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Fig and Olive opening in Scarsdale!

SweetPea914 Sep 23, 2010 11:28 AM

I just saw the sign today in the Vernon Hills shopping center. It's location will be where Smith and Hawken used to be. Anyone know when they plan to open? I'm so excited!

http://www.figandolive.com/

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    esther goldstein Jun 23, 2011 09:29 PM

    Beautiful space, delicious food and their Manager Adam is a jewel. So glad they're in the neighborhood !!!

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      roxlet Jun 24, 2011 12:59 PM

      IMO the food is mediocre and I had to insist to the manager,( don't know if was "Adam," ) to be seated to wait for my friend in a nearly empty restaurant, so I didn't think the manager was a "jewel." The carpaccio must have been shaved with a Trac II razor, it was nearly transparent. And what was most breathtaking about the restaurant were the prices. Many better places to go to be "seen" and for the bang for the buck.

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        foodiemom10583 Jun 24, 2011 03:17 PM

        You said it, Rox. One of the most expensive, least filling lunches I've had around here and that's saying something.

        I did, however, enjoy my pricey drink.

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          geendatz Jun 24, 2011 03:19 PM

          Depends on your level of sophistication about food....the whole olive oil presentation thing was silly,'cause they weren't anything that special,and the prices were Steep,for ok food.The waitstaff were nice,but didn't know all that much...eh...

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            Sonnyno Jun 24, 2011 06:51 PM

            I get amused with all the people that convulse with pleasure over the Fig and Olive experience. Enjoy it and just leave some of the better restaurants in Westchester open for those of us that like some fine dining in a relaxed sophisticated environment. When I get stuffed near the corner with my adjoining table mates practically in my lap, have the waiters needing me to move to deliver their food, have small portions of perhaps good but possibly mediocre food in a noisy atmosphere with high priced drinks, I have to say “what am I doing here”. I thought I’d give the place a second chance but wisdom prevailed. My point is, it’s not for everybody and it’s certainly not for me.

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          PlasticMoonRain Jun 24, 2011 09:54 PM

          Esther:

          It's great that you like Fig & Olives so much. What other Mediterranean restaurants have you been to in Westchester and how do they compare?

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          slopeguy Jan 20, 2011 10:52 AM

          VIP opening starting this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I think the grand opening is this weekend?

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            lucyis Jan 21, 2011 11:12 AM

            We went to the invitation only party last night. I was surprised because I thought it was going to be a gourmet market with a restaurant. there is no market. The tastes we had last night speak well for a good place to sit and have a leisurely lunch. I loved the crostini and DH enjoyed the meats he tried. It is very minimalist in decor and just a little too consciously uptown for the area.

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              cloverose Jan 21, 2011 12:16 PM

              Oh, we're going to the Sat. nite party. Curious to know -- how long did you stay? Was it fun? We have to decide about dinner afterward (probably elsewhere), so also wanted to know if you were too full for dinner after the tastings/wine ...

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                ridinrich Jan 21, 2011 02:59 PM

                We also went to the invitation only party last night, which I commented on yesterday, yet the comment was removed.

                We enjoyed the tastings they passed, which included tapas, cerviche and rosemary lamb. The space itself is well done and the communal table is a nice touch.

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                  lucyis Jan 22, 2011 05:34 AM

                  We stayed close to an hour. We were not too full for dinner as the tastings while plentiful were tiny. We did not stay for dinner. I am wary of dining anywhere until they have been up and running for a few months. We actually went to the other extreme and drove to a diner for a salad afterwards.

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                    cloverose Jan 23, 2011 05:21 AM

                    We went to the Saturday night opening party last night and it was pretty outrageous. Wine plus a huge variety of non-stop hors'doeurves. From crostini of every variety -- tomato (actually one of the best, don't know how they got the fresh marvelous flavor), Spanish white (mild) anchovy, crimini mushrooms, roasted peppers and olives, shrimp and a variety of other types of hors'd -- lamb, veal, branzino ceviche, on to dessert. Everything was really wonderful and flavorful. The room itself is cool/chic with the long communal table already mentioned. I don't know if diners will like that aspect of the room, but the other seating is limited so I guess they will be forced to. We would definitely give the place a try for dinner. My BF and I looked over the regular menu and wine list, and found that wines by the glass are priced from $12-$15 (!), and bottles from $40-$70+. The menu featured many of the items we sampled and liked last night. Guess we stayed for most of the event, as we indulged a bit too much in both the food and the wine and had to sleep it off.

                    Fig and Olive clearly spent a fortune for these opening events, but I predict it will pay off in lots of buzz and that they will be successful.

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                      cloverose Jan 23, 2011 02:32 PM

                      Correction: I am now told that wine by the glass prices on the menu were less than I mentioned above. More like $9-$12/glass. Sorry for the misinformation.

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                        jhopp217 Jun 23, 2011 10:20 PM

                        Been off the boards for a few months and was very interested to see what was said about this place. I live in the area and have heard the prices are an outrage for alcohol. Three friends stopped in for a quick drink and had some beers. They asked for a shot and were told No. So they ordered the same liqour in a rocks glass. Got the bill and it was $60. I've yet to hear one thing about the food.

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                          yeshana Jun 24, 2011 05:15 AM

                          delicious and well presented foods. Crazy prices but the crowd that shops and lives there ignore the bill and just give their credit cards- no thought- very well dressed well adorned crowd- very fitting with the chic decor. Always jam packed and buzzing. they found their market- kudos to them! I'll remain the rivertowns peasant using Fig and Olive for special business lunches and occasions and frequent such places like Talim Falaffel in Hastings- doesn't serve figs, doesn't serve olives. Damn good falaffel though!

