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Global Feast : New York

Best of July and August 2014
September 25, 2014

Prune The East Pole

Prune in East Village (left) and The East Pole in Upper East Side (right)

The Best of July and August 2014 goes to two very popular restaurants for brunch. Prune in East Village and The East Pole on the Upper East Side.

Even though I love brunch food, I have never been a brunch person until I moved to NYC last summer. I really enjoyed both Prune and The East Pole and they were my best pick for this month.

Prune The East Pole

Prune has a very unique menu. They have their take on bacon and eggs, Spaghetti a la Carbonara on their brunch menu for example. I chose a fried oyster omelet which is also unusual, I think. I love fried oysters but I never thought about eating it for brunch. The fried oyster was so creamy inside and crispy outside. It was perfect.

Prune The East Pole

At The East Pole, I had a tasty and very pretty "all greens omelet" with ricotta cheese and fresh herbs. The egg was so fluffy and beautifully yellow. They used a bunch of fresh herbs and greens inside-out with some soft ricotta cheese inside. It is light and does not make you feel full like most of the heavy brunch menu items. I also tired their home fries. It is more like hash than fries and heavy in oil. But the black garlic makes this dish super flavorful.

The best dish of the month goes to the Porchetta alla Romana from Il Bucco Alimentari & Vineria. It was an unexpectedly beautiful dish with seasonal vegetable and peaches over a slice of very tender and moist porchetta. Some porchetta has very salty, crispy skin but the one served at Il Bucco was much milder and the texture is similar to pork roast. Maybe it is not made the classic way but I was very happy with it. The service was friendly and attentive even when I was sitting at the bar. I will definetly go back soon.

Prune The East Pole

Prune
54 E 1st St
New York, NY
212.677.6221
www.prunerestaurant.com
Prune on Urbanspoon

The East Pole
133 E 65th St
New York, NY
212.249.2222
www.theeastpolenyc.com
The East Pole on Urbanspoon

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
53 Great Jones St
New York, NY
212.837.2622
www.ilbucovineria.com
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria on Urbanspoon

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