ilili

4.6
5206 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Lebanese
Tradition meets sophistication at ilili, New York City's premier contemporary Lebanese restaurant offering inspired Mediterranean cuisine. ilili's menu mixes authentic dishes with modern Mediterranean influences to create a culinary journey for the palate and senses. Complimenting 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 unmistakeably 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, decor and ambiance come together to create a new world for your senses to explore, whispering gently in your ear, ilili.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Prix Fixe Lunch Mon-Fri $25.
Prix Fixe Brunch Sat-Sun $28.

LUNCH Monday-Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm,
DINNER Monday-Wednesday 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Thursday & Friday 5:30pm - 11:30pm,
BRUNCH Saturday 12:00pm - 4:00pm & Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
WEEKENDS Saturday 12:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday 11:00am - 10:30pm.
NIGHTLY Bar & Lounge Open Till Last Call
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Phone number
(212) 683-2929
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Philippe Massoud
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Catering
ilili caters events from 5 to 500 guests, with the same spirit of hospitality as we provide every day in our restaurant. For further information, please visit our website www.ililinyc.com/catering/
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Cross street
Between 27th & 28th
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Parking details
Parking is available in a lot on 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue. Street parking is also available near restaurant.
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Public transit
N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
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Entertainment
Entertainment is available upon request for private events.
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Special events & promotions
Accommodating groups from 5 to 500, ilili offers four private event spaces in addition to our main dining room, each unique and centered around your party’s individual needs. We also offer the option to rent out our entire restaurant.

For more info on our private dining options please visit our website www.ililinyc.com/private-events/ or contact our Private Events Team at: (212) 481-1840
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private events at ilili feature classic Lebanese cuisine mixed with modern Mediterranean influences in a warm and inviting atmosphere. There are three private event spaces perfect for any occasion as well as the entire restaurant that can accommodate parties of up to 297 guests.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us at ilili for our annual Thanksgiving celebration. We will be offering a Lebanese-Mediterranean 4-course prix-fixe with Thanksgiving specials and a-la-carte menu items.
$72 per adult / $35 for children 12 years and younger.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a special Christmas Eve dinner at ilili. We will be serving a prix-fixe menu that includes a-la-carte menu items and Christmas Eve specials. $82pp / $38 for children under 12 years old.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us as we ring in the New Year at ilili. We will be offering a 5 Course Dinner menu with 2 seatings: 6-8pm ($85pp) and 9pm ($165pp) including a champagne toast, party favors, a house DJ and entertainment surprise. We will have more info for our Bar & Lounge program soon.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ilili rightfully promotes itself with gorgeous photos of an airy dining room with circular tables nicely spaced from each other -- not a typical NYC dining setting. What you don't know until the hostess walks you into a low-ceiling, tightly packed, noisy second room that there is a space much more typical and not special in any way so reservers be ware!

I never start with the setting but it's so disappointing in this case, I had to. The food, on the other hand, appears to be good no matter where you sit. Excellent mezze featuring Lebanese specialties. You can't go wrong with any as we tried almost everything ( be aware that the Shankleesh is not authentically fermented but just fresh cheese with the spices and herbs and their falefel is a bit odd -- it's served as squares that are evenly crunchy all the way through). Expensive, good food - worth the price if you aren't in the horrible secondary seating area.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG literally everything was amazing. Last minute choice and it worked out perfectly. It was a bit pricey but hey, you get what you pay for!!

The knafa is insane!! Must try it!

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TB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They make everything taste incredible! I can’t wait to go back. So many new things to try. Great service and help picking our meal.

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OO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing Food. Great service once we were seated but long wait before getting seated even though I had booked. Still worth it though!

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and good looking restaurant. We had the hummus which was really tasty but the showstoppers was the Kefta, excellently prepared! Good to order the rice with the meal, the rice is really tasty as well.

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JE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. We were a french speaking group so it was great that the staff spoke french and made the experience a lot better for us

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing time.

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New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food. Just a little, maybe a hair too expensive. Staff were fantastic. Desserts were surprisingly great.

