As fans of Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations on Travel Channel, we had to try one of his latest recommendations: Prune.
Located on 1st Street between First and Second, the restaurant is small and open, consistent with the "east village" vibe. We sat at a small table in the front and the wall was open to the street, so you felt like you were eating outside, which was really nice given the weather last weekend. The menu is small and not exactly cheap, but the food is simple and tasty (the important thing IMHO).
Instead of bread, they start you off with some fried chickpeas, which were a delightful alternative. We then shared an appetizer of braised escarole and salt cod, which wasn't salty at all. Both of us got the soupy rice as a main course, which was the perfect serving of risotto style rice cooked in lobster stock, with lobster meat and squid on top. For once in NY, the lobster was ample with a claw and a half tail.
We ended with mini home made ice cream sandwiches all marvelous flavors: mint ice cream with chocolate cookie outside, sweet cream with coconut cookie outside, and finally rhubarb ice cream with oatmeal cookie outside.
Mmmm... can't wait to go back and I hear brunch is also fantastic (i.e. hamburgers and bloody mary's).
Reservations a must. Ask to sit in the front.
Prune: Tony and well-known chefs Eric Ripert and Scott Bryan retreat to one of their favorite dining spots, Prune. They indulge in radishes and butter, along with roasted bone marrow and prawns in anchovy butter.
Address: 54 East 1st Street, New York, NY
Web site: www.prunerestaurant.com