Prune

★★★☆☆
  • 54 E 1st St

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: nr. First Ave.

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  • 212-677-6221

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Mon-Thu 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm Fri 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-12am Sat 10am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-12am Sun 10am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm

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I ordered the ratatouille open-faced sandwich ($14). Ratatouille is a Nioise 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

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★★★★★

I ordered the ratatouille open-faced sandwich ($14). Ratatouille is a Nioise 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

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I ordered the ratatouille open-faced sandwich ($14). Ratatouille is a Nioise 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

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★★★★★

I ordered the ratatouille open-faced sandwich ($14). Ratatouille is a Nioise 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

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I made a reservation at the restaurant for 10 people at 8pm on a Saturday evening. It was my 40th birthday and had some friends fly in from out of town just for this event. We were seated at 8:10pm which was no big deal. As I sat down the

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★★★★★

I made a reservation at the restaurant for 10 people at 8pm on a Saturday evening. It was my 40th birthday and had some friends fly in from out of town just for this event. We were seated at 8:10pm which was no big deal. As I sat down the

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I made a reservation at the restaurant for 10 people at 8pm on a Saturday evening. It was my 40th birthday and had some friends fly in from out of town just for this event. We were seated at 8:10pm which was no big deal. As I sat down the

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★★★★★

I made a reservation at the restaurant for 10 people at 8pm on a Saturday evening. It was my 40th birthday and had some friends fly in from out of town just for this event. We were seated at 8:10pm which was no big deal. As I sat down the

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First and First, the nexus. The place is such a unique gem. To have an all star chef cook in the kitchen everyday is a rarity in nyc. Prune has a romantic small atmostphere and thoughtful artisinal dishes.

If i could afford to Id brunch

3
★★★★★

First and First, the nexus. The place is such a unique gem. To have an all star chef cook in the kitchen everyday is a rarity in nyc. Prune has a romantic small atmostphere and thoughtful artisinal dishes.

If i could afford to Id brunch

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First and First, the nexus. The place is such a unique gem. To have an all star chef cook in the kitchen everyday is a rarity in nyc. Prune has a romantic small atmostphere and thoughtful artisinal dishes.

If i could afford to Id brunch

3
★★★★★

First and First, the nexus. The place is such a unique gem. To have an all star chef cook in the kitchen everyday is a rarity in nyc. Prune has a romantic small atmostphere and thoughtful artisinal dishes.

If i could afford to Id brunch

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I brought my little brother here for a nice early lunch in celebration of his straight A report card for his first semester in college. I was expecting some delicious, exciting food, but I was sorely disappointed.

The chef really seemed

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★★★★★

I brought my little brother here for a nice early lunch in celebration of his straight A report card for his first semester in college. I was expecting some delicious, exciting food, but I was sorely disappointed.

The chef really seemed

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I brought my little brother here for a nice early lunch in celebration of his straight A report card for his first semester in college. I was expecting some delicious, exciting food, but I was sorely disappointed.

The chef really seemed

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★★★★★

I brought my little brother here for a nice early lunch in celebration of his straight A report card for his first semester in college. I was expecting some delicious, exciting food, but I was sorely disappointed.

The chef really seemed

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My friends suggested coming to Prune for brunch. I read reviews online before I came so I had high expectations.

Prune is a very cute and tiny restaurant. We came here for brunch around 1PM and it was packed. I thought we had to wait for 45 minutes but luckily it was only 15.

I looked at the menu and it actually didn't really interest me much but I managed to get some scramble eggs with lamb sausage and their homemade whole grain healthy bread.

My food came and I was a little disappointed because it was tiny. The scramble eggs was more on the wet side and nothing special. The healthy bread was very hearty but besides me nobody in my table liked it. The lamb sausage is flavorful but seems to be slightly undercooked?

I was not too impressed with the food. Service was good and atmosphere was very cute.

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★★☆☆☆

My friends suggested coming to Prune for brunch. I read reviews online before I came so I had high expectations.

Prune is a very cute and tiny restaurant. We came here for brunch around 1PM and it was packed. I thought we had to wait for 45 minutes but luckily it was only 15.

I looked at the menu and it actually didn't really interest me much but I managed to get some scramble eggs with lamb sausage and their homemade whole grain healthy bread.

My food came and I was a little disappointed because it was tiny. The scramble eggs was more on the wet side and nothing special. The healthy bread was very hearty but besides me nobody in my table liked it. The lamb sausage is flavorful but seems to be slightly undercooked?

I was not too impressed with the food. Service was good and atmosphere was very cute.

Pros: Good Service, Cute Atmosphere

Cons: Crowded, long Wait and Average Food

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I've heard and read reviews on Prune, everyone saying it's "one of the top brunch places in NY." My husband and I are HUGE brunch people - Saturday and Sunday brunches are sacred times for us, and we've been to almost all the top-rated brunch places in NYC - so of course we had to try this. I have to say, I was kind of disappointed. The food was good: very good quality (even something standard like the eggs benedict was very well made), but it wasn't anything to write home about. All of it - food, service, menu variety - was just good... but nothing to be tooted "top brunch in NYC". What made it more unattractive is the price: if it were cheaper it might be worth it, but for the price, I'd go elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

I've heard and read reviews on Prune, everyone saying it's "one of the top brunch places in NY." My husband and I are HUGE brunch people - Saturday and Sunday brunches are sacred times for us, and we've been to almost all the top-rated brunch places in NYC - so of course we had to try this. I have to say, I was kind of disappointed. The food was good: very good quality (even something standard like the eggs benedict was very well made), but it wasn't anything to write home about. All of it - food, service, menu variety - was just good... but nothing to be tooted "top brunch in NYC". What made it more unattractive is the price: if it were cheaper it might be worth it, but for the price, I'd go elsewhere.

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If you like innards, the appetizer list at Prune has as good a selection as you'll find in the city, and several of them are quite good, especially the veal heart and the signature bone marrow. The fried sweetbreads, on the other hand, tasted far more of fried than of sweetbread.

The entrees are disappointingly safe, however, and I fail to understand the enthusiasm so many people have for whole fish dishes. Who wants to spend the better part of an hour trying to separate fish from bone?

Portions, as at many "value" places in New York are on the small side, so big men might walk out hungry. My only other complaint was the music, which was set just slightly too loud for comfortable conversation.

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★★★☆☆

If you like innards, the appetizer list at Prune has as good a selection as you'll find in the city, and several of them are quite good, especially the veal heart and the signature bone marrow. The fried sweetbreads, on the other hand, tasted far more of fried than of sweetbread.

The entrees are disappointingly safe, however, and I fail to understand the enthusiasm so many people have for whole fish dishes. Who wants to spend the better part of an hour trying to separate fish from bone?

Portions, as at many "value" places in New York are on the small side, so big men might walk out hungry. My only other complaint was the music, which was set just slightly too loud for comfortable conversation.

