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Amy Eats…at Prune

With 2012 just around the corner, it’s about time to reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve done this year. Treat yourself to an amazing meal at Prune. This restaurant is definitely my all time favorite restaurant in New York City. I have yet to find anything that I don’t like about this homey restaurant in East Village.

I originally learned about Prune from an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. I was so intrigued by the casual and intimate atmosphere of the restaurant. My mouth watered as Bourdain and his friends sat at the bar, drinking and eating dishes like bone marrow and the Grilled Head-On Shrimp. I decided to make the trip down to East Village.

Entrees average about $26 and appetizers average about $10. As you glance through the menu, you’ll probably be quite surprised by the types of food Chef Gabrielle Hamilton carefully selects. Her dishes are innovative, fresh and comforting- definitely worth your money for a delicious meal!

As mentioned above, I had to try the two dishes Anthony Bourdain featured in his show. The Roasted Marrow Bones is served with parsley salad, sea salt, and bread. The idea of eating bone marrow might be new but if you’re not afraid of trying unusual dishes then this is the challenge you must face. You’re served three cooked marrow bones with spoons sitting in the glutinous bone marrow. Take a spoonful and spread it over the bread, sprinkling on a tiny bit of sea salt before you take that brave bite. I recommend sharing this with a friend as it’s a bit overwhelming to finish all three of them by yourself.

The Grilled Head-On Shrimp is my favorite appetizer at Prune. It’s cooked in anchovy butter which completes this dish. You’re served three very large shrimps cooked and marinated just perfectly. I recommend using your hands, a bowl of lemon water is provided to wash the sauce off of your fingers, though you may just want to lick them clean.  Take the head off and suck out all the juiciest and the most nutritious part of the shrimp. Then work your way to the chewy and meaty part of the shrimp.  Dip the shrimp in the extra anchovy butter on the plate for even more flavor. After you finish this appetizer, you know you’ll be coming back for more.

All of the main dishes on the menu sound too good too be true. It’s tough to pick out just one that you want to try. But I’ve had the honor of tasting Grilled Pork Chop with warm cabbage and apple slaw, roasted Duck Breast with dandelion greens in raisin-caper dressing, Lamb Shank braised with tomato, cinnamon, cumin and preserved lemon, and last but not least, their swordfish special of the day served with half-cooked potato slaws. Each of the dishes reach a perfect balance between the fattiness of the meat and the crispiness of vegetables that will make it easy for you to savor every bite of the plate.

The pork chop, roasted duck breast, and the lamb shank all melt in your mouth. It’s easy for duck dishes to have that peculiar duck smell but that’s never been an issue I’ve noticed at Prune. All the meats I’ve enjoyed at Prune were all so tender and just fatty enough to satisfy your taste buds. Even the swordfish was extraordinarily flavorful!

Prune is also open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am until 3:30 pm. For dinner, you should call ahead to make a reservation or sit at the bar for a chill night of munching on good food and drinks.  Take a trip down to Prune and enjoy!

-Amy Park

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