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ilili Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ililinyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 683-2929
  • Hours of Operation: Prix Fixe Lunch Mon-Fri $22.
    Prix Fixe Brunch Sat-Sun $28.
    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, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "If you're a Beta like me just enjoy the good food. It's excellent. But forget about comfort or nice view or atmosphere. Because you'll be located on the tiny and narrow second floor. I guess the real paradise on this restaurant is on the ground floor , where the experience really happens."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is a hidden gem on 5th Avenue. Ive been working in the area for 3 years and never gave it a thought to check out till Restaurant week. Amazing ethnic cuisine."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Excellent service and quality food...not cheap, but food quality is worth it"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Everything about our experience from the decor to our waiter and the food were utterly fantastic. Our waiter was both Lebanese and a serious foodie. His recommendations were spot-on. The food quality at Ilili is superb. Of particular note are the duck schwarma, the kibbenaya, and the semolina dumplings. The "gnocchi" or semolina dumplings arrive as a generously sized pile of sliced slightly larger than traditional Italian gnocchi, ensconced in a delicate froth of garlic infused yoghurt. The dumplings were quite simply one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Met a friend here for lunch and she comes to the restarant a few times a week. I have been twice and remembered the food to be amazing. This time, however was different. The shrimp dish I ordered didn't have much taste and the falafel was way overcooked and too crunchy throughout. However, the star of the meal was our very attentive server -- he made it a very memorable lunch."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I came here with a friend and we both decided that we would definitely come back. I would definitely recommend the fries and the Ilili Candybar dessert. Service was really good too. It was a bit cramped and noisy but that wasn't much of an issue. This was definitely a great find."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Food was awesome, service was fantastic and the ambience was superb!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "From the moment we were seated, our server Julie took great care of us. She was helpful with drink recommendations and sequenced our small plates order. Our water glasses were also filled promptly throughout the evening--something other restaurants don't seem to be able to do! She and her colleagues deserve our praise and thanks for a lovely anniversary meal. My only slight disappointment is that the room off to the side where we were seated lacked the charm of the other two high-ceilinged rooms. The food was fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Having eaten my share of Arabic food around the world I can confidently say that this is some of the best you will find anywhere. April served us and was great. She helped us pick dishes that complemented each other and were really tasty. The music was good. I ended up buying some of the tunes they were playing. The dining room looks very nice with wood decor all over. There really isn't anything bad I can think of to say about Ilili. Top notch all around!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant with soaring golden walls, a quieter balcony for people who want to talk and a very accommodating reservation staff who re-booked our table when one of our party was unavoidably delayed. Plentiful seats in the bar area meant we didn't have to stand and wait, attentive service, and a Mezze dinner shared among all at our table with guidance from our waiter was a delight. The tabbouleh is wonderful - more like a parsley-lemon salad!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I went to Ilili for dinner with a friend. We arrived a few minutes early and were invited to wait in the bar area. We were then quickly seated upstairs. We had requested a quiet table, and our upstairs table was just right. The food was fabulous. We ordered less than the waiter recommended (one large plate, three small, rather than two large and several small) and it was plenty. Great service, great food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great for sharing dishes with friends and celebrating the joy of fine food and wine. Flavours are fresh, refined and well balanced, sumptuous without being overbearing. Chic but simple atmosphere, not too formal. Able to accommodate anyone from kids to entertaining clients or those seeking to impress a date."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had eaten here before and forgotten how good the food was! The place is big and packed with people and the noise level was very high / annoying, hard to have a conversation. Nonetheless, we requested a quiet table and they accommodated our request with seating upstairs. The food was delicious - every mezze platter was excellent as was the lebanese wine. Thanks to the server for his recommendations!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a great meal, with great service. It's too bad the main dining room has no tables-for-two. The smaller dining room is not as attractive."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We ate at ilili with a group of 10. Had a nice round table, but the noise is so loud that I could only hear the person sitting next to me. It was sort of a family reunion so it wasn't ideal to say the least. The food was delicious and our waiter was very good. One of our eaters had celiac and the waiter brought her a special serving of whatever we ordered for each dish. My husband made the mistake of telling the waiter to just bring what he thought would be good, so we had way too much food and an expensive bill. But all in all it was very enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I received a gift certificate to ilili so I decided to give it a try for my birthday celebration. What a gift! The food and service were exceptional. I've had Lebanese cuisine before, but ilili took the experience to new heights. I won't be waiting until my next birthday to return."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Food is great, but if you want to actually have a conversation with the people at your table, go elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was our first time at Ililli. It was perfect for a quick dinner before a lecture and the food was quite good including some unusual flavors and spices. It is the Turkish version of Spanish Tapas. Everything we ordered was tasty. We would go back and that is a real vote of confidence."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food is amazing. Fresh, tasty, light. One of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Ilili was amazing as always. Great service by Corey and great food as always. I will sure be back!!