Pros: Good selection of innards

Cons: inconsistant quality, loud music

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This tiny little restaurant is BIG on flavor and creativity. We went there a couple of months ago and really enjoyed our meal. There were lots of interesting flavors, and everything was really well executed. I will definitely go back!

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★★★★☆

This tiny little restaurant is BIG on flavor and creativity. We went there a couple of months ago and really enjoyed our meal. There were lots of interesting flavors, and everything was really well executed. I will definitely go back!

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DON'T GO HERE. The fact that it has such a high rating is beyond me. The dinner was very disappointing. From the poor selection, we ordered the fish and two lambs. The first fish apparently burnt and it took over one hour to get our meals due to the cooking of the second fish. One of the lamb dishes was very overdone and the other lamb was underdone. The squash spaghetti was undercooked also. The white wine Sancerre was bitter and likely sitting in a re-corked bottle. The dishes are bland and unimaginative and EXPENSIVE given how they came out. Go to BIANCA - it's way way better and half the price.

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DON'T GO HERE. The fact that it has such a high rating is beyond me. The dinner was very disappointing. From the poor selection, we ordered the fish and two lambs. The first fish apparently burnt and it took over one hour to get our meals due to the cooking of the second fish. One of the lamb dishes was very overdone and the other lamb was underdone. The squash spaghetti was undercooked also. The white wine Sancerre was bitter and likely sitting in a re-corked bottle. The dishes are bland and unimaginative and EXPENSIVE given how they came out. Go to BIANCA - it's way way better and half the price.

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As every other new yorker who enjoys his/her brunch, I took the liberty as always to check citysearch before I get excited about a new eatery. Well, guess what? The only good thing about this place was that miraculously we got seated, and believe it or not, it was full. People were waiting to get seated, so I figured it must be worth it. Folks, the dutch pancake is an oversized slab of cornbread with a few pears on top, which had a decorative purpose. The rotsi potatoes were the worst. They tasted like unsalted McDonalds hashbrowns. And no one likes that kind of torture especially when it comes with high expectations in an overcrowded small room.

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★☆☆☆☆

As every other new yorker who enjoys his/her brunch, I took the liberty as always to check citysearch before I get excited about a new eatery. Well, guess what? The only good thing about this place was that miraculously we got seated, and believe it or not, it was full. People were waiting to get seated, so I figured it must be worth it. Folks, the dutch pancake is an oversized slab of cornbread with a few pears on top, which had a decorative purpose. The rotsi potatoes were the worst. They tasted like unsalted McDonalds hashbrowns. And no one likes that kind of torture especially when it comes with high expectations in an overcrowded small room.

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2 weeks in advance reservations. Showed up AFTER they confirmed my reservation only to find out they totally screwed it up. They had me and my wife down for a 6:15pm reservation. Who on earth eats dinner at a restaurant like this at 6:15p? NO ONE. They seated us with SEVERE attitude - like we will seat you but were knocking someone else off the list. Hey sorry, but your restaurant had 8 tables empty at 7:45pm on a Saturday night. Get a clue, Gabrielle - times are tough - you should appreciate someone going out of their way to eat at your restaurant. Perhaps you should reconsider who you should have to represent your business when you walk in. There is like 2000 restaurants in NYC to choose from, who needs this kind of attitude from a place that isn't even new enough to warrant a honeymoon?

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2 weeks in advance reservations. Showed up AFTER they confirmed my reservation only to find out they totally screwed it up. They had me and my wife down for a 6:15pm reservation. Who on earth eats dinner at a restaurant like this at 6:15p? NO ONE. They seated us with SEVERE attitude - like we will seat you but were knocking someone else off the list. Hey sorry, but your restaurant had 8 tables empty at 7:45pm on a Saturday night. Get a clue, Gabrielle - times are tough - you should appreciate someone going out of their way to eat at your restaurant. Perhaps you should reconsider who you should have to represent your business when you walk in. There is like 2000 restaurants in NYC to choose from, who needs this kind of attitude from a place that isn't even new enough to warrant a honeymoon?

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My dinner at Prune was great-we arrived early for our reservation and were seated right away. The food was unusual in that there were a lot of choices that you don't usually see on a menu. After seeing the restaurant on No Reservations I wanted to try all of the things that they had eaten. The head on shrimp were sweet and flavorful and the sweetbreads were soft and with a great caper sauce. The whole grilled fish was delicious and the green tomatoes side were sweet and sour like those pickled cukes from your youth. And whatever dessert you get ask them to add a scoop of the ricotta ice cream-its phenomenal!! Definitely worth the trip and the atmosphere is just what you'd expect in the East Village.

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★★★★☆

My dinner at Prune was great-we arrived early for our reservation and were seated right away. The food was unusual in that there were a lot of choices that you don't usually see on a menu. After seeing the restaurant on No Reservations I wanted to try all of the things that they had eaten. The head on shrimp were sweet and flavorful and the sweetbreads were soft and with a great caper sauce. The whole grilled fish was delicious and the green tomatoes side were sweet and sour like those pickled cukes from your youth. And whatever dessert you get ask them to add a scoop of the ricotta ice cream-its phenomenal!! Definitely worth the trip and the atmosphere is just what you'd expect in the East Village.

Pros: great food, reasonable prices, good service

Cons: some people might not like the cramped seating- I love it!

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I went recently went to dinner at Prune with my husband. A few of the dishes were exceptional and a few were below average. To start with the good, the entree of the whole grilled fish was amazing -- very flavorful and moist, the jewel yam side with a brown butter sauce and the dessert of ricotta ice cream with brioche "croutons" and a butterscotch sauce were also outstanding. Our waitress was great and gave good recommendations when asked. We also had a very good bottle of wine which was reasonably priced. On to the bad... the fried oysters were odd -- shaped like chicken fingers (long tubes) and in a heavy coating. We also disliked the sweetbread appetizer which was also deep fried. If I had closed my eyes I wouldn't have been able to tell what was an oyster vs. what was sweetbreads as they both just tasted heavy with the thick coating and not-so-fresh oil. The other strange thing about the place is that the lights are on fairly bright especially since they have candles on the tables -- too bright to make it good for a date. I would go back, but would try the marrow bone appetizer as it looked really good. If you pick the right items you can have a really good meal here, but if you pick the wrong ones you'll be disappointed for the cost.

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★★★☆☆

I went recently went to dinner at Prune with my husband. A few of the dishes were exceptional and a few were below average. To start with the good, the entree of the whole grilled fish was amazing -- very flavorful and moist, the jewel yam side with a brown butter sauce and the dessert of ricotta ice cream with brioche "croutons" and a butterscotch sauce were also outstanding. Our waitress was great and gave good recommendations when asked. We also had a very good bottle of wine which was reasonably priced. On to the bad... the fried oysters were odd -- shaped like chicken fingers (long tubes) and in a heavy coating. We also disliked the sweetbread appetizer which was also deep fried. If I had closed my eyes I wouldn't have been able to tell what was an oyster vs. what was sweetbreads as they both just tasted heavy with the thick coating and not-so-fresh oil. The other strange thing about the place is that the lights are on fairly bright especially since they have candles on the tables -- too bright to make it good for a date. I would go back, but would try the marrow bone appetizer as it looked really good. If you pick the right items you can have a really good meal here, but if you pick the wrong ones you'll be disappointed for the cost.

