Lilia New York; Menu, Price, Outdoor Dining and Reviews

Lilia is an Italian-style restaurant in Williamsburg that features handmade pasta, wood-fired cooking, seafood, and Italian cocktails. The restaurant used to be a garage but was renovated to give a loft-like appearance.

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As one of the most Romantic Restaurants in Brooklyn, the restaurant is notorious for how hard it is to get in and may require up to a month’s reservation in advance.

Lilia is owned by Chef Missy Robbins. Missy Robbins has previously been awarded a Michelin star and the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef title. She is most famous for her pasta mastery.

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She also authors cookbooks on the side. You can order some of her cookbooks right from their website.

Even though Lilia is hyped and often referred to as an upscale restaurant, it has a rather modest and casual vibe. It’s usually packed and busy but has a cozy ambiance with dim lighting.

Lilia New York is one establishment with 3 distinct arms all located in the same space. The arms are Lilia Ristorante, Caffe Lilia, and Lilia Beach.

Lilia Ristorante

Lilia Ristorante is the main restaurant that opens at 4 PM. The restaurant has a full bar with seats and operates an open kitchen. There are also regular seats right by the windows.

 

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Lilia Ristorante Menu

While the main attraction of Missy Robin’s Lilia is the outstanding pasta, the menu also offers several snacks, starters, meat options, and fish options worth trying out. Some of the items on the menu are:

APERATIVI SALATI (Snacks)

Cacio e Pepe Frittelle

Cacio e Pepe Frittelle

House made Mozzarella with Toasted Garlic Bread Lemon and Bottarga

House-made Mozzarella with Toasted Garlic Bread, Lemon, and Bottarga

 

ANTIPASTI (Starters)

Little Gem Lettuce with Breadcrumbs Italian Vinaigrette and Pecorino

Little Gem Lettuce with Breadcrumbs, Italian Vinaigrette, and Pecorino

Escarole with Lemon Capers and Garlic Chips

Escarole with Lemon, Capers, and Garlic Chips

Grilled Artichoke with Garlic Orange Breadcrumbs and Parmigiano

Grilled Artichoke with Garlic, Orange, Breadcrumbs, and Parmigiano

 

CARNE (Meat)

Grilled Chicken Thigh Leg with Grilled Lemon Garlic and Fingerling Potatoes

Grilled Chicken Thigh & Leg with Grilled Lemon, Garlic, and Fingerling Potatoes

Grilled Lamb Leg Steak with Roman Spices Celery Heart and Pecorino

Grilled Lamb Leg Steak with Roman Spices, Celery Heart, and Pecorino

 

PRIMI (Pasta)

 

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Mafaldini with Pink Peppercorn and Parmigiano

Mafaldini with Pink Peppercorn and Parmigiano

Rigatoni Diavola with Chilies Oregano Pecorino and San Marzano Tomatoes

Rigatoni Diavola with Chilies, Oregano, Pecorino, and San Marzano Tomatoes

Spaghetti with Pine nuts lemon and Parmigiano Reggiano

Spaghetti with Pine nuts, lemon, and Parmigiano Reggiano     

Sheeps Milk Cheese Filled Agnolotti with Saffron Dried Tomato and Honey

Sheep’s Milk Cheese Filled Agnolotti with Saffron, Dried Tomato, and Honey

PICCOLI PESCI (Little Fish)

Grilled Clams with Calabrian Chili and Breadcrumbs

Grilled Clams with Calabrian Chili, and Breadcrumbs

Cured Sardines with Dill Fettunta and Capers

Cured Sardines with Dill, Fettunta, and Capers

 

GRANDE PESCE (Big Fish)

Black Bass with Coal Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes and Salsa Verde

Black Bass with Coal Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes, and Salsa Verde

Caffe Lilia

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Caffe Lilia is the restaurant’s adjoined bar and café. Unlike the main restaurant, the café is open from 8 AM to 4 PM and serves pastries, coffee, soft serve, sandwiches, cocktails, and so on. It’s the perfect stop for breakfast and lunch.

