Saturday, December 29, 2007


Mmmm, marrow bones.

We ate at Prune Thursday night for the first time. They serve our kind of good food in a laid back atmosphere. You don't get a sense of innovation or creativity, just satisfying food.

I've been wanting to go for a while but I get easily obsessed (e.g. ramen mania), and also we've been trying to go super value lately, but they recently made an appearance in an episode of No Reservations and that motivated us to go.

We ordered marrow bones, stuffed lamb loin, stewed pork shoulder, and a side of Brussels sprouts with cauliflower and turnips.

I want to eat marrow bones all the time. Mabel doesn't understand the appeal.

We were messy enough with the bones, which we got as a first course, to merit Prune's version of the Napkin of Shame. They switched out the butcher paper covering our table for us. Although this is much, much better than the actual Napkin of Shame which just sits on top of the tablecloth indicating that there's a big mess underneath. The Butcher Paper of Shame is simply a new table covering. It makes us look like immaculate eaters.

The stuffed lamb was fairly terrible--dry, chewy, and gristly--but I'll guess that someone just forgot it in the oven.

The stewed pork shoulder was really good, one of those dishes that warms you to the core on a cold day and is completely satisfying. We asked for some bread to sop up the pork broth which made things even better. Mabel suspected their supplier was Sullivan Street Bakery.

The vegetables were just nicely prepared vegetables. I don't eat turnips very often. Maybe I will more often. And I'm starting to come around to cauliflower.

We drank a bottle of Chinon (Philippe Alliet 2005) which was just right. It reminded me of a bottle Jen gave us a few years ago. Mabel was thinking of the fantastic wine we had at our meal at La Regalade.

For dessert I got a pear and apple tart with ice cream, and Mabel got something called Sugared Hay. Both were fine. The sugared hay was shredded wheat with Greek yogurt and candied pumpkin.

Overall, 6 out of 7 is pretty darn good. Nobody's perfect. But we're just getting to know the place and looking forward to coming back.

On the subway ride back home, a violinist and saxophonist played this great duet.

54 E 1st St (btn 1st and 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003-9313
(212) 677-6221


Liz said...

I love Prune. If you go again, try the sweetbreads, the baked yams and the stewed chestnuts. Yum! I'd also suggest the pear/cranberry thing for dessert... much better than the sugared hay. I enjoyed your review.

David said...

That's so great to hear, Liz. There were so many things that sounded good we had to stop ourselves from ordering too much. I'll plan on getting the sweetbreads, yams, and chestnuts the next time around.