ilili
ilili

ilili

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ililinyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126832929x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Prix Fixe Lunch Mon-Fri $22.
    Prix Fixe Brunch Sat-Sun $28.
    WEEKDAYS:
    LUNCH Monday-Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm,
    DINNER Monday-Wednesday 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Thursday 5:30pm - 11:30pm,
    WEEKENDS:Saturday 12:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday 12:00pm - 10:30pm.
    NIGHTLY:Bar & Lounge Open Till Last Call
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Lebanese
  • Executive Chef: Philippe Massoud
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For further information, please visit our website.
  • Entertainment: Entertainment is available upon request for private events.
  • Special Events: Contact our Private Event Department at: (212) 481-1840

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 27th & 28th
  • Public Transit: N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in a lot on 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue. Street parking is also available near restaurant.
A word from ilili
ilili is New York’s premier contemporary Lebanese restaurant offering inspired Mediterranean cuisine. The menu mixes authentic Lebanese dishes with modern Mediterranean influences to create a culinary journey for the palate and senses. Complementing the international cuisine, ilili offers an impressive wine list that includes wines from all over the world and features favorites from Lebanon and the Mediterranean. The restaurant’s decor echoes the diverse menu, combining the architectural richness of Old Lebanon with an attitude and style that is unmistakably New York. A DJ sets the mood with music from around the globe and soft, amber lighting punctuated by candles create a sexy, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a relaxed meal. The cuisine, décor and ambience come together to create a new world for your senses to explore, whispering gently in your ear, ilili.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
ilili reviews from OpenTable diners
435 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (259)good for groups (226)special occasion (160)hot spot (132)romantic (116)vibrant bar scene (110)great for lunch (87)neighborhood gem (87)late-night find (44)notable wine list (40)great for brunch (34)kid-friendly (19)great for outdoor dining (14)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Great food and nice ambiance
    nicknameformyreviews
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very nice ambiance at night, great for dates and groups. The Lamb Chops were amazing, would certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Amazing
    jzairickVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I come from a family that cooks really good Mediterranean food and this is by far a lot better. Try the hummus, the kibe neye, falafel, duck shwarma, tabboule and the beef dumplings in yogurt soup. You will thank me later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing !!!!
    Agemiro
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This place is a very nice restaurant and you don't need to like Lebanese food to enjoy it, the food is amazing and Service is outstanding !!!! Great overall experience .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Excellent
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food represents the best in mediteranian cooking in New York, I have sent loads of friends and collaeges from Iceland to the restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arden
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We've been thee three times and have enjoyed each visit for ambiance, food, and beauty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    JimeNY
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Beautiful space, dynamic, fun, chic And not too loud!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Songbirdsue
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I found this restaurant on line and it looked different..it was a great find. The ambience was lively and a little exotic..The food was so fresh and prepared very carefully to be pleasing to the eye. The ingredients were authentic . Angel our server was amazing and gave us excellent customer service..a special experience and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice modern Lebanese food
    Delish
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was quite good. Fresh Lebanese bread was delicious. Order the Chankleesh & the Kebab Kerez meatballs. Think the vibe and interiors could have been better, was nice but a little boring compared to some of the other places we dined.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food. Needs some work.
    anvasqu
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We requested a change of table when we were being seated; the hostess made us go all the way to the first floor and to the foyer to wait while they finished cleaning it; I am sure it would have taken them 2 minutes to do so. The food was excellent; the service was OK.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere!
    Julia13
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Loved this restaurant. Delicious food in a great environment. Highlights were the brussel sprouts, tabouli, kafka, and hummus. Looking forward to returning.
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  • DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    we absolutely loved the food and the service was attentive and caring. will definitely come back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    Rifkin2
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everything we ordered was wonderful. Great service. Didn't rush us. Get the brussel sprouts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A can't miss place for lunch
    mbb4567
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The blended teas ... the traditional middle eastern foods ... and the outgoing, gracious personalities of the table servers make I Lilli consistently a great choice for lunch. Get the brussel sprouts (no one does them like they do!!) and the lamb and beef meatballs in cherry sauce. Those are can't miss dishes, and I Lilli is a can't miss restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How to order + eat
    FiFiEats
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Get a variety of mezzas to share for the table, rather than individual entrees. They offer a wide range of mezzas to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    waitress was a professional and knew her menu well. Room was a bit noisy and crowded for the occasion of celebrating an intimate birthday dinner with a close friend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Quality Food
    Betsy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Celebrated my 65th birthday with family (4 adults) and a NYC weekend. Illili was a perfect spot with good eating, inventive and interesting cocktails and very knowledgeable service. April made excellent recommendations, the wine and fluke stood out but all our small plates (10 was sufficient for 4 people) were very good! We are a family that has enjoyed some very good meals at highly renown establishments. For this weekend because of all our other activities, we hoped to find a quality meal at a moderate price. Ilili did not disappoint. It can get noisy but that added to the festivities and it never created a problem for conversation at the table. The decor is attractive and inviting. Overall a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The downstairs dining area and lounge have a nice atmosphere. However, they put parties of 2 in a dressed-down upstairs room. The food is OK, service as well.
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  • Fun, but poor value
    TrendseekerVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been to Ilili many times over the past three-four years and have enjoyed the food and the scene, although it has always been extremely loud. I must now report that the value of the meal no longer justifies the price. $30 for three scallops is not justifiable. The lamb chops were uninspired. The shank so-so. The cocktails were very also weak (ie, little liquor). If you don't care about value, it's acceptable and fun. Otherwise, pass or just have appetizers, which were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Bill