Pros: great value wine, fish, dessert, yams

Cons: a few menu items and bright lighting

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I had dinner at Prune with a Manhattan chef who visits regularly. The staff is genial, the ambiance pleasant and the crowd hip but not too. The thing is, it's a restaurant, and they serve food. I ordered "Head-On Shrimp". I was confused for a few minutes, wondering what sort of preparation would give a head-on flavor. Then I realized they were going to be prawns with the heads on. The waitperson asked if I'd like any vegetables, but I thought whatever came with the shrimp would be fine. In fact, nothing came with the shrimp. There were two jumbo shrimp, and not only were the heads on, so was the shell. Well, I thought, one shrimp sitting on top of another on a white plate. $14. Imagine peeling that shrimp skin right off and getting at the juicy, flavorful meat. Uh uh. The skin didn't want to come off. The shrimp were overcooked and dry. Zero flavor. No garnish, nothing. My companion ordered an omelet (?) and some sort of vegetable like fennel. Her omelet plate consisted of one perhaps 3 egg omelet, folded in half, and that's all. Flat. Nothing in it. The companion, remember, another chef, was stunned to see the other plate with an entire fennel plant that looked as though it had been boiled. The chef ate little of it. The dessert menu featured a delicious sounding chocolate cake, which I thought would be just the thing, but when it came it was the size of a brownie, tasted like a brownie, but a really bad brownie, again overcooked. The chef ordered some sort of milk thing that came in what appeared to be a shot glass. With no bottle of wine, but one glass and one well drink, the bill was over $80. The ingredients could not possibly have cost more than $15. That's an obscene markup. I would rather have had prunes for dinner.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had dinner at Prune with a Manhattan chef who visits regularly. The staff is genial, the ambiance pleasant and the crowd hip but not too. The thing is, it's a restaurant, and they serve food. I ordered "Head-On Shrimp". I was confused for a few minutes, wondering what sort of preparation would give a head-on flavor. Then I realized they were going to be prawns with the heads on. The waitperson asked if I'd like any vegetables, but I thought whatever came with the shrimp would be fine. In fact, nothing came with the shrimp. There were two jumbo shrimp, and not only were the heads on, so was the shell. Well, I thought, one shrimp sitting on top of another on a white plate. $14. Imagine peeling that shrimp skin right off and getting at the juicy, flavorful meat. Uh uh. The skin didn't want to come off. The shrimp were overcooked and dry. Zero flavor. No garnish, nothing. My companion ordered an omelet (?) and some sort of vegetable like fennel. Her omelet plate consisted of one perhaps 3 egg omelet, folded in half, and that's all. Flat. Nothing in it. The companion, remember, another chef, was stunned to see the other plate with an entire fennel plant that looked as though it had been boiled. The chef ate little of it. The dessert menu featured a delicious sounding chocolate cake, which I thought would be just the thing, but when it came it was the size of a brownie, tasted like a brownie, but a really bad brownie, again overcooked. The chef ordered some sort of milk thing that came in what appeared to be a shot glass. With no bottle of wine, but one glass and one well drink, the bill was over $80. The ingredients could not possibly have cost more than $15. That's an obscene markup. I would rather have had prunes for dinner.

Pros: It's a small place, so you can easily miss it.

Cons: The food is inedible.

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I was skeptical after reading the recent negative reviews on Citysearch, but thought we'd just give it a try - after all Anthony Bourdain made the food look so unique and good, and the place looked cozy.

So I was fully ready for a huge disappointment, common when a place gets some media exposure and public attention - but I was pleasantly surprised. The service was very professional yet friendly, the food was excellent - we shared the dry cured rib-eye steak, and it was the most delicious steak ever I ate (and for me, an avid fish lover/eater, to say this is something really exquisite). It is pricey than you'd hope for, but we could tell the chefs know what they are doing and they pick the best material to prepare the best food, so at least to me it's worth the money.

Only downside would be the really tight seating - we were pushed into this corner table, where we had to sit sideways as there's no place under the table to put our legs in, and if you looked around our table wasn't bad at all. But admit it, it's a tiny cozy place in EV, we know places far worse - so I'm not complaining.

And since it's such a tiny place, you'll need a reservation and if ever possibly you'd like to do it earlier in the evening rather than later. We had 6:30PM reservation on Presidents' Day and had no wait time, but after 7PM it started to get busy and people were waiting to be seated for quite a while - and there's no waiting room, so you have to either stand in the entrance way or outside, which is not too comfortable.

So here are the bottomlines: plan your visit well and make a reservation; plan on spending a considerable (yet not ridiculously much) money; and enjoy the food. You will have a great time.

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★★★★★

I was skeptical after reading the recent negative reviews on Citysearch, but thought we'd just give it a try - after all Anthony Bourdain made the food look so unique and good, and the place looked cozy.

So I was fully ready for a huge disappointment, common when a place gets some media exposure and public attention - but I was pleasantly surprised. The service was very professional yet friendly, the food was excellent - we shared the dry cured rib-eye steak, and it was the most delicious steak ever I ate (and for me, an avid fish lover/eater, to say this is something really exquisite). It is pricey than you'd hope for, but we could tell the chefs know what they are doing and they pick the best material to prepare the best food, so at least to me it's worth the money.

Only downside would be the really tight seating - we were pushed into this corner table, where we had to sit sideways as there's no place under the table to put our legs in, and if you looked around our table wasn't bad at all. But admit it, it's a tiny cozy place in EV, we know places far worse - so I'm not complaining.

And since it's such a tiny place, you'll need a reservation and if ever possibly you'd like to do it earlier in the evening rather than later. We had 6:30PM reservation on Presidents' Day and had no wait time, but after 7PM it started to get busy and people were waiting to be seated for quite a while - and there's no waiting room, so you have to either stand in the entrance way or outside, which is not too comfortable.

So here are the bottomlines: plan your visit well and make a reservation; plan on spending a considerable (yet not ridiculously much) money; and enjoy the food. You will have a great time.

Pros: Great food, friendly staff, cozy interior

Cons: Tight seating, prices on a higher end

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First off, getting there for your 8:30 reservation and being seated at 9:30 is a bad way to start a meal. And forget waiting comfortably for a table. There is nowhere to stand, so you end up hugging the entrance door and dodging the hostess who keeps telling you to move out of the way.

