Prune

Restaurants, Contemporary American East Village
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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.

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Venue name: Prune
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Address: 54 E 1st St
New York
10003
Cross street: between 1st and 2nd Aves
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 5:30pm - 11pm; Sat, Sun 10am - 3:30pm, 5:30pm - 11pm
Transport: Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course: $24. AmEx, MC, V
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tastemaker

You don't hear about Prune much. And that's a shame, because it's such a reliable option for a multitude of occasions/palettes. Can you take your mom here? Yes. Can you go here with that friend from college who just moved to the city and you reluctantly are obligated to "grab dinner" with? Also yes.


The food is simple, but decadent. The menu borders on French, with maybe 4 options for an entree ( I haven't been for brunch though, which I hear is the real draw). Do you like vegetables? No? What if they were deep fried and served with blue cheese? Now I have your attention.


The best thing about Prune though, is the atmosphere. Go during the warmer months and the front is wide open to the sidewalk. Though I've never lived in the east village, Prune makes you feel like a local (probably because everyone else there is a local).

tastemaker

We came for brunch after hearing about the 11 different kinds of Bloody Mary's and I have to say I was a little disappointed. I asked for bacon in my drink since they have it on the menu and I was told that wasn't possible, but they could do beef jerky instead so I did that, but it wasn't what I wanted - in fact it was totally gross I immediately took it out and didn't touch it again. Maybe the brunch menu was too small for our tastes? The huevos rancheros was good but really the only thing on the menu that looked good (beyond like pancakes and ricotta). My boyfriend got the "egg en cocotte" and it was very strange. I'd be down to try it again, maybe for dinner but I'm conflicted as it wasn't a cheap brunch.