Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ultimate Brunch Warrior

I feel like I have a bit of catching up to do. The past few months have been spent with many rerun dinners but that's not to say that I haven't been to a few great places. We went to New England in May for the weekend and I have some fun stuff to share from that trip. My recent visitors from Huntsville, Brooke and Lane, were a good excuse to step out and enjoy a sampling of what the tri state area has to offer. As you saw earlier, we went to Philly. The following day, we went to New York City for more magic.

I don't have to remind faithful readers of how much I love Sunday brunch. I am sure that there is a sea of amazing options in the City but we went to a place that I've been previously (about a year and a half ago). Ever since then, I've raved countless times about it to anyone that will listen to me. I was delighted to learn that the owner is writing a book due out in the fall (just in time for my birthday!).

I am talking about Prune.

I'd heard from a reliable source that this place was awesome so when I met up with another old friend from high school that was in the NYC for a few days, I suggested it to her and she was open to trying it out. The place, of course, is small and a crowd that made for some excellent people watching was constantly gathered around and waiting for a table. If I'd started a "Young Folks" whistle along, I bet everyone would have joined in. We waited almost two hours for a spot that day and it was worth every second. We just spent the time catching up and chilling out.

We were much luckier two weeks ago when I went with Brooke and Lane. We got up early that morning to go into the city and arrived in East Village right around ten which is when they open the doors for brunch. No reservations taken (for all other meals, they will reserve you a spot) so the early bird gets the table. We stood in a small line and hoped for the best. Every seat is precious so if a member of your party is not present, you will not be seated. The three of us weren't waiting for anyone else and we practically fist bumped each other when the hostess invited us in and gave us immediate seating!

I ordered the exact same thing that I enjoyed a year and a half ago.

Spicy stewed chickpeas with preserved lemon, butter crumbed poached eggs and flatbread. It's one of the few completely vegetarian options on the menu but it's a jolly good one.

All of us ordered eggs and we also splurged on a pancake to share because I didn't want to miss out! It's quite an experience! It is made from a combination of flour and cornmeal and baked in a skillet (Yeah baby!). They serve it with warm berries and powdered sugar. It is, by far, one of the more unique pancakes I've ever had. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Don't skip the drinks here. I don't usually get juice when I'm out for breakfasty foods but the Prune Juice is an amazing blend of flavors that I am sure will compliment anything on their fabulous menu. Go for it!

I know I should branch out for my next brunch in the City but it's difficult not to plot another meal here. If I lived in New York City, I'd be a regular!

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New York, NY 10003


  1. FINALLY! Welcome back to the blogosphere Ave! Mmmmm - those cumb topped poached eggs look great. Have you ever made preserved lemons? They sound good but I'm not sure I'd use them enough to justify making a couple of jars!

  2. I've always wanted to make them! They take six months before they're ready and I love food projects that require an investment of time!

    In the meantime, I have a jar from Bon Appetit!