My Restaurant Crush: Sofia Vergara Lunches at Her 'Fave New York Restaurant'

Sofia Vergara lunch

Where’s Joe?

Sofia Vergara took an afternoon apart from her beau, Joe Manganiello, to spend it with the other man in her life: son Manolo.

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While dining at Ilili restaurant in New York City over the weekend, the Modern Family star snapped a selfie with Manolo and a friend.

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Posting it on Instagram with the caption, “Lunch At my fave NY restaurant!!” the brunette beauty looked to be enjoying her company. The actress’s megawatt smile was front and center as she posed in the eatery’s main dining room.

As for her meal, Vergara noshed on a variety of Ilili’s Mediterranean-inspired dishes, including their signature Brussels sprouts.

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Looking to snack like Sofia? Check out their easy recipe.

ilili Brussels Sprouts
Makes 4 servings

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 ¼ lb Brussels sprouts, tough outer leaves trimmed, sliced in half lengthwise
½ tsp. salt
sherry vinegar – to taste
3/4 cup toasted walnuts, crumbled
3/4 cup seedless green or red grapes, sliced
4 tbsp. fig puree (recipe below)
1 cup mint yogurt (recipe below)
8 leaves fresh mint, chopped finely

1. Warm two tablespoons olive oil in a heavy skillet or pan. Add Brussels sprouts and sear, cut side down, until well browned. Alternatively, toss the Brussels sprouts with olive oil on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 500 degrees until crispy.

2. Salt and toss with the sherry vinegar.

3. Place Brussels sprouts in serving bowl with walnuts and grapes, and toss.

4. To finish, drizzle on the fig puree and mint yogurt. Garnish with mint leaves.

Fig Puree:
1 cup water
1 cup fig jam

Bring to boil. Let reduce by 25% and puree in blender until smooth.

Mint Yogurt:
1 cup yogurt
1 tsp. mint, minced
1/2 tsp. salt

Stir all together until well combined.

—Michelle Ward

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