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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...
Posted by foodfan on 05/23/2011
Yes she's a terrific writer, but this is not a good restaurant. I don't mind that it's crowded and shabby-chic; that's kind of nice. But guys: the food isn't good. I say this based on three meals. Why did I go back? Because I was sure I had to be wrong given the pro-Prune press. Maybe brunch is good. Dinner and lunch sure weren't.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2011
Delicious stunning quintessential spot
Posted by Omnidora on 03/12/2011
The food here is excellent. What kind of hayseed expects a whole fish to be deboned? This is a restaurant for food lovers, not wimps. Don't go if you're not into real food! Favorite items: bone marrow, rabbit, veal cooked in milk, mushrooms w/ broccoli rabe and... my favorite dessert ever: a calvados omelet which is not ultra sweet. Nice. Tables are tight so it's also best for smaller body types. But the place is so charming and magical, you forget how close the tables are after about five minutes.
Posted by Ed on 07/27/2009
Went for brunch this weekend with my GF and another couple. The food was mediocore and not what I remembered the last time I had brunch. I had talked up Prune as one of the best brunch spots in NYC but was very dissapointed. The bloody mary's were good, but not enought to compensate for the food and wait.
Posted by JF on 07/02/2009
Enjoyed a nearly flawless evening at Prune, last night (Wed): bone marrow, octopus, veal heart, grilled branzino, striped bass and cockles, asparagus and shallots, ricotta ice cream with caramelized croutons, chocolate semifredo, trifle--gorgeous cocktails and wine. What most of the reviewers here miss is the key ingredient at Prune: a sense of community. I don't know how they do it, but everybody in the restaurant feels and acts like part of a big family at home. We sat along the wall and--somehow--there was a birthday at every table. By the end of the night, we were all talking to each other. In the midst of what is most often a snootier-than-thou LES, Chef Gabrielle and her staff have figured out a way to make everyone feel comfortable in their skin and the result is an experience of dining that I've only found previously in a hill town trattoria in Umbria and a ferme in the Luberon. And here's the trick, I think: the comfort is cultivated by the presentation, the decor, and the staff--but it begins with the recipes themselves. The food wraps its arms around everyone at the table--everyone in the room--as opposed to pushing you back in your seat to applaud its virtuoso performance. So many restaurants in NYC serve food that turns patrons into the chef's applauding audience. Prune serves food that turns us to each other, smiling and talking. In another country, another time, perhaps, this is what eating was meant to be. And here it is. Given all that, the only thing stopping me from going back tonight is a mild protest from my carotid artery, which is still trying to understand what it did wrong to be punished by an appetizer of roasted marrow bones and toast. Nobody can create and maintain a place like this without committing her whole being to the project. And for that, a deep bow of gratitude to the folks at Prune.
Posted by Angelique Condé on 06/10/2009
For quite some time now, I have heard that Prune boasts not only the best Bloody Mary but the best brunch in NYC. While I did not expect Prune to live up to these unrealistic expectations, I was looking forward to an enjoyable and tasty brunch. Two weeks ago, my wife and I went to Prune, understanding the no reservations policy, and upon hearing of the 1hr+ wait, decided to find another restaurant but to return the following weekend prepared for the wait. This past Saturday, we went to Prune, gave our names to the gracious hostess (perhaps the best aspect of the Prune experience for me), learned again of the 1hr+ wait and happily walked around wasting time before our brunch. 1 hour and 45 minutes later, we were seated and approached about 10 mins later by a busgirl attempting to take our drink orders. Since we did not have menus, neither of us were prepared and this young lady was fairly rude about that. The busgirl returned to take our orders and the Bloody Mary that followed was tasty and unusual. Unfortunately, my wife's coffee didn't arrive and I had to ask for it, much to my waitress's dismay. Speaking of our surly waitress, I can't remember the last time I have been treated more rudely or with more apathy for our presence. This waitress pretty much let us know that she didn't care that we were there, ignored us and was VERY unfriendly and not helpful at all regarding any questions we might have regarding the unusual but intriguing menu. I can't express enough how much this waitress turned me off to Prune and pretty much put me in a bad mood for the rest of the day. I ordered the Spicy Chickpea dish with the buttered eggs, thinking it would be interesting and tasty but unfortunately, after a lengthy wait, I was not only disappointed with the less than average taste but the paltry size of the dish. My wife ordered the huevos rancheros, which were JUST OK. All in all, I had two of the ____ Matchbox Bloody Marys and each of us had our main dish...the total for the meal before tip was about $80, which is expensive but not too crazy for this town. In retrospect, the service was very poor and I am easy to please (this is my first bad review ever) and desperately wanted to be happy about the experience. The food was certainly not terrible but it was disappointing. The Bloody Mary was good but NOT the best in town. I will NEVER go back and would never recommend Prune to a friend.