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The first thing that struck me about Olma Caviar Boutique and Lounge was that it managed to be fanciful with a hint of opulence, while also being sleek and modern.

Credit: Benvenuti PR
Credit: Benvenuti PR

The UWS location has midnight blue cushions, with silver and white tea lights hanging from the ceiling, all arranged around a Faberge egg inspired caviar display case. Upbeat, but no overpowering music was playing, setting a swanky cocktail tone. We entered on as a dance mix version of the Game of Thrones theme was playing, though, thankfully, that wasn’t a sign of things to come.

Credit: David Baxter
Credit: David Baxter

The menu has quite a bit to choose from, should you just want cocktails, or are not into eating high end fish eggs, but still, the whole point of Olma is to indulge in caviar, and caviar they have, in many multiple ways. Our caviar tasting platter included salmon, bowfin, paddlefish, hackleback, white sturgeon, Siberian, karat, and beluga caviars, all served on mini blinis, with a drop of crème fraiche, though you can mix and match different caviars, platters, or try their caviar pizzas. My personal favorites were the hackleback, Siberian, and karat, which I felt had a more buttery flavor. Side note, I’m not an expert on caviar, so I could totally be making this up. All, however, were delicious, and weren’t too salty or fishy in taste. All paired well with champagne, though a quick glance at the cocktail list provides more than enough fodder for the imagination. I will certainly be back to try their Moscow mule.

Credit: David Baxter
Credit: David Baxter

If caviar isn’t your thing, or the company you’re with isn’t in the mood, there are plenty of other options at Olma. I had the Salmon Lox Sandwich (salmon lox, cream cheese, arugula, and tomatoes on a French baguette), which was divine. I don’t know if the bread is made in house or shipped in, but it was perfect. Just crusty enough to sink your teeth into, but not so much that you feel like the subject of a nature special. The arugula and tomatoes were fresh and it all came together perfectly.

No matter if you are seeking cocktails during happy hour, a light lunch, or a fancy splurge, Olma Caviar Boutique and Lounge is well worth the trip. Visit their website for more information or to book a table. http://olmacaviar.com/lounge/