Brunch at Hundred Acres

cookshop_fivepoints_hundredacresThe owners of Cookshop and Five Points recently re-opened the previously run Provence space with Hundred Acres. As a big fan of both Cookshop and Five Points, I was really looking forward to finding out what the buzz was all about. And not having been to a West Village Brunch, in well… so long I can’t remember, it gave me the perfect reason to head downtown on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Hundred Acres Dining Room

After walking for what seemed like 50 blocks from the 6 train to MacDougal St., I was pleasantly greeted by a serene bistro packed to brim with fellow West Village Brunchers. Brunching in the West Village is a unique pleasure that I enjoy somewhat infrequently, to preserve its novelty. And though I wouldn’t say that Hundred Acres stands too far apart from its West Village neighbors, it has an abiance of its own and one of the best burgers I’d ever tasted!

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Burger; pasture-raised beef, Goat essa cheddar, vidalia onion mayo, & fries

 

As you could imagine, this scrumptious looking burger of pasture-raised beef, Goat Essa cheddar, Vidalia onion mayo, & fries really hit the spot. Although I would have preferred the burger on a brioche bun, the bun on which the Hundred Acres Burger was served held together, where most buns do not. The Hundred Acres Burger held up to the lettuce, vidalia onions, pickles (since tomatoes are not yet in season), 2 ounces of cheddar, and 10 ounces of mouth-watering ground beef cooked to a succulent medium rare.

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed my burger. But did the rest of my party adore their meals? Well, that is questionable.

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Frittata; oven roasted button mushrooms, wilted spinach, & goat cheese

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Acres Egg White Scramble; roasted peppers, onions, gruyere cheese, & cornbread

The eggs looked like eggs, nothing too out of the ordinary. I certainly wasn’t wowed by the presentation by any means. But be sure to visit Hundred Acres for their burger & fries. For $17, they pull out all the stops and you won’t be disappointed! The other stuff, well I can’t promise anything, though Sunday’s Brunch specials (Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and BLT with Pear) definitely weren’t run of the mill and are worth going back for.

As for other Marc Meyer restaurants check out Cookshop’s Burger and Five Point’s Spicy Margarita! Reservations are recommended…

Lunching at Prune

Prune

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I must admit that eating out all the time becomes exhausting! I usually cook at least two times a week, but I’m sure you’ve figured out, by my lack of recipe posts, that I wasn’t doing much of that this week. Wednesday afternoon I was actually taken out to lunch by a business associate that happened to ask me where I preferred to eat. Since these “business” lunches come far and few in between, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and suggest Prune, a restaurant in the East Village that I’ve been wanting to visit for quite some time.

Prune is a quaint small eatery on East 1st Street that seems to blend in with the rest of the small neighborhood shops. It’s likely that you’d walk right past it, dismissing it as a boutique, if you hadn’t heard of it. Prune dishes out an eclectic mix of American cuisine and entertains a limited lunch menu consisting of about eleven “main courses”. Prune also houses a small bar that I hear serves up a mean Bloody Mary.

It seemed that my business associate and I were the only ones that were potentially doing business in what now appeared to be a 26-seater hang out. The other patrons were adorned in their street clothes and having leisurely lunches over coffees, newspapers, and political conversations.

Though we weren’t all business, we certainly knew what we wanted to order as soon as we sat down. I ordered a tap water and my colleague ordered an Iced Tea. The Iced Tea was served with a small shot-like glass of simple syrup, which I had never seen before. Apparently Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain serves their Iced Tea in the same manner. Our drinks were brought out with what I’d consider an amuse-bouche of celery, olives, and a side of sea salt. According to Wikipedia, an amuse-bouche is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre. Amuse-bouche are different from appetizers in that they are not ordered from a menu by patrons, but, when served, are according to the chef’s selection alone. These, often accompanied by a complementing wine, are served as an excitement of taste buds to both prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef’s approach to cooking.

We started with the Empress Crab Claws that were served with tabasco butter. Although I felt the tabasco butter was a bit overwhelming for the delicate meat of the crab, a sprinkle of lemon greatly enhance its flavor. I happened to like the way they were served, as the flesh of the Crab Claw seemed to slide right off its cartilage. Though I don’t think my colleague had as easy a time with them.

For our “main courses” we ordered the Grilled Tuna Club and the Beef Brisket. The Tuna Club was good, though it lacked an appropriate portion of Tuna. It also seemed that the Tuna Club was served on two different pieces of bread, one being sourdough and the other white toast. Though this didn’t bother me too much, the sandwich was good. But Prune’s french fries were probably the highlight of the meal for me. The french fries were perfectly crisp and salty, similar in style to McDonald’s french fries. My colleague’s beef brisket was good, though I found its flavoring somewhat overpowering. But the meat was certainly moist and falling off the bone as a good brisket should be.

Overall, I enjoyed lunch at Prune, though from what I hear, Brunch is what they are best suited for. I initially heard of Prune because of their rave Brunch reviews. Although I hear there is a long line for Brunch, I’m sure it’s worth the wait.

PRUNE

54 East 1st Street

(between 1st and 2nd Avenue)

Amuse Bouche?

Amuse Bouche?

Empress Crab Claws with tabasco butter

Empress Crab Claws with tabasco butter

Grilled Tuna Club On Sourdough with aioli and arugula

Grilled Tuna Club On Sourdough with aioli and arugula

Beef Brisket, Braised with Spanish paprika & rosemary

Beef Brisket, Braised with Spanish paprika & rosemary

Crystalized Ginger

Crystalized Ginger

Le Check

Le Check

Prune's Bar

Prune’s Bar

Prune's Kitchen

Prune’s Kitchen