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tito Mar 27, 2011 07:28 AM

I have not been to Prune for quite a while. I just finished reading Chef Hamiltons book "Blood, Bones & Butter" and the Prune urge has kicked in.

Has anyone dined here recently for dinner?? How are they doing and how was the grub?

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Prune
54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

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    blweis Jul 15, 2011 08:13 AM

    I went for lunch on Tuesday. The tiny place was not quite empty around 1:30. The staff were cheery and efficient. I thought the simple menu looked really appetizing. I had a greek salad sandwich with tzatziki, that turned out to be a thick, toasted slice of rustic bread piled with peppers, onions, grape tomatos, olived and laced with garlic tzatziki. It was light, but totally refreshing and packed with flavor. Hit the spot on a sticky mess of a summer day. I was really impressed (it was a bargain, too, but not a cheap eat), and would love to go back, if I lived anywhere near NYC. And lunch is the new dinner - skip the high prices, long waits, and crushing din.

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    Prune
    54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

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      titleTK Jul 16, 2011 08:28 PM

      I just got home from dinner at Prune and was quite impressed. The seating is seriously cramped and can be very claustrophobic but everything else about the place is charming. One piece of advice: if you go for dinner skip the entrees. The appetizers and bar snacks are more like small plates and are "last meal on death row" amazing. I had the sardines with triscuits and the celery salad served with blue cheese on toast. These "snacks" were two of the best dishes I have ever eaten. For my entree I had the lamb blade chop. It was tasty, but very fatty and tough. I had a hard time cutting it and eventually just picked it up with my fingers. The other members of my party felt the same way, all the entrees were good but overpriced and paled in comparison to the appetizers.

      Happy eating!!

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      hungrycomposer Jul 16, 2011 08:49 PM

      I've been there twice in the past few months. The sweetbreads are fantastic and not to be missed. The marrow bones and monkfish liver (a special) are also wonderful. I agree that a meal made of small plates is the way to go, but the entrees are also pretty damn good. It is cramped, but everybody is generally good natured about it. If the prices were lower I'd go all the time, but considering local prices it seems like a pretty good deal.

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        uwsister Jul 16, 2011 11:39 PM

        I keep forgetting to try this place for dinner (only done brunch) - I've been on a real sweetbreads kick these days, and something tells me Prune should really be a contender when we're out and about in that neighborhood next time. Thanks for sharing!

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          hungrycomposer Jul 17, 2011 11:51 AM

          Prune served the best sweetbreads I've ever eaten. (Or at least the best sweetbreads that I can remember eating!) If that's what you're looking for it's worth a special trip. The app. serving was generous.

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            kathryn Jul 17, 2011 08:22 PM

            They do change the menu pretty frequently, so go sooner rather than later!

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              uwsister Jul 18, 2011 08:24 AM

              Will do - thank you!

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                howdini Jul 18, 2011 12:53 PM

                The sweetbreads are un. frickin'. real. You'll want to share them with everyone you know. But don't.

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