New York just is an open book on where to explore and dine – especially when friends come to visit.
My dear friend Joanne wanted to explore one of my quintessential favorite restaurants, Prune, which sadly to say I have not been to since my return to New York exactly 2 years ago. Chef Gabrielle Hunt had so much vision and confident talent 18 years ago opening her restaurant in a neighborhood that was an unknown. Today, East Village is the go-to for everything from food to fashion to speakeasy bars like The Back Room
Here is a review of Prune from 2012 NYmag.com:
Gabrielle Hamilton’s 18-year-old restaurant has earned its place among New York’s all-time classics, and for good reason: The food remains delicious and ambitious, and there’s a no-nonsense vibe that reflects Hamilton’s sense of confidence. Gluten-free, vegan, Paleo — any picky eaters — should stay away, as this restaurant doesn’t pander to the special requests of guests. While brunch draws a heavy tourist group (there are 11 variations of Bloody Marys), at night, the dining room is frequented by regulars who understand that caviar sandwiches are a Prune specialty. It’s an equally appropriate setting for a girl’s night out, a dinner with parents, or a first date. It’s easy to play it safe here — Brussels sprouts with lemon, whole roasted fish, radishes with sweet butter — but it pays to order something more adventurous, like roasted marrow bones. And don’t skip dessert: Hamilton proves that sometimes the simplest sweets are the best — like a salt-baked pear, or salted-butter shortbread with candied orange. There’s a reason this restaurant has a cult following, especially among women, as it feels like a true New York treasure.