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Posted by PS on 04/02/2005
I have been going to Prune for at least 3 years consistently. The food is quite sumptious and although the menu does not really change, I'm always delighted with what I order. The whole fish is always a winner for me, or the marrow bones, a real treat. Desserts are also deliciously interesting. A tight space but it does not matter, your next door neighbor is not in your face, more importantly the food is.
Posted by MJL on 01/24/2005
You know a place is good when the person sitting next to you says, "you have to try this lamb sausage". A total stranger offering me food from her plate. Turns out she's a chef from out of town. I'm also a chef. Having chefs sprinkled generously throughout your clientele can only mean one thing; the place kicks ass. It is a bit tight at the tables but it suits the place. Prune seems to run as a whole as apposed to a kitchen, bar & dining room. There is an air of consistency throughout. It's like we're all having this amazing experience together. This is why it is not only OK, but even appropriate to be close to that stranger next to you. Arrive prepared for a new type of dining experience.
Posted by prune regular on 11/03/2004
Prune is an amazing resturant. The food is really good, although variety is not their strong point. It helps to be open minded when eating liver, lamb sausage, and other such things, but once you take a bite or two you will be satisfied and plesantly surprised. Brunch is the best meal, although the wait generally is 1-2.5 hours. The Bloody mary menu is the best I've ever seen. Dinner is very good (also creative with little variety) but very expensive. The wait sucks, and the resturant is very small so sometimes when you eat you feel cramped. The wait staff is very friendly and accomidating... Everything is worth a try just once. If you go I suggest Brunch (but get there early!)
Posted by jean on 09/28/2004
I am a foodie and was excited to try out Prune...I heard some really good things about it. I am sad to say that my entree was not good (I had the stewed chicken...it was just a boiled thigh and wing served with no seasoning or vegetables...just a little broth and parsley and much too livery liver dumplings). I went with 4 friends...none of them enjoyed thier entrees. In fact, one of the women who will put salt on absolutely anything (including a salty soy sauced eggroll) could not eat her "Ruby Shrimp" because it was too salty. None of us finished our tiny entrees. On top of the food, after they took our plates, we had to stare at the shells (from the shrimp we had to peel) which were all ver the table. The waiters didn't clean it up until they brought our dessert. I hate when the service doesn't clear the food from the table after you're finished. You can't relax and drink your wine with sauce and goop all over the place! We each ended up paying $65 and didn't even order vegetables!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/14/2004
Based on critics reviews and such, I suggested that my out of town friends meet me there. We were all very disappointed. The brunch costed $66 incl. tax and tip for 3 people. What did we get for $22 each. A glass of orange juice and some very small portions of mediocre food. Oh yeah, and a bottle of water. The "potato" were fried hash browns that the knife couldn't get through 'em. The omlette was 2 eggs and there was nothing else to fill up the huge plate. Juice and coffee are not included in the "brunch." All in all, a regrettable nyc for out of towners- crowded, expensive, minute portions and slow service. Many better places that serve better food for less money within a couple of blocks. On the good side, they did bring us a complimentary dessert to try and make up for the hash browns, and they were concerned that we had a good experience. But I left hungry. Would rather just have good food and plenty of it.
Posted by fellow chef on 08/10/2004
We had the sweetbreads. They were awesome! Kinda like fried chicken made by a good ol' southern girl. And the white anchovy plate was to die for. Talk about understanding food. Salt (anchovy), texture (celery), acid (lemon dressing) and fat (roasted almonds). Perfect! Yum!
Posted by lola montez on 02/19/2004
The brunch at Prune is the best ever. I hate waiting for anything, but I'll wait an hour in the rain for their apple pancake (indescribably good) and chicago matchbox bloody mary (garnished with a pickled baby turnip, a pickled brussel sprout, caperberries...). It's a small place, and, as a result, slightly cramped (though I'd call it cozy)-- but the waitstaff is uniformly charming, and the other diners around you are always accomodating, because it's worth bumping elbows occasionally for food this good.