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food here never disappoints. octopus is always tender, hummus always perfectly seasoned and the flatbread basket was steaming hot when it arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    ColinVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Second trip to the restaurant. Very underwhelmed this time. Waited super long to be seated for our reservation, took 15 minutes to be served at the bar, and got a very watered down glass of sangria. Food was good, but not worth the price. Waiter was nice, but a terrible wine recommendation...really just tried as hard as possible to push more expensive bottles rather than accommodating our preference. I've never written a negative review before so take that for what you will.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!!
    arabellagg
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Overall the food was delicious, the plates are a bit small but that is good if you want to try different things. The ambiance was great for having drinks on a date or with a group. The service was excellent. The main room in quite noisy but they also have tables available on the upper floor if you are looking for something more quiet and romantic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    very nice restaurant... good wines and good food!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and good service
    peetrhahn
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We came for dinner on a Saturday night with a group of seven. We had a reservation and were promptly seated. The restaurant interior is very interesting with beautiful wood work and geometric styling. The service was very good and helped us pick a nice variety of dishes so we could try as much as possible. Everything was delicious and everyone enjoyed their meal. The only ding I would give this place, and this was mentioned by several at our table, was the noise level. It's not club level loud, but there is just a very noticeable din in the entire dining area and it is very difficult to hear, particularly at a larger table like ours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    SellingPHL
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food here is great. It's modern Lebanese. You could easily just have a few small plates and be completely happy. But the main dishes are quite nice as well. The waiter service is excellent. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks as well. Where this place fell a bit short was in the reservations and host arena. We made reservations through Open Table for a 6 pm reservation because the next available was 9:15. When we got there at 6, we were one of only 3 tables. Yet they sat us in the back room, not the main room which is much cooler and vibrant. When we left, around 8, about half the tables were full. So 1) why no tables available on OT and 2) why put us in the back room?
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Jill
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The ambiance is great. Downstairs is a bar, very nice settings and not too loud. We sat upstairs, which is quiet and more like a regular restaurant. Ordered duck shawarma, beef shawarma and the famous brussels sprout. Shawarma is good, but brussels sprout is to die for! I have to say I like brussels sprout in any way and this one is definitely the best the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brussel Sprouts
    jchoboken
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The most amazing brussel sprouts I have ever eaten!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    SpectacularVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food was wonderful! We ordered a bunch of small plates for our group of 6 and no one left hungry. The bar area is very swanky and fun! The only downer is that it was quite loud and difficult to hear the others at the table.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    vlas
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Entertained clients here this past weekend. The food was just okay. Nothing was bad, nothing was great. We had the mixed appetizers for the table and everything was good, nothing was outstanding. The dips (hummus and baba) were really underwhelming. Also had the brussels sprouts and duck schwarma. I have had much better brussels sprouts at many other restaurants. These were so drowned by the other ingredients that you could barely find them. The duck schwarma was really dry. Others seemed to enjoy the mixed grill and the lamb chops. But, the next time I want excellent middle eastern food, I will go to Astoria.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My group could not even carry on a conversation without shouting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Outstanding food for a range of people (I came with a Cordon Bleu trained chef and a two year old and both loved it). Service was great, but the noise level was too high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what's going on?
    slw1
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    quality of food seems to have gone down significantly this year: machine chopped tabbouleh? hummus flavor off, tastes artificial. not what it used to be
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great time
    poachedegglover
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've eaten at Ilili a number of times and it's always a great experience. It's one of a kind and nostalgic trip to the levitan area of the world. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great appetizers, salty dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had better memories of ilili. Appetizers were delicious button dishes (octopus and a Brussels sprouts salad were too salty.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food
    Loveydovey
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Every dish we ordered was delicious, fresh and unique.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    tyrannosauruswrx
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    These guys were awesome. Second time to ilili and it was even better than the last. Can't wait to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite place to fine in city ....
    Luv4food
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is amazing! The service is excellent! Ambiance is fantastic and overall it is a phenomenal food /dining experience ..the atmosphere is quiet and romantic with quality service. One of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant Flavors
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ilili always impresses me with the amount of vibrant flavor in each and every bite. The baba ganoush is my favorite in the area-- it's deliciously rich and creamy. The brussel sprouts are wonderful as well...the combination of the grapes, walnuts, and mint yogurt adds a sweet component to a green dish. The duck shawarma is a MUST. I was disappointed to see that there is no chicken shawarma, but once you try the duck there's no looking back. It melts in your mouth... The ambiance in Ilili is very cool-- it's trendy yet comfortable and I love the fact that if I forget to make a reservation there is often seating available in the lounge. All in all, one of my favorite restaurants around!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great evening in great restaurant
    GeordiemagikVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Illi, is a fabulous place. With one fault and it's tiny.they rang me twice and also emailed my to check I was coming... Annoying. Food was great especially
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing lebanese food
    wakidkat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    ilili has done an amazing job knowing where and how to strike the balance between traditional Lebanese food and new and interesting twist on a culinary tradition that dates back centuries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time place
    BBsbirthday
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I celebrated my birthday at ilili and it was great to get seated at a round table as you could engage with everyone. We shared appetizers and a few entrees. The place was buzzing so great energy. The food was delicious but I would forget the lamb shank at $42 as it was so not worth it. Good service, wine list just ok. I will definitely go back especially with a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.