It is not every day you hear a restaurant being described as “an Apothecary-style Gastro Pub” but from the mouth of its owner, Stanton Du Toit, that is exactly what Slightly Oliver is.
Located on the Upper West Side Slightly Oliver was opened in November 2011 joining sibling restaurants, Tolani Wine Restaurant and Sojourn, as a truly unique and creative advent to some seriously good eats.
Upon walking into the dining area, it is hard to miss what can only be described as an old fashioned science laboratory (Think Sleep No More) filled with…alcohol. It is artfully displayed in a glass enclosure for your viewing pleasure, because Slightly Oliver makes all of their own infusions and extractions.
Du Toit explained they “take a medicinal approach to cocktails” using only organic and natural flavors. Instead of using anything resembling synthetic additives, they have created their own flavor profile. They also have a three tier cocktail program that includes some pretty amazing punches, “kitchen inspired” cocktails made from culinary techniques, and classic cocktails, they age in their own barrels (all of which you can see). Drinking is fun on its own, but at Slightly Oliver, it’s just plain nifty.
Last but eons away from least is their food. Slightly Oliver takes simple bar food and elevates it to the nth degree. The menu is based around the “Commonwealth”; all the places the United Kingdom has and does call it’s own. That is why there are subtle hints of (amongst others) Indian and South African flavors in this gastro-pub’s fare
The menu changes seasonally to feature the freshest of ingredients. Currently one can delve into dishes like Duck Pastrami Sliders, a Gigante Bean Cassoulet stewed with garlic, feta, and oregano, a pretty sensational appetizer of Vermont Buratta, or a house made Mac N’ Cheese with truffles and duck confit. Is your mouth watering yet?
A masterpiece from the first bite to the last!
Slightly Oliver is located at 511 Amsterdam Ave (Between 84th & 85th). They are open Sunday-Thursday 4PM-12AM, Friday and Saturday 4PM-2AM, and do brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-4AM.
Call them at (212) 362-1098 to make your reservation. You really don’t want to miss out on this one.
By, Jordan Nadler
Photographer: Victoria Nadler