Lillie's
Lillie's

Lillie's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://unionsquare.lilliesnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123371970
  • 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, Contemporary American, Irish
  • 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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Lillie's reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (16)great for lunch (10)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (9)fit for foodies (8)great for brunch (7)hot spot (7)romantic (4)special occasion (4)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • PG718
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Went for a birthday celebration with a few friends. Great atmosphere and food. Waitress was very attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend going there weekend or weeknight.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's an after-work bar
    ExpectsQuality
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    If you're looking for a nice restaurant don't go here. The food was good but it's noisy and it's mostly just a bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Fun!
    diniVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This place is really fun! The decor is eclectic and very warm. While it reminded me of New Orleans, it's roots are Irish Whiskey Tavern. There are countless brews on tap and in bottles, surprisingly good food, and lots to choose from, friendly wait staff, and a real party scene that makes it difficult to hear, but after a few drinks, who cares?! We had a blast!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service.
    SSSsays
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our first visit to Lillies recommended by a friend. Delicious burgers and casual fare is what we had. Service very good. One thing to remember, there are two Lillies restaurants and it turned out my reservation was not at the one I thought. One is Union Square and the other Times Square. So I almost ended up at the wrong place without a reservation. But I think both places are good as my friend went to one and I went to the other.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Was recommended by a friend. Made a reservation for a Friday night at 7p. Restaurant was already pretty busy when we arrived, but was seated right away. Food was excellent, service was great. I would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good spot
    taster
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Small space but good for small group. Food was good. Nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    YUMYUM
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We were looking for a new venue for lunch conveniently located near Union Square. We googled restaurants nearby and WOW! The food was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and cute decoration
    Jesh
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Very cute Victorian-styled decoration. Great bar food. Definitely a neighborhood gem for Chelsea and Union Square.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food & atmosphere
    Kate
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The space has high ceilings with a Victorian decor scheme. The drink selection is decent, the food is great, and if you go for lunch, they have a great special for a drink & sandwich/salad. I often go for lunch with my office, and I can't help but order the Reuben sandwich. So good. Most recently, though, I went with a group for dinner and ordered the house salad, which has truffle oil on it...YUM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More a bar than a restaurant
    Sh14
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    CarltonVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Gotta love Lillie's. The food is very good and the beers are very fun. Go with the mussels to start!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty and skinny
    Ineedtoloseweight
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Nice place, an energetic bar scene, decent food, fairly priced
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 225 reviews are from the Lillie's reviews archive.
  • Great for all ages
    caro
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Lively crowd, good food, great decour good service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer list, good service
    Bellarmino
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but noisy
    Auntie
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We went for a burger-- food ok, but dining room was very noisy. Cute ambience, good variety on menu.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Victorian Layout
    Matt
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was great and I absolutely loved the Victorian Style! If you go, definitely request the velvet seats!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We chose this restaurant because
    ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is overpriced, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as happy as usual
    Mom4kids
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot for lunch
    RoseM
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place for a drink
    Madd
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intrigue at lunch
    Dave
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Interesting Décor and a reasonably priced menu make this a hit near Union Square.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Claustrophobic
    suefoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Seating very close together, full empty floor space, but insisted putting everyone on top of one another.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kaitys birthday
    DB555
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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. :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • looks better online
    pattiemae
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    service was somewhat slow - food was rather ordinary - but the brussels sprouts were great
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't go wrong with Lillie's
    Frenchstef
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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 ;)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little to loud for my taste...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Victorian Ambiance, Irish Vibe
    pck255
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lively Lounge
    Anon
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More of a pub than a restuarant
    DebD37VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot for gloomy days!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent bar!
    PamelaMcG
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our first time at
    cappy
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    LalloVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awful
    UESider
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    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?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming Victorian with great food!
    daisyVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Pre or Post Theatre
    SoManyRestaurants
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.