Prima (CLOSED)

Restaurants, American East Village
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Prima (CLOSED)
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Eggs benedict at Prima

A crew of East Village culinary aces teamed up for this all-day café-bar: Motorino’s Mathieu Palombino heads up the kitchen, Ninth Street Espresso’s Ken Nye sees to the java, and the Summit Bar’s Greg Seider slings drinks, with his partner Hamid Rashidzada overseeing operations. During daytime hours, diners can linger over a cup of joe and a pastry or sandwich at one of the steel-and-marble tables. Come evening, sip on updated classics like a bourbon-amaro old-fashioned at the dark-wood bar, and choose from a seafood-focused menu that recalls Palombino’s days as chef de cuisine at BLT Fish. The tight bill of fare highlights local, sustainable catches in dishes like pan-seared hake or scallops, all offered with your choice of sauce (such as pesto, buttermilk tartar, or tomato and olive oil).


Venue name: Prima (CLOSED)
Address: 58 E 1st St
New York

Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 8am–1am; Thu–Sat 8am–2am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V
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Came back here yesterday after crossing it off my list on first visit months ago, due to similar bad experience as described in Phoebe's rev. Then last night a friend had reserved here, so I found myself at their marble tables again.... Luckily. :-) The food was even better than I remembered it, and the person who took care of us this time was nice and friendly, doing all his best to give us a great dinner time despite latecomers and several water spills…(sorryy). :-) Five stars! Out of happiness for a gorgeous dinner, really great food, and a very well used second chance! Will return.