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Fig & Olive - 25 Reviews - 808 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021, New York, NY - Lunch Spot Reviews - Phone (212) 207-4555

Fig & Olive

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Fig & Olive - New York, NY

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Best

There is something very special about this place! To be honest with you I am a fan of Fig and Olive and to tell you the truth this one is my favorite of all three locations. This ...

Worst

Last night, my boyfriend & I had the prix fixe valentine's menu. It was the worst food I have ever eaten & the nastiest service I have ever encountered in a restaurant. Never in ...

Cute place 5/21/2010

Close enough to Bloomies and the trains, this makes for a nice catch up spot with girlfriends. When you walk in, other than the high top tables, the bar is a bit small and the hostess is awkwardly in the middle of the bar, but they are very pleasant and accomodating here. Met my friend and they started us off with 3 samplings of olive oil which were very tasty. We then split a bunch of things. The 3 crostini were good, our favorite being the prosciutto with ricotta which was decadent. The samosas were really good but my friend found an odd bone in hers. The fig and olive salad was super delicious with goat cheese, walnuts, apples, tomatoes and a bunch of other fun stuff. We finished up with the pot de creme which was great. I usually like the communal tables here but am always a fan of their dining room seating as well. Its a nice place for lunch or dinner. Pros: Olive oils, good food Cons: Small bar more

Yummy during Restuarant Week 2/19/2009

I had the mushroom/truffle soup, fish, and the tiramisu and chocolate flan for dessert. I have to say, the appetizer and dessert were FANTASTIC. The main course..not so much. The ambiance is nice, and the service was good. Overall, I would go back here. Not to mention their bread with olive oil was delicious. They have imported Olive Oils from Italy, Spain and France...all very delicious. Pros: appetizers, dessert and olive oil, ambiance Cons: main dishes more

Amazing Experience!! 2/18/2009

There is something very special about this place! To be honest with you I am a fan of Fig and Olive and to tell you the truth this one is my favorite of all three locations. This definitely an amazing place to go if you like to enjoy good mediterranean food in a very trendy but cozy place! The menu offers a good variety of dishes each of them cooked with a different type of olive oil taking you to different countries of the mediterranean coast each time!! I would also recommend you to ask the waiters about the types of olive oils (which are very knowledgable by the way), it gives a good kick to your dining experience. Oh! Almost forgot! They also sell these olive oils in retail at the entrance! Highly recommended!! more

Yum and fun!! 2/17/2009

Found Fig & Olive by pure luck (it is a step below street level) after shopping at Bloomingdales with a friend. What a gem...the space is fairly small but has a very inviting and warm feel and decor. We sat at a high marble communal table which was perfect since we wanted a snack and some wine. We found the menu fun with tasting style cheese plates, meat plates, and our favorite the crostinis which were small toasted breads topped with tasty morsels (our favorite was the Prosciutto, Ricotta and Fig). They have a nice selection of wines by the glass as well. I will definitively have to go back for a full dinner to try their entrees. Pros: ambience & food Cons: can't think of any more

Best mediterraneen in NY 2/17/2009

My GF and I had a last minute opening in both our schedules, so on a whim we celebrated Valentines Day on Saturday night. We ended up at Fig & Olive Uptown. We only had a 10 minute wait. (Not bad for no reservations) We ordered a Samosa Appetizer while we waited for our meals to be prepared. Three samosa arrived with a tasty yogurt cilantro dipping sauce. Out of this world! For dinner I ordered Seared Salmon and my GF had the Branzino. Both were delicious, tasty and we were very pleased. Sooooo good!! The best part of all was the amazing quality of their Wine list. They have a limited choice but among the best wine list in the city. The manager was very friendly and make me taste a couple of different wines without charging me. If i could say, they should offer wine tasting size by the glass and give us more advises on pairing with the food. The service is friendly and very careful. Recap: The cuisine is one step up from the usual offering, the wine list is one of the best. It is now one of my favorite restaurant in the city and recommand it to everybody. (5 Stars) more

