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Lillie's
Lillie's

Lillie's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://unionsquare.lilliesnyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 337-1970
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 2:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Irish, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mateo Saavera
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Three flat screen TVs for major sporting and news events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Broadway and 5th Avenue
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6, L, N, R, Q & W trains to 14th Street/Union Square.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Lillie's
An Irish-Victorian Bar and Restaurant, just steps from Union Square. In the "Ladies' Mile District" of days gone by. The interior has a distinctly late 19th century feel with wooden furnishings brought from Belfast, Ireland.
Serving a wide range of domestic and international beers (20 on tap and 30 bottled). A great selection of whiskeys and wines, including some excellent wine from the Langtry Winery in California where Lillie herself owned and lived for a time.

The food is traditional Pub Fare, including soups, salads, stews, fish and steaks. The Irish Breakfast is served all day. Brunch at the weekends from 11am to 4pm.

Traditional Irish music session on Saturdays at 4pm.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerComfort Food
Diner Reviews
  • "They make amazing turkey burgers. But the steak salad I ordered... not too good. Asked for Medium..came out well done. The lettuce was soaked in the dressing. So the salad was very soggy."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We weren't sure what to expect before we arrived and was pleasantly surprised to find a busy bar playing excellent music. The restaurant bit is at the bottom of the bar and we snaked our way through the packed bar to our very little table. The food was prompt and delicious and we would've liked to have stopped for a drink after but we we were exhausted. You could definatly go for the night, a great little find."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Gotta love Lillie's. The food is very good and the beers are very fun. Go with the mussels to start!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food and service was really good. The stools, however, across from the benches are too small unless you are thin!! I kept shifting in the chair and wsa uncomfortable, felt like I was sliding all over the place. But other than that, it was fine."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Nice place, an energetic bar scene, decent food, fairly priced"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Lively crowd, good food, great decour good service."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Thursday night noisy, speedy service, lovely help, a real hangout place, especially with women. In that part of town recommend it for great drinks, good food, moderate prices. As i said a real hangout kind of place. Definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I loved this location- I have been to the Lillie's in the theater district- and the service is always its downfall. This location was just as charming and the service was 100% better. the brunch was great and for the price...it's unbeatable for the area. my friends and I enjoyed ourselves and will most definitely be back again. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We went for a burger-- food ok, but dining room was very noisy. Cute ambience, good variety on menu."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food was great and I absolutely loved the Victorian Style! If you go, definitely request the velvet seats!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food is overpriced, but good. The crowd is mostly there for the bar. We had a table in the back so we were away from the noise. Interesting place off the beaten path."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant because we had movie tickets to a nearby theatre. Both of us had virgin Mary's and an omelet. I substituted salad for potatoes for which they charged $1 extra. Food was good but portions seemed small. The seating is all on high stool chairs. Not the most comfortable when garbed in cool weather clothes. Good enough but not great."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The beers were great as always but the food was not up to par this time. Soggy bread half empty sandwiches. A little disappointing. But we will definitely give it another chance"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Loved the old New York ambiance, the old fixtures and wood. The lunch special menu with choice of beverage-beer, soda, juice or coffee tea was a nice touch. I enjoyed my juicy cheeseburger and the others in my party also enjoyed their choices. I would definitely make a return visit when in the area again."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I came here with a few friends for dinner. The food and service were great, but we decided we'd come back for the bar scene rather than the dining experience. there are a few tables in the back, but most of the people and noise come from the crowded bar."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Seating very close together, full empty floor space, but insisted putting everyone on top of one another."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Interesting Décor and a reasonably priced menu make this a hit near Union Square."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Great place to celebrate (anything)! My daughter turned 21 and wanted to go to brunch @ Lillie's. The restaurant is beautiful, the staff very friendly & accommodating, and the food delicious. We can't wait to go back for another meal. :)"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "service was somewhat slow - food was rather ordinary - but the brussels sprouts were great"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The fact that it is categorized as an Irish bar really undersells the place. I loved the Victorian decor, the brunch was great and in perfect size for me (I can see how big guys wouldn't think its enough) the cocktails were great and service excellent! To top it all off this great jazz band started playing which made the ambiance even better! Highly recommend, especially for a date if you're trying to impress a girl ;)"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Our first visit to Lillie's was just after Christmas last year, on a Wednesday for late lunch. The place was nearly empty, absolutely gorgeously decorated, the service bright and attentive, the food very good. Very. Our second attempt last month, right before Christmas on a busy crowded Saturday afternoon -- couldn't get in, 45 minute wait. Okay. Our third attempt, for which we made reservations, was this past Saturday late afternoon, post-Opera. Place was JAMMED. Very loud, lot's of 20-30 somethings in very spirited conversations. Fish and chips Excellent. Shepard's Pie Good, Oscar Wilde burger Excellent. However, short ribs with mashed potatoes-- had to send it back. Like an entire shaker of salt had been dumped into the sauce. Not good."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious! The interior is insane, amazing stain glass windows, natural brick walls, great chandeliers and a plethora of awesome paintings. Great atmosphere, lovely comfort food, and fantastic prices. We came for lunch and got a pint of beer and a burger for only $12."