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Posted by nikki on 05/03/2013
2.5 stars for food: It was beautifully presented, landed cold, and tasted salty but bland. Among the 5 of us, we ordered the radishes and butter, ocean snails, marrow bones, lamb chop, whole white fish, chicken and fried grape leaves. For dessert, we had an alternative version of the chocolate mousse and baked rhubarb. The sauce for the ocean snails was really good and the butter and radishes were tasty. You won't walk away hungry, but you'll be disappointed at the main dishes, like you'll probably be thinking, "If I wanted to cook tonight, I could probably make a better meal." There doesn't have to be a million ingredients for a dish to be exciting and flavorful, but there was simply a lack of flavor. Nothing popped. 3 stars for atmosphere: We were a large party so we sat at the table downstairs, away from any other diners. Our party was our own atmosphere and had nothing to do with the restaurant (that would be an added 2 stars). 2 for value: For something that tastes so uninteresting, did the snails, fish, chicken, lamb that we ordered have an interesting backstory? Were they at least wild, free range, grass fed or organic? If I'm paying $17 for an appetizer and $26-$30 for an entree, what am I getting for it? Because certainly it's not flavor. 2 for service: Mid meal I had a glass of water spilled on my lap, knickers soaked. Fortunately it was just water and it was not cold outside. At the end of the meal another wait staff member spilled ginger beer on me as she was coming down the stairs. All I got was a "sorry." Though it seemed genuine, there wasn't enough hospitality to make up for it. Instead, the atmosphere was like, "It's a privilege for you to eat here" instead of "We're here to offer you an incredible dining experience." They could have complimented the dessert or given me something other than dishrags and napkins to mitigate having soaked me, twice. It's not that the wait staff were not nice, but why was I paying $80 for a mediocre meal and eh service? We should have gone to Dirt Candy, which is about a block away, for a more interesting meal and better service. $80 could have been better spent at other American foodie restaurants like St. Anselm, Moto, etc. Hospitality lessons from the French and Italian would service Prune well. 3 stars for cocktails: The drinks were about the only part of the meal that was spot on. I would skip a meal here and go to any other restaurant in the east village.
Posted by EVLocal on 06/03/2012
Just left brunch on a Sunday. Wait was an hour long. Heuvos Rancheros was basic, bland, and a the portion was small. They charge for coffee by the cup which takes away half the fun of brunch. Overall, don't recommend it.
Posted by jenack on 04/20/2012
What's the fuss about? The food, while well-prepared is unexceptional. The noise level is so high, the waitstaff yells information to customers. All in all, a really unpleasant experience
Posted by markalayev on 12/16/2011
I ordered the ratatouille open-faced sandwich ($14). Ratatouille is a Niçoise dish of stewed eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes. This one, atop crusty, toasted ciabatta bread, was flavored with olives, capers and a variety of herbs; it was topped with an unbelievably delicious, silky garlic aoli and toasted poppy seeds. The flavors were well-developed and pretty intense. The dish was simple and, for being meatless, surprisingly filling. Read the rest at http://appetu.de/t1jOAS
Posted by Marcia O on 10/12/2011
Our book club met at Prune to discuss and enjoy Gabrielle Hamilton's delicious food. Sharing the bittersweet negroni cocktail lovingly referred to in her book was a great way to start our discussion. Loved the glass it was served in and enjoyed the bitter and sweet orange. A generous drink! Our lunches were expertly prepared. The duck was flavorful and cooked to perfection. Married perfectly with the beets and homemade mayo which I could have drunk directly from the bowl. Swordfish with anchovy butter was delicious and just the right amount. The fries are out of this world and desserts refreshingly light so one can enjoy without worrying about becoming overly full. Great coffee. Well worth the visit. Love Gabrielle Hamilton who stopped by to say hello and sign our books. She is more beautiful than any picture I've seen and generous beyond words answering questions about her family. I hope she writes another book because she is both a brilliant chef and writer.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/09/2011
I've been dying to try Prune for a long time. I was always discouraged by the tight space (I refuse to wait longer than 45 minutes for a table), but I went on a Saturday night recently and the wait was only 45 minutes for 2. On top of that, they took my cell # and called when our table was ready. Perfect! Why don't more places do that? Had such a lovely meal, I'm mad that I've waited as long as I have! The bone marrow and shrimp with anchovy butter deserve all the praise they've received. I could have licked that anchovy butter right off the plate. I also had a perfectly roasted duck breast that was paired amazingly with some vinegary dandelion greens. The roasted cauliflower side was garlicky and delicious too. The only minor disappointment was the grouper, which was well cooked, but not super flavorful or thrilling. Great meal overall, a little pricey, but the quality of the ingredients is clearly very high.
Posted by Ravinous on 09/28/2011
I had a late lunch midweek and each coarse I ordered was fresh and perfectly made. Loved the roasted duck which was like the Magret I have eaten many times in France, perfectly cooked, brimming with flavor and simply seasoned with coarse sea salt. It's so refreshing to find restaurants who don't over make the food with layer upon layer of ingredients and ridiculously large portions for people to feel "they really get their money's worth." (like those over-done California Cabernet fruit bombs, over the top.) Prune was simple, elegant and I was charmed and delighted with the food, service and the atmosphere. Can't wait to go back...