Worst Mediterranean Restaurant Ever!!! Extremely Bland food and HORRIBLE service!!! 2/15/2009

Last night, my boyfriend & I had the prix fixe valentine's menu. It was the worst food I have ever eaten & the nastiest service I have ever encountered in a restaurant. Never in my life have I ever eaten food so cold & bland! My first course was the lobster tail in a puff pastry. Puff pastry is supposed to be flaky but this was soft & chewy! The lobster completely lacked flavor yet the olive fusion was way too salty. It must have been sitting for a long time because it was almost icy. All the dishes came cold because the food took so long to arrive. My boyfriend's appetizer was truffle risotto. Firstly, it arrived in a dirty glass cup. Overall, very bland & bad! The cheese was cold & hard. The rice was underdone, clumping & super bland. It tasted like white rice with pebbles. To top it off, the portion was almost non-existent. Next, my boyfriend's entree of filet mignon wasn't even a cut of filet mignon! And, it was raw! He asked for medium well! The string beans on his plate tasted like pure oil & grease from another animal, not his steak. My entree was seared lamb chops. Completely overdone & rubbery, they had no taste whatsoever. The potatoes were burnt & hard. Vegetables were dry & tasteless too. The dessert of white chocolate mascapone was the most disgusting dessert I have ever tasted. Never have I dined in public & actually spewed food out of my mouth. Overall, the front of the house was extremely rude. Female hostess was abrupt, crass & obnoxious. We had to approach the coat lady & tell her to take our coats. Every time we needed the waiter, he ignored us. We asked him a question about a dish & his rude response was simply, "I have no idea." Worst, one thing he didnt ignore were my breasts! He would walk by & stare at them to the point of utter discomfort! Don't come here if you want to wait forever for small portions of GROSS, BLAND & COLD food that isn't worth a cent of it's expensive price, bad service & leering, rude, ignorant, crass, retarded waiters! Pros: none Cons: everything more

They ruined my birthday. 12/10/2008

We were 6 people and after a 10 minutes wait, they let us seat in a very uncomfortable location. The waiter was extremely rude, my friends could not believe it was happening to us. We ate basically nothing but the bill at the end was stratospheric (including a 20% _undeserved_ tip). We left the place and we felt really relieved. Never again, I cannot advice this place to anyone. Pros: Nothing Cons: Extremely rude service; not enough food; price too high. more

Great Food, OK place 10/13/2008

The food was great, however, I am not sure the price is worth the meal there. The place is average, kinda small and lacks ambiance however, the service was great and the food was pretty good but pricey. Pros: Food, Service Cons: Ambiance, Pricy more

not good at all 10/9/2008

i was there 2 days ago service horrible i order the salmon benedict in a fougasse the plate come and off course the eggs are hard boiled so call the manager they replace my plate but surprise!!!!!!! they are well done again they replace them and they come almost boilled the bread was hard and good look finding the hollandaise so i just eat them the crazy think the owner i guess is eating next to me and do not care at all i was not happy last time to but this time that it!!!!! he is much better brunch around this corner am a chef i don't like to do that but it only eggs more

"Never Again" 8/12/2008

The menu and ambiance promised an enticing experience, but the food delivers a major disappointment. Starting with the vegtables (4 for $16) - the artichoke lacks the infusion of basil and thyme indicated on the menu, moreover, the paring with parmesan cheese was not only not an interesting pairing, but rather a distraction. The bell pepper and eggplant both felt more like mush, and lacked any distinct flavor. The parsnip and celery (chilled) soup came in the consistency of a custard, leaving me to think, "if I wanted custard, I would have surely asked for it..." More importantly, the lemon juice for the zesty effect was either way overdone, or something was fermenting in the soup which left an extremely unpleasantly acidic after taste in one's mouth. The chicken on the Tasting Menu felt more doused in oil than any quality olive oil, and was clearly made in close proximity to lamb, as it was covered by lamb juices... Finally, something as simple and classic as mushroom pasta with truffle oil (the enne funghi tartufo) may be well embellished with truffle oil, but even truffle oil cannot mask the utter blandness of the dish. Besides, it's quite a cop out to haave truffle (infused) olive oil be the primary flavoring agent in any dish. We decided to skip dessert. Fig & Oil receives the "Never Again" sticker in my Zagat guide book. Cons: Food more

