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54 E. 1st St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. First Ave.
By queensgirl on 11/6/2009
Went for my birthday. It's so much smaller than expected, but they do a great job making use of the space and the reservation cycles. It looks like it used to be an actual house but now it's a cute place with a rococo-y vibe. I had the monkfish liver special and it tasted like foie gras, but lighter. The striped bass and bronzino whole fish were great. Waitress described the bronzino as interactive because you had to cut through the skin and bones but the filling really made it. Even the crackers they give you at the beginning were good. Everything matched the feeling of the place - the flavors and decorations all worked together.
Mark Bittman Was Right - Bravo!
By Cleysie on 12/3/2008
My boyfriend surprised me with dinner here after we saw Bittman interview Chef Gabrielle Hamilton months ago on some PBS program. When my birthday came around he remembered, and it was far beyond what we even expected it would be. Chef Hamilton's food is deceivingly complex in light of such simple ingredients, which made for a refreshingly un-fussy dining experience that was exquisitely decadent and sophisticated at the same time. The bone marrow was an experience in itself, and the lamb shoulder melted away in juiciness. Prawns were wonderful, served the right way with heads on - and you better take advantage! Our server was very attentive and as enthusiastic as we were. Overall, one of the most impressive and thoroughly fulfilling dining experiences in New York City.
By ekb on 6/14/2004
This is one of the best restaurants in New York. The brunch is unbelievable. They have simply the best bloody mary's around. The service is friendly and laid back. Be prepared for a wait if you don't get there before 11 but it's worth it! Everything on the menu is fabulous. Eggs, sausage, granola, carbonara...delicious! The pancake is huge, fluffy and so tasty. I have also had dinner there and I had a steak that was so tender and so flavorful I just couldn't believe my tastbuds. I cannot get enough of this place. Worth every penny.
I can't get enough
By emilyomlette on 10/21/2003
Whenever I want to go out to dinner (and now brunch)... I always end up at Prune. The staff really cares about the food, and it shows. It is the perfect place to go with not too many people (unless you sit at the big table downstairs), who are fun eaters and who want something different. My favorite is the figs, pistacchio and ham bar snack, the ribeye and the chocolate cake. All the vegetables I have eaten are cooked perfectly. You cant go wrong at Prune if you know how to order. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED> If you dont like it, youve got a problem.
By upstatebruce on 4/5/2010
My wife and I went here for our anniversary. Weather was terrible, but we got right in( reservations of course). It is small and can get noisy and you better like your fellow diners, but food was great! I had the monkfish liver appetizer and the seared duck entree. Both were great and our server suggested a great wine to accompany it. It was well worth the trip!
Cute but busy
By krodster on 5/28/2009
Went for brunch on a Saturday during a holiday weekend. The wait was about 45min so we stopped a tea shop down the street to wait. Totally worth it! The food was superb and mimosas were killer (fresh squeezed orange juice!). It's a little crowded and you need to be squeezed into your table, but the food certainly makes up for it. and despite the wait they don't rush you out if you're a slow eater, which is a comfort (though probably not for the people waiting)
Worth the wait!
By chevynova1962 on 5/10/2009
I sat at the bar and was treated to a great brunch. Chef owner Gabrielle Hamilton presents with an eclectic menu of childhood favorites and new cusine. Try the coddled eggs with chicken, it was sublime, the garlic lamb sausage was off the charts and the thick country toast divine. Yes it is cramped and noisy, but it's full of energy too, talk to someone! This is a hipster crowd, mid twenties to mid forties, make a friend. Get there before 11:00 AM, but if you don't then it's definately worth the wait. Enjoy!
Good Food Excellent Staff
By benned on 2/23/2008
I went to Prune last friday night with my girlfriend. We didn't have reservations. Our coats were taken and we ordered two excellent whiskey sours from the most pleasant bartender I have encountered. We were quickly seated at a table and began ordering. Pork belly, salted onions with bread, yams, stewed chestnuts, mussels, everything has been carefully considered and produced in a way that maximizes delicious fat content. It was crowded, but everyone was good natured, and our waitress never rushed us, as we took our sweet time eating our way through 4 or 5 sticks of butter. Dessert was good, and our waitress treated us to a dessert wine on the house. Its rare that I eat at home, but rarer still that I'm impressed with a restaurant. Prune was a real treat.
Best single dish in NY
By jbfshn on 11/26/2006
This restaurant is really a gem. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is warm and inviting and the menu is always stellar. Seriously - the pasta kerchief is the best single dish in ny. It's poached egg, serrano ham, spinach and pasta with brown butter and pine nuts. UNREAL!! Go just for this dish.
By R_L on 11/6/2008
Can't understand the negative reviews found at this site for this restaurant gem. What's the problem with butter and pork fat? Granted, one must know what to order, but the sweetbreads and bone-marrow are, perhaps, the best in town. I often go for an 'entree' of either, and they make an exquisite evening with just the addition of wine to the order. When in an adventurous mood, I've rarely been dissatisfied with other things ordered, except that I find their summer menu less satisfying. Also, great bar with great caihparinas (sp?)
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