Then you get to sit down - And if you're even remotely tall forget it. You're crammed in there like a contortionist in a circus act. It is not a comfortable place. Elbows in your face.

The food wasn't bad - not at all. I enjoyed it... until the bill came. Way over priced. Way way way overpriced.

All in all I wouldn't come back to Prune. The experience lasted 3 hours - It's like they're cooking the food over a box of matches- Completely silly. Kind of a waste of time. The fun and joy of eating a nice meal was completely lost.

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★★☆☆☆

First off, getting there for your 8:30 reservation and being seated at 9:30 is a bad way to start a meal. And forget waiting comfortably for a table. There is nowhere to stand, so you end up hugging the entrance door and dodging the hostess who keeps telling you to move out of the way.

Then you get to sit down - And if you're even remotely tall forget it. You're crammed in there like a contortionist in a circus act. It is not a comfortable place. Elbows in your face.

The food wasn't bad - not at all. I enjoyed it... until the bill came. Way over priced. Way way way overpriced.

All in all I wouldn't come back to Prune. The experience lasted 3 hours - It's like they're cooking the food over a box of matches- Completely silly. Kind of a waste of time. The fun and joy of eating a nice meal was completely lost.

Pros: OK food

Cons: Overpriced

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This place is totally overrated and totally overpriced. This is a restaurant for people who do not know how to cook but want food that somewhat resembles home-cooked food. The problem is, it's not a good as home-cooked food from a reasonably skilled cook and they are over-charging for it. The food is not very inventive and not well presented. In addition, although I am someone who really likes all kinds of food, the selection is not great. I had a hard time finding things I wanted on the menu, they had something like three pork dishes and the only other protein was chicken.

Also, I agree with a prior poster that the service is not good. There seemed to be a lot of waiters there for what is a very small restaurant, and they were not very attentive.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is totally overrated and totally overpriced. This is a restaurant for people who do not know how to cook but want food that somewhat resembles home-cooked food. The problem is, it's not a good as home-cooked food from a reasonably skilled cook and they are over-charging for it. The food is not very inventive and not well presented. In addition, although I am someone who really likes all kinds of food, the selection is not great. I had a hard time finding things I wanted on the menu, they had something like three pork dishes and the only other protein was chicken.

Also, I agree with a prior poster that the service is not good. There seemed to be a lot of waiters there for what is a very small restaurant, and they were not very attentive.

Pros: Well, it is near my apartment . . .

Cons: Overpriced, boring food

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I was really excited to try Prune - especially after seeing the crowds that awaited their brunch. However, after a good huevos rancheros that was solid, but not special and service that was not very helpful and somewhat inattentive, I don't get the hype. I can understand a chef not wanting to compromise, but they were unwilling to yield to any dietary restrictions, which limited my choices. If you have any issues with dairy or cholestrol, save this place for an occasion where you can be a little bad. Moreover, the prices seemed a bit high, even by New York standards ($8 for oatmeal and another $8 for a bowl of fruit is asking a bit much). One last note - not once during brunch was I offered a refill on my coffee, which seemed really odd given thae limited number of tables. With all of the wonderful brunch places in New York, I won't be returning to Prune.

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★★★☆☆

I was really excited to try Prune - especially after seeing the crowds that awaited their brunch. However, after a good huevos rancheros that was solid, but not special and service that was not very helpful and somewhat inattentive, I don't get the hype. I can understand a chef not wanting to compromise, but they were unwilling to yield to any dietary restrictions, which limited my choices. If you have any issues with dairy or cholestrol, save this place for an occasion where you can be a little bad. Moreover, the prices seemed a bit high, even by New York standards ($8 for oatmeal and another $8 for a bowl of fruit is asking a bit much). One last note - not once during brunch was I offered a refill on my coffee, which seemed really odd given thae limited number of tables. With all of the wonderful brunch places in New York, I won't be returning to Prune.

Pros: the bartender was quite nice

Cons: service, prices, menu options

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Although this is my first post on the Citysearch page I am no stranger to eating well. Before moving on to surgery I cooked professionally in Charleston, S.C. for five years (not as bush-league as one might think for those of you that have made the trip down.) My co-cooks from that time have since gone on to such restaurants as Le Bernadin, French Laundry, and in the interest of full disclosure, Prune. I just can't say enough about the food. It is honest, simple, and shockingly straightforward. The inclusion of just a hint of spearmint in the salsa verde with the braised pork, for example, was genius, plain and simple. The setting is tight, no doubt, but the place is small enough that it feels cozy, intimate even, rather than crowded. If you enjoy kicking back in your easy chair at some carnivore's palace, stay clear. My chief impetus for this post however, is to categorically refute the criticisms of the service and attitude of the staff. We arrived late for the final reservation (10:45!) of the night on a Saturday. My years in the industry assured me that this would precipitate a dizzying rush to order and hack service in-between sidework. I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. Instead there were glasses of Cava awaiting us (as we had requested) and smiles all around. The service was attentive in a way that you would expect from a Michelin-starred joint. I couldn't even get my head around to ask the waitress for something before she appeared with it. We were a large party so we got grat'ed but felt obligated to add on anyhow. I don't know what sort of black cloud the previous reviewers dragged in with them, but I saw no hint of it during our superb experience. I will be back without fail and take my most discriminating friends without hesitation.

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★★★★★

Although this is my first post on the Citysearch page I am no stranger to eating well. Before moving on to surgery I cooked professionally in Charleston, S.C. for five years (not as bush-league as one might think for those of you that have made the trip down.) My co-cooks from that time have since gone on to such restaurants as Le Bernadin, French Laundry, and in the interest of full disclosure, Prune. I just can't say enough about the food. It is honest, simple, and shockingly straightforward. The inclusion of just a hint of spearmint in the salsa verde with the braised pork, for example, was genius, plain and simple. The setting is tight, no doubt, but the place is small enough that it feels cozy, intimate even, rather than crowded. If you enjoy kicking back in your easy chair at some carnivore's palace, stay clear. My chief impetus for this post however, is to categorically refute the criticisms of the service and attitude of the staff. We arrived late for the final reservation (10:45!) of the night on a Saturday. My years in the industry assured me that this would precipitate a dizzying rush to order and hack service in-between sidework. I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. Instead there were glasses of Cava awaiting us (as we had requested) and smiles all around. The service was attentive in a way that you would expect from a Michelin-starred joint. I couldn't even get my head around to ask the waitress for something before she appeared with it. We were a large party so we got grat'ed but felt obligated to add on anyhow. I don't know what sort of black cloud the previous reviewers dragged in with them, but I saw no hint of it during our superb experience. I will be back without fail and take my most discriminating friends without hesitation.

