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Prune

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54 E. 1st St., New York, NY 10003 40.723739 -73.989453
nr. First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-677-6221 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, American Traditional
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Critics' Rating: *

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10

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Official Website

prunerestaurant.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.

Prices

$26-$32

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Classic NY
  • Hot Spot
  • Notable Chef
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

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

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