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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
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Official Website

zillibarlounge.com

Nearby Subway Stops

R at Union St.

Prices

$10.50-$21.95

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

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

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

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.

Hookah

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

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