Our third marriage-anniversary experience at Primo (total is actually 37 years!) was very pleasant, with food we felt was excellent and service very good, friendly and helpful. We had an early reservation and actually spent two and a half hours at table, with no hurrying us off until the end when our waitress, understandably considering the lines waiting, made visible the check which we hadn't seen under the dessert cookies. The appetizer of pate was interesting and tasty, if a bit too much a melange of sweet and savory. I liked the duck bolognese which to my taste was adequately seasoned; my husband a special of a veal chop which was the thickest we've ever seen - and as a special not priced so we were a bit taken aback when we got the check (close to $50!). The white sangria for me a very refined version of the usual stuff, without added sugar and just fruits - a nice summer drink! The final sorbets were also excellent, especially the lemoncello flavor.
We are Manhattanites, and while some may take us to be snobs, we are no longer amongst the hoards of young people there who will spend any amount of money on the newer and incredably loud restaurants which are written up in the NY Times. So for us Primo remains a splurge and yes, it is indeed pricy, but at least once a year well worth the reservations! An early evening one might forestall the later noise which we're told can happen on a busy night.
Linda from Greenwich Village
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