ilili

4.6
5619 reviews
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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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Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Join us to celebrate Father's Day for Brunch or Dinner on Sunday June 16th. We will be offering our a-la-carte menu items with specials.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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

Outstanding service and the food was even better! Would recommend 10/10

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! One of my favorite restaurants!

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

Amazing food, drinks, and service!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Decent food, terrible service

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was a little salty.

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TL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We loved our meal at ilili. We kept to just the small plates and enjoyed ordering a variety of dishes. We were not seated in the main dining room but in the overflow section upstairs. However, The service overall was very poor. We arrived 5 min before our reservation and were not seating for over 30 minutes. Once we were seated we were provided with water right away but no one came to get our order for another 10+ minutes.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, very pretty setting, service was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

My lamb shop was rough

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, superb service, brought out of town guests for special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeff was the best server ever!!!

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HW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYC classic. Some of the best Lebanese food in the city. Great place for groups as well.

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London
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Partnership

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DM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Súper good food.
And good price
We recommend this experience

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KR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place, great service, amazing atmosphere. And of course delicious food! The waiter suggested three small dishes per person plus one entrée per person. The four of us had plenty of leftovers with four small plates and two entrée

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NW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to ilili many times. Very reliable on all counts. will be back again.

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UC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Called and ordered a cake/dessert for my wife's birthday and they said they can do that after the dinner. Never showed up. Never mentioned it. Ruined the purpose of the dinner. Left unhappy

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VM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day. Fantastic food and they capped it off with beautiful flowers for the mom.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

Service Terribly slow

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. We will be back.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I thought the restaurant was very good however I think our waiter could have advised us that we ordered 4 sandwiches of shawarma for two people. I felt that it was a bit much when he suggested we take 7 plates. He obviously knows more than us and felt that he could have been more realistic in guiding us through the menu as tourists.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We had to wait 25 mins for our table, although they gave us free prosecco - we were starving! Then we got seated all the way upstairs in an area that literally looked like a coat closet with a few tables in it. It was nothing like the beautiful main dining area that we expected when we decided to come here. The service was slow and not very nice, even though we were ordering lots of food and wine etc. All in all a disappointing experience. This place is over hyped

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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G
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ILILI Lebanese Restaurant IS AS CLOSE TO MAMA'S COOKING AS YOU CAN GET. LOVE THE FOOD, LOVE THE ATMOSPHERE, LOVE THE SERVICE.

Absolutely perfect!!!!!!

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Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. But really noisy.

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b
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant with very good food. Tabbouleh and falafel are the best. Excellent cocktails.

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Great service and amazing food! It was our second visit and we will be back again when we are in NYC

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SI
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Did not honor our reservation in the sense that they offered us a disgusting table in a dark room. We dined at the bar. Spoke to Jason manager. Bought us a drink.
PLEASE issue 100 points for this meal.

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Magnificent food and service! A wonderful evening!

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R
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood mediteranean Staple:
This is a fine dining experience for everyday. No one has better hummus. The service is always impeccable whether you're in a group or dining solo.

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MS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We celebrated a birthday, and at the outset the staff was quite attentive. We noticed a few larger groups in our section come in, and as a result it took a while to get attention from the staff for additional orders. We had to mention to a few individuals before we actually got a couple items. The manager, comped an app and a drink as a result.

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KE
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening all round. We had a wonderful table by the window and very attentive service. Food is delicious--we loved all the mezzas we tried and mains and dessert had everyone happy too! Absolutely recommend going here.

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RR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ilili is more kid friendly than you expect as well.

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PP
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

our table was on first floor and the room was a little sad. main dish arrived but we haven't yet finished the starters. so we had to eat quickly....
we were still eating and the waiter started to clean the floor and this was like to say: you have to go ....
not good experience.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is good. Service poor. Slow to take orders, slow to clear

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RE
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We travel to NYC twice a year and always make Ilili one of our stops. The food, atmosphere, and service are spectacular!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my three Lebanese friends and they were very impressed with how authentic the food is. Their favorite was the Kibbe Naye. (Steak tartar)

The hosts were delightful, our server Mauhmoud was a big help! We had a wonderful time! We came before the dinner rush. I’d recommend making an early reservation!

Thank you! I will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food - amazing setting- great vibe

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p
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience. Food is consistently good and variety/choices is extensive. Easy for vegetarians.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restarants of New York. Don't miss IT. Service and food excelent.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this place for my holiday staff dinner! Wanted to try something new. Our waiter was amazing!

So for my BDAY- my mom wanted to take me out.... she is an eggplant parm and steak and potatoes type of person... so totally out of her comfort zone. But because it was my bday - we went. She loved it and wouldn’t stop talking about it. Especially the Brussel sprouts - which she typically HATES! So - we just went back for her Birthday this weekend.
It’s hands down now my favorite place in the city.
Side note - all the times we have gone we just ordered about 8-10 different appetizers and split them and were good! Super fun to try a bit of everything and share.
Love it!!

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