Pros: Stellar Cuisine, Flawless Service

Cons: Tight Seating

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I recently told a friend visiting from out of town to check out Prune online so she could get a little sense of it before she arrived on vacation. After viewing this site, she let me know about some of the bad reviews, so I checked them out. Honestly, I was shocked. I have come to the restaurant many times and each time I have had an absolutely wonderful meal and great service. Every single meal has delighted me. I have had dinner, lunch, and brunch and I was always served incredibly well prepared, inventive, and delicious food. The staff members have always been very friendly, welcoming, and very knowledgeable about what they were serving. They are all quite attractive to boot! The hamburger at lunch was to-die-for. At one of my dinner's, a great wine was recommended, a beautiful fish was served, and a fabulous chocolate dessert topped it all off. Brunch has a great pancake, great omelette's, and an amazing list of different yummy Bloody Mary's. Prune is small. It's true. The wait can be long during brunch. It's true. But, give them a break! It's rare that there is a place in this city that serves such great food consistently, has a staff that provides great customer service, and comes without the typical New York snobbery attitude. Cozy on up, make reservations when you can, and enjoy!

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★★★★★

I recently told a friend visiting from out of town to check out Prune online so she could get a little sense of it before she arrived on vacation. After viewing this site, she let me know about some of the bad reviews, so I checked them out. Honestly, I was shocked. I have come to the restaurant many times and each time I have had an absolutely wonderful meal and great service. Every single meal has delighted me. I have had dinner, lunch, and brunch and I was always served incredibly well prepared, inventive, and delicious food. The staff members have always been very friendly, welcoming, and very knowledgeable about what they were serving. They are all quite attractive to boot! The hamburger at lunch was to-die-for. At one of my dinner's, a great wine was recommended, a beautiful fish was served, and a fabulous chocolate dessert topped it all off. Brunch has a great pancake, great omelette's, and an amazing list of different yummy Bloody Mary's. Prune is small. It's true. The wait can be long during brunch. It's true. But, give them a break! It's rare that there is a place in this city that serves such great food consistently, has a staff that provides great customer service, and comes without the typical New York snobbery attitude. Cozy on up, make reservations when you can, and enjoy!

Pros: good food, nice staff

Cons: the wait during brunch

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The rating system on this site is buggy. Prior to this review there were 60 reviews, 1 through 5 stars. The average of these 60 was 3.283, yet CitySearch gives them 4.5 stars? Thats not what the reviewers have voted for!

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★☆☆☆☆

The rating system on this site is buggy. Prior to this review there were 60 reviews, 1 through 5 stars. The average of these 60 was 3.283, yet CitySearch gives them 4.5 stars? Thats not what the reviewers have voted for!

Pros: Hot people standing outside

Cons: The waitstaff

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We went to Prune on a busy morning for brunch. While we were waiting for our food, we heard someone in back complaining about "the J*ws" who were "impossible to please." As far as we could tell, all the customers there were polite and things were generally cool. But this was nasty - I won't go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Prune on a busy morning for brunch. While we were waiting for our food, we heard someone in back complaining about "the J*ws" who were "impossible to please." As far as we could tell, all the customers there were polite and things were generally cool. But this was nasty - I won't go back.

Cons: Profoundly unfriendly

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Avoid this place at all costs. The food is only just okay and the staff is rude, they husstle you out too fast. The tables are too close together which make you feel crowded. The brunch is not that great and the kichen which is ontop of you, makes the tiny room smoky. I would never go here again and would not reccomend it at all. The area was full of lovely restaurants, I would try something else instead.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Avoid this place at all costs. The food is only just okay and the staff is rude, they husstle you out too fast. The tables are too close together which make you feel crowded. The brunch is not that great and the kichen which is ontop of you, makes the tiny room smoky. I would never go here again and would not reccomend it at all. The area was full of lovely restaurants, I would try something else instead.

Pros: none

Cons: many

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This is one of my favorite spots in the city. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is intimate and inviting. The servers are also top notch. I highly recommend giving Prune a try, if you haven't already....

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★★★★★

This is one of my favorite spots in the city. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is intimate and inviting. The servers are also top notch. I highly recommend giving Prune a try, if you haven't already....

Pros: Food

Cons: none

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I had heard a lot about Prune before going there myself on a Sunday morning for their famous brunch. A lot has been said about the long wait there: And they actually "exceeded" our expectations. We had to wait for 70 minutes before being called in. At this point I had already decided that no brunch in the world can possibly be worth a 70 minute wait. The atmosphere inside is actually nice and relaxed, waiters and waitresses are very friendly and the service is reasonably fast. But let's get to the point: Their brunch is good, but it's definitely not the best I have ever head. I had their Monte Cristo sandwich (essentially a triple decker ham and cheese sandwich with some jelly (?) and served with eggs. My wife had their eggs benedict. We both liked it but we'd prefer Sarabeth or Tartine any day. And although that's typically not a huge consideration for us when we go for brunch, I was a bit shocked when I got the check: $50 before tip for two average size portions, two coffees and two orange juices. The good thing is: There is a superior alternative, that's cheaper, has an even nicer atmosphere and serves better food: Tartine. Also: Typically you get a seat with no or minimal wait there as well. So, if you want the real Prune experience, go to Tartine.

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★★★☆☆

I had heard a lot about Prune before going there myself on a Sunday morning for their famous brunch. A lot has been said about the long wait there: And they actually "exceeded" our expectations. We had to wait for 70 minutes before being called in. At this point I had already decided that no brunch in the world can possibly be worth a 70 minute wait. The atmosphere inside is actually nice and relaxed, waiters and waitresses are very friendly and the service is reasonably fast. But let's get to the point: Their brunch is good, but it's definitely not the best I have ever head. I had their Monte Cristo sandwich (essentially a triple decker ham and cheese sandwich with some jelly (?) and served with eggs. My wife had their eggs benedict. We both liked it but we'd prefer Sarabeth or Tartine any day. And although that's typically not a huge consideration for us when we go for brunch, I was a bit shocked when I got the check: $50 before tip for two average size portions, two coffees and two orange juices. The good thing is: There is a superior alternative, that's cheaper, has an even nicer atmosphere and serves better food: Tartine. Also: Typically you get a seat with no or minimal wait there as well. So, if you want the real Prune experience, go to Tartine.

Pros: Atmosphere, friendly service

Cons: Wait, price

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Perhaps I was lucky but I thought the service at Prune was one of the best I have ever experienced. The staff was friendly and unpretenious. Yes the tables were close but we ended up having great conversations with both tables to either side of us, mostly about how incredible the food was. The food was very fantastic and the prices while not cheap where on par for what you are eating. Personally, I felt the menu was written personally for me, a great selection plus the specials. I did find the menu items to be of better quality than the specials but that is reaching for a criticism. Plus the place while small is gorgeous. I really enjoyed this wonderful place and would definetly recommend it.

