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Prune or Dovetail or Allen & Delancey

aser Aug 11, 2008 02:52 PM

Planning on a meal in a few weeks and have narrowed it down to these 3. Dovetail's $38 sunday suppa does sound like a great deal. Neil Ferguson has been getting a lot of press with his work here post At The London. Gabrielle Hamilton makes food cooks want to eat....

I can't decide, help sway my opinion. Have to book soon since A&D gets filled rather quick.

  1. Peter Aug 13, 2008 07:45 AM

    Not to throw a curveball in the works but I just went to Dell'Anima last night for the first time and had a great meal.

    The wine, the bruschetta, the tagliatelle, the gelato. All excellent. And they went out of their way to make room for us by rearranging a few tables a bit.

    Don't know if they're open on Sunday night though...

    Peter
    http://www.FlashlightWorthyBooks.com

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      rluczak Aug 12, 2008 01:17 PM

      Underwhelmed with Dovetail . . .

      1. kelea Aug 11, 2008 08:30 PM

        Dovetail actually has two sunday suppa menus. They are both 3 course prix fixe with one priced at $38 and one at $55. the menu priced at $55 is definitely more in line with their regular menu. the $38 is pretty hard to beat but when a friend and i went...we selected a set at $38 and on at $55 and the $55 entree is SIGNIFICANTLY better.

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          rrems Aug 11, 2008 08:05 PM

          I'm not familiar with Prune, but of the other two, both of which I like, I would choose Dovetail. I agree with the others that A&D is more a winter place.

          1. Peter Aug 11, 2008 05:59 PM

            Never been to Dovetail.

            Prune is loud and bright and cramped and to be honest? I didn't love my meal there.

            Allen & Delancey is solid food, very lovely room... but with more of a cozy winter vibe (similar to the lobby of the Bowery Hotel.)

            Any 4th choice?

            Peter
            http://www.flashlightworthybooks.com

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              sam1 Aug 11, 2008 03:59 PM

              all three are rather different. allen and delancey is more of a fall/winter place in my opinion. amazing food but its dark and has no windows which isnt really good in the summer. id also only go there on a date.

              dovetail is better for groups...food was good but not great in my opinion. service wise - they were unsure if they were a fine dining establishment or a neighborhood joint in my opinion.

              prune is cramped and expensive for the quality in my opinion.

              consider perilla as an alternative...otherwise, id go with a & d.

              1. Miss Needle Aug 11, 2008 03:50 PM

                I've only been to Prune and A&D. My vote is for A&D. But the $38 supper at Dovetail sounds tempting ...

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                1. re: Miss Needle
                  financialdistrictresident Aug 11, 2008 04:06 PM

                  My experience at Dovetail was mixed. If it was downtown I'd still go back for the $38 supper. Miss Needle, what did you have at Allen & Delancey? Maybe we just went on an off night or ordered wrong. My friend did love her bone marrow. Otherwise the service was better than the food. She won't go back. Maybe I should try again? Your thoughts? thanks, fdr

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident
                    Miss Needle Aug 11, 2008 04:15 PM

                    I did have the famed bone marrow (which I loved, but DH didn't). We also ordered the signature hamachi with grapefruit. DH really liked it -- I thought it was good but honestly overrated for a signature dish. The foie gras appetizer was wonderful as well as the lamb chops entree. I think it's a very meat centric restaurant. I agree with sam's assessment that it's a better restaurant for the fall/winter -- rich, hearty and cozy. I also feel that the ambiance is also better suited for the fall/winter as opposed to the spring/summer as there's a bit of a goth element to the decor. The lighter summer dish just didn't wow me at all. Of course, this is just based on one visit. But I've eaten at L'Arpege in Paris (where Henderson cooked at) and didn't really jive with a lot of seafood preparations because I just thought it was a bit too sweet.

                    What did you order when you were there?

                    1. re: Miss Needle
                      financialdistrictresident Aug 11, 2008 04:29 PM

                      Thanks, Miss Needle. I don't eat red meat and they didn't have the hamachi grapefruit on the menu (I wanted to try it based on reviews). We had the foie gras app which was very good. Nothing else was memorable and we were so disappointed we walked over to Falai for dessert. Their passion fruit souffle made us feel better. Maybe we could have ordered better or it's just too meat centric for me. Maybe I should give A&D another chance - a cocktail and app at the bar. The first time we went in the winter (it's so dark, cozy and candle lit inside) for drinks and the ice cold Frangelico was a nice touch.

                      1. re: financialdistrictresident
                        Miss Needle Aug 11, 2008 06:39 PM

                        Ah! That may explain why you weren't too crazy about the place. I forgot that you don't eat red meat. I think they're mainly known for their meat dishes. I hope you get to try the signature hamachi dish one day. I liked it but thought it was a bit too hyped up.

                2. financialdistrictresident Aug 11, 2008 03:48 PM

                  I have only been to Dovetail and Allen & Delancey. I'd go to Dovetail, $38 is hard to beat.

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