Olivia - Closed

161 E. Houston St.
New York, NY 10002
212-228-4143

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  • Sun, Sat 5:30pm-1am, Mon-Fri 5:30pm-12am
  • Delivery, Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Reservations Accepted
I guess an authentically great Basque restaurant like they have in Boise, Idaho and Bakersfield, California would be too much to hope for. A place where even the humble red bean soup--fortified with a powerful lamb stock--is so delicious you could eat it forever. Instead, we have a cooking school version of Basque food. Even though the baccalao-stuffed pimentos and the crispy roast chicken are admirable, too many of the more ambitious dishes fall flat, like merluza, a tepid fish stew that seems more concerned with the preening beauty of its ingredients than with delivering lusty Basque flavors.

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