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Prune

54 E. First St. (First & Second Aves.) Send to Phone
212-677-6221 | Menu
This East Village restaurant serves American cuisine amid a homey ambience.

Cuisine
Open
Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late
Features
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Prune, New York, NY

Prune Restaurant Review

: Prune may not be the most appealing name for a restaurant (it's for chef-owner Gabrielle Hamilton’s childhood nickname, not the fruit), but once inside any prejudice disappears. The room is appealingly distressed with rough-hewn wood walls and tables, which manages to create a homey feel. Adding to that, the menu is handwritten and reads like a laundry list of Hamilton’s favorite foods. There's no appetizer/entrée designation so guests can create a meal combining selections in any order. For such a small kitchen (you can see the chefs hard at work from any of the tables in the dining room), the staff produces an impressive array of dishes. The range is broad, from fried sweetbreads with bacon and capers to piping hot braised oxtail with fresh horseradish, and Spanish mackerel with scallion, pickled red onion and lemon mayonnaise. Many of the desserts will bring to mind a country kitchen, especially the butter and sugar sandwiches.
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