ilili

4.7
6627 Reviews
$31 to $50
Lebanese
Welcome to ilili!

We’re honored to share the cuisine and culture of Lebanon in the heart of New York City. Since 2007, our home in the Flatiron District has introduced the passion and generosity of the Lebanese table to hundreds of thousands of curious diners while comforting native Lebanese guests with a celebration of their homeland and values. Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Massoud expertly crafts a sophisticated blend of modern and traditional Lebanese cuisine drawing influences from the span of the ancient Silk Road trade routes.

Our warm and generous hospitality drives our mission to make every guest and team member feel genuinely welcomed and fundamentally honored.

We are here to share; to pass fresh pita bread and mezze amongst old friends and new; to celebrate life and its delicious bounty. We invite you to experience our old world hospitality, timeless generosity, and tireless dedication to uncovering and sharing the rich traditions of Lebanon.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

Featured specials

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Join us for an exquisite New Year's Eve celebration. We are offering for our first seating from 5pm-7pm a 3-course menu for $115 per person that includes ilili signature dishes and NYE specials. Our second seating starting 8pm is a 5-course menu with a DJ and live performances at $195 per person.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2021

Join us and your family this Christmas Eve for a feast. We are offering a 4 course prix-fixe menu with Christmas specials. $115 per person and $40 for kids 12 years and under.

What 6627 people are saying
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cobbsaladlover
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful meal, with great service. Truly exquisite Lebanese food.
The new seasonal cocktails are delightful.

JJ
vipJoanneJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Servers weren't as knowledgeable with the bar offerings that could go well with our meal. other than that it was fantastic

JM
vipJillM
New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! The cuisine was so delicious and the orchestration by our charming waiter Noah was super helpful. He helped to layer the food with our senses. Overall superb!

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vipFred
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gets better every time! Another visit to ilili, and they are still killing it! This time we were lucky to have Jen serving us, and her energy, attentiveness and all-around good humor made the evening very special! The food was amazing, especially the lamb chops. The candy bar dessert (Jen’s suggestion) is one of the coolest and most delicious treats in NYC. We will be back, again and again. Can’t wait!

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alishas
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Pretty expensive for mediocre food. Made us wait 30 min after our reservation time to be seated

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Outdoors is a big mistake they should stop using outdoors

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vipMunch
London
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. Very authentic Lebanese, I would say the best in NYC. Floor managers are charming, but waiting staff seem to be overwhelmed as it was super busy. The welcoming people at reception are not very friendly and treat you as if you are lucky to have a reservation. So it starts badly, but thankfully, it improves drastically. Definitely, worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My husband&I and our two recent college grads nephews had a grand experience! The restaurant was beautiful, spacious&lively. We were all delighted by the experience. The food was delicious and the wait staff very attentive&timely. We loved the shared plates&presentation. Thank you. We will be back!

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MohaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks so much for making a long-awaited girls birthday dinner out on a Saturday night so lovely!!! Every dish in the mezze was impeccable, and I can’t believe I lived in NYC for 5 years and never dined here!!

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ElieElie
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Caring, polite, and efficient service. Outstanding food. Good value.

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LizS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night and Nicole who helped with that reservation was exceptional.

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KLee
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lamb shawarma and duck shawarma were good and meat was tender . Hummus was ok, but pita was pretty good. Food was good, but not worth the price point. Portions were very small, the cauliflower was hard to share between 3 people. Brussels sprouts were mostly walnuts and grapes in the dish. Service and waiters were exceptional and very fun/friendly people.

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CharlotteB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Sheer delight and food is out of this world with wonderful flavor and presentation!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent highly recommend

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ZebibG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Nice looking restaurant and good ambiance but the food was mediocre at best.

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LoveILILI
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food! Atmosphere is lively, fun, festive. Lots of room between tables so privacy is not an issue. Wait staff super attentive and knowledgable. Love the music and seating area when you enter!

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matthewg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great round table for a work dinner. Loved the food, especially the chicken.

