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Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat
Prune is not only an iconic neighborhood restaurant but also a great destination worth a visit. I've been following Gabrielle Hamilton ever since I started cooking and have always loved her cooking as well as her writing. Her memoir Blood, Bones and Butter is a phenomenal read -- before I say anything about the restaurant. There are only a handful of restaurants in NYC that I've been to more than once and one of them is Prune. I love both brunch and dinner there. There is one dish on the brunch menu that will always be my favorite breakfast item in NYC and that is their light chickpea stew with preserved lemons, olives, a crispy poached egg and grilled flatbread.
If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it
I saw this question and Prune is immediately where my mind went. One of my favorite restaurants in the city!
over 1 year ago
Awesome I loved reading this!
Artisan Bread Baker, @katcontrol
I have so so much love for Prune. Taking into consideration food, cocktails, atmosphere, and service, this is one of my NYC top 5. Roasted rabbit for 2! Grilled lamb chops! Marrow bones! Dirty martinis! Aquavit Bloody Marys with pickled fennel! Perfect peaches with buttered toast! Hamilton, the patron saint of badass literary lady chefs, cooks the cozy food we all wish our moms had made. Prune is intimate and zero-fuss with no stuffy dress code, but you will want to plan ahead. If you are lucky, you might snag a walk-in seat at the bar, but good luck getting a table without a reservation!
Big Apple food blogger
I have heard such great things about Prune, I'm glad to know they take reservations at least!
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Founder and Executive Chef at dineDK Private Dining
Butter restaurant has been going strong for the past 13 years with a dedicated following and a strong female presence in the kitchen. Owned and operated by Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli, with her persona on TV, Butter and Alex don't always get the respect they deserve. Before she opened Butter in 2002, she trained under some of the world's best chefs including Larry Forgione, Guy Savoy, and was a sous chef under Daniel Boulud at the original Daniel. She's is a powerhouse, cooking amazingly vibrant, simplistic food, completely focused on the seasons and greenmarket. She is a fixture of the NYC dining scene and if you're strolling through the USQ market, there's a good chance she's sitting on the back of a farmers truck, with her daughter running around, enjoying the morning.
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
Aww I love the last part! Shopping the USQ market is one of my favorite past times during the summer.
My friends think I'm a food snob
You're spot on, totally underrated as a restaurant!
General Manager @ Wallse Restaurant, modern Austrian cuisine in the West Village
I am amazed I'm the first to mention the Pig! I love to bring out-of-towners to Ms. Bloomfield's gastropub (the first in the city, I hear!) for the oysters, inspired charcuterie, funky Roquefort burger, and the not-messing-around wine list. Bonus points for staying open till 2 every night of the week.
Art Director, Design, UX
It's one of the few no-reservation restuarants I'm willing to go to on a consistent basis. Best burger in the city, hands down.
Not to be biased, but Italian food is the best
One of the best restaurants in the west village, and my favorite of April's restaurants!
Halcyon / Egan & Sons
The Spotted Pig has to be one of NYC's most iconic restaurants. I have been there with restaurant folk, family, friends. I have spotted some amazing chefs there and frankly was a little starstruck at times! I cannot say enough about how much I love this restaurant! It is really cool that we are talking about fantastic restaurants owned by women. Regardless of the gender of the Spotted Pig's owner, this restaurant blows most others out of the water.
Yes I've heard this is a big time industry hangout! One of my favorite restaurants in NYC!
Whole animal butcher. Formerly head butcher at Dicksons Farmstand (NY) and Lindy & Grundy (LA).
Saying much more than "foie gras soup dumpling" seems useless. So, "foie gras dumpling."
But, also, Anita Lo cooks food that's sadly hard to find in the city. It's not heavy handed or overly spicy or salty to the point of making your joints swell before you pay the check. Her delicate hand makes for some of the best seafood I've eaten. It's seasonal and subtle -- she does the kind of dishes where you realize "Oh, crap, I have a lot to learn" without being snobby or pretentious. Plus, an $88 five course tasting menu of this caliber? Crazy.
And, again, "foie gras soup dumpling."
Really enjoyed this! I had no idea you could get a five course tasting for $55, this just got added to my list!
Your description of the cuisine is perfect. Anita Lo is a rockstar!
