ilili

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5947 Reviews
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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us to celebrate Thanksgiving with a special prix-fixe menu at ilili. For the occasion we will be offering our signature dishes and Thanksgiving specials. $77 per adult and $37 for kids 12 and under. Menu details will be available on the website on 10/16.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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 5947 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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A
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

RH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fantastic cuisine!

d
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Loved the ambiance and food.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

RJ
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

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

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious kippi naye and baba ganoush,

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They did not acknowledge our anniversary even though I mentioned ahead of time

B
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the food!! Great service. Loved the space. Hated the loud raucous music. We couldn’t hear each other talk

CO
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish was fantastic! Authentic and absolutely amazing! Highly recommend.

OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. We will definitely be back.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I were visiting the city and wanted to try something different. After looking into several different kinds of restaurants near our hotel we chose Ilili. We had never had Lebanese food before and wanted to give a new experience a try. The evening was excellent in all ways. The restaurant has a beautiful decor; the service very friendly and attentive; and the food was delicious. The only problem was that after sharing 4 appetizers we had no room left for a main course. I look forward to going back.

RS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is excellent. Good service. However owners should invest in maintaining and upgrading appearance of the inside: a lot of wood is damaged not just walls but also doors. Also a more Lebanese ambiance would be great.

DJ
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

booked this restaurant for a nice dinner with friends and work colleagues.
great lebanese food. authentic.
helpful staffs

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was great and service was amazing.

HR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you need to talk over dinner , ask for a quieter side room. And bring your appetite. It’s phenomenal food.

JS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exception food. Fabulous and attentive staff.

EO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband's birthday at ilili (middle eastern is one of his favorite cuisines). Went during the week. It was packed, a lot of afterwork people and a few large parties. We were seated right away. Our waiter was extremely attentive, did not skip a beat. Tried Lebanese wine with the dinner (our particular selection was tart and dry). All dishes were quite flavorful and beautifully presented. We tried the falafel (delicate), steak tartare (extremely finely ground and served with jalapenos), trout (lots of flavor) and grape leaves (quite good and stuffed with lamb). Highly recommend this place.

P
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I would recommend Ilili with reservations. It is quite noisy so I would request a table upstairs if you do not want to shout. When it gets busy, the service can be slow and it is pricey. That said, the wine list is decent and the cocktails are good. The food is interesting. We usually stick with the mezzo as they are a better value than the main dishes.

4
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Great atmosphere, waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. Experience was definitely 5 star worthy.

RP
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived and waited in a comfortable bar area. Once our table was ready we were seated and

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

service bleh and I didn’t like the dessert

g
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

service is slow and receptionist is unpleasant and food is below average

SP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Best eggplant and Brussels sprouts I have ever had. Wonderful selection of wine. Very friendly service. Did not feel rushed. Can’t wait to go back

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is spectacular — service and ambiance were restrained and dignified, which is a combination that’s a bit hard to find in such a touristy area. I had a friend and town, so we decided to try out this style of food to much enjoyment.

r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always great service, food and vibe. Went twice this week - for a catch up with a friend then for dinner with 4. Food is terrific - great chicken and sausage plus solid vegetarian options. Never disappoints and always know it will be good. Its not that the food is out of this world or that it’s a scene - it’s neither. But it’s great food in a great loc with great open vibe... no drama. Can do intimate in the back or larger tables that have space in the middle. Great for a business lunch or a general catch up with friends. And works as a first date place in a pinch. Great as always.

W
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Delicious food, but very noisy! Service was scattered.

EK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service! Several Vegan options.

RP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special girls trip to NYC and our final night there couldn’t have been better! Thank you to John our server and his manager who also kept checking on us. Very enjoyable evening. And the food was amazing!

E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was overall good. Server definitely pressured us into over ordering which was annoying. But food was great.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Très bon service avec conseils et repas d une qualité remarquable. Allez y sans hésiter!

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner was lovely!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such great food!!

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