Openings

First Look: Missy Robbins' Lilia Opens in Williamsburg

By Kelly Dobkin  |  January 20, 2016
Credit: Clay Williams

Photos by Clay Williams

The gist: Missy Robbins (formerly of A Voce) has opened her very first Brooklyn restaurant with the Italian-inspired Lilia in Williamsburg. You might even spot Robbins manning the custom-made wood grill and rotisserie showcased via the large open kitchen (bottom photo).

Grilled swordfish with Marsala, sage, raisins, sunchokes

The food: Robbins draws influences from various Italian regions including the coast to put together this rustic, soulful menu. With a focus on seafood, pastas and veggies, expect options like cacio e pepe fritelle; whole wheat spaghetti with smoked ricotta, pepperoncino and espresso; and grilled swordfish with sage, raisins and Marsala. Stay tuned for a full menu. The eatery will also function as a cafe during early morning hours and will offer pastries and coffee

Grilled fennel with marinated capers, basil, blood orange

The space: The whitewashed 70-seat space features long lines and a massive open kitchen running alongside the dining room. American Construction League and architect Craig Shilito are behind the design, which includes original iron casement windows (refurbished), skylights and wooden banquettes. There's also a semi-private dining room near the entrance.

 

The details: 567 Union Ave, Brooklyn; 718-576-3095

Missy Robbins manning the wood-fired grill