Private chef specializing in Italian, French
Regardless of being female owned, this is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Some of the best seafood indeed!
Owner, Bev Director - Donostia
Though Babu Ji is just a few months in, they've become an instant classic and have brought a truly fresh take on Indian restaurants to NYC. The delicious food is market driven, making full use of the Union Square farmers market, and beautiful with touches of fresh fruit, edible flowers and a rainbow of sauces. They eschew oil and ghee laden food for water-based cooking so you never leave feeling too heavy but rather nourished. Co-owner Jennifer Singh has created a relaxed and fun atmosphere without pretension and the result is a hipper, more modern face to Indian restaurants than we've really seen in New York before. A nicely curated wine list with a focus on Australia, a serve-yourself fridge with a huge selection of craft-beers, Bollywood projected on the wall and great photography collected by Jennifer all set them apart. They've managed to create something original in New York.
I've have heard about them no less than 3 times this week. Super excited to check it out!
New York City
Artist and aspiring food critic
Instant classic is right! Love what you guys are doing over at Donostia as well! Bunch of great spots right in your area.
Journalist, aspiring food critic, amateur cook
Such a nice post! I really enjoyed it!
Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.
I had the most delicious cauliflower dish there last week- they did a spin on a general tso sauce and I am still dreaming about it!
Chef / Owner at Coppa and Toro Restaurants
The service, food, and wine list always deliver. It is comforting and creative and I crave it. April Bloomfield's team are always happy and wicked fun. It's a once a month stop for me. The Carte de Musica is my favorite bite in NYC, and I'd also highly recommend the chorizo stuffed squid and mushrooms and whelk toast.
I loved reading this! That Chorizo stuffed squid sounds amazing!
I have been in love with chef April's food since the Spotted Pig. I will most definitely be stopping by here!
Executive Chef / Owner at The Little Beet and The Little Beet Table
I really admire Amanda Cohen from Dirt Candy. She works so hard everyday. She is successful because she made herself successful. She began with a small place and now has a bigger one. She broke her ass to do it. Her complex vegetable cookery is impressive and her business is bustling. Bravo Amanda!
Kudos to Amanda for busting her ass, it's great she's finally getting the credit she is due! Well said!
Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks
Dirt Candy is an amazing, female run eatery. Great food and good drinks too! Chef Amanda does vegetable dishes right. The General Manager, Jackie, is also amazing and makes the dining room feel like a fun dinner party of sorts.
Kuddos to all the women in the biz!
Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic
This is one of my new favorite restaurants in the city. I read about Amanda Cohen and wanted to check it out and it was incredible! Awesome team there!
Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker
For my entire life, it's been difficult, being a first generation American born Filipino, to go out and find the food of my heritage well executed. That is, until now. In recent years there's been a push for Filipino cuisine, and Pig & Khao is among the front runners in Manhattan. Chef Leah Cohen's take on pork belly adobo, coconut rice, and seafood sinigang bring back memories of the dinner table from my youth. For a differing opinion, you can also find other South East Asian dishes, learned and inspired from her many trips to Asia- Khao Soi, Shan noodles, Burmese eggplant salad. I've gone often, frequently brought friends, and we've always left happy and full. Just make sure you save a little bit of space to finish your meal with some Filipino Halo-Halo.
Coffee addict and world traveler
Very cool hearing about it from someone of a Filipino background, makes me appreciate it that much more!
Culinary Instructor, Writer
Lovely post! Really enjoyed this thank you!
This is wonderful Japanese restaurant tucked away in the West Villiage. Reika Yo is a musician turned restauranteur who has created a atmosphere of traditional Japanese clean lines. There is an unwavering standard at EN for food to be part of a positive balance of body & soul. Until I did a little research, I had no idea how many celebrities frequent the restaurant. This is a real hidden gem. The kitchen is almost completely open. If you sit at the sushi bar, you can watch the sushi chefs work & behind them is the hot line where cooks are preparing the hot food. Try the house made tofu!
Native New Yorker... I know what's good around here
Awesome find! You sold me on it, sounds pretty cool
This looks amazing, thanks Tess!
