Something about this pint-sized New American charmer clicked right off the bat, and has consistently drawn a discerning, devoted crowd of fashionable foodies to the chic little strip between First and Second Avenues (also boasting such New York restaurants as the sexy Elephant, Aussie snack shop the Tuck Shop, and the Tasting Room). Celebrated chef Gabrielle Hamilton brings together marvelous service, hints of decadence, a prevailing spirit of simplicity, and a winking knowledge that what’s being presented is clever, satisfying, and unexpected. The bar conjures up superb renditions of classic cocktails (multiple variations on the Bloody Mary, for instance), and the waitstaff is one of the friendliest and coolest in town. In fact, every element of your evening at Prune makes you feel like an insider; perhaps that’s why it’s always packed, particularly at brunch. Try it for lunch, a new addition this year that combines the eatery’s best features – the light that comes pouring in and Hamilton’s personal touch from behind the stove.