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Prune in the East Village, Saturday 1:30 PM

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Welcome to The Brunch Bunch, where we go to some of the city’s hottest brunch spots and ask the crowds outside why, exactly, they are waiting in line. Today, Prune in the East Village.


2011_brunch_bunch_anna_tim2.jpgNames: Anna and Tim
Professions: Entertainment blogger and host at Gramercy Tavern
How long have you been waiting? Anna: 25 minutes.
There's no line at JoeDoe across the street. Would you ever consider going there? Anna: I mean, if they did the annoying thing here where they started skipping you or crossing you off, then maybe we would leave.
How long would you have to wait before deciding to go somewhere else? Tim: It's a nice day, so there's no point where I'd leave. Maybe something absurd like an hour and a half or two hours.
What did you do last night? Anna: I went to Veselka and then to a friend's house.
What are your plans for the rest of the day? Tim: I'm going to work at 4pm. Anna: I'm probably just going to, like, see a movie.

2011_arthur_brunch_bunch1.jpgName: Arthur
Profession: Retired school teacher and part time head-hunter
How long have you been waiting? We have been waiting for brunch about 45 minutes.
There's no line at JoeDoe across the street. Would you ever consider going there? This is a very famous place.
How long would you have to wait before deciding to go somewhere else? This restaurant is very famous, and my son and his wife picked it out to come here, so I want to stay and wait. Sometimes, when it's a great place, you have to wait. Plus we read an article in the New York Times about bloody marys. The food critic for the New York Times, the retired one, wrote about this place. It's the first stop on our bloody mary tour.
What are your plans for the rest of the day? My beautiful bride is going to a Mardi Gras party with her friends, my son and his wife are going to see friends and going to a birthday party. I'm going home to cook for tomorrow's party for my son.


2011_adam_emily_brunch_bunch1.jpgNames: Adam and Emily
Professions: Web editor and law student
How long have you been waiting? Adam: An hour.
There's no line at JoeDoe across the street. Would you ever consider going there? Adam: Well, this is actually the first time we've been here. And my roommate has hyped it up, uncontrollably.
How long would you have to wait before deciding to go somewhere else? Emily: At this place, we knew that we were going to have to wait. We put our names on the list and wandered off. Adam: We went down to Soho and came back. Emily: Depending on how good this is, that might change how much we might wait the next time we're here.
What did you do last night? Adam: We drove in from Boston. Emily: We just had some beers when we got in town. Adam: We were in Williamsburg, by the Lorimer stop. I love that area quite a bit — it's great.
What are your plans for the rest of the day? Emily: Visiting schools. Adam: Yeah, she's visiting Fordham, so she can look at the law school. We might stroll over to The Highline, because it's so nice out.

2011_brunch_bunch_emily1.jpgName: Emily
How long have you been waiting? Over an hour.
There's no line at JoeDoe across the street. Would you ever consider going there? No, we specifically came to this place. This is our first time here.
How long would you have to wait before deciding to go somewhere else? Maybe another half an hour to an hour.
What did you do last night? Nothing, really. We just came into the city this morning. We're from New Jersey, not far from where the father of the chef here also owns a restaurant. So, that's how we kind of heard about it.
What are your plans for the rest of the day? Going to central park.

2011_pius_brunch.jpgNames: Katie and Pius
Professions: Medical contractor and doctor
How long have you been waiting? Pius: 15 minutes.
There's no line at JoeDoe across the street. Would you ever consider going there? Pius: I've been here before, so I think it's worth the wait.
How long would you have to wait before deciding to go somewhere else? Pius: Like an hour and a half.
What did you do last night? Katie: We stayed in.
What are your plans for the rest of the day? Pius: Just walk around.

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