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★★★★★

Perhaps I was lucky but I thought the service at Prune was one of the best I have ever experienced. The staff was friendly and unpretenious. Yes the tables were close but we ended up having great conversations with both tables to either side of us, mostly about how incredible the food was. The food was very fantastic and the prices while not cheap where on par for what you are eating. Personally, I felt the menu was written personally for me, a great selection plus the specials. I did find the menu items to be of better quality than the specials but that is reaching for a criticism. Plus the place while small is gorgeous. I really enjoyed this wonderful place and would definetly recommend it.

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The service is so bad at this restaurant that we don't even remember the food. It leaves a bad taste in our month. We went there 3 times, but had to leave twice. Why?

First time, we were inside hoping to grad a drink. Maggie Gyllenhaal was with her friends. We stood there for 10 minutes, and finally Maggie left, and the staff turns their attention to us - "sorry we are closed."

Second time, we went for brunch around 2pm. We waited till 2:30pm. A wait staff came outside and said "sorry, the chef wants to stop now."

Third time, we finally got seated and was really hoping for a great experience. The tables are too close to each other that you end up listening to everyone's conversation. Not our idea of brunch. The coffee never came before the food. Also, I ordered the Dutch Style Pancake. Not knowing enough about what dutch style pancakes are, I thought maybe it doesn't come with syrup. I was halfway done, until I saw our next table who ordered the same thing gotten syrup.

Sorry, we will never go back. We are stylish ppl who go to all the fancy restaurants in the city. We don't have to go to Prune.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service is so bad at this restaurant that we don't even remember the food. It leaves a bad taste in our month. We went there 3 times, but had to leave twice. Why?

First time, we were inside hoping to grad a drink. Maggie Gyllenhaal was with her friends. We stood there for 10 minutes, and finally Maggie left, and the staff turns their attention to us - "sorry we are closed."

Second time, we went for brunch around 2pm. We waited till 2:30pm. A wait staff came outside and said "sorry, the chef wants to stop now."

Third time, we finally got seated and was really hoping for a great experience. The tables are too close to each other that you end up listening to everyone's conversation. Not our idea of brunch. The coffee never came before the food. Also, I ordered the Dutch Style Pancake. Not knowing enough about what dutch style pancakes are, I thought maybe it doesn't come with syrup. I was halfway done, until I saw our next table who ordered the same thing gotten syrup.

Sorry, we will never go back. We are stylish ppl who go to all the fancy restaurants in the city. We don't have to go to Prune.

Cons: Service

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I have heard about this restaurant for years from a friend and decided to finally give it a try. I was very disappointed. The food was just average and the place is so tiny and cramped it is impossible to get comfortable.

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★★★☆☆

I have heard about this restaurant for years from a friend and decided to finally give it a try. I was very disappointed. The food was just average and the place is so tiny and cramped it is impossible to get comfortable.

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Prune is full of itself yet the staff never misses and opportunity to tell you how incredibly fabulous it all is. The food was uncreative and flavorless as is the atmosphere. The escarole came in a big, soggy heep that went down more like slimy kelp from the ocean floor. It was dressed up with pretentious raisins on the vine but these added flourishes didn't add to the flavor, they merely seemed to be screaming out, look at me, look at me, I'm trying to disguise the fact that this food is flavorless. The roasted sweet potatoes with brown butter were bland as was the two egg ten dollar omelette. The chestnuts were fine but again, no flavor and drowning in sauce. The lamb shank was large enough for Fred Flintstone and it came wrapped up in phyllo like flowers wrapped in paper which added to the caveman club concept. This presentation was yet another silly flourish to disguise the fact that the shank was begging for some sort of creative flavor. The clams were overdone and tough and the silly little capons, pressed onto black toast again had zero flavor. Rib eye, same thing. They also do that nasty thing they are starting to do at pretentious places like Prune, they serve entrees ranging from 21-29 dollars, way too expensive for what you get, yet force you to order your sides (another 6-10 dollars) separately. The only thing hat was alright was the monk fish liver but that tiny little liver was not going to make up for our enormous disappointment. Dessert was tarte tatin with creme fraiche (read: boring) and while the ice cream was alright, it was clearly not made on premises and it was annoying to finish off this crappy meal with a scoop of Ben and Jerry's. The only thing I can surmise from all the good reviews is that the plentiful staff and their friends have been hard at work covering up the fact that their restaurant is nothing special. Prune is just what its namesake says it is, shriveled and dry.

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★☆☆☆☆

Prune is full of itself yet the staff never misses and opportunity to tell you how incredibly fabulous it all is. The food was uncreative and flavorless as is the atmosphere. The escarole came in a big, soggy heep that went down more like slimy kelp from the ocean floor. It was dressed up with pretentious raisins on the vine but these added flourishes didn't add to the flavor, they merely seemed to be screaming out, look at me, look at me, I'm trying to disguise the fact that this food is flavorless. The roasted sweet potatoes with brown butter were bland as was the two egg ten dollar omelette. The chestnuts were fine but again, no flavor and drowning in sauce. The lamb shank was large enough for Fred Flintstone and it came wrapped up in phyllo like flowers wrapped in paper which added to the caveman club concept. This presentation was yet another silly flourish to disguise the fact that the shank was begging for some sort of creative flavor. The clams were overdone and tough and the silly little capons, pressed onto black toast again had zero flavor. Rib eye, same thing. They also do that nasty thing they are starting to do at pretentious places like Prune, they serve entrees ranging from 21-29 dollars, way too expensive for what you get, yet force you to order your sides (another 6-10 dollars) separately. The only thing hat was alright was the monk fish liver but that tiny little liver was not going to make up for our enormous disappointment. Dessert was tarte tatin with creme fraiche (read: boring) and while the ice cream was alright, it was clearly not made on premises and it was annoying to finish off this crappy meal with a scoop of Ben and Jerry's. The only thing I can surmise from all the good reviews is that the plentiful staff and their friends have been hard at work covering up the fact that their restaurant is nothing special. Prune is just what its namesake says it is, shriveled and dry.

Pros: Monk Fish Liver

Cons: Everything else we ate

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Prune is a bit uneven at times. The place is small and the service is a bit flighty but my God, they cook with love and take a lot of culinary risks. I've eaten all over the world and I think this place is definitely a foodie's destination. Their dinner is good, but their brunch is fantastic!

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★★★★☆

Prune is a bit uneven at times. The place is small and the service is a bit flighty but my God, they cook with love and take a lot of culinary risks. I've eaten all over the world and I think this place is definitely a foodie's destination. Their dinner is good, but their brunch is fantastic!

