Had a late lunch at Olives Restaurant, Deli & Lounge
on Thanksgiving Sunday. The place was dead, owing to its location on the far east end of downtown (4th street east between 11th and 12th avenues) and the holiday.
However, that just means we had the undivided attention of the staff.
Full disclosure, I was with my friend nosarious
who works for the Hotel Arts group, which owns Olives. This means we got a deal on the food and he knew everyone who worked there personally.
At that hour, the main restaurant is not open, just the deli. The deli serves a limited menu of light italian/fusion dishes. All were delicious.
I had a salad (Shaved prosciutto and mache lettuce with Manchego cheese, dates and roast almond dressing)
and a flat-bread (Parma ham and basil with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, olives and mozzarella)
also had a salad (Tuscan panzanella with tear drop tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano, aged balsamic)
and flat-bread (Chorizo wth roasted red pepper, tomato, provolone and Italian parsley)
. Grand total before tax and tip was $41. A bit more expensive for lunch then fast food, but well worth it.
The deli also serves paninis and crostinis.
Being connected has its privileges as my friend demonstrated. The dessert chef gave us a sampler of the five desserts offered for free. They were each in the $7 range and all were delicious.
If you're looking to impress a date, or you just appreciate good food prepared expertly and served professionally, give it a try.