Pranna (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Pan-Asian Midtown
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Pranna (CLOSED)
Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Step into Pranna for the first time and you may wonder whether you’re in a clubby cocktail lounge or a Southeast Asian restaurant. It’s hard to tell: Most of the sleek venue’s generous square footage is devoted to bar areas where patrons linger over small plates and exotic mixed drinks. Beat-heavy music permeates the space; unfortunately, it also floods the back dining room, so that eating a full meal there means enduring thudding bass with every bite.

The food—from co-chefs Chai Trivedi and Gavin Portsmouth—isn’t good enough for that. A tasting of satays was one of the better options, featuring grilled skewers of massive, bacon-wrapped prawns, garam masala--marinated swordfish cubes, slightly bland lamb meatballs and nicely crisped hunks of fatty pork belly.

Entres were less enticing. Flat-tasting steamed halibut in warm lobster broth came topped with a conflicting cold crawfish salad. Roasted duck breast was another disjointed dish: The poultry was sliced and layered on lemongrass-and-cumin-accented rice, accompanied by a bowl of vegetable curry and a non sequitur shot of cloyingly sweet passion-fruit lassi—the various elements failed to jell. While a cocoa-nib souffl made better use of the shot-glass concept (this time it was filled with a fragrant cream of cardamom and Frangelico), the house sundae—recommended by a manager via a goofy “I see a sundae in your future” line—was a poor excuse for the classic dessert; blobs of tamarind sauce and poached mango sat below (rather than atop) the four scoops, a bizarre inversion that made it difficult to mix the various components. We would have been happier to skip it, and escape the head-splitting racket a little sooner.

By: Time Out New York editors


Venue name: Pranna (CLOSED)
Address: 79 Madison Ave
New York

Cross street: at 28th St
Opening hours: Dining room: Mon–Sat 5:30pm–midnight. Satay lounge: Mon–Wed 4pm–midnight; Thu 4pm–2am; Fri, Sat 4pm–4am
Transport: Subway: 6 to 28th St
Price: Average main course: $24. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Bruno T

I went to Pranna with some girlfriends for a night out after a late night at work on Friday, and it was a blast! I wasnt planning on going out but one of my friends said she knew a promoter, so we called him and he got us some really great deals on drinks. It was a really fun time especially after a crazy day at work. If you want to go out, I suggest hitting this guy up. Indi Romero from joonbug. Look him up on facebook or call him at 212-255-4223!

vincent A

Really nice place where you can enjoy some really good cocktails and taste asian food. I went there with a promoter called Indi Romero, so we didnt have to spend even one dollar and he got us everything we asked for free! You should contact him on his facebook if you wanna have a great time in this place but he also works in many others top venues of the city!

Seth R

If I could give zero stars I absolutely would. The worse experience of my life. I spend 100's of thousand of dollars a year going out and this by far was insane.

We had a table for brunch and some rather large women were dancing on a table and fell and destroyed our table and a new bottle of grey goose and more. All clothing, shoes, cell phones and more were damaged. 

Management wanted to buy us 2 drinks? Really? I spent $900.00 between brunch and a bottle. No concept of customer service. I will give them 24 hours to contact me. If not my attorney, the SLA, and DOI, DCA, BBB are all going to be contacted with full complaints along with certain litigation for any damages. 

I will NOT let this go. No way in hell. This is absurd. I gave you a chance to resolve and you did not. 


*** UPDATE ***
I was contacted by management who gave a story that was not true in regards to allegedly offering compensation when the incident occurred. 

Now 24 hours later they offered a refund on my bottle service ONLY if I removed negative remarks from social media. That is considered bribery and conversion. 

Good luck Pranna you certainly did not make the right decision and I gave you plenty time to do so.