As you would expect by its name, this lovely restaurant has a Mediterranean focus with figs and delightfully diverse olive oils figuring prominently in various dishes. Two colleagues and I dined together and two of us took advantage of the “signature” crostini, ordering six (for $21) and we each had one of the following: Manchego, fig, marcona almond; burrata, tomato, pesto, balsamic; and shrimp, avocado, cilantro, tomato. All were wonderful and generously portioned so a good deal for the price. Despite all of these carbs, we still sampled the fresh rosemary olive oil fougasse bread brought to us with three varieties of olive oil for dipping. My colleagues both had the fig and olive salad served in large bowls with chunks of Manchego and gorgonzola dolce, apple, tomato and walnuts. These were pronounced “fresh and delicious”. I had the crab salad, with celery, green apple and pink peppercorn, which was a bit too heavy due to a lot of horseradish mayo. I had difficulty choosing between the seafood paella and rosemary lamb chops and went for the latter, another heavy but flavorful dish accompanied by perfectly textured goat cheese gnocchi and braised honey eggplant (slightly overcooked). This was served with a dramatic flair: on a plate topped with a glass dome to keep the meat moist and flavorful as it arrived at table. My colleagues both had the special: Branzino fish arranged in several small portions atop slices of fresh figs and, of course, dotted with olive oil. Unfortunately, we were far too full for dessert. The wine list is carefully curated, divided into bottles from France; Italy and Spain; and California and there was a nice wines-by-the-glass selection, a good variety of champagnes, plus signature and seasonal cocktails. This is a place designed for lingering as it is spacious with soft lighting and hints of terracotta coloring, and displays of wine bottles and olive oils on library-like shelves. There are several locations; this one is in the Meatpacking district and I would definitely go back.
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