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great food and ambience, but extremely crowded and loud. If you go there with the intent to have a conversation, request a single table against the wall."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I've been to Lillie's several times for brunch and it's always been a pleasure to come back! Food is excellent (love their Eggs Norwegian) and affordable; the service has always been outstanding . The decor transports you back to the Victorian era and the live Irish music goes perfect with gloomy winter days. I will keep coming back and introducing friends to this great spot."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I cannot say they were not accomdating...we went for Brunch...the food was excellent..but was a bit dissapointed with no bread basket..as arrived starving..service was slow but freindly and in the end since my omelette was overcooked which I specifically asked for it medium..not well done ...when they brought me a new one it was perfect and delicious and ther best part was they did not charge so we left a big tip!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Went for a friend's birthday. They reserved tables to the side. Had a nice time. Was very loud but service was quick. Food was decent for bar food - didn't try anything fancy. Really cute place to hang out."
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "I ate dinner here on NYE 2013 as part of a party of 4. We were 30 minutes late due to traffic and Lillie's were kind enough to hold our reservation which was much appreciated. The food was excellent! I had mac and cheese which was also very good, and some of our group had steak which looked amazing, cooked to perfection and exactly as requested. I was very impressed with the quality of the food here! Service was very good, everyone was very friendly and accommodating. Ambience was good, it was busy but not overcrowded and there was a great atmosphere. The decor was awesome too - lots of character and some great Christmas decorations! I feel like I've found a hidden gem of a bar - will definitely return!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This was our first time at Lillie's. Everything we had was delicious except for my entree. The place is very festive and that added to the experience. If I come again though I will not order fish. I think their burgers and meat dishes are the better choices. Or for lunch a salad."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A great place to try. Good food and great prices for NYC. Can't go wrong. This place is always packed, so make reservations. The very often have live music too. Very nice."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "food was awful - pork chop was tough and the sauce was basically watered down ketchup! The chopped salad was NOT chopped. A few shreds of turkey deli meat was literally thrown on some day old spinach leaves. The noise was unbearable and the tables were so close together, plus, they put more people at a table than it can hold. A four-top table next to us was seated with five people who spilled over into the tiny space allotted to our two-top which was against a wall. So noisy you can't talk. If the food is bad and the ambiance is non-existing, why would you go there?"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The lunch salmon entree with mashed potatoes & spinach was excellent. The salmon sandwich with sweet potato fries was great as well. The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holidays!"
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Fascinating and fun decor with great atmosphere. Generally friendly and good service though they occasionally get distracted. The comfort food there is fine but you're not going there for that. Great spot for quick bite before theatre or nitecap after. Definitely should be checked out at least once."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Took a stab in the dark for a bite after a day of shopping, we were pleasantly surprised! The place was packed...which is always a good sign! Irish music playing in the front, beautiful stained glass in the back and decor throughout. Food was delicious, pints were flowing. Great atmosphere and pricing was very reasonable for NYC. Overall a great expereince fora first timer! Will definately be back!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I've been to Lillie's - both locations for Happy Hours/after work, but I came across their brunch menu when I was meeting my college roommates for brunch. Made an 11:30 reservation and when we showed up we were the only people there. The space is adorable, and the service was good (also..considering we were the only ones there for about half of our meal). The waitress was a little confused when two of the girls asked for Bellinis in place of Mimosas- she said no problem and then she came back a few minutes later to say that they couldn't make Bellinis. No harm done though. Food is good, I'll be back."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Had a very nice lunch. Ordered off the prix fixe and it was a great deal. I oy wish they'd offer a better salad choice"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "I had always walked by and wanted to try Lillie's based on the lovely space. The space did not disappoint. The Victorian decor is lovely but I was surprised it didn't feel more intimate. Also, the music was way too loud which caused a lot of shouting. A space that does Victorian parlor well is The Dove and, though it's mostly a bar, it feels intimate. I was very disappointed in the food. Really mediocre. My friends did not finish their food and my mac and cheese was not very good at all. I felt like it was one of those frozen dishes you throw in the oven and the mushrooms were thrown as an afterthought. The hostesses and our waitress were all really great. I was disappointed but I would return for drinks based on the staff and decor."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Definitely coming back here. Amazing service, they didn't make me wait for my partner to get there to be seated. Food was phenomenal, wine was superb. Overall, one of the best experiences i've had in NYC....and I've been living here for 7 years..."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "This was at least my fifth time at Lillie's for Brunch. Everything, and I mean everything from the food, the Bloody Mary's and the atmosphere is excellent. I'll be back for a sixth time soon."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "The food was great. We would highly recommend the bbq fries appetizer, and shepherd's pie for dinner. Don't go expecting to have a serious conversation though. The noise level was deafening - everyone shouts to get above each other, and you are seated side by side at long tables. There are a ton of people that come in just for drinks, and the waiters find it hard to move around. We would suggest trying this at lunch or off - peak times. If you go bet 5-late, take earplugs. Food is worth it!"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "While there had been a couple of negative reviews of late, this was the first time I tried Lillie's and I was pleased. From the service to the food, everything was consistently very good. We were there for lunch, and it was somewhat of a quiet atmosphere. I'm anxious to try Lillie's in the evening to see if the noise level would become unbearable and if service would suffer when they are busier, but for now, my group and I were very pleased with our experience."
    Dined on 10/22/2013