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
444 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (264)good for groups (228)special occasion (163)hot spot (134)romantic (120)vibrant bar scene (116)neighborhood gem (93)great for lunch (88)late-night find (46)notable wine list (41)great for brunch (38)kid-friendly (21)great for outdoor dining (12)scenic view (4)Show More
  • cosmopolitan gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Only in New York! Inventive and delicious food, served by knowledgeable staff, in classy -- and quiet! -- setting. You can find those things all over the City. But here Middle-Easterners and New Yorkers mingle; you'll see big families with toddlers, and couples on date-night. This is probably the best pan-Middle-Eastern food I've ever had. Try the atayef and veal bacon -- yumyum!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced food, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went to dinner on Sat night. I've been to quite many middle eastern places and in my opinion this place is overpriced. Good wasn't bad, but not delicious. Wine selection was mediocre. I expected much better quality for the price. Service was slow, though nice. Wouldn't recommend. It's too pricy to just eat and not so good to make an experience.
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  • Not impressed
    Belecita
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was OK. We ended up in the upstairs floor which is not nearly as nice as the downstairs. We sat next to the floor staff section which was not great. Service was good actually.
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  • Very enjoyable evening.
    Jayden
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Nice ambiance. Bar area with a bunch of low bench like seats at the entrance and this is where you will/can sit while waiting for your table. The waitress will take your drink order while you wait ($17 for margarita with Patron and $14 for Grey Goose vodka with cranberry. We went with the mixed grill, Phoenician fries, Brussels spouts, falafel and a salad. Just enough for two people to get full. Everything was great. My wife didn't care for the lamb chops, so that was more for me. Add a couple more drinks (Sumac (?) margarita and a couple of 916 pale ales) and the tab came to $192 including tax. If we weren't trying to eat in different restaurants each time we go out for dinner I would definitely come here again. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the Best
    pluckman
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was the best Lebanese food I've had in NYC--and I grew up eating Lebanese/Syrian food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Irenes
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Staff was very attentive and recommended dishes to each and every one of our party of 8. Portions were not too big.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Exceptional service from knowledgeable waiter. Food was delicious. Pricy drinks, but worth it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mellowdnyc
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    great to take clients or to go with friends/significant other
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite midtown spot
    lovetokibbeh
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I've gone twice in the last month. I live an hour away upstate NY. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable and always recommend the best. Chef Matthew O'Haver is amazing!! His approach to the desserts is innovative, captures all the senses and delicious beyond measure. We typically go for about 5-6 appetizers and 4-5 desserts so we can all try everything. Among the favorites are the shwarma, kibbeh, atayef and veal bacon, riz....then seriously all the desserts. You can taste the time and dedication into each item and it's fantastic. Among my favorites - candy bar, the pumpkin panna cotta, the sorbet, sweet potato cake. Always a pleasure at Ilili!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Nice restaurant
    Nessa79
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    It was a nice restaurant with some good lounge musik, the food was really nice, it was my first time for libanees food and the service was really good. I recommend trying it once in your life or more...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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  • Amazing ! Best Mediterranean food !
    Krupa
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Amazing ! Best Mediterranean food in the city & Best cocktails ever ! Good for families / groups since they have big tables and great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for special occasions
    itguyfoodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Took a good friend of mine to dinner for his birthday. Ilili is an authentic Lebanese restaurant with an amazing menu, wine list and great size. I strongly recommend it to those who appreciate upscale dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better Mediterranean restaurants
    Ronl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my second visit to this restaurant. The first time I was unsure as to whether the waiter was peddling extra food to us. However, the second time with a different waiter confirmed that this was the norm. The food was good and the atmosphere was lively but with increase in available Mediterranean restaurants this would be low down on my list for a return visit.
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  • 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
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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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    Karen
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This meal was so fantastic. It was my second time visiting and I loved every bite. Great to go with a group (although we were just 3). We ordered a bunch of small plates. Loved the delicious variety. Everything was awesome. My favorite dish was the shrimp salad. Sounds pedestrian, but the greens included mint and parsley and it had some sort of pickled (I think) lemon rind. So YUMMY! There are not many good restaurants in this area. Great when looking for something near Penn Station/Madison Square Garden. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • carlapa
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went for dinner with a group on a thursday night. Had a reservation and were seated right away. Great food recommendations by our server, food was timely and drinks were also very good. Pumpkin pannacotta was also amazing.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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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  • Great food
    JimeNY
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Beautiful space, dynamic, fun, chic And not too loud!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Great restaurant
    Rifkin2
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everything we ordered was wonderful. Great service. Didn't rush us. Get the brussel sprouts
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    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.
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    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    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.
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  • 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
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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!!
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    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?
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    good for groups
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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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