The Fig Tree in Hoboken
We finally got around to trying this restaurant for brunch yesterday. All in all, it's a nice place and the brunch is worth the $25 prix fixe.
From the look of the web site and some reviews I've read, I thought that The Fig Tree might be competition for Amanda's, but it's pretty safe to say it won't be. The level of service, the atmosphere and the food is nowhere near that of Amanda's. Also, I'm not sure if it is due to the after effects of Hurricane Sandy since the restaurants is below street level, but some of the service areas had a "mop water" smell to them.
That said, brunch was nice. There were the "requisite" tables of young people having bloody Marys and one or two baby shower tables as well, all within pretty close proximity of one another, so it was rather loud when we first got there at 1:30pm. For $25, you get a choice of entree and believe it or not, all of the following:
FOR THE TABLE
Honey, Fresh fruit
HOUSE CURED CITRUS SALMON
SELECTION OF HOUSE MADE BREAKFAST BREADS
CHEESECAKE WITH SEASONAL FRUIT
HAZELNUT CINNAMON BISCOTTI
All of the above is in miniature, except for the bowl of delicious yogurt, which is a nice sized bowl. Still, all of that in addition to the entree is very filling. My husband had the papardelle with shrimp and I had the lamb burger. Both were tasty, but we really seemed to enjoy the "for the table" items more.
All in all, a nice place for brunch and a good addition to the Hoboken restaurant scene. We may even try it for dinner one night.
They def flooded during Sandy. The back dining room did not but the front areas did including the kitchen. They were operating shortly after power was restored. We went there a few times before the storm but have not returned as I don't feel they could have opened that quickly and cleaned the place as it was needed as they had two feet of river and sewer water in there