Fig and Olive

Fig and Olive is now becoming one of the city’s hot spots, but when we started going there almost four years ago, it was relatively unknown. As per its name, the restaurant uses only olive oil in its dishes. The vast variety of olive oils that they utilize serve as the decoration, adorning the walls along with sprigs of rosemary and producing a sense of comfort. This integration of ingredient and space makes you feel as though you were splayed on a blanket in an Italian vineyard, or picnicing along the French Riviera. However, the food is nothing short of exeptional, so while you are lured into a sense of complacent relaxation, your taste buds are stimulated to the point of uncontainable ecstasy.

When you first sit down, you are served pieces of bread with three different olive oils to taste. The bread used to be unbelievably delicious- we went through three loaves once (and it should be stated that we are tiny, skinny, small-boned women) just because it was so addictive. Maybe that’s why they changed it… Now the bread is still good, but it is possible to stop consuming it. Keep note of which olive oils you like- all the oils are for sale, along with some of the best balsamic vinegar you will ever taste in your life. Our favorites are the Picual and Chemali olive oils and the 18 year aged Balsalmic vinegar.

For the main course, we always go with the grilled branzino with snow peas and figs. We order the roasted potatoes and sauteed mushrooms as sides and just revel in the subtle flavors that nonetheless explode in the mouth. Dessert is a must- the warm caramelized apple tart is as beautiful as it is delectable, and it is served with homemade vanilla ice cream. The vanilla beans that they use are so delicately fragrant! We always ordered the same thing, but the last time we were there we tried the warm marzipan tart that was served with olive oil gelato and oranges. The tart was delicious, but the gelato stole the show. We were a little hesitant about olive oil gelato, but we are complete converts. It’s more subtle than vanilla, but it has such a warmth about it… Definitely try it.

Make a trip to one of their three locations: Meatpacking, 5th Avenue, or Lexington Avenue. And please, do comment about any of these restaurants after you visit- we’re curious about what you think!

xx,

F,L,B

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