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Nearby Subway Stops
L at First Ave.; F at Second Ave.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Brunch - Weekend
- Dine at the Bar
- Online Reservation
- Beer and Wine Only
- Make a Reservation with oliviabistro.com
This venue is closed.
This jewel box of a wine bar and tapas joint is perched a few steps below street level on the edge of Alphabet City. The lighting is dim and the well-spaced tables are arrayed in smart fashion, so that you’ll never look at the back of anyone’s head or be forced into their conversation. The wine list is easy on the wallet, with glasses starting at just $6 and reaching no higher then $13. The hit-or-miss menu is broken up into three categories: starters, small plates, and large plates. The salade composee is a rotating plate of daily specials; most recently it included a vegetable mélange of cauliflower, butternut squash, and chickpea purées as well as too-cold ring-molded eggplant zaalouk and a chopped spinach mixture dotted with candied lemon. Better to start with the stuffed calamari, three feta, olive, and spinach-stuffed tentacles enrobed in a delicious tomato sauce. The small plates seem better suited to the surroundings than the larger ones; there’s nothing particularly wrong with the seafood couscous, but its plainness doesn't live up to the charming surroundings.
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