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Brunch: Prune? Schillers? Jane?

jdream Mar 13, 2007 11:00 AM

A friend and I are looking to get brunch Sunday. We don't care much about what neighborhood, but downtown would be preferable. But more importantly we are looking to get GREAT Bloody Mary's...

Which of these do you recommend? Or something else altogether?


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    banjolinana RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 11:55 AM

    Hm Honestly i haven't had the bloody mary's at Prune or Jane but i've had my fair share of them so I feel in a position to say the Bloody Mary's at Schiller's are darn good.

    Hearty, thick, spicy, salty. And the best part I like is they give you a stalk of celery, lime and olives. The way they should be served!

    1. Melanie RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 12:53 PM

      I haven't actually been here, but Prune is supposed to be the go-to place for brunch, with an entire bloody mary menu! Seems right up your ally. But please note that wait times can be pretty extreme (which is actually the reason I have never been)

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        Trinity Connors RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 12:58 PM

        The bloody mary's are the best at Prune. What they should be and more.

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          RCC RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 01:13 PM

          I certainly enjoyed the Bloody Mary, their so-called "classic" and including a small glass of beer chaser, during brunch at Prune about 2 months ago.

          1. dkstar1 RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 01:29 PM

            great bloody mary (with tequila) at Prune but I found the food to not be worth the wait. You are better off going there for lunch or an early dinner during the week. $.02

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              jdream RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 01:36 PM

              Ok... maybe I should add another criteria then... preferably someplace that will take a reservation/not have a really long wait! Thanks for the suggestions!

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                Lucia RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 01:39 PM

                I'm not a bloody mary fan, so I can't vouch for the quality of bloody marys at any restaurant, but if you don't want a wait, then Jane is your pick from your list. You could also try Five Points, which is on opentable as well. I don't know if Deborah takes reservations, but I've never had trouble finding a table for brunch there either.

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                surly RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 02:45 PM

                second the five points recommendation. they take reservations and have good drinks. the food (at least at brunch) is usually pretty good, too.

                but if you're willing to get there early and/or wait, definitely recommend prune for the food and drinks. definitely one of the best brunches downtown.

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                  kayonyc RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 05:48 PM

                  I haven't been to Jane but I LOVE Prune. Their bloodys were fantastic. Schillers' food was just "ehh." for me.

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                    surly RE: kayonyc Mar 13, 2007 06:05 PM

                    yeah. schiller's is more of a scene than anything else, though i'd say the food at brunch is generally better than at other times of day.

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                    1uc7 RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 06:07 PM

                    bloody marys at prune are my favorite reason to go there. the food can be amazing or so-so, depending on the day. if you can't stand the thought of waiting, i'd second fie points -- the food is great, the bloody marys perfectly ok.

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                      jsmitty RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 06:22 PM

                      prune by a wide margin!
                      schillers is ordianry
                      jane is better than average, but does not reach the creativity and flavor of prune

                      additionally, you are not too far from a place i love for bloody mary's daddy-o on bedford street. a bar with very good bar food. great burgers. it's worth the trip just for the creative bloody marys alone. i think i had a tequila blood mary last...

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                        harrison RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 06:45 PM

                        You will do fine at Jane in all aspects - bloody, food, and an honored reservation

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                          Bernke RE: jdream Mar 13, 2007 07:29 PM

                          love Deborah and Five Points!!!!!!!!!! definitely try one of them

                          also, heard Clinton Street Bakery has awesome brunch

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                            okiam527 RE: Bernke Mar 14, 2007 08:19 AM

                            Yes, Clinton Street Bakery has amazing brunches. Good luck getting seated, though.

                          2. jinet12 RE: jdream Mar 14, 2007 07:55 AM

                            Have not been to the places you ask about, but the best bloody mary's I have ever had are to be found at "Mesa Grill"...

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                              jdream RE: jinet12 Mar 14, 2007 08:52 AM

                              Thanks for all the recommendations... I used to work at five points, so I'd rather try someplace new (left over brunch food was our shift meal!). Sounds like Prune is the winner, although Daddy-O piqued my interest too...

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                                jdream RE: jdream Mar 14, 2007 08:54 AM

                                P.S. Anything not to missed at Prune?? Beside the Bloody Mary's of course....

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                                  rose water RE: jdream Mar 14, 2007 08:08 PM

                                  Yes, the bloody mary is fantastic. I'm partial to the one crammed with pickled vegetables and caper berries. You can also get it without the booze.

                                  I love the dutch pancake. Buttery, fluffy and delicious. Other things are good, but may not be worth the considerable wait. I'd argue that the pancake is. (Also, given that you didn't want to wait, I'd suggest going early).

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                              catewats RE: jdream Mar 15, 2007 12:38 PM

                              Haven't had a bloody there, but I love brunch at Freemans. The wait can be long, but I think the food and atmosphere make it worth it. Rivington bet. Bowery and Chrystie.

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                                jdream RE: jdream Mar 19, 2007 07:17 AM

                                Thanks so much for the suggestions. We ended up at Prune yesterday. The food was really good and the Bloody Mary's were AMAZING!!!

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