420 W 13th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.740559 -74.006953
Sun-Mon noon-10 pm, Tues-Thurs noon-11 pm, Fri-Sat noon-1 am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Meatpacking District
Love the olive oil tasting! – The urban Mediterranean vibe that echoes throughout the restaurant transposed itself right to the plate. We were able to taste not one, but three different olive oils to go with our bread, which was a memorable feature. We started with the steak tartare, which I had never had before but definitely will again, and the zucchini carpacchio. The portions were good-sized and very tasty. I had the Tuscan style cod with root vegetables for my entree and again, the portion was quite large, which is surprising because I've often experienced smaller sized meals for special menu deals. For dessert we split the strawberry shortbread cookies and the chocolate pot de creme. The cookies disappeared in about two seconds and I'm ashamed to say we couldn't quite finish the chocolate, it was very heavy. The service was attentive and fun, they even brought us each a glass of dessert wine when they realized they forgot to bring spoons for our dessert. I would return here when I'm in the mood for a trendy dinner in the future.
Beautiful Space.....Good Value – I ate at Fig & Olive for the first time yesterday evening. The restaurant, located in New York's former meat packing district, has 15 foot ceilings and is stunning. The restaurant had no less than 200 candles burning at the bar, on the tables and on wall mounted candle sconces. There were planters filled with fresh rosemary. Your first impression is incredible.
The staff was accessible, polite. When we arrived, we were immediately seated at a corner table. We asked the waitress for a wine recommendation. She chose wisely...terrific.
The branzino and the paella were excellent - both original and tasty. I also loved the desert as well as the mushroom/truffle soup. Try the Price Fixe Menu - A New York bargain!
If I didn't avoid this hood, I'd come all the time. – This is seriously one of the nicest restaurant spaces I've been in recently. The food is good too, but it's the enormous bar that cuts the room in two and the high ceilings and spaced out tables that really did it for me here.
LOVE – this was the most delicious food I've had in a longgggg time! the food was creative and interesting, our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable, the atmosphere was beautiful. prob my new favorite restaurant....a little pricey but great for a date/birthday/special night out!
food not good – I had a bruch there with my husband last week and was very disapointed. As much as I love food in their other location on Lex. avenue, the food in this restaurant was not tasty, not fresh and the presentation was poor.Mashroom soup was luke warm and texture was odd, steak tartare was prepared way in advance so color was bad ( almost greyish), crostini with shrimp and avocado were tasteless. I would never go back to this location!!
great girls' night out place – I attended the restaurant on a Friday night with a girlfriend intending to catch up with her over dinner conversation. We were greeted at the door by the hostess who rudely said we had no reservation eventhough we made one online through Opentable. The next day I was contacted by Opentable to say that I didn't honor the reservation! Go figure. The music was so loud that we could not converse over dinner. The appetizers was delicious, mouthwatering crostinis. The fig spread with almonds and manchego cheese was a winner. Bell peppers with goat cheese equally good. The dinner salads were spectacular, gourmet cuisine with good presentation. Poor service simply because the place was packed and the poor waiters were bustling as humanly possible. I would go there again, maybe with earplugs!
Setting Table While We're Still Sitting There? – I have never written a review before, but felt I had to call out the rude and aggressive service we got at Fig & Olive. I went with a group of 8, we weren't all there at our reservation time (our bad), so we waited at the bar and between the 6 of us spent about $100 on drinks. Once at the table, we ordered our appetizers (crostinis, croquettes, gazapachos, ceviche) and asked the waiter to come back for our entree order, as we hadn't decide yet. By the time he came back we were mostly through our apps (about 25 minutes later), we were pretty full on all that (about $160 worth of appetizers/wine) and not interested in more food. Had he come back in a reasonable time frame, might not have played out that way. He was so annoyed that we were done that the bus staff started aggressively clearing and resetting the table in front of us, before we had even gotten a check. It's one thing if we're lingering over an unpaid bill, but this was not the case. Even then, I have never, ever had a restaurant set a table while you're still sitting there. There were other minor annoyances like asking for plates three times so we could eat the apps. Never came. Also requested olive oil, never came. Bottle of sparkling water. Never came. We spent $330 in the restaurant/bar and were treated like we were nursing a $2 coffee for 4 hours at a diner. It's not a ton of money for that many people, but again, had he actually come back to take our order, we would have probably spent twice that amount. I have waited tables, I know servers are reliant on tips, I know they hate big parties, I know they're trying to turn over tables, but this was absolutely the rudest service I have ever received anywhere. Period. The server gave us a flick of the hand as we left, as in good riddance. For that, he got a 20% tip that the manager added to our bill. As we were leaving, I spoke to the manager. I got a nice, but transparently insincere explanation, that it's restaurant week and they were under a lot of pressure. He pretended he didn't know what table we were, but admitted that he added the service charge, probably to assuage the server who was expecting a bigger bill. Guess because the restaurant is packed (and incredibly loud), they feel they can treat guests that way. Tremendously short-sighted strategy.
Get Figgy with It – We were there in early May, 2009 and have written a more detailed review for this restaurant. Please check it out at www.urbanherbivores.
Want the fig or Olives? – The place was beautiful: Modern, lots of open space, simple, herb topiaries, a beautiful display/storage unit for their wine. The service was also decent -- the guy was nice, not snotty (for this part of town, I expect snotty & bitchy) and knew the menu very well. The food was equally delicious. The array of oils were interesting, the crostinis were awesome, and the lamb wasn't dry. A job well done.
Ehhh – My boyfriend and I went to Fig & Olive by recommendation of one of our friends. It was OK - nothing spectacular. I guess you are paying for the atmosphere and the fact that it's in Meatpacking. I would eat there again, but I'm not in a hurry.
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