Awesome food with attentive service.... 12/11/2007

I had dinner a couple of nights ago at fig & olive. The first impression was that it was very intimate looking. When you walk in there is a friendly hostess to greet you and bring you to a table, behind her is a wall of olive oils that they sell. The server brings out a olive oil sampler with the bread ( to help olive oil sales im sure), took the order for our good and drinks. The crostini;s were good and the Fig & olive salad my wife had was tasty. We shared the mixed plate of chicken shrimp and lamb, that was the best part of the meal. We ordered a bottle of wine from the list, a Pinot Noir which was great. The wine list is awesome it has like 20 wines by the glass and we were allowed to try them before we ordered. For desert we had a chocolate souffle which was excellent. All in all Fig & Olive is a great restaurant and i would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice meal. Pros: Great food and wine Cons: tight space more

Worst experience ever in NYC 8/7/2007

I've lived in NYC for 7 years now and have never been treated as badly as I was at Fig & Olive. My wife and I were going there for the first time for lunch along with our 3 month old daughter. It was lunch time on Saturday and while did not have a reservation, we did not see anyone waiting so thought we'd be ok. When we asked the host (manager?) for a table that sat two plus room for a stroller, he said we have no room. I said we can wait for a table to open up, so he then went to look and came back saying there were no tables(very rudely I might add). I told him that he was being ridiculous - there had to have been some tables that will become available (I could see a few suitable ones myself). At this point he started being rude and began lecturing me by saying things like... "... its Saturday afternoon, its time to smile, not get angry..." and basically kicked us out of the restaurant. I could not understand his motivation for not wanting to accomodate us - it is certainly not something I have ever experienced. People like this have no place in the restaurant business - especially in NY where we're used to high quality service. Pros: The menu looked interesting, but we never experienced it Cons: Rudest host I have ever met. more

love this restaurant. i haven't tried the one in the meat... 7/30/2007

ClaraPark Provided by Partner
love this restaurant. i haven't tried the one in the meatpacking distrct, but whatever, this is good enough for me. i recommend that you go before ... more

I have one word!!! WORM 7/20/2007

My friend and I decided to go have dinner there last night for the first time. We ordered a bottle of wine and some apps.. After a little bit we decided to share an entree. We ordered the cod. When the cod came over, the smell was so strong and fishy...I looked at my girlfriend and said..this does not smell right.. We tasted 1 bite each and it was not edible. When the waitress came over she asked how we liked it and we told her the truth. About 1 minute after taking the plate away. The rude manager came over and started to tell us that.. this is what cod looks like, this is the freshest piece of fish and nothing is wrong with it.. before he can finish my girlfriend said.. before you say anymore.. why don't you take a look at the worm swimming in the COD... GROSS!! He ran away so quickly... He finally comes back and asked if we wanted anything else.. I MEAN,, at that point we should of walked out.. Instead we acted like ladies and we finished our wine... I have one thing to say to this obnoxious and rude manager... DON'T EVER ARGUE WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS because for the most part...they know what they are talking about....And please...we go to the best restaurants in NY and we know what COD should taste like..so thanks.. I will never ever ever go back to this dump.. I have been sick all day long... I have also told everyone I know about this and now I feel like it is my duty to tell all of you... DISGUSTING!!! save yourself.... Pros: ABSOLUTELY NONE Cons: The ride manager... subpar food with worms... call the dept. of health more

