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Zilli Bar & Lounge

289 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215 40.673621 -73.982544
nr. 2nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-965-6401 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Turkish
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

R at Union St.



Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Daily
  • Good for Groups
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

Patterning Zilli on pita saloons ubiquitous in Turkey, self-taught chef and owner Sureyya Stovall imports traditional Turkish cooking to Brooklyn, with a selection of dips, pita-based “pizzas” (small oblong pies with toppings like lamb or kasari cheese), and some meat dishes. But the fresh-baked pita bread is the star of the table. The slightly sweet flat bread, made with exclusively Turkish ingredients and baked in a stone oven, is crunchy on the outside and delightfully airy within. It’s tasty as a pizza crust, but delicate enough to be overwhelmed by an over-seasoned topping of ground beef. Better bets are ezme, a puree of vegetables with just enough heat, and domatesli patlican, where fresh eggplant stands up nicely to the garlic and tomato. The small, lonely bar up front has a few highboy tables and glass doors that give onto Fifth Avenue, but it feels like an afterthought. With sports on the televisions above the bar, draped fabrics and chintz-upholstered couches in the back dining room, and Bob Marley on the sound system throughout, Zilli is multiculti-cluttered. But sitting on the back patio on a summer evening with a trusty piece of pita in hand, that kind of global sweep is easy to overlook.


Year round, assorted flavors of hookah are available on the back patio.

Recommended Dishes

Ezme, $6.50; domatesli patlican, $7; chicken shish, $13.95; feta borek, $5; sutlac, $4.50