ilili

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$31 to $50
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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 and the Levant.
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us to celebrate Christmas Eve with a special prix-fixe menu at ilili. For the occasion we will be offering our signature dishes and Christmas Eve specials. $92 per adult and $37 for kids 12 and under. Menu details will be available on the website on 12/01.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us to celebrate New Year's Eve with a special prix-fixe menu. We will offer two menus: a first seating menu for $95 pp and a second seating menu for $185 pp. The first seating will be from 6-8pm and the second from 9-10:30pm. Menu and entertainment details available on the website on 12/01.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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What 5975 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took a large group here for a client dinner. It was a great dinner with good service and top knotch food. It was also very nice that all of the tables were round, which allowed us to converse as a group rather than only being able to speak to those who were next to us.

RH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

My expectations were much higher for this restaurant. The food quality was good but did not match the high end price that we pay for it. Also, no creativity in the menu as it mainly consisted of traditional Mediterranean items. I was curious to try this restaurant hoping to be blown out but it turned out a normal Mediterranean cuisine at triple the normal price.

SC
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Came across this place whilst trying to find somewhere on tripadvisor on our holiday to New York. Made a reservation on opentable for 30mins time and arrived 15mins early when we were seated straight away. Service was great and food was delicious altho slightly more expensive than I was expecting for the $$-$$$ guidance. It had a buzzy atmosphere and was quite noisy but as there were only 2 of us and we were near the edge it was fine. We ordered the falafel, houmous, duck & chicken shawarma, dandelion & caramelised onion greens & riz which were all delicious. Would definitely recommend.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place, went on a recommendation and will recommend to others. Try and sit downstairs... upstairs is stuffy, tight and not as nice of an ambiance as when you walk into the property on the main level.

OT
Yorkshire
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious food. So many interesting flavours. Great to go with a mezze type of meal so you can share several different appetizers/ plates.

TK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. By far one of the best Lebanese restaurants in the US. Great service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Preparación y sabor de la comida excepcional.

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LR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten here before and it has always been good, but on this occasion, it was excellent.

t
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The food is amazing. I will go there again when in NY

P
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We celebrated Thanksgiving at Ilili Thursday night. We were welcomed and treated graciously. We ordered appetizers which were amazing. We oooohed and awwwed as we shared with one another. Our dinner was served and we were stuffed already! Then our waiter left and didn't return. We waited and waited and waited for dishes to be cleared, coffee offered and dessert brought out. The other waiter upstairs spent a lot of time with the female patrons while we sat and waited. I finally flagged down a server and asked if maybe he could find out where our dessert was, clear the table and offer coffee. I did leave the table to use the bathroom and saw him folding tablecloths. We were not sure what happened but it was quite an odd experience. The food was great and we had a very nice time but a waiter going to fold laundry while you wait on service is not quite right. We're not sure we would return.

TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very great to a large group on Thanksgiving. All enjoyed the food and those who had the turkey enjoyed it. Staff couldn't have been more accomadating to our needs. Made for a very special day.

Z
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

1.0 star rating
11/29/2019

Went here for the first time, with a friend, for Thanksgiving dinner, and luckily, managed to get seated upstairs, where the noise level allowed some conversation. The setting/decor was certainly nothing to write home about, and the food, beyond terribly disappointing, considering the prices and what some of the reviews indicated. But, all that said, the service was quite good, so compliments to their staff, and that is the only honest compliment I can offer.

Between us, we ordered 4 starters: a cold eggplant moussaka, which was mediocre, and 3 warm appetizers that were one worse than the other: the chickpea falafel, inedible as far as I was concerned, the baked sweet potato mash, much too sweet, and a horrible brussel sprout concoction with grapes and other sweets that made it certainly one of the worst appetizers I have ever eaten. I ordered the salmon for my entree, which was OK, and certainly the best thing I had among their offerings; my friend had the scallops which she said were "rubbery", and for dessert, we chose the "candy bar", again far too sweet, and the pumpkin tart which was awful...and a far cry from any pumpkin type pie/dessert I have ever had.

