Prune opened in NYC's East Village in 1999 and chef-owner Gabrielle Hamilton is still turning out eloquent, delicious and occasionally quirky fare. Her memoir Blood, Bones & Butter was easily the finest work in the genre, so we have extremely high expectations for the chef's first cookbook, which will be packed with a whopping 250 recipes. We hope there's one in there for the roast quail on charred bread!

Price: $45