ilili

4.6
4935 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Lebanese
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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
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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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 17 hours ago

Delicious food but I personally didn’t like the table we were put first. Nice service and ambiance though.

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5.0Dined a day ago

It was an extra fun time due to the Pride day celebrations

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

It was good food

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Trendy, upscale Lebanese restaurant that I highly recommend. Menu is inventive. Food has great flavor and is well presented. Great desserts.

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

Over priced very ordinary food...

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Very good interpretation of Lebanese food, everything we had was very tasty. We ordered like 7 of the small plates and we were stuffed. This is a place to bring a group of friends, so many things to share and enjoy. Wish we had bigger stomachs to enjoy more food.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great place, a little noisy for us oldies but none the less worth visiting.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Business dinner

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was my first time there, after having several friends recommend it, and it was OUTSTANDING. The lamb was prepared exceptionally well, and the brussels sprouts, recommended by my friends, did not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The server mentioned they're aiming for a michelin star, which would explain the inventive cuisine and the great service. I would definitely recommend this place, which had food you would only be able to find in Syria or Lebanon or in the Middle East. The flavor was great and the portion sizes were very generous. I would definitely be excited to go back and try new sharing plates!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very nice place to host a friends get-together!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The roasted lamb special with pomegranate crust/glaze was delicious. So were the Phoenician Fries and Baba ganosh. Excellent cocktails too.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Ilili is a wonderful place for a friend get-together. The noise level is not bad that we can hear each other's conversation. The food is outstanding. Their hommus is creamy and flavorful. Their Lebanese Thyme Salad is refreshing and the herbs are fragrant. The duck shwarma is a must-have. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Our server, Tomislav, was knowledgeable about the menu, pleasant and very accommodating. Ilili is a restaurant I will go to often.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The food was excellent, a wonderful end to a great day in NYC.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Love this place!!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Brunch was prix fixe was sufficient.
Our server, Stephen, was very patient in explaining the different dishes.
The restaurant is cozy, and comfortable. Great food and great place to meet up with friends.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Amazing restaurant great food courteus staff
Great location great food variety very creative and tasty

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This was the best meal I had in NYC. Period.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Every thing was very nice, I always love the Brussels sprouts, labne with zaatar and olive oil, we also had the gnocchi with yogurt sauce was great , lamb chops were perfectly prepared and delicious , it was my daughters 21st birthday and I order an Amarone wine ! Great ambiance and great service

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Appetizers were above average. Seating area is quite cramped.
Some dishes need improvement.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Billy the manager was so welcoming and knowledgeable. I look forward to bringing friends to the restaurant and hope Billy is there again.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Delicious food. The service could have been a little better but overall it was a great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Lovely special lunch with Old Friends visiting from out of town. Ilili is near my office and I often have dinner here in between day and evening sessions but this was a leisurely, fun lunch. Food was beautifully prepared. We shared 5-6 mezzi’s which were delicious especially the hot eggplant.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Wow! Absolutely 1st rate service at the bar and in the dining room. As for the food- phenomenal. A very creative menu . We wanted to order everything. We will be back the next time we are in NYC. I gave it a 3 Star on price only because the place is not inexpensive. But good food costs money. I thought the cocktails a bit pricey but I suppose this is NYC so to be expected.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

It was delicious!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Efficient and friendly service. The food is perfect for sharing, especially the small plates. The only downside is the noise level after 6 pm.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Lamb Burger with Kashkaval cheese was too salty for me, but everything else was perfect. Favorite is the falafel wrap and musakaa.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

A delicious meal with something for everyone, even the vegan in our group. Arak is the perfect accompaniment to the wide variety of flavours and textures and adds to the sense of occasion and festive nature of a great meal.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Food is very good, but too noisy.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Terrific food, ambiance, and wait staff. The only weird thing was the millennial maitre d who said, "I'll show you to your table, yo," and then followed that up with, "Enjoy your meal, yo." Not a big deal, but if I'm gonna spend $150+ on two drinks, an appetizer, and an entree for two, don't call me "yo."

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Although we arrived on time but we had to wait for additional 25 mins to get the table. Even tho, they offer us outdoor table as they don’t have table inside.
It’s quite pricey but the food was too good

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Had to wait for table even though we had a reservation.
Waiter was not attentive — only when we called him over to our table.
Brussels sprouts were very oily. Rice/vermicelli was dry. Tuna tartare was very good as were the lightly fried chickpea balls.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Fantastic food and waiters help guide you through the menu if you aren't familiar with Lebanese cuisine. We have been coming here for years and will continue to celebrate special occasions and "just because" dinners here.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Date night with another couple couldn't have been better. Started with a great drink of vodka with basil, mint, cucumber and ginger - yum. The lounge area is cool as is the whole atmosphere - sophisticated but not pretentious. We shared about 14 small dishes which was really fun. The Fattoush, meatballs, octopus, shwarma and burrata all were outstanding. The hostess and waiter were very helpful and nice. I would definitely recommend dinner here.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Amazing food

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Excellent Lebanese cuisine with so much flavour and finesse. Makes you hungry for more. Everything on the menu is amazing. Great Lebanese culinary experience in heart of New York.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It was great, but service was a bit unattentive

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent food and service!

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The service started good but the veggies we asked To accompany our dips. Sowed after our entrees! The service was very pushy trying to get us out of the door. Not fan of the way we treated. Like the food that’s about it!

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

It took a while for a server to take our order. I know it was a Friday but it wasn't that crowded.

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