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Myrig
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My husband and I enjoyed our meal and the cocktails very much. Highly recommend getting at least two appetizers and sharing a dinner. We over-ordered and hated wasting food. Leave room for dessert.

The tabbouleh, labnee, grape leaves and lamb were superb.

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Xoxo
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Lebanese food with flare. A definite choice if in NYC for a visit.

KT
vipKathrynT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Thanksgiving dinner at the Peak Restaurant on the 101st floor of Hudson Yard in New York City. It was an amazing experience for our family, one we will always remember! Our server was amazing attentive and we didn't feel rushed at all. He was always checking in on us and made sure we had everything we needed.
After, we were allowed to visit the Edge...AMAZING view of New York City at night.
I would highly recommend the Peak :)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food but not memorable

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vipSpooky
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was pretty good but the server was Inept. We explained the order like 3 times and they still got it wrong and then charged us for the replacements. Huge argument over the check.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, expensive. Excellent and knowledgeable waiter, Noah

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PoojaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We had a horrible experience with service. Our service was rushed. We were still eating but multiple times waiters came to clear our plates. We ordered more drinks and they not only took forever to come but we were asked to basically chug them. At a high class restaurant like yours we expect paying for service and this was not worth the value.

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BrandonP
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The filet mignon I got was just divine. The falafel and hummus pairing was also delicious. We weren't sure what we would be getting by going to a non-traditional restaurant for Thanksgiving but it turned out to be just perfect. Our server was fantastic, knowledgeable, personable, and really added to the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service, and atmosphere! Will definitely be returning asap

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vipgws58
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food at this place is remarkable! I chose it for Thanksgiving Dinner because of a spectacular dinner I had there earlier this year. The appetizers were so varied, unique and delicious that we could not finish the main course when it came so I will reheat it for dinner tonight! The service was excellent, too. I could have lived without paying $7 each for both an iced tea and a Turkish coffee but aside from that minor infraction, I'd rate this place a solid "A"!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for Thanksgiving dinner with our family. The food was delicious! We would definitely come back next year. Many options were given. I chose a turkey entrée and it was so moist and perfect.

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AlexandraB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Ilili for Thanksgiving menu. The food was amazing. From the wonderful appetizers (like KIBBEH NAYE BEIRUTIEH, MOUSSAKA, FALAFEL, KEBAB KEREZ) to the SLOW ROASTED HERITAGE TURKEY and FILET MIGNON. We finished our meal with the ILILI CANDY BAR dessert. We've been to Ilili several times before and were glad to see a holiday menu. Well worth the prefix price.

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JoanS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We feel so pampered when we go to iilili. Always a memorable time!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for Thanksgiving! Perfect seamless service. Food was all delicious.

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vipELENAW
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving with family

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valebv
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time coming here and was really nice. Tasty and plenty of food, it is expensive but worth it, Id say for special ocassions

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GuidoP
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The Duck Shawarma is very special. Smooth, efficient service

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vipAASR
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most in NYC. My mother-in-law is Lebanese, and was an amazing cook of Lebanese food, so we know are Lebanese food. This place is one of the best fine dining in the Lebanese cuisine you will find. We go every time we are in NYC and it never lets us down. Top level ambience.

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MikeP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was an amazing waiter who made excellent suggestions for our anniversary dinner. The food was delicious and the drinks were superb.

CN
CidN
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

NEVER book the outdoor seating. It is not worth any type of meal to sit out there. We left.

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vipBill
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food is not as good as I remember it a couple of years ago.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was off. I had to ask to have my table bussed. Took a while for drinks. Server was nice but busy. Had a much better experience the last time (and only other) time I was there.

A restaurant of that caliber should not have an “off” night like that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was notable and memorable. Every. Single. Dish. Glass. Bowl. Every. Thing. Highly recommend

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ilili using the Order Online button. ilili also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. ilili also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 683-2929.

ilili is rated 4.7 stars by 6627 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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