Had dinner at the new Fig & Olive on Lex at 62nd tonight. What a great addition to the neighborhood! We stumbled upon it after searching all over for somewhere to eat. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting, trees, paintings of olives and vegetables, lots of bottles of olive oil everywhere. Olive oil is the main ingredient here and they use it well. There is a complementary olive oil tasting, you have to ask for it. When we did we were brought the Italian, French, and Spanish olive oils with fresh bread for dipping; they were each exactly as the waiter described.
We began with the 6-cheese plate which came with a variety of figs (not listed on the menu) and the mixed olives. Two of us had the tilapia entree, I found the fish itself to be good, but nothing special, while the potatoes and spinach were fabulous. The olive oil was omnipresent, but not overwhelming at all. The other person had the penne which was wonderful as a vegetarian options.
We had the creme brulee and the chocolate souflee for dessert. Both were good, but the brulee was too sticky/gooey. The wine list was pretty comprehensive, most bottles in the 30-40 range.
All in all, a wonderful accident to stumble upon to. The service was very attentive and at least for us, there weren't any kinks to be worked out. 5 minute wait on a Friday at 8pm was nice too. Definitely encourage people to check it out.
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