April 24, 2017 New York USA

Fig & Olive: Tasty Italian Food Served in New York

Non-smokers friendly

3.9 out of 5 based on 1 professional review.

RATING:78/100

Welcoming: 3/5

Food Temperature: 9/10

Ambiance / Music: 7/10

Menu Choice: 3/5

Food Taste: 28/30

Architecture / Interior: 8/10

Food presentation: 8/10

Service: 4/10

Value for money: 8/10

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Fig & Olive is a French restaurant inspired by the cuisine of the French Riviera. With ingredients carefully selected for genuine flavor, the restaurant promises a trip to the South of France and back.

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It's a long corridor, a rectangular shaped restaurant, with dimmed lights under a ceiling painted in light orange while the walls are painted in white. There's a bar occupying half the restaurant before opening out onto the main dining area facing the open kitchen. It boasts relaxed seating where you will feel like you're enjoying a glass of wine on a terrace over the Mediterranean. It feels like a French and Italian place at the same time...

The menu is simple: starters, signature crostini, famous crudo, pasta and main plates. The service however was not too professional. The waiters were not giving enough time and attention to each table.

I loved the table setup: two forks and two knives and a table napkin. Dinner started when a rectangular plate of bread and olive oil landed on our table. The olive oil was bitter: I didn't understand why this should be so.

The food is good... I started with a mozzarella burrata, creamy inside out with a molten heart and real milky flavor, served in a bowl with snow pea, hazelnut, arugula and micro basil on a blood orange dressing. Crunchy hazelnuts, an enjoyable touch of pepper, fresh greens and a muted light sweetness. Loved this salad.

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The Crostinis: three toasted bread slices topped with several ingredients. One with figs, ricotta, olives and walnuts, another with burrata, pesto and balsamic and a third with Gorgonzola cheese, almonds and red pepper marmelade. Every ingredient is carefully chosen to add a precise flavor, mixed together to create a well balanced and beautifully textured crostini.

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A huge plate of small penne bathing in olive oil, mixed with fresh mushroom, Parmesan cheese and truffle oil. No cream, not heavy, cooked al dente, strong in flavor and addictive!

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Fig and olive salad. It's a yummy salad, colorful and loaded with manchego, Gorgonzola, figs, apples cut into fingers, cherry tomatoes, walnuts and olives. Delicious dressing, fresh ingredients in a balanced salad.

Very good food is served here...but the service is too brusque and the place is too noisy!

Suitable For: Out with the Guys



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