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TollFree: (800) 778-7879

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, diners club, master card, visa
Price Range
Upper Manhattan, Upper East Side

Primola Restaurant

Italian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Coffee & Espresso Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, Coffee House, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 

WIthout doubts, this is the BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT in New York... The food is AMAZING!!!! The wine list is excellent and the service is the best I had in New York ever.
If you want to eat Italian food, don't think in another place but Primola



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nastiest Maitre'd/Owner in NYC

If you don't eat at the speed of lightning, you'll incur the wrath of the maitre'd/owner of this over rated joint.
Last night my friend and I were told not to come back because we didn't relinquish our table fast enough. The food came at lightning speed and resulted in a rushed unpleasant experience. We ordered wine, were harrassed into ordering dinner immediately, and then everything arrived at breakneck speed--faster than any civilized person could eat. The maitre'd/owner glared at us every time he passed by, probably because we are not regulars (nor will we ever be.) We could hear him tell our waiter if we didn't order coffee to give us our check and get us out of there. To add insult to injury, once we did get the check, our Amex was misplaced and the owner became even more insane because we were still sitting there waiting for a receipt when he thought we should have been out the door. It was a major task to find someone to retrieve my coat. As we were leaving, the monster'd reminded us to ""never come back."" We told him he had no worries--there are other places to spend $200 for dinner: places were the food is delicious and the service divine.



Provided by Citysearch - 
avoid this establishment bad service bland & tastless food

Even with reservations, waited one hour at bar. Even though reminding owner that we had reservations every 15 minutes, finally we were finally we were seated at a table next to kitchen entrance, where we were able to listen to owner scream and curse at waiters. Ordered one of daily specials found it to be bland and tasteless sent it back asked for check,paid it and walked out . To many good italian restaurants with friendly staff to take abuse by this establishment. Stay away from this establishment unless your went to school with the owner.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Italian On the UES

This little Italian joint keeps it real. They know how to treat their customers. It seems very genuine and close knit, and they have loyal customes. Last time we were there Tony Bennett was sitting next to us! I like how when you first sit down they bring you s couple little appetizers without you having to order them. A couple pieces of bruschetta, some olive, etc. I feel like i just got to my parents house and they're saying to me ""EHhhhh sit down, you look HUNGRY! "" The food is consistently good there, so while its a little on the pricey side i don't mide so much because I know I'm leaving happy. Plus if you go in there often and they get to know you you get treated like family. You always get cookies at the end too.



Provided by Citysearch - 
They have some of the best italian food especially their pasta dishes.

The only drawback is that it is not a big restaurant and on a busy night it can get a little crowded at the bar and noisey.



Provided by Citysearch - 

If you are not a regular, a MAN, or are not prepared tot overtip the maitre d, be preprared to be treated badly and pushed out the door fast because they need the table, so they can make room for their power diners.....Overrated food and very average atmosphere, too noisy, overpriced, and cramped. There are so many better Italians on the east side.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Consistant Italian

Primola is everything the upper East side wants: good Italian food, with a variety of options, service and prices to match. The food is not exceptional but it is consistantly good, making it a popular neighborhood spot. Go easy on the breadsticks, they are addicting.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Finally great Northern Italian Food!!!

I was searching citysearch when i came across this restaurant...i had a wonderful time there!!! I had been searching for a great northern Italian Restaurant---there aren't that many---believe me!! Food was delicious!! It looks like I'll be a regular soon!!! Staff was very polite and sweet!!