My wonderful and creative friend Krit (he’s awesome, check him out here) has become one of my go-to city eating partners. We are always looking to eat at places with delicious food, but with Krit in particular, places that have a nice ambiance.
We decided on a brunch at Fig & Olive in the Meatpacking District. The Meatpacking District is one of the more odd areas of Manhattan and even to this day, I still get lost walking there since it’s one of the only places in the city that isn’t perfectly gridded. To make up for the lack of organization, the roads are cobblestone with an urban and sophisticated grunge.
So on a beautiful sunny Sunday, we ended up in the bright Fig & Olive, which was filled with natural light. It has a modern Garden of Eden sort of feel. There are a couple of others throughout the city, but I feel like this is the coolest location.
We both ordered the Prix Fixe option, which is great value for a great brunch.
The pot de crème doesn’t look very special but once you poke your spoon in, it’s rich and indulgent. I also highly recommend that and the Truffle Mushroom Croquettes, regardless of if you get Prix Fixe.
With a very lucky turn of events, the manager very kindly invited me back for complimentary champagne and crostinis for two!! I took full advantage of that and returned this evening for technically just the champagne and crostinis, but my friend and I ended up ordering an assortment of cheese and more crostinis…I wouldn’t say we’re the most disciplined duo. Yizolo.
And since the friend I was with has an exceptional sweet tooth, we got the Pot de Crème (HA!) and a Crème Brûlée Cheesecake. And they were as good as you would expect.
To be honest, Fig & Olive is perfect for brunch or a place to go for champagne and some delicious appetizers. Nothing I had was too heavy, which is a nice change from a steakhouse or something…ironic that it’s in the Meatpacking District…ha…ha…ha….kidding!
It’s a really fresh and sparkly place during the day, and a vibrant, hip, sophisticated spot at night. It’s also in a very trendy area, so it’s also a great weekend bite.
The service is also OFF THE CHARTS GOOD. Honestly, New York is sort of a tough place, but the people here remind you that there is goodness in the world. I know that they are getting paid to be, but you would be surprised at how unfriendly restaurant staff can be at other places (or maybe you wouldn’t be that surprised).
Can’t wait to go back ALL THE TIME.
P.S. Saw Cara Delevingne on the way there!!!!
420 West 13th Street
Between 9th Ave. & Washington St.
New York, NY 10014
212 924 1200