No, it’s not a figment of your imagination. Figs are growing in popularity with diners — the fleshy, somewhat homely fruit is showing up on entrée and dessert menus, and even in cocktails. Sure, figs have gotten a bad rap all these years, reduced to a newton (or a fig on a plate). But the fig has gotten a well-deserved do-over. Here are some of our fave fig drinks + dishes to add to your dining agenda.
The Notorious F.I.G., The Stanton Social, New York, New York
The Notorious F.I.G. cocktail is a much-anticipated holiday sip at this trendy Lower East Side neighborhood spot. The cocktail is made with Bulleit Bourbon, figs, pear-cinnamon syrup, and fresh lemon. And, good news for diehard fig lovers, you can celebrate any occasion with this cocktail — it’s served year-round. Make a reservation at The Stanton Social.
Baked Goat Cheese Dip, Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant, Boston, Massachusetts
This South Boston gathering spot features a shareable Baked Goat Cheese Dip. But this dip also has a sidekick — executive chef Nick Dixon’ housemade fig jam. The popular dish is topped with toasted almonds and served with sourdough bread for delicious dipping. Make a reservation at Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant.
Little Figlet, Il Mulino New York, South Beach, Florida
The handcrafted fig cocktail at this Art Deco-meets-New-York outpost in South Beach is named the Little Figlet. The creation features fig-infused Plymouth gin, muddled figs, and a house lime cordial (lime juice, sugar, and water), and is shaken and served over ice with a sliced fig garnish. Make a reservation at Il Mulino New York.
Go Fig-ure Cocktail, Chalk Point Kitchen, New York, New York
Fig, meet the Big Apple — Soho to be exact. The Go Fig-ure Cocktail served at this “market to table” restaurant is made with Tin Cup American Whiskey, muddled pear and fig, cinnamon syrup, and lemon juice — and garnished with pear slices and a dash of cinnamon. Make a reservation at Chalk Point Kitchen.