Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Prune

Prune Restaurant - Lower East Side - New York City
Via shanamaidel

When we set out on this here design blog we never imagined that restaurant reviews would be included in the mix, but when a culinary experience wows you so thoroughly you can't help but take note.  We've long been fans of Chicago brunch spots like Lula Cafe, Nightwood and Harmony Grill, and were on the hunt for a similar experience during our recent trip to New York. Enter Prune.  

Located on the Lower East Side, Prune is the one restaurant that simultaneously reminded  us of all our favorite Chicago spots, but also impressed with its unapologetic New York-ness. This place, much like STUDY, is a realist at heart and understands that brunch is only good if you've taken time to stock a well-appointed bar.

Prune Restaurant - Lower East Side - Manhattan
Shanna Ravindra via New York Magazine

Prune offers 10 variations on the bloody mary - some involving pickled eggs and meat infusions - and approximately 32 chairs for your brunching enjoyment. It's admittedly cramped, but comfortable.  For our meal we had the fried oyster omlette with remoulade sauce and egg "en cocotte", both of which were to frigging die for.

Prune Restaurant - Lower East Side - Manhattan
Via New York Post

Prune is sparce by design but heavy on ambiance. Distressed antique mirrors line the dining room and bare sconces outfitted with dipped zinc bulbs give the space a vintage, but modern feel all the same. Servers wear pink t-shirts printed with Prune's rectangular logo and offer some of the most attentive service STUDY's had in any city. It's possible that we never actually saw the same waiter twice, but whatever they're doing service-wise, they're impeccable.

Prune Restaurant - Lower East Side - Manhattan
Shanna Ravindra via New York Magazine


Shanna Ravindra via New York Magazine

Prune is located at 54 East 1st Street. Go there now.