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Ilili is a festive loungy venue with high ceilings, beautiful people and a stunning contemporary design. When we were doing the DLX shoot at Ilili, Natalie Portman was feasting on vegetarian cuisine.

When walk down Fifth Ave, the space is so narrow that you can easily pass it. Look for the long narrow hallway with high ceilings, mirrored panels and a grid-like wooden structure–then you will find ilili. Don’t let the narrow facade deceive you…the space is actually over 20,000 sq feet and divided into a series of private rooms to suit any occasion.

The alcohol bottles of the main bar is housed in a long floating wooden box. Furniture is simple, minimalist and dark–the colors are deep, rich and convey a sexy powerful look to the scene. A row of lightbulbs hang from the ceiling and sit on top of patrons as they sip on some of the most contemporary cocktails of the city.

The Fresh Meadow is a refreshing combination of gin, St Germain Elderflower liquor, and mint. The subtle taste of cucumber meshes with the concoction and puts you in a mode of relaxation and peace. From Beirut with Passion is a Basil Cilantro mint infused vodka with sparkling passion fruit. Sipping on this drink will make you feel like you on the Beirut shores chilling on the beach.

The food is a diverse selection of Mediterranean cuisine. Start with the hommus with chickpea puree. The dish is mixed with lebanese tahini, lemon, olive oil and your choice of lamb or shrimp. The fattoush is a lebanese garden salad served with a sumac lemon vinaigrette.

For the main course, order the sidon black cod. The delicious fish melts in your mouth and complements the siya dieh rice. Meat lovers need to order the lamb makloubeh–pulled lamb, eggplant with lebanese brown rice. The dish comes with a refreshing cucumber yogurt. Another option would be to order the Kilna sawa which are platters meant for sharing. The Mezza Sghire comes with hommus, baba ghannouj, falafel, fattoush, mekanek and lahmajeen.


236 Fifth Ave
between 27th and 28th
NY, NY 10001



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