized a food review :)
Amazing food and service – Primavera is one of my favorite Resturantes in New York. I eat here all the time. I tell all my freiends who have never been there that they must go! The beutiful dinning room with it's lush use of wood and soft ligthing makes you feel like you are eating in a park ave living room. The white glove service is the best i have ever seen in New York and the food speaks for it's self, Mouth Watering! Wether with a date or a large party i never felt cramped or over powered by the other dinners. I am looking forward to coming back a soon as i can and sharing my experience with many more of my friends.
Fantastic Service – First time there, they made me feel like a long-time regular. Every person, down to the pepper guy, was extremely nice and charismatic. Perfect atmosphere for the classy experience. Food was expensive, but for once I felt like I got my money's worth, which is another way of saying the food is extraordinary. I frequent Arthur Ave. in the Bronx and the fresh mozzarella at this restaurant (Primavera Antipasto appetizer) was so good it felt like I was eating dessert first.
A Rare Gem! – This has been a favorite in my family for generations! Growing up in NYC, my parents have been taking my sister and I there since we were young girls and the tradition continues more than 25 years later. Nicola, the restaurant's owner and Maitre D, pours his heart and soul into the place, which is easily apparent by the restaurant's consistently excellent food and impeccable service. When you walk in, Nicola greets you with a warm smile, and from that moment on will do everything to ensure your food and service meet your every expectation, however the chef and wait staff need no assistance in these areas as the food and service are of the highest caliber rarely found these days in NYC restaurants. Don't miss this place!!
Touchdown – I am extremely biased toward this place because Joe Montana came over to our table after we sent him a drink. He introduced himself and shook all our hands and thanked us all. He was a perfect gentlmen, just as you would expect the Future Hall of Famer to be. As for the food, it was very good, the sevice was even better and the ambience was terrific.
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