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I stopped by ilili restaurant (236 5th Avenue) to try their $15 prix fixe lunch special, which includes a lunch salad or sandwich and a side. We had the grilled shrimp salad, the fried calamari on fattoush, the side of hommus and the side of baba ghannouj. Both salads were excellent, particularly the grilled shrimp salad with its unique mix of a seasoned grilled shrimp, sliced avocado, pomegranate, sliced dates, and lemon vinaigrette over romaine (all food pictured above).

The room is long and spacious, yet comfortably full during lunch. While the salads are a few dollars more than the higher-end salads-to-go found in the nicer lunch takeaway spots, the quality of the food at ilili is far superior and completely worth it when you have time for a light sit down lunch.

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