Tiny, well-lit Prune is still as popular as it was the day it opened. Gabrielle Hamilton’s French mother developed this fearless chef’s palate early on: Expect creative dishes like Manila clams with hominy and smoked paprika butter, and roasted suckling pig with pickled tomatoes, black-eyed-pea salad and chipotle mayo. This is the area’s go-to brunch spot, so beware: The wait for a table can stretch over an hour.
54 E 1st St
|Cross street:||between First and Second Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11:30am–3pm, 6–11pm; Fri 11:30am–3pm, 6pm–midnight; Sat 10am–3:30pm, 6pm–midnight; Sun 10am–3:30pm, 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $24. AmEx, MC, V|