A trendy spot that doesn't want you to stay for a while. But then, why would you when everything you're trying to do in Meatpacking is just steps away?
Fig & Olive is effectively a pregame to a club in Meatpacking. That being said, it's perfectly comfortable to enjoy some well-cooked, French- and Mediterranean-inspired dishes like the Primavera Lobster Risotto with brightly colored asparagus, caramelized carrots, cherry tomatoes, baby zucchinis, and snow peas with a rich and sometimes slightly runny lobster base. There are unfortunately fewer pieces of lobster than one would think would warrant the $32 price tag, but the ingredients are clean, fresh, light, and ultimately satisfying.
But for most of the guests at this Fig & Olive outpost, the food is secondary to the loud house music and the clever signature cocktails, particularly the Piscine, which features sparkling wine on ice with muddled fresh strawberries. These are the guests that don't really mind that service is often rushed and inattentive, and that the hostess table is typically more rude that welcoming. But for a group looking for a stylish restaurant with easy eats in the area, Fig & Olive definitely won't disappoint.