With a view of their open kitchen, diners are seated at bar-height stone-topped tables in the cozy brick-walled dining area. Although the space is small Prima is ideal for group dining due to the nature of their raw bar and appetizer choices. Similar to a steakhouse, Prima allows diners to customize their entrees by choosing a protein (fish, scallops), a sauce (pesto, tartar, etc.), and a side vegetable (sautéed wild mushrooms, garlic spinach, etc.). All of the seafood on Prima’s menu is based on seasonal availability, is all sustainably caught, and you’ll only find seafood that is not found on the endangered species list. Not only does Prima open before most of us have to be to work, let you call the shots for your dinner while using only environmentally friendly fishing practices, they also have an amazing Happy Hour, daily from 5‑7 p.m. Their Happy Hour specials include two for one cocktails and two for one oysters.
The food at Prima is absolutely delicious, platted beautifully, straightforward and simply prepared. If you’re in the mood for some small plate sea snacks, here are our suggestions:
From the raw bar: Blue Point Oysters and Malpeques Oysters on the half-shell, both of which were salty, briny, and everything a good oyster should be and the Bay Scallops topped with Orleans mustard and kumquat dressing were great choices for those who love raw seafood.
From the appetizer section: a must try is the perfectly fried Crab Cake with radish, pickles, and tartar sauce. Even those who do not typically eat octopus agree that the Octopus with aromatic oil, niçoise olives, feta, and preserved lemons is mandatory for anyone eating dinner at Prima.
Prima only has a dessert menu with two items making it incredibly hard to choose between the two. Have both, you won’t regret it. The light and fluffy Mille-Feuille is a layered dessert, similar to a Neapolitan, made with two types of vanilla pastry cream and strawberry jam. The creamy and airy Chocolate Mousse dessert is infused with Ninth Street Espresso and paired with crème anglaise and maple syrup to be used as dipping sauce.
This weekend, Prima will debut their brunch menu with dishes such as Crab Cake Eggs Benedict served on an English muffin, Almond Pancakes with caramelized banana rum sauce, and other brunch items. Prima will be serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30‑ 4 p.m.