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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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