A Flawless Brunch in New York City

Photo: Leonardo Navarro.

There is nothing quite like a weekend brunchtime Bloody Mary. For those in my camp, there is no better destination than Prune. Inconspicuously tucked away in a little corner in the East Village, Prune features 10 different Bloody Mary recipes. All are intended to be followed by a beer chaser. Picqued by the exotique-ness (at least for this Mexican) of Acquavit in the morning, I ordered a Danish Bloody Mary. Perhaps it was the Scandinavian liquor. Perhaps it was Prune, but I have rarely seen an environment as approving of the celebration of the Bloody Mary as this one.

The ‘Maries alone would suffice for my frequent business. However, brunch fare at Prune is a veritable morning delight. During my second visit, despite many an appealing menu alternatives – and because of my penchant for molluscs – I ordered a fried oyster omelet for $14. The dish, just like Prune, was understated, simple, and yet light and tasty – it was the perfect combination to my drink. And to my Sunday.

Despite it being in high demand, the environment is comfortable and welcoming. Once, after brunch, this correspondent ordered a second round of Blody Marys after there was no more food present at the table. We weren’t bothered. No one minded.

Prune is a flawless brunch. It is a flawless execution of drink, food, ambiance, and price. If you have half a day to spare, there is no beating the Prune experience.

Predictably, Prune becomes very busy. Best is either opening time or the afternoon. If you are inclined to savour the Bloody Mary menu, your best bet is to arrive after 2 PM, when alcohol can be legally served and when a table can be procured with relative ease. The place is quite small, so come in parties of 4.

54 East 1st St # 1
New York, NY 10003-9313
(212) 677-6221

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Correspondent:Leonardo Navarro

Originally from Mexico, Leonardo moved to Taiwan to become a diplomat. While on the island, he promoted Mexican exports and managed a mariachi song and dance troupe. After working for a bread company in Beijing, Leonardo led the organization of business delegations accompanying the President of Mexico and others to China, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Within the these caravans, Leonardo was unofficial tour guide to Mexican businesspeople, diplomats, and magnates. He is currently based in New York City. Follow Leonardo on Twitter.