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                            mrsdebdav Jun 24, 2011 11:32 AM

                            Yeshana, is Talim good for eating in, or only for take-out? Thanks.

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                              yeshana Jul 6, 2011 08:01 AM

                              only a few very small tables and a counter. i dont like any takeout- i think food is better right from the stove but im sure its still good! i would imagine certain times and days you cant get seating. call ahead. yum yum

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                                rolise Jul 7, 2011 08:09 AM

                                falafel is not good cold. when I get it take out near work always regret.

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                mla19 Sep 30, 2010 02:50 PM

                Sorry to burst everyone's bubble but the Fig and Olives in Manhattan are pretty bad. Now granted in Manhattan one's expectations are far higher and the alternatives are far better by comparison but I wouldn't get my hopes up too high that F&O Scarsdale will be so wonderful.

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                  slopeguy Oct 2, 2010 06:12 PM

                  wow harsh comments, care to indulge as to why it is so bad?

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                    foodie1976 Oct 4, 2010 02:21 PM

                    I have to agree with mla 19. I do not found the food very uninspiring and I could do without the attitude. They refuse to alter their menu and I mean I asked them if they could leave chicken off the salad.

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                      mla19 Oct 4, 2010 07:40 PM

                      I don't remember details of my visits but rather the general feeling that nothing I ordered was particularly good. The one on Madison Avenue is often filled with ladies lunching or meeting up after work for drinks and light bites. It's not a real serious food place.

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                      winston669 Mar 3, 2011 01:37 PM

                      I was about to say the same thing.

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                      Fig Westchester Sep 25, 2010 04:07 AM

                      Yes, it is true! We are opening in the Lord and Taylor shopping center in Scarsdale / Eastchester. Construction is underway. Opening planned for January, after the holidays. Will be just like the Fig you all hopefully know from Manhattan. Thanks for the post!

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                        lucyis Sep 26, 2010 07:33 AM

                        This sounds very promising. i wish it were an earlier opening. Years ago there was a "gourmet" shop with take-out food and a few tables. I don't remember the name, something international. I believe it was a few stores down from Lord and Taylor. Since that place closed there has been no where to eat except across the road at the crowded, over-priced, bagel store.

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                          EIF1lady Sep 26, 2010 08:11 AM

                          I believe it was called Foods of All Nations. Brings back fond memories!

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                            jhopp217 Oct 1, 2010 08:15 AM

                            Wow, Food of All Nations....used to go there when I worked at L&T back in the day. Great place, but damn it was expensive.

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                              vvvindaloo Dec 15, 2010 08:46 PM

                              Foods of All Nations... now that does bring back memories. It was kind of an odd little store, come to think of it. We used to buy good butter cookies there, iirc. I really don't care for the bagel store. Fig & Olive should be a nice addition.

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                                jhopp217 Dec 16, 2010 09:21 AM

                                Does anyone remember Wedge World? It used to be the seedy little deli next to the furrier. It was so dark and dingy, but they made the best sandwiches. I remember their roast beef was always so tender and they gave you plenty of it. The guys were great to the regulars too!

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                                  lucyis Dec 18, 2010 05:44 AM

                                  I can't say I even remember where there was a furrier in that area. But, I wish we did have a good deli now.

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                                    vvvindaloo Dec 18, 2010 09:16 PM

                                    Wedge World... the name sounds familiar, but I don't recall there being a deli in that area. Was this in the days of Alex and Henry?

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                                      jhopp217 Dec 20, 2010 07:33 AM

                                      The furrier was where Old Navy is now.

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                                        vvvindaloo Dec 20, 2010 10:20 PM

                                        speaking of Old Navy (and food):
                                        http://food.lohudblogs.com/2010/10/01...

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                                          jhopp217 Dec 21, 2010 05:37 AM

                                          I had heard about that a few weeks ago. Also, I heard Johnny Rockets is going into the spot where Friendly's was

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                                            vvvindaloo Dec 21, 2010 07:07 PM

                                            I didn't know that Friendly's was gone! Though, I wouldn't be surprised if it were... Johnny Rockets, huh? That's one of those chains that has always tasted better to me when I ate it out-of-state, for some reason :) In any case, it is a step up from Friendly's and will go over pretty well with the local kids.

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                                              jhopp217 Dec 22, 2010 05:22 AM

                                              I'm gonna miss the Fribble, haha

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                                              rolise Dec 22, 2010 08:21 AM

                                              Do you mean the Friendly's on Rte. 22 in the A and P shopping center? When did it close? We were there last month.

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                                                jhopp217 Dec 22, 2010 08:38 AM

                                                Closed last month I believe. Right around Thanksgiving

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                                                  lucyis Dec 26, 2010 02:49 PM

                                                  Oh no! My grown daughter loves that Friendly's and we took her baby there this summer.

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                                          jhopp217 Dec 20, 2010 07:33 AM

                                          and yes, in the A&H days!

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                                  SweetPea914 Sep 26, 2010 05:46 PM

                                  Yay...My friends and I are all originally from Manhattan and we work out at NYSC in the same complex. When we saw the sign we were almost jumping for joy! Once you open we'll have to go burn extra calories and then spend them at your restaurant...we can't wait!

                                3. roxlet Sep 24, 2010 02:05 PM

                                  That area is a sink hole for good food, so that should be a definite improvement!

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                                    scarsdalesurprise Sep 24, 2010 12:16 PM

                                    That sounds great! They definitely need more good food in the Post Road area.

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