Best Mediterranean Restaurant in NYC 7/6/2007

Fig & Olive Downtown is an amazing Mediterranean restaurant in the Meatpacking District. The food is light and fresh, from the olive, meat and cheese plates, to the crostini and tapenades, to the entrees and desserts. I went after work with friends and had a few of the new crostini (salmon, ricotta & citrus and the Manchego cheese, fig and almonds) with a few cocktails (lots of amazing martinis, signature cocktails and amazing wine list)...loved it so much I brought my fiancee back for dinner the same week (try the caramelized cod, one of the huge salads or the grilled Branzino- only $19!!)...than I took my parents there for lunch! They just opened a new outdoor patio - it is so nice, surrounded by rosemary plants and candles - great date spot, before hitting up the nightclubs! This is a big, stunning space - enjoy! Pros: good food, good service, good atmosphere Cons: none more

Great food. 4/8/2007

I am a big fan of the food in Fig and Olive. I've been there a few times already and love absolutely everything that I've had there. The fig and olive salad is to die for, especially in the summer when figs are in season. The bread is freshly made daily and the combination of olive oils they bring you for the tasting is incredibly tasty and a delight to your palate. The entrees are a good size and its a great idea to come with a couple of your friends and just share everything. Not too many though because the restaurant is small and tables are close together. The wait staff was very knowledgeble of the menu and recommended a great wine that complimented my meal perfectly. I find that the food in the uptown reataurant is better presented and tastier then the downtown location. Pros: The Food, food, food Cons: noisy&crowded lunch more

Nice little place 3/18/2007

My friends and myself had a great brunch yesterday.The food is sensational, good prices, good quality. the service was just good though.The place was packed.We had no reservation ( and you better have one it is a small place) but the manager tried to seat us at the bar anyway, he made space for us and was very gentle and acommodating.Try the proscuitto with goat cheese, it is delicious.We definitely will go back, this people are amazing, the food good and healthy. more

Good food, rude manager 3/17/2007

The food is good here, in particular the fish, the vegetables, and all the crostinis -- and the olive oils are fantastic. The staff is quite difficult, however, and somewhat rude, in particular the manager. The downtown location is excellent - and the staff is pleasant. Pros: Food is fresh and well prepared Cons: Manager is rude more

RUDEST Manager ever! 1/19/2007

A friend and I had dinner here last night and after we finished our appetizer, meals and several glasses of wine and then paid our bill, the Manager came over and told us he needed our Table for other guests. We were told we could move to the bar IF we ordered another glass of wine but couldn't stay at the table. We told him we were wrapping up our conversation but were not ready to leave. He came back within 10 minutes and again said we had to move to the bar and order or leave. I have never had this happen in NYC before ever and will never go back here again! The food, service and wine is NOT worth putting up with that kind of horrible service. Do NOT give this place your business, they are completely rude and have NO sense of customer service. Pros: none worth mentioning Cons: rushed service, rude manager, no sense of customer service more

Just like Italy: delic food, bad service, great ambience 12/3/2006

The restaurant has great energy, filled with people, warm & cozy and nicely decorated. The menu is fully of tasty options. The food was delicious. Our server, though, was quite spaced out. I hope that's just a reflection on him not the service of all the waiters. We will definitely go again! Pros: Ambience; decor; food Cons: Service more
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  • The Scene
    A few steps below the sidewalk, this Mediterranean-influenced spot has a contemporary look, spiced by amber lighting, copper fixtures and a long orange banquette--and cooled by a white marble bar. Young groups and older couples fill up the room for dinner and small bites.

    The Food
    Olive oil first appears in a trio of buttery Spanish, lighter French and green Italian varieties for dipping, showcasing severa, of the types used in each dish. Smaller dishes, such as the crostini--which meld the richness of prosciutto, ricotta and walnut tapenade and the freshness of shrimp, avocado and cilantro--pack intensity. Yet the menu proves more adept at whetting the appetite. Roasted organic chicken has a dry, bare texture; and the grilled lamb skewers, enhanced by Greek yogurt and fig couscous, are pleasant but not succulent. The dessert list changes seasonally, and include a fig tiramisu and rich chocolate souffle.

  • 2/5/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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    Lenox Hill, Midtown, Upper East Side
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