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The café also has an outdoor sitting option that may be more suitable for strollers, personal transportation devices, and pets.

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Caffe Lilia offers takeout which you can order on their website. Please note that it is not an order for delivery but an order to schedule a time for pick up.

Some recommended options from Caffe Lilia include:

Soft Serve Gelato

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Focaccia

Focaccia

Espresso Cream Bomboloni

Espresso Cream Bomboloni 

Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake

Frittelli di San Guiseppe

Frittelli di San Guiseppe

Coffee

Coffee

Burrata with Chilies and Basil

Burrata with Chilies and Basil 

Latte

Latte

The Bar

The bar has an extensive selection of wine and cocktails. Thankfully, you can sit with the bartenders and ask for recommendations.

The restaurant isn’t particularly famous for its cocktails and many would advise sticking with wine instead; but who better to ask for advice than the mixologists themselves? Some options you may find at the bar include:

Prosecco Col Fondo

Prosecco Col Fondo

Bianco Bianco

Bianco Bianco

Aperol spritz

Aperól spritz

 

Outdoor Dining

There are different outdoor dining options available at Lilia. There’s the outdoor patio and there is the Yurt Village at Lilia Beach which has some tents for an even more intimate dining experience.

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The Yurt Village is especially beautiful at night.

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How to get a reservation at Lilia

You can make reservations for up to 4 guests from the link on their website. https://www.lilianewyork.com/

Or directly on Resy. https://resy.com/cities/ny/lilia?date=2022-05-18&seats=4

It is advisable to try and make reservations 30 days before your preferred date. Even then, you might not find any available space. It really can take weeks or months of stalking their Resy page to finally get a reservation. Try putting on your notifications for any possible cancellations.

Alternatively, you can call the restaurant or go there physically to make inquiries about reservations. It can be quite tedious to be guessing what days are free or not on Resy so you might have better luck in person. You can always ask to be put on their cancel list and cross your fingers.

The restaurant also allows walk-ins and several people have gotten in without prior planning or reservations. You can go to the restaurant like 20mins before it opens to line up outside.

Go on a weekday to increase your chances. But keep in mind that you may not get the best seats since you would have to settle for what is available.

Private Events

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You can book the private dining room at Lilia for your special events. The dining room can accommodate up to 20 guests. It’s a good option for celebrating birthdays and other family gatherings.

For further inquiries, you can fill out the form on their website. https://www.lilianewyork.com/private-events/

Location: 567 Union Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211

Phone: (718) 576-3095

Email: Info@lilianewyork.com

Official website: https://www.lilianewyork.com/

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/Lilianewyork/

Instagram:

Lilia Ristorante: https://www.instagram.com/lilianewyork/

Caffe Lilia: https://www.instagram.com/caffelilia/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lilianewyork

Opening hours:

Lilia Ristorante

Monday to Sunday: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Caffé Lilia

Monday to Sunday: 8:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Who owns Lilia in Brooklyn?

A: Chef Missy Robbins

Q: Does Lillia take walk-ins?

A: The restaurant accepts walk-ins but you should expect to meet a line. If it’s a very busy day, they may stop taking walk-ins towards the evening.

Q: What is the connection between Lilia and Misi?

A: Misi is Lilia’s sister restaurant on Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. Both restaurants are co-owned by Missy Robins.

Q: Does Lilia Ristorante have vegetarian options?

A: Yes, there are several vegetarian options available.

Q: Are gluten-free options available in Lilia?

A: None of the pasta options on the menu are gluten-free.

Q: Does Lilia offer delivery or take-out services?

A: The main restaurant does not offer delivery or take-out but its café has takeout options.

Q: Does Lilia sell gift cards?

A: Yes, you can request a digital gift card by filling out the form on their website.

Q: What kind of payments does Lilia New York accept?

A: The restaurant accepts credit cards only.

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