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54 E. 1st St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. First Ave.
Unbelievably BAD experience
By seabound2 on 12/27/2008
2 weeks in advance reservations. Showed up AFTER they confirmed my reservation only to find out they totally screwed it up. They had me and my wife down for a 6:15pm reservation. Who on earth eats dinner at a restaurant like this at 6:15p? NO ONE. They seated us with SEVERE attitude - like we will seat you but were knocking someone else off the list. Hey sorry, but your restaurant had 8 tables empty at 7:45pm on a Saturday night. Get a clue, Gabrielle - times are tough - you should appreciate someone going out of their way to eat at your restaurant. Perhaps you should reconsider who you should have to represent your business when you walk in. There is like 2000 restaurants in NYC to choose from, who needs this kind of attitude from a place that isn't even new enough to warrant a honeymoon?
Not worth it
By Mia322 on 3/16/2009
This place was such a disappointment. The food is not good and not enough. I went with three other people, normal size people, and we were all starving when we left the place. I ordered the chicken, which was supposed to be half a small chicken. This wasnt a small chicken it was half a thigh of a small chicken. The dinner menu is limited. The food doesn't have much flavor. The waitresses aren't the nicest and there are too many of them. The price is through the roof. The one good thing they have there is the ice tea, other than that save your money and go somewhere else.
Don't even bother
By DavidW on 2/28/2007
The food, as it is (smothered in butter, kosher salt and/or brown sugar) is OK for what it is; and if you like your fish livers and black puddings, you'll get nice small serves here. What really irks is the strong impression this place leaves that they are really more interested in your wallet than your stomach - very pushy waiters ("you'll need more sides", "chef wants you to have an appetizer", and "do ya want another drink, do ya, do ya?!") don't help, and the anxiousness to get you out the door is palpable. Thoroughly unenjoyable; and unbelievably I ended up going twice in a week and had the same experience both times.
By Cucina on 12/18/2004
After hearing and reading wonderful reviews about Prune I was eager to go. I finally went for a very special occasion. The staff was exceptionally helpful and accomodating. The food, however, was a HUGE diappointment. The shrimp toast appetizer was fine- nothing spectacular. The entree of braised beef short ribs was Dry Tough and Overcooked. Very little meat and very overpriced. (Exception- Desserts are very good.)
wait and wait, for what?
By brunchInNYC on 6/3/2012
Our wait for the table I understand, but we waited good half an hour after placing our brunch order (that takes less than 5 minutes at other diners nearby). It turns out our server forgot us, in that tiny room with barely 20 tables. All that waiting emptied our coffee cups so we asked for refill and was told about surcharge. It wasn't an espresso drink or anything. Really?
Good, but not unbelievably good
By newyorker on 4/27/2004
The appetizers are the best part --try the Monkfish liver. Everything is completed soaked in butter which I think is slightly unecessary. The mains are odd - there are no sides served with your dish which I think is cheap. If your order the lamb, you will just get lamb without any sides. The service is spotty and even if you have a reservation, expect to wait. Go on a weeknight. The wines by the glass are mediocre and overpriced. Desserts are so-so.
By lmgoodma on 2/19/2008
My boyfriend and I had heard so many good things about Prune that we went in prepared to dismiss all the negative reviews on this site and others. Unfortunately, we should have paid more attention. With the exception of my grilled branzino (which I have to admit I found delicious), everything we ordered was bland bland bland. I don't really know how it's possible to make sweetbreads, bone barrow, braised pork and vegetables flavorless, but somehow the chefs at Prune managed. Nothing was bad per se, it just simply had little to no flavor. I will say that I disagree with the service criticisms made by previous reviewers -- we had excellent service from the moment we walked in until the moment we left. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as service that's good enough to overcome mediocre (or worse) food.
By hilbo19 on 12/14/2008
Our brunch at Prune was truly lovely; the spiced chickpeas and huevos rancheros totally hit the spot as did the awesome bloody marys mixed up by the super friendly bartender. The extensive bloody mary menu itself is a one-of-a-kind gem and the little decorative touches throughout the restaurant--the smoked mirrors, elaborately gilded gold doorknobs--were reminiscent of a favorite hipster aunt's house. Would definitely return-
Worth the wait?
By WhitneyB on 3/4/2009
My trip to Prune last weekend for brunch had its ups and downs. Due to its small size, we were not surprised to have to wait for a table. After waiting for about 30 or 45 minutes, we finally were seated. The space itself is very cute and cozy from the outside, but inside it definitely feels a bit cramped. Our server was not exactly the most attentive, but it was understandable based on how busy it was. The food, however, was Prune's redeeming factor. I had a hard time deciding from the unique and tasty sounding menu items. I ultimately picked the pancake, which was unlike any other pancake I'd ever had before. It was baked in the oven which made it thick and delicious. My friends had the eggs benedict and Monte Cristo which they also seemed to enjoy. So, even though the food was good, I think I would only go back for lunch or at a time that wasn't quite so busy.
Nice first Autumn Saturday Brunch
By alentejo on 9/25/2010
Huevos rancheros were great if you do not mind rubbing elbows with strangers on both sides. Nearly no wait time. Food good, efficient service but fake freshly squeeze juices. Coffee more than decent.
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