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Posted by CMH on 07/20/2006
When another famous restaurant got horrendous reviews serendipitously my sister and I went to Fig and Olive. She loves olives and I adore figs-this was the best of both. The reservation was on time, the service was perfect and the waitress was knowledgeable and well prepared. The food was light and lushous and beautifully presented in the most minimulist beauty. The room was a little noisy with conversation and the tables were a little too close, but it did not matter with all the good going around. This is one place that is too good to miss!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/26/2006
I had dinner at Fig & Olive with a group of six and although the appetizers were tasty, overall I wouldn't reccomend the place. The appetizers we ordered were good with the exception of the grilled calamari which was dry for one of us and tasty for another. I ordered the Tilapia dish which was bland although I must say the dessert (chocolate soufle) was probably the best thing I had all night. As for the service, I had to ask for water three times. The decor is trendy and the crowd was fun.
Posted by Allison on 04/22/2006
Fig and Olive is a treasure I found on the Upper East Side the other evening. My girlfriends and I had a great time sitting at the counter the other evening where we enjoyed some great vino and a fantastic cheese plate with a beautiful zuchini carpacio. Our really cute waiter suggested a great red wine from Spain. I think the name was La Orbe, it was fantastic. I recommend this cool spot to all!
Posted by Mark on 04/17/2006
I went to fig and olive with my wife and parents to celebrate my mothers 64th birthday. We were pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere and service. We were given a tasting of three olive oils by our waitress who was very detailed on the tastes we would find. She then suggested we start with some cheeses and crostinis. I have to say, the crostinis were some of the best i've ever had.The tuna was made with herbs and was very nice, the prosciutto was very good but my favorite was the bresola We were a little dissapointed since they were out of some of the white wines we had chosen but the waitress told us they were changing the wine list for the spring and helped us choose a great pecorino. I had a very nice veal. my wife had a great sole dish made in parchment paper, my father had the lamb which he loved and my mother had the organic chicken.We loved all the dishes except the chicken which was good but not great. We then had a chocolate soufle with a birthday candle and the waitress even helped us sing happy birthday to my mother. Overall we loved the place and our waitress was great. My wife an I plan to go back soon with friends and hopefully try some of the wines from the new list. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all of our friends
Posted by Phyllis on 03/14/2006
Fig and Olive was the location for a reunion of old friends this past weekend. We had an excellent time and enjoyed our time there immensely. From the setting, to the cuisine, my friends and i found this Mediterranean restaurant to be excellent and a refreshing change for the Upper East side. Our waiter even let us taste a few different wines before we decided on a terrific Spanish Rioja. I recommend this great place to all.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2006
This restaurant has some nice olive oils, but that doesn't make up for the poor service! Our waiter forgot my order, then came back and said that I was mistaken in what I ordered! I was with a party of 5 others, who were eating away when finally mine came. Nobody even apologized for the mistake or my unacceptable wait. The food was expensive and not worth the value, and the atmosphere was typical trendy Upper East Side Manhattan. I do not recommend this restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/08/2006
I just want to say how great it is to have this new mediteranean restaurant in the Upper East. What I personally like is high quality and healthy foods prepared simply but tastefully, that's exactly what FiG & Olive has to offer in my opinion. My favorites are their bruschetas which are a sort of open faced sandwich (I could eat those all day long). Up to now, I have had good suprises discovering new dishes. Like the other night, my friend ordered a zuchinni carpaccio which I thought was going to taste plain (as I am not particulary found of zucchinis) but to my surprise it tasted absolutely delicious. It's probably the olive oils they use that add a lot of flavor to the dishes. However, this best kept secret is now becoming a bit too crowded. I now go early whether it's lunch or dinner. Bon appetit!