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White Olive Debuts in Midtown
January 3, 2023, 11:53.02 pm ET


Photos: White Olive

Midtown continues to be a destination for stylish new restaurants. Le Rock, Monterey, The Mermaid Inn and Avra are just a few that come to mind. Enter White Olive, a new Mediterranean spot at 39 West 55th Street where Executive Chef Hasan Karci is exploring the flavors of Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Malta.

The restaurant gets its name from the mystical white olive which grows on legendary Koroneiki trees that are hand-picked and cold pressed for the restaurant’s extra virgin olive oil. It can be found in traditional dips like hummus, htipiti, tzatziki, and salads. Appetizers bring lightly fried calamari with Cretan tomato sauce, and Shrimp Saganaki baked with barrel feta, ouzo and chili pepper.

Larger plates bring offerings from the sea like Shrimp Gnocchi, Pan-Fried Red Snapper and Chilean Seabass in a white wine butter sauce. From the land comes Filet Mignon, Charcoal-Grilled Baby Lamb Chops and Surf n Turf. There’s a triangular shaped Baklava Ice Cream Sandwich for dessert.

The warm and inviting space features lush greenery and earth tones while the bar that spans almost the entire length of the space. Elegant decanters of olive oil can be found atop each table.

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