So I can definitely see why people wait for hours to eat brunch at Prune...
Number of visits: 1
(1st St. Between 1st & 2nd Aves.)
For the simplest reason, of course: the food. It's just delicious — it barely even needs a full review. I went here quite early on a Saturday morning (with my eating buddy <3), around 10:30 maybe, and we still had to wait for about 15 to 20 minutes — and the restaurant opens at 10. Yep, after only half an hour of opening, the place was already packed. That being said, we had a pretty open day, and I'd been wanting to try this place for quite some time, so we waited it out.
And we were glad we did. Everything that entered into our mouths as soon as we sat down was so, so good. I had the Dutch pancake ($15), and my friend had the fresh ricotta ($13) — just look how gorgeous everything looks:
Dutch pancake ($15)
The pancake was divine. Super fluffy, light and moist, with slightly tart pears embedded into it. There was a generous (read: GENEROUS) coating of powdered sugar, the tiniest "side" of Canadian bacon and, of course, high-quality maple syrup.
Then I tried my friend's ricotta with berries, and even this one wowed — and I am definitely not a cheese person. The ricotta was very mild and delicate, which went perfectly well with the sweet honey drizzle, tart berries and crunchy pine nuts. This tasted like a heavenly cheesecake-filling cloud. But even better were these merveilles, which are basically French deep-fried scones/beignets. Oh my goodness, these were wonderful! So crunchy, nutty, slightly cinnamony and sweet, I could eat an entire pile of these and not get sick of them. This dish is highly recommended solely for the merveilles — seriously, just try not to like them.
Aside from the food, I loved the ambiance of Prune. It had a very French and classy, but not uncomfortably pretentious, feel to it, and I definitely dug the interior. I would love to come back here for dinner, when I would imagine it to be quite cozy and intimate.
The service was also good, but not fantastic. Still, I gotta give the servers props for being calm, collected, polite and relatively swift even during crazy peak hours.
Do I even need to say this? Of course I'd come back here. Kudos, Gabrielle Hamilton (the owner and author of "Blood, Bones and Butter" — hence the title to this post, heh. It's been on my book list for a while, and my experience here definitely bumped it up as a priority!).