Fig & Olive Kitchen and Bar

Restaurants , Mediterranean Lenox Hill
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A glowy bistro-like ambience and tome of a menu (leave yourself fifteen extra minutes if you want to read—and then re-read—the whole thing) gives Fig & Olive a promising air, but you’ll be clued in to the disappointment ahead when you discover that the vehicle for the complimentary three-olive-oil tasting is akin to wonderbread. The goat-cheese-and-almond-stuffed chicken is inedibly dry; the curiously cold polenta over which it’s served desperately needs salt—all of which seems to have gone into the truffle-oil-drizzled penne funghi. Dessert leaves less to complain about: An olive oil gelato with blood orange and carmelized citrus reduction provides a wonderfully curious clash of flavors—and a successfully inventive end to an otherwise disenchanting experience.
Venue name: Fig & Olive Kitchen and Bar
Address: 808 Lexington Avenue
New York

Cross street: between 62nd and 63rd Sts
Opening hours: Daily 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: F to Lexington Ave–63rd St
Price: Average main course: $24. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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