Fig & Olive
This small chain, present in only a few major cities, fits in nicely at the Galleria (it’s located close to Saks, BTW). From the Signature Crostini, we chose three and were rewarded with a rich slab of foie gras touched with orange zest; a brightly colored jumble of tomato, burrata, and pesto; and, lastly, caramelized onion and goat cheese, all served on small, oblong crostini. Our thick, snowy Chilean sea bass proved nigh perfect atop roasted sunchoke and rapini, with a nutty romesco-mascarpone sauce. Our satisfying filet mignon of grass-fed beef sported a novel béarnaise based on oil instead of butter. In fact, the menu touts the liberal use of olive oil over butter, but we shamelessly admit we prefer the less healthy version. The steak came with nicely crisp haricots verts and olive-oil mashed potatoes. But because we felt it was our duty to compare preparations, we also ordered a pile of tender little roasted potatoes (they got the nod). Fresh sautéed spinach sparked with fig, garlic, and almonds rounded out the repast. All in all, we enjoyed this upscale New York–based chain, with its pretty patio out front and sleek setting inside. An unanticipated bonus: our waitress proved the most enthusiastic and happy server we’ve encountered in years.
Hours: L Mon–Fri. D 7 days. B Sat & Sun.
Last updated: May 8, 2018