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New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Solid food, but a little overpriced. Note that this restaurant is very loud but fortunately the hostess put us at a table upstairs which is much more enjoyable for either friend gathering or a date because at least you can hear what the other says. Happy hour is at the bar or lounge only.

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GL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere and always a welcome. I come here often and have never been disappointed by the service, food, and ambiance. Ilili went out of their way to make my anniversary more special and that I commend them for.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We would definitely go back.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great staff and would recommend and go back next time in NYC!

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1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an absolutely amazing time!
Friendly people & great food!

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Work with great coworkers

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal for my daughter’s birthday. Awesome girls night with great food and accommodating service. Would recommend.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, great to have a couple plates and share. Drinks are really good and the staff is very friendly. Will definitely return.

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C
London
42 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

a very large space, well spaced tables, efficient and pleasant service. Looks like an old bank or office space, not much altered,
The food menu was restricted and meze plates were small-goood for 2 to share but not 4. We could not really find much we wanted to order.
The wine list was very pricey, so we drank the Lebanese beer which was very good and had 4 choices.
The lavatories are shared gender and not very well signposted.
We chose this restaurant from a review of top new restaurants, but we were disappointed and would not return or recommend.

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VD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service!

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TS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love Middleastern food, this is the place. Great service & atmosphere. Food was phenomenal.

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding experience!

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1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food is fabulous! authentic! and far surpassed our high expectations! go there as soon as you can! sahtein!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

We waited over 45 minutes to be seated for our table. The restaurant was unable to tell us how far passed our reservation we’d be seated. We didn’t get seated until after 10pm.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

the food is really good and not expensive, the place looks great but some parts of the restaurant feel a bit rundown.

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JF
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very consistent and delicious venue to enjoy lebanese food!

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b
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

very popular place - always busy and crowded, noisy. i love their food - although this visit it seemed to be not quite as good. and the service was slow although so many staff and floor managers. And the seating process is so inefficient and somehow just not welcoming, they make it feel - despite three staff at the front - like they're doing you a favor to seat you, slowly.

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to visit ilili and I do so weekly! Quality, consistency and excellent service--what more could I ask?

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a nice dinner with hummus, batata harra and chicken, all was fine and service great!

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New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I hadn't been to ilili in a while, I'm glad it is as good as I remember. We shared a number of mezzes - the duck shawarma and shrimp were our favorites - and a dessert, all of the food was excellent. We did not order as many dishes as the server suggested, that would have been too much food. Other than that bad advice, service was very good. I downgrade the restaurant for being very noisy and for the prices, which are a bit high (especially drinks).

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EW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing...literally and in every way.

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DB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food. Beautiful space. Enjoyed our evening at Ilili!

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London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service

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NP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

This place used to be good. Food consistency is not there anymore and the new service staff not even close to being as good as the previous. Disappointed in this last visit.

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FV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

We were seated in a small room on the second floor. Zero ambiance, felt like we were in a wardrobe. Food is great but wine is overpriced.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Lebanese food in NYC!! Should have the Kenefe part of Brunch!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ottima cucina etnica in un ambiente raffinato e moderno. Una zona bar accogliente ed elegante. Unico aspetto da valutare se si cerca una serata intima e tranquilla il livello di rumore veramente elevato.

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LA
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great friendly service staff. Excellent food item recommendations made. Overall, an excellent experience.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a Lebanese American I have to say this Lebanese food exceeded all expectations
The service and vibe are so great as well

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

We arrived on time for our table - one that we had to supply a credit card (with a potential penalty for no-showing) for to guarantee. However, we had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. That did not bode well for the rest of our experience. Once seated, we had to wait 10 minutes for our server, whereupon we gave up and flagged down someone else who was kind enough to take our order. The food itself was excellent. The drinks from the bar were just okay - we had to send a couple of them back as they were not to our liking. This was handled pleasantly and these drinks were replaced at no charge. Overall, the service was fair at best. The din from all of the other diners was rather loud. Combined, this resulted in a rather mediocre experience. I'll point out that this was on a Wednesday night. I shudder at the thought of the service on a Friday or Saturday.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Inconsistent food and service

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