Mon-Fri, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm
F at Second Ave.
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Gabrielle Hamilton’s 15-year-old restaurant has earned its place among New York’s all-time classics, and for good reason: The food remains delicious and ambitious, and there’s a no-nonsense vibe that reflects Hamilton’s sense of confidence. Gluten-free, vegan, Paleo any picky eaters should stay away, as this restaurant doesn’t pander to the special requests of guests. While brunch draws a heavy tourist group (there are 11 variations of Bloody Marys), at night, the dining room is frequented by regulars who understand that triscuits and sardines are a Prune specialty. It’s an equally appropriate setting for a girl’s night out, a dinner with parents, or a first date. In 2014, Hamilton changed her menu a bit after finishing her cookbook, adding dishes like grilled pigeon with warm-parsley dressing and a kerchief pasta with French ham, a poached egg, and toasted pine nuts. But all meals should start with the fried sweetbreads, adorned with bacon and capers, which can turn convert even the sweetbread-adverse. It’s easy to play it safe here Brussels sprouts and cauliflower in anchovy sauce, whole grilled fish, radishes with sweet butter but it pays to order something more adventurous. And don’t skip dessert: Hamilton proves that sometimes the simplest sweets are the best like bread topped with dark chocolate and olive oil. There’s a reason this restaurant has a cult following, especially among women, as it feels like a true New York treasure.Extra
Prune does not take reservations for weekend brunch.Recommended Dishes
Fried sweetbreads, $17; bread and chocolate, $7