Ideally, we’d have tons of friends who host dinner parties with interesting strangers, good wine, and experimental West African dishes. But we’re nowhere near cool enough for that. There is however Ilé, a "communal dining experience" in Hollywood that's hosted in a luxury loft apartment and feels like nothing else in LA at the moment. The concept serves a tasting menu inspired by the chef’s Nigerian upbringing and before each of the nine courses arrives—whether it’s spicy lamb suya, mushroom-heavy fish pepper soup, or jollof rice served from a smoking cauldron—a personal story is shared, accented by a 70s Nigerian funk soundtrack and other festive touches. The room seats 16 people split into two long tables, and it's fully BYOB—though the chef might offer you some complimentary tequila shots throughout the night. Tickets are $250 per person (or four courses for $120), so keep this spot in mind when you want a big, fun night out involving inventive food and sharp storytelling. Book through Ilé’s website.
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