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Beautiful lounge/bar area as you walk in, restaurant area is a bit tight with seating, but comfortable and very pretty; the music can get rather loud, depending on where you sit."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "If you love mezza, Ilili is a great place to enjoy a wide variety of excellent choices. Standards like hummus and tabouleh stand out from the crowd because of their vibrant flavors. Less typical fare like the cauliflower (Arnabeet Mekle) and brussel sprouts will make you want to eat your vegetables. The mekanek, kibbeh, tuna belly, shawarmas, etc., will make meat and fish lovers quite happy too. All accompanied with excellent light and freshly made pita. The portions are quite sufficient for four people to share, and you can easily make a meal of a large selection of the mezza. The servers are knowledgeable about the food and helpful in terms of gauging variety/quantity. Bigger tables and a better corkage policy would lift my rating."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed really authentic Lebanese food. beautifully cooked and presented. The wait staff were particularly helpful"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I highly recommend ilili to people who haven't yet tried Lebanese food. The food was great and for those in our party not familiar with Lebanese food, the staff were extremely helpful in helping them choose their dish. No one was disappointed. I highly recommend the a combination of small dishes from the Mezza section of the menu if there are 3 or more of you in your ding party. Don't miss out on the Lebanese wine. As for the environment, ilili's modern layout is high end with both a great bar area and restaurant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Some of the restaurant has a great ambiance, but it's inconsistent. My party of 4 was shoved into a corner room upstairs that looked like an employee break room in a strip mall. Not what I envisioned for my special occasion and out of town guests. There were tons of empty tables in the better part of the restaurant when we arrived, but they said those tables were "reserved," even though we had a reservation as well. Not impressed!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Ilili is one of my favorite spots. I have spent much time in Turkey and the food brings back so many good food memories. I bring friends and out-of-towners here ALL the time. Ilili is a must try. You will find yourself coming back for more! The labne and brussels sprouts are outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had the brussel sprouts - such great unique flavor, cauliflower - perfectly cooked and eggplant "chips" - love these and want to know how they make them! Also had the chocolate souffle and drinks - souffle was great but a bit pricey at $18."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We ordered a selection of three appetisers - all of which were delicious and fabulously presented. They were bigger than what we thought they were going to be so could have really ordered two. Staff bring out fresh pitta with your starters and mains, and the bread is so delicious. Main courses were moderately sized and again delicious. At $46 we thought the lamb was a little over-priced as you got 5 or 6 small sausage shaped meat koftas with a small ratatouille. That said, the flavours were superb. We had never been to a Lebanese restaurant before - our overall experience was very good so would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Best Lebanese food I have had so far. Note: while Zagat's says noise can be a drawback, quieter dining rooms are upstairs,"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've been here a few times now and really enjoy it. Great food and drink, superb service, and a good find for when you're craving Lebanese. It's definitely pricey though (for example, they serve an AMAZING salad, but it's a whopping $15 plus) so it may just be for business and/or special occasions. Also, the Lebanese style makes it a good spot for groups that want to share and taste a lot."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "outstanding food, everything was great for sharing. The service was phenomenal, our waiter was so knowledgable and attentive! Fabulous brussel sprouts. We will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I have been to different states all over the US and have never tasted anything better than the duck shawarma, Brussel sprouts or katayef with bacon offered by illili. It captures the sophistication of lebanese culture and offers a fantastic twist to authentic dishes. It is pricy but definitely worth it if you would like to impress a first date or work colleagues."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "have gone here several times in the past few months and every experience has been fabulous. I recommend this restaurant to friends and family all of the time and they have voiced the same opinion."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I keep coming back. Everything is delicious. The service is perfect. Sometimes I think the music selection is weird and doesn't suit the environment. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Such a great experience dining at ilili. As an Egyptian American, it's always exciting to see Arabic food in NY, and on top of that, when the restaurant is successful, the food is presented beautifully and tastes incredible, it's very refreshing. The service we had was great, Alex was very attentive to our needs and made great suggestions. We were overall very happy with our dinner at ilili. I've already spread the word, and will be back again!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food was very good and very authentic. Noise level was intolerable. Service was very friendly and prompt."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We have often brought out of town foodies here, as in the past it has been such a great experience. That said--this last visit was a disaster, starting with our wait in the bar area. There were not many seats and the waitress scolded my guest to "go sit down and wait" when he stood ignored at the bar, trying to get us drinks. Dinner was also not up to it's usual care or service. The food came out in a different order than we had discussed with the waiter. Hot brussels sprouts came out with our hummus and fatoush, rather than with the main items. But the absolute worst dish was the chicken livers--they were roasted to dry, hard, inedible rocks, swimming in pomegranate molasses. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent service. I wish there had been time / room in my belly to eat every single thing on the menu."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We usually come for brunch, but we tried out dinner and were pleasantly surprised. The steak and lamb lollies were perfect. I think their dinner menu is much better. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Really loved my meal at Ilili, the service the food everything was superb. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014