Pros: risk taking menu with local ingredients

Cons: space

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I went to Prune with high hopes. I'd heard many good things about the restaurant, and in passing, it always seemed cute and in-demand. Was I wrong! My boyfriend and I made reservations, but we were seated in a tiny table sandwiched between the hostess station and the front door. To their credit, the waitstaff were sweet and helpful. The food, however, was almost inedible. I ordered one of the specials: ribs flavored with anise. I could barely taste the anise; the grease and gristle completely turned my stomach. The side was laughable: cold, flavorless bean sprouts. My boyfriend's dish, quail on toast, was better, but not entirely memorable. Thank goodness the waiter convinced us to get a bottle of syrah--the only thing that made the meal tolerable. I won't be going back; I'll stick with Danal.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Prune with high hopes. I'd heard many good things about the restaurant, and in passing, it always seemed cute and in-demand. Was I wrong! My boyfriend and I made reservations, but we were seated in a tiny table sandwiched between the hostess station and the front door. To their credit, the waitstaff were sweet and helpful. The food, however, was almost inedible. I ordered one of the specials: ribs flavored with anise. I could barely taste the anise; the grease and gristle completely turned my stomach. The side was laughable: cold, flavorless bean sprouts. My boyfriend's dish, quail on toast, was better, but not entirely memorable. Thank goodness the waiter convinced us to get a bottle of syrah--the only thing that made the meal tolerable. I won't be going back; I'll stick with Danal.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Greasy food; expensive

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you wait one hour to get ripped off at this box so called restaurant, we went there for brunch to get a joke eggs rancheros with three chips, and one $15 pancake, which you need a lot of syrup to get the flavor, i don't understand the chef that cooks over there ,does he or she taste theirfood before they serves it, the ranchero rip off with three eggs and chips out of a grocery store bag,come on it is an insult to customers who are willing to spend the money but get less than a diner food, good luck to the rest of customers who still curious to try this food stand

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★☆☆☆☆

you wait one hour to get ripped off at this box so called restaurant, we went there for brunch to get a joke eggs rancheros with three chips, and one $15 pancake, which you need a lot of syrup to get the flavor, i don't understand the chef that cooks over there ,does he or she taste theirfood before they serves it, the ranchero rip off with three eggs and chips out of a grocery store bag,come on it is an insult to customers who are willing to spend the money but get less than a diner food, good luck to the rest of customers who still curious to try this food stand

Cons: put your table in your lap

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I've been to PRUNE for dinner and for brunch and have always had a great meal. They recently opened for lunch, so I decided to try them out. I had one of the best burgers I've ever eaten! Juicy, with cheddar cheese, maitre'd butter and bacon (added) on an english muffin. My friend had the bacon and marmalade on pumpernickle bread and loved it. You've got to try them out for lunch - no lines, either!!

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★★★★★

I've been to PRUNE for dinner and for brunch and have always had a great meal. They recently opened for lunch, so I decided to try them out. I had one of the best burgers I've ever eaten! Juicy, with cheddar cheese, maitre'd butter and bacon (added) on an english muffin. My friend had the bacon and marmalade on pumpernickle bread and loved it. You've got to try them out for lunch - no lines, either!!

Pros: Service, food, wines

Cons: Small space

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i went here with three others. it took an hour to get seated, but the hostess was kind enough to lets us put our name on the list, go get coffee and bump us to the front of the queue when we returned.

service was good and not rushed considering all the people waiting out front. the restaurant itself is a bit small and table have to be moved to get in and out of your seats if you are against the wall. (definitely not a place if you get claustraphobic.)

bloody marys were mouth-watering especially the chicago boxcar with a variety of pickled vegetables. the food, while somewhat lacking in presentation, was delicious. stay away from the carbonara, which was too salty. go for the dutch pancake (it should be called a fried cake froma pan because it was so huge) with a side of the homeade lamb sausage. the oyster and sausage dish was good but it needed eggs or something to make it a full meal. the fried oyster omelet is a neighborhood favorite and the hot sugary sauce is a must have condiment for more than that dish. to be fair, i did not try this last dish; i thought it looked a little weak.

this restaurant is worth the time and wait.

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★★★★☆

i went here with three others. it took an hour to get seated, but the hostess was kind enough to lets us put our name on the list, go get coffee and bump us to the front of the queue when we returned.

service was good and not rushed considering all the people waiting out front. the restaurant itself is a bit small and table have to be moved to get in and out of your seats if you are against the wall. (definitely not a place if you get claustraphobic.)

bloody marys were mouth-watering especially the chicago boxcar with a variety of pickled vegetables. the food, while somewhat lacking in presentation, was delicious. stay away from the carbonara, which was too salty. go for the dutch pancake (it should be called a fried cake froma pan because it was so huge) with a side of the homeade lamb sausage. the oyster and sausage dish was good but it needed eggs or something to make it a full meal. the fried oyster omelet is a neighborhood favorite and the hot sugary sauce is a must have condiment for more than that dish. to be fair, i did not try this last dish; i thought it looked a little weak.

this restaurant is worth the time and wait.

Pros: service and food

Cons: cramped space

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This place is just terrible. Many of the glowing reviews are suspect as they sound like they come from a brochure for the place. The food truly is terrible, comfort food does not mean overpriced, bland garbage. This place is simply a hangout for the owners and staff's friends, nothing wrong with that but if you're not in the crowd and want to get ripped off and wait forever , give Prune a try. I guarantee it will be your last visit. With so many great places to eat, places like this give NY a bad name.

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★★☆☆☆

This place is just terrible. Many of the glowing reviews are suspect as they sound like they come from a brochure for the place. The food truly is terrible, comfort food does not mean overpriced, bland garbage. This place is simply a hangout for the owners and staff's friends, nothing wrong with that but if you're not in the crowd and want to get ripped off and wait forever , give Prune a try. I guarantee it will be your last visit. With so many great places to eat, places like this give NY a bad name.

Pros: OK if you haven't eaten in 2 weeks

Cons: Food is bland and overpriced

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I've lived in NY for 5 years and this place has it all. Great food, good size menu, great service and an unpretensious setting. The dishes offered were unique, very tasty and fresh from the lamb sausages, sardines with biscuits, large whole shrimp to the amazing pistachio ice cream (the best and freshest I've ever had). I'm glad I was introduced to this place and this is a rare gem in NY.

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★★★★★

I've lived in NY for 5 years and this place has it all. Great food, good size menu, great service and an unpretensious setting. The dishes offered were unique, very tasty and fresh from the lamb sausages, sardines with biscuits, large whole shrimp to the amazing pistachio ice cream (the best and freshest I've ever had). I'm glad I was introduced to this place and this is a rare gem in NY.

Pros: Amazing food and dishes, good atmosphere, unpretensious

Cons: Tight spaces

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You walk though a narrow door and are transported to a world of simple but truly delicious food. It's gourmet, but tastes and feels homemade. The head-on shrimps with anchovy butter had me licking the plate. The sweetbreads were by far the best I've ever had (and I don't even like sweetbreads). The buttered radishes were crunchy and satisfying. Everything they do here is unique and scrumptious. I will be back many many times.

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★★★★★

You walk though a narrow door and are transported to a world of simple but truly delicious food. It's gourmet, but tastes and feels homemade. The head-on shrimps with anchovy butter had me licking the plate. The sweetbreads were by far the best I've ever had (and I don't even like sweetbreads). The buttered radishes were crunchy and satisfying. Everything they do here is unique and scrumptious. I will be back many many times.