The price tag, well over $100 each, and the rather unsophisticated clientele, made me wonder what's going on these days when a restaurant like this, (crowded, noisy, no tablecloths-main-dining room), can command these prices and offer such horrible food. And let me add, that I have traveled widely and eaten in many, wonderful middle eastern/mediterranean style restaurants all my life, since I really enjoy that kind of cuisine, and Ilili, would surely rate at the bottom of my list.

I have always thought that the food and service were the way to judge and rate a restaurant but in this and other similar cases, it seems that this generation of restaurant-goers wants to be there because of the "vibe", the "design/look of the place", and because of the crowd. Really?

B
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to eat in New York. Near the flat iron district this place serves fabulous Lebanese food. The staff are super helpful if you have questions about the menu and they also have a decent wine list. The ambience of this restaurant is lovely and the quality of good great, we would highly recommend

KK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was fantastic. Got the dandelion root, falafel, salad and yogurt. Presentation with the plates are beautiful. And our service was so friendly and professional. Great is you want more vegetable options. Only issue was that it was a little cold inside, but besides that, delicious!

OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

This place is so filled with snobbery that it doesn’t deserve. Our waiter was completely arrogant and spoiled the experience. The food used the be great and now is marginal. You can do a lot better.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experienced!Menu choices and preparations/ presentation excellent. Service attentive and contributed to a wonderful experience as we entertained our international friends! A must!!!!

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Best meal we had in NY. Very attentive staff, quick service, amazing drinks.

C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As our party was mostly of Lebanese descent, we were happy to have the opportunity to try quite a few familiar appetizers and entrees. The food was delicious and our waitress was incredibly helpful and informative.

OT
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delish lamb burger. Roasted cauliflower could use a bit more roasting. Veal bacon what a treat!!!

J
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was incredible, every item we ordered was perfect. The hummus, brussel sprouts, shawarma just beyond expectations. Pricing is normal for the city, service can use improvement. Servers rarely checked on our table, we needed to ask for assistance several times for water, more drinks, etc. I’d come back and hope for a server who is attentive.

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always amazing here! Despite being super late they sat our group within 10 minutes.

S
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

At first we were taken to a small dining area upstairs at the back of the restaurant but I asked to sit elsewhere and to be fair we were seated in a nicer area. I don’t think the girl that took us to the table was to happy though. The food was good as was the service, the wrong bottle of wine was brought to the table but I noticed and the correct bottle duly arrived.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Great service, but average cuisine. Surprisingly there was a lot of children who were very loud. I suppose it was more casual than we expected but so over priced!

PA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great setting.. way way too loud though, if you’re planning to also have lots of conversation!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so good , this place has just became one of my favorite spots in the city !! As a Jordanian, I loved every single plate , everything was made very right and was so delicious, I missed home more today , I tasted the real food.. also she loved it !!! She wanted to try our food for the first time ,and I’m glad I brought her here !! Thank you so much , really really good job. ❣️

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food is so amazing . Really sincere service.

A
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had great service and it has a beautiful atmosphere. Well trained and friendly staff. Very authentic food.

DF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - original (for me) food, terrific service. Waiter guided through the meal from a spectacular Arak pour to menu items. If in NYC, don't miss it!

RH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fantastic cuisine!

d
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best lebanese food in America. Great staff. Great ambiance. Upstairs is quieter for conversation.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Loved the ambiance and food.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Lovely meal and a great brunch option that’s a bit different from the usual fare. Amazing vegan and vegetarian options, super accommodating staff.

JP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and great service. I booked this for a 70th birthday and a lot of the women were dubious about Lebanese food. No need for concern......they loved it. We had a very special and wonderful evening.

c
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great value brunch! Spacious and perfect for group outing. Food was delicious and service was great as well.

RJ
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class in every way. I really like the quiet atmosphere with no loud music. The food is so good. Highest quality and delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great and service was good. However, they were running very late. We weren’t seated until 30 minutes after our reservation time, which was very unprofessional. They made no acknowledgement of their mistake. We didn’t ask for any food or drink to be comped (which it wasn’t) however, it would have been nice to at least receive cocktail service while waiting for a half hour in their lounge. Apart from the poor start we quite enjoyed the food and found the restaurant to have good ambiance.

j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Food just ok. Not good value. Super loud - difficult to have conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Waitress was very knowledgeable, polite and friendly. Food was amazing. Highly recommend.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious kippi naye and baba ganoush,

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