58 E. 1st St.
New York, NY 10003

Liz Barclay


  • Sun-Wed 8am-1am, Thu-Sat 8am-2am
This low-key café serving expert coffee by Ninth Street Espresso transforms into a classic French seafood bar in the evening, with great cocktails and a two-for-on on oysters during happy hour. Prima offers comfortable communal seating, with tall, spindly chairs set around eight marble-topped tables. French chef David Malbequi excels at simply cooked fish, along with a small menu of dishes like steamed mussels in a broth of cream and roughly chopped parsley, or poached octopus salad in a spiced vinaigrette. For dessert, go with his rendition of the classic mille feuille, crisp pastry and cold vanilla-scented cream.

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