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I frequently entertain clients at Prune. They offer a great menu for an exceptionally reasonable price. The views of the lower East Side are spectacular for my out-of-town guests, as is the food and the friendly, attentive service.

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★★★★★

I frequently entertain clients at Prune. They offer a great menu for an exceptionally reasonable price. The views of the lower East Side are spectacular for my out-of-town guests, as is the food and the friendly, attentive service.

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I have to agree with the previous reviewer. I don't get it either. Not impressed with the food. Prices too high for this cramped and unappealing resturant. Zero ambiance to boot.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to agree with the previous reviewer. I don't get it either. Not impressed with the food. Prices too high for this cramped and unappealing resturant. Zero ambiance to boot.

Pros: none

Cons: food , look, staff

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Shabby chic...and that was the food. This hole in the wall had the most overpriced sub par food I've ever eaten. I can't believe they have the nerve to charge those prices. The rib eye was a joke. A huge portion tried to make up for the fact that there are no sides unless you pay for them. I thought $29.00 was enough to cover a little piece of something green. The NJ tomatoes were a joke. Big (again) slabs of nothing but the tasteless fruit. I've had better from my back yard. I haven't even started on the room. Looked dirty, not cute and cozy. At least dim the lights so you can't see how bad it is. It was so bright I thought it might second as a helipad. Save your money and your stomach. Too many other great places to go to rather than waste it here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Shabby chic...and that was the food. This hole in the wall had the most overpriced sub par food I've ever eaten. I can't believe they have the nerve to charge those prices. The rib eye was a joke. A huge portion tried to make up for the fact that there are no sides unless you pay for them. I thought $29.00 was enough to cover a little piece of something green. The NJ tomatoes were a joke. Big (again) slabs of nothing but the tasteless fruit. I've had better from my back yard. I haven't even started on the room. Looked dirty, not cute and cozy. At least dim the lights so you can't see how bad it is. It was so bright I thought it might second as a helipad. Save your money and your stomach. Too many other great places to go to rather than waste it here.

Pros: none

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With the exception of our lemon salad that had so much pepper on it that our eyes started watering, the food here was decent, not great. The menu is very limited - i think we counted 4 or 5 entrees. We ordered the special, grilled branzino, that was so infused with bone, it was difficult to eat. The decor in this place is very diner-ish and the kind of place you expect in the East Village - not romantic, just simple, small and sparse. Problem is nothing at Prune is particularly memorable. No plans to return anytime soon.

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★★★☆☆

With the exception of our lemon salad that had so much pepper on it that our eyes started watering, the food here was decent, not great. The menu is very limited - i think we counted 4 or 5 entrees. We ordered the special, grilled branzino, that was so infused with bone, it was difficult to eat. The decor in this place is very diner-ish and the kind of place you expect in the East Village - not romantic, just simple, small and sparse. Problem is nothing at Prune is particularly memorable. No plans to return anytime soon.

Pros: Friendly Service

Cons: Limited Menu, Boring Decor

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The hype says Prune is the haunt of off-duty chefs. So, perhaps our expectations were too high. The monkfish liver, replete with silky foie gras texture and ocean flavor, is truly memorable. But it was all downhill from there. Shaved artichoke and celery salad was good, but not earthshaking by any stretch. For entrees the suckling pig is a ho-hum pile of pulled pork and the fish-of-the-day was merely good. We did enjoy the recommended, yet simple $40 sangiovese, atmosphere and loosey-goosey service, but we were disappointed overall.

1
★★★☆☆

The hype says Prune is the haunt of off-duty chefs. So, perhaps our expectations were too high. The monkfish liver, replete with silky foie gras texture and ocean flavor, is truly memorable. But it was all downhill from there. Shaved artichoke and celery salad was good, but not earthshaking by any stretch. For entrees the suckling pig is a ho-hum pile of pulled pork and the fish-of-the-day was merely good. We did enjoy the recommended, yet simple $40 sangiovese, atmosphere and loosey-goosey service, but we were disappointed overall.

Pros: Unpretentious, Monkfish liver, Wait staff

Cons: Hyped food, "Is that? It is!"

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I'm not quite sure what the big fuss is all about - we went there for dinner very excited after having read a New York Times article about Ms. Hamilton's restaurant. After being seated next to a waiter's station and practically on top of the bathroom, we ate an oversalted and overpriced meal in cramped quarters. The waitstaff was friendly, but a little too overzealous about every item on the menu.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm not quite sure what the big fuss is all about - we went there for dinner very excited after having read a New York Times article about Ms. Hamilton's restaurant. After being seated next to a waiter's station and practically on top of the bathroom, we ate an oversalted and overpriced meal in cramped quarters. The waitstaff was friendly, but a little too overzealous about every item on the menu.

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is it off topic to rant about the rude hostess? i am surprised i even enjoyed my meal despite the surly hostess' welcome...
on to better topics- the food- delicious and delicate order the plum sorbet...
and listen to the helpful waitress' recommendations!

2
★★★★☆

is it off topic to rant about the rude hostess? i am surprised i even enjoyed my meal despite the surly hostess' welcome...
on to better topics- the food- delicious and delicate order the plum sorbet...
and listen to the helpful waitress' recommendations!

Pros: ambience, food, wait staff

Cons: hostess

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Ate at Prune for the first time and absolutely loved it. Good service, but the real star was the food. I had six different items on the menu (yes, I am a trencherman) and three were simply OUTSTANDING: the steak, the sweetbreads (best I've ever had), and the monkfish liver (also the best I've ever had). The other three were all very good, from the cheese appetizer to the softshell crab to the peach-and-ice cream dessert. The waitress thoughtfully brought me a small after-dinner wine (gratis) which paired perfectly with the dessert. If you want food that will leave you smiling all evening, try Prune. I'll be back!

2
★★★★★

Ate at Prune for the first time and absolutely loved it. Good service, but the real star was the food. I had six different items on the menu (yes, I am a trencherman) and three were simply OUTSTANDING: the steak, the sweetbreads (best I've ever had), and the monkfish liver (also the best I've ever had). The other three were all very good, from the cheese appetizer to the softshell crab to the peach-and-ice cream dessert. The waitress thoughtfully brought me a small after-dinner wine (gratis) which paired perfectly with the dessert. If you want food that will leave you smiling all evening, try Prune. I'll be back!

Pros: Food, Hostess

Cons: Size, perhaps

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the brunch at prune is very good, but it is not worth waiting in long lines with very rude hostesses. the last time i went, the hostess was so rude i decided that i will not go back there.

1
★★★☆☆

the brunch at prune is very good, but it is not worth waiting in long lines with very rude hostesses. the last time i went, the hostess was so rude i decided that i will not go back there.

Pros: bloody marys

Cons: rude hostesses

 

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