Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday Night: Lillies

Towards the end of the last year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Lillies
Lillies is a bar in the flatiron district with a Victorian feel. It's named after the actress Lillie Langtry whose beauty and extravagant lifestyle was the envy of many. The bar was very crowded for a Tuesday night and we had to wait. It was at least 30 minutes until we were finally sat at a table in the back. We had a few beers while we waited. There is a Lillies seasonal beer ($7) which was a summer ale at the time. It was light and fruity which made it very easy to drink. To me, it pretty much resembles Sam Adams beer.

Since it was only a few of us that night, we only ordered a handful of appetizers. We started with the pulled pork french fries ($11) which come smothered in jack cheese. These were really good. The soft pork tossed in bourbon barbecue sauce was layered on top of crispy fries then covered in melted cheese. The taste was really good. The fries remained crispy under the juicy and flavorful pork while the cheese was soft, stretchy, and gooey.

We also ordered the sliders ($12) which also came with a side of fries. Each of the 3 sliders were a little overcooked to our liking but it remained juicy. The fries were thin, crispy, and well seasoned.
Lastly, we ordered the spicy steamed mussels ($12) which were delightful. All the mussels were fresh with no broken shells nor any unopened bivalves. The sauce was delicious from the juices of the mussels, some cream, cilantro, and jalapeno. He dunked our bread in the broth devilishly. We ended up ordering more bread ($1) to finish up the sauce.
Lillies has a pretty fun dynamic and it was full on a Tuesday night. It never really emptied out from the time we arrived to the time we left. The appetizers are a little pricey but they're pretty large in size. They're easily sharable. I would come back again.

Lillies
13 E 17th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 337-1970
lilliesnyc.com

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