What’s the vibe?

Located in a converted old garage in Brooklyn, Lilia is the welcome return of chef Missy Robbins, and is one of the hottest tables in all of New York right now. Needless to say the place is always packed, and wait times can be long, but it’s all totally worth it to get a seat in the beautiful dining room, filled with light thanks to the huge industrial windows. The seats in front of the open kitchen, where you can watch chefs work in front of a big wood-fired oven, are the best in the house, but take whatever you can get – its one of our favourite places in NY.

What to order?

Go with a group and order as much as possible! To start, we loved the cacio e pepe fritelle, the radishes with whipped ricotta, the chicken liver crostini, the cured sardines, and the roasted trumpet mushrooms.
Fresh pastas are the speciality here and unless something really grabs you from the mains, we’d recommend trying as many pastas as possible. It’s impossible to go wrong, as they’re all totally delicious, but if you want to know our favourites, go for the agnolotti, little rectangular parcels filled with soft sheep’s cheese, dried tomato, saffron and honey; the fettuccine with spicy lamb sausage; the ricotta gnocchi with broccoli pesto, basil and pistachios; and the linguine with tomato, anchovy and lemon.

Cacio e Pepe Fritelle
Ricotta Gnocchi, Broccoli Pesto, Basil, Pistachios
Cured Sardines, Capers, Dill, Fettunta
Sheeps Milk Cheese Filled Agnolotti, Saffron, Dried Tomato, Honey

Images by: Evan Sung

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