Figures is a restaurant that elevates its comic book theme. Cocktails are made with stormtrooper bitters artwork and Pac-Man dances in neon on the ceiling.
The place has a speakeasy feel, with a small vintage toy shop in front wallpapered with comics by a local artist.
All items in the shop can be purchased for prices that sometimes reach into the hundreds.
Behind a hidden doorway is the restaurant itself. Walls are covered in custom art and comic themes and characters: Wonder Woman sports a Gucci bag, and wanted posters frame Olive Oyl and Popeye.
The food menu here can perhaps best be described as a series of tapas, or sharable plates. Beet carpaccio and a crunchy red and yellow beet tartare combine beautifully with a creamy crispy panko-encrusted goat cheese ball ($14).
“Fairytale” eggplant ($12) sits roasted eggplants arranged by size atop a chickpea puree (hummus) next to piles of soft almost salsa-like “eggplant caviar” (diced eggplant innards) and candied crush sesame, with an airy “crouton” of egg white rolled in sesame.
A warm crab cake over a lightly truffled crab salad ($26) dolloped with a beet puree and accompanied by a watercress jalapeno aioli is accessible while still playing with temperature
Briny, fat cherrystone clams ($16) swimming in a kaffir lime leaf coconut milk broth are laden with waxy fava beans and sliced chilis.
Very fishy octopus salad ($20) sits on a bed of escabeche in a pool of potent but balancing black garlic aioli and oil.
Yellow beet and yukon gold gnocchi ($22) mingles with buttery macadamia nuts, peas and chanterelles with a chili aioli, beet puree remoulade, and cheese on top.
Lamb shank ($30) braised in Guinness is piled onto diced Yukon gold potato with a pea mint puree and corn foam.
A plantain pancake supports Red-Stripe-braised oxtail topped with spicy plantain chips ($18).
For dessert, break into a chocolate shell, dusted with a random cartoon logo.
It hides a fudgy square of 80% dark Mexican chocolate garnished with chocolate robots and edible gold ($18).
The “Rarely on Target” ($20) mixes Bacardi, absinthe, lime juice, pineapple cordial, coconut milk and egg white, stenciled with bitters sprayed from an atomizer.
The rest of the interior maintains the speakeasy feel with dark wood tones, plush banquettes and music that mashes up scratching with swing.