As my partner-in-crime and I entered the spacious downtown location of Fig & Olive, we could just sense that this meal was going to be outstanding. As former Upper East Siders and current downtown girls, we had both been patrons of the cozier Lexington Avenue location.
Their flagship store, however, is located on 13th Street and 9th Avenue and emulates the trendy atmosphere of the Meatpacking district while giving a respectable nod to the Mediterranean Riviera. It’s elegant design aesthetic boasts limestone stucco walls, terra-cotta ceilings, and countless potted rosemary plants and olive trees.
Bottles of extra virgin olive oil, wine and champagne cover the walls from floor to ceiling and it provides the perfect juxtaposition of airy and cozy.
True to style, my girlfriend Danielle and I started at the bar! Fig & Olive offers an exceptional wine list, which includes over 30 varietals from the South of France, Italy, and Spain along with a selection of champagne.
It was incredibly hot and muggy yesterday, and we were dying for some chilled rosé. Master mixologist Greg Hinkleson hooked us up with a little taste test. He’s not your everyday bartender. In fact, he was a contender at a contest hosted by GQ and Bacardi. We tried 2 options of Lisa Vanderpump’s poison before deciding on La Chapelle Gordonne, which runs at $15 per glass.
Later on our magnificent server, Sam, suggested we try out some signature cocktails. Danielle went with the Raspberry Mojito (made with freshly muddled raspberries and mint) and I decided on the refreshing Cucumber Cosmo.
The fare at Fig & Olive is based on a passion for high-quality ingredients and seasonality with a flavor focus from from the Riviera & Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. The culinary team is lead by Chef De Cuisine, Timothy Hughes, and they did not disappoint. Our server, Sam, put it best: “It’s light and healthy food, but it does not compromise on flavor.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Many dishes boasted ingredients like fresh fish, olive oil, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, and spices. While you can absolutely order your own plate, the menu is designed to be shared. It’s an elegant take on “family style,” but instead of large bowls of heavy cuisine, the table is presented with smaller tasting plates.
Instead of ordering ourselves, I let Sam take the lead. She presented us with some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes as well as her personal favorites. She explained that for two people it’s best to order a few sharing plates, a couple appetizers, one or two entrees and a dessert to split. It was the perfect amount of food; Danielle and I were well satisfied, but not too full.
- Yellowfin tuna carpaccio with cilantro, almonds, and toasted sesame oil ($15)
- Olive oil tasting with rosemary focaccia bread
- Crostini tasting (6 for $12)
- Burrata, tomato, pesto, balsamic
- Goat cheese, caramelized onion, chive
- Mushroom, artichoke, truffle, scallion, parmesan,
- Prosciutto, ricotta, fig, olive, walnut
- Cured salmon, radish, cucumber yogurt, dill
- Shrimp, avocado, cilantro, tomato
- Burrata & heirloom tomato caprese with fig, basil, and 18 year balsamic vinegar, basil green olive oil ($15)
- Octopus a la Gallega with bell peppers, heirloom potato, black olives, basil, and arugula lemon dressing ($16)
- Fig and gorgonzola risotto with mascarpone, parmesan, and fig balsamic glaze ($23)
- The Fig & Olive tasting: ($12)
- “Dessert crostini,” with amarena cherry, mascarpone, pistachio shortbread and micro-basil
- Chocolate pot de crème
- Crunchy praline with hazelnut and chocolate
- Panna cotta a l’orange
Food, atmosphere, and hospitality deserve a solid A+. I would not have changed a thing, and will definitely be back. I’d also like to issue a well-deserved shoutout to our server, Sam, and our bartender, Greg, for the outstanding service! You could hear the passion in both of their voices when they spoke about the food and beverages offered at Fig & Olive, and they were beyond friendly and hospitable.
In the heart of the Meatpacking District, Fig & Olive is a great spot for corporate functions, studio premieres, product launches, bridal events and anniversaries. According to our waitress, it’s the ultimate pre-party Bachelorette destination. It mirrors it’s surroundings, and Meatpacking is quite the trendy party scene. “They even have a DJ here on weekends” she told us. Additionally, Fig & Olive is offering a Prix Fixe brunch and dinner for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21st.
Fig & Olive is located at 420 West 13th Street (Between 9th Ave. & Washington St.) New York, NY 10014. For more information, please visit their website: www.Figandolive.com.
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