Fig & Olive Review

The other night I met up with Ryan and 2 of our friends for a dinner out at NYC’s Fig and Olive.  Being the bad blogger I am I took only 1 very blurry picture of the night so instead I poached pictures from Fig and Olive’s website to pretty up my review.

The service wasn’t very good (they didn’t take our drink orders for a long time, got one appetizer mixed up, didn’t bring out another appetizer, and I have a feeling that the delay in my pasta order stemmed from the fact that they forgot about it).  But that being said, I thought the food was excellent and no one else (on yelp, chowhound, etc) seems to complain about the service so maybe it was just an off night.

We started out with focaccia bread served with 3 different house olive oils.


They have 12 different crostini on the menu so we tried out 4 different types (crushed tomato and basil pesto; cucumber and greek yogurt; manchego, fig spread and almond, and shrimp, avocado, cilantro, tomato) as well as their mixed olives dish.


Then we all went with their prix fixe meal for $36 / person which got you an appetizer, main meal, and dessert.  I went with the avocado soup with crab and lime which was basically creamy guacamole (if you are in love with guacamole like I am).  It was one of the best soups I’ve ever tasted.

Dinner for me was the penne funghi tartufo because despite what I learned in waiter rant – I am a sucker for anything that says truffle (and it was listed twice in the description).

For dessert I went with the mascarpone pot de crème.

So, portions were small (my friend had a paella that was the size of my hand and I have the tiniest (adult) hands that you will ever see) and service wasn’t great, but I’d come back again and again because I really loved the food.  I would have the avocado soup every day if I could.  And it was reasonably affordable.  True, the price was over $100 for me and Ryan but if you took out the two blueberry lychee martini’s I drank and the crostini, $36 for a 3-course delicious meal in the city doesn’t seem all that unreasonable.

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