Olives New York

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Photograph: Gregory Costanzo
Olives New York
Almost every seat in this posh Todd English nook in the downtown W Hotel is a prime position for people-watching: Giant, mostly uncovered windows nicely frame the stream of Greenmarket revelers and skatepunks alike—perfect for the longish wait between courses. A wonderful warm escargot-and–goat cheese flatbread will keep your stomach from grumbling before the arrival of a juicy, tender brick oven–roasted chicken in a foamy garlic glaze. The desserts can be fairly vanilla—both figuratively and, in the case of a soufflé with Tahitian vanilla ice cream, literally—but a delicious, supersweet butterscotch tiramisu will disappear quick if you don’t pay more attention to your dining partner’s fork than the crowd outside.
Venue name: Olives New York
Address: W Union Square Hotel, 201 Park Ave South
New York
Cross street: at 17th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 7–10:30am, noon–2:30pm, 6–10:30pm; Fri 7–10:30am, noon–2:30pm, 6–11pm; Sat 6–11pm; Sun 5:30–10pm
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
Price: Average main course: $30. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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