I am recommending this establishment, because of the owner, Samantha Safer. She had a goal of owning her own establishment before she turned 30. And that is exactly what she did. She has created a space where industry and locals alike can come and both well executed food and drink. She understands what quality is, and is unwilling to compromise. As much as she would hate to be simply categorized as a "woman owner", I know she deserves to be mentioned.
I just read about Tilda on Grubstreet I'm excited to go check it out!
It looks like a beautiful space, congratulations on the new opening!
Executive Chef at Junoon
Owner Devil's Larder Bitters
What can I say that hasn't already been said about April Bloomfield? Spotted Pig, Breslin, John Dory, Salvation Taco? You can't fuck with Bloomfield. Everything she touches is thoughtful and well crafted. Clever and very approachable. Above all, fucking delicious.
Well said! The suckling pig with a group of friends at The Breslin has been one of my most memorable dining experiences of the past year.
Shawn Radar Burnette
Chef at Delaney Resaurant Group
Shawn Radar Burnette
Christin Lecki, The Head Chef could possibly be the best chef working in NY. April Bloomfield and Ken Freidman got everything right at The Ace Hotel
Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street
This nearly year old west village gem is the brainchild of superduo Jody Williams and Rita Sodi (see Buvette and I Sodi). Small plates, no reservations, open all day, gorgeous space. Menu in constant flux means you will never get bored.
Every detail is meticulously thought out from every ingredient on your plate, to the plate itself, the table, your chair, the floor and everything that surrounds you. You can taste the passion in each bite.
Check them out if you can get in, try mid afternoon when most people wouldn't think it will be open.
Moved to New York City for work, stayed because of the food
I'm a big fan of Buvette so I will definitely check this out. Is it usually a long wait during the evening hours?
Haven't been in a bit, but much larger space so it is definitely an easier bet.
I saw they got 2 stars from Pete Wells and I loved his review. It sounds super interesting I'm excited to check these guys out!
GETE was founded by Carrie Levin in 1981 and has been serving up one of the city's best brunches ever since! No matter the time of day you can enjoy Traditional "American" breakfasts. The lines get to be a bit long on the weekends but it is so worth the wait. If you happen to be in the neighborhood in the evening they do a great selection of classic cocktails as well as amazing comfort food like, Meatloaf and roasted turkey for dinner. The atmosphere is very laid back and the food is wonderful. You will never leave hungry that's for sure!
Ah I wish I still lived in the UWS! Brunch at GETE was one of my favorite weekend traditions.
Classic brunch spot, hard to believe they've stuck it out for more than 30 years!
Culinary Creative, El Bulli Foundation
Missy Robbins' Lilia is a beautifully built space, open and alive, and filled with industry folks looking to taste the Michelin level food she is on fire to put down at her first spot as chef/owner. I went in their opening week earlier this spring, and sat next to my buddy Jonah, chef/owner of Huertas, and looked down the bar to see the Director of Operations from USHG, and heard that the table was mised for Tom Collichio who would be there any minute. This place hit the stove cooking! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and the food is on point. And the pasta; I love pasta. Hers is an articulate balance of subtlety and punch. In her sure to become classic sheep's milk agnolotti, the ricotta is rich and savory, the saffron sings and the honey just kisses it into somewhere more interesting. The malfadini is a riff on cacio e pepe and I loved the ridges of the housemade al dente noodles. Both pastas are made in house, and as far as I know, she's one of a very few people in the city that are extruding their own dried pastas in house. Taste the difference.
BBQ Grill Master, beer lover
Man I just keep hearing good things about this place. Loved your review for it!
about 1 year ago
Awesome -- this was a lot of fun to read!
Executive Chef, Freehold Brooklyn
Although technically owned by a husband and wife team, Chef Anna Klinger is the real driving force behind this Park Slope institution. She certainly has her own style and crafts a unique, yet traditionally inspired, take on Northern Italian cuisine. Don't miss the spaghetti neri alla chitarra, a homemade black spaghetti with octopus confit. The simple, yet elegant, dining room is complemented by a friendly and outgoing staff, but get there early as the restaurant is 'walk-in only' and has a limited number of seats.
Flushing, Queens resident, gastronome and wine aficianado
I hadn't been here but it sounds fantastic, thanks for sharing!
This is right in my hood, will definitely be checking them out!
New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,
The combination of the views, service, and pleasing food make this restaurant quite a hit!
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