ilili’s New York City Restaurant Week lineup includes another first for the NYC Foodie scene: an Arak promotion from two of Lebanon’s most celebrated wineries: Château Ksara and Massaya. We’re offering diners a sample tasting pour of ‘Lion’s Milk,’ with our $35 prix fixe Restaurant Week dinner menu. ilili’s RW menu references Japan, Italy, Spain, France, and Lebanon, offering diners a cross cultural experience culminating in the “quintessential’ Lebanese-American menu for 2011. New items include: K-Town inspired Marinated Octopus & Squid Salad, Fennel Cured Sardines, Clams & Soujouk (fenugreek sausage), Harissa & Amontillado Shrimp, Date Braised Beef w/Cashew Couscous, and Lamb Roasted in Grape Leaves. Our Restaurant Week Lunch Prix Fixe is $24.
New York City Restaurant Week at ilili isn’t about filling seats. It’s an opportunity to showcase our culinary team’s imagination and management’s dedication to celebrating a cuisine that has lain dormant far too long. For more on that please check out Josh Ozersky’s mention of ilili in Time Magazine. Here’s a quote:
“…Philippe Massoud’s ilili, in New York, are both examples of chefs trying to push one of the world’s most complex and ancient cuisines into the culinary mainstream. (Massoud’s charcoal-roasted lamb shawarma is so good, I recruited him to serve it at the Meatopia festival I organized last year.) Middle Eastern food, these chefs are trying to say, is in a place right now where Italian food was 50 years ago; those crusty pea-balls in that leathery pita are the exact equivalents of the leaden meatballs in soggy spaghetti that used to pass for Neapolitan cooking.”