ilili

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6165 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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vipHowardM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places and it was amazing. Mustafa is a superb server and the whole staff was terrific.

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Lena
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, the tasting menu is just way too much 😆good wine as well

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Olivia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Terrible service! They gave us our apetizers and 1 hour later (waay after having finished the apetizers) our waitress came to tell us that they did not have our main plate, the suck shwarma!! They couldn't have told us that before we waited for an hour?? We were patient because we still had quite a bit of food coming and were so hungry. So, we substituted for the Kebab which was fine. When we got all of our food and asked for the check, we realized they had charged us for both the duck and the kebab AND the falafel that we realized had never arrived! So, we ended up not trying two of the dishes we wanted. The rest of the food was fine, nothing to ride home about. The waitress did not offer anything to counterbalance the bad service and attention (side note, there were like two other tables at the restaurant...).

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VWNYC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Perhaps we ordered the wrong dish. We had the Loup de Mer claimed to serve 3 pp. It was just a regular size Branzino which is not an expensive fish from Mediterranean. This dish costs $78 with some veg which other restaurants charge half the price. Felt ripped off. The appetizer of stuffed grape leaves is good but again over-priced. Not impressed at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excelente comida libanesa, auténtica, muy abundante. Excelente para compartir. Muy buena calidad. Delicioso

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! We got there very early but the bartender Mark welcomed us with very nice drinks and entertaining conversation

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snappyface
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Musto, our waiter, was very charming and helpful. Appetizers were particularly delicious. It’s always consistently good!

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AlejandraM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fabulous dinner. Broccoli and lamb meatballs were amazing. Only wished they would have staggered the serving of the food, and did not like being sat in their side room.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were great! The place is noisy.
Call the restaurant to confirm your reservation! I made a reservation through OpenTable for 8:15 and when I arrived at the restaurant they said that they had no openings until 10:15.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience5

This place is fine. It used to be amazing but it looks like they cut their portion sizes in half (from already being small). Our favorite dish, the chankleesh, is 1/4 of the size it used to be and is still the same price and was disappointing. They weren't on their game this time. They also say us in the annex as well. Not cool especially for how expensive it is.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Everything was wonderful, except for our seating. We were in the annex, not the main ding room. It is a bit like sitting at the kids’ table at family meals. Main dining room is highly preferable.

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vipMitchellK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful and authentic Lebanese food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilili is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Anyone who loves Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine should treat themselves to a dinner at Ilili. The Lebanese cuisine is a meld of Arab, Greek, & Turkish influences with a bit of French thrown in. The amazing array of hot and cold mezze can serve as a meal by itself. My favorite is the humbly titled “warm eggplant” mezze which is thin slices of slightly chewy eggplant “chips” with a wonderful flavoring with tamarind syrup. Ilili service is polished and attentive. The waiter and the head waiter/floor manager inquired twice about whether one of our party’s food allergy meant that he could not have anything that came into contact with that problematic food (is cooked on the same surface) or was limited to just the food itself. They have a large but warmly lit dining room that can accommodate groups, a large yet cozy bar area and a tented room upstairs if you want to enhance the overall Middle East vibe. Reservations are a must.

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vipquietlunch
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Always Ilili brinca the best food with the best service!!! Tia no you!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I get Lebanese food is heavily spiced, but literally every dish we ordered was. There was no reprieve from the spiciness. Was good, not great food. I wish they would put down some rugs or tablecloths as the loud acoustics mad it difficult to have normal or enjoyable conversation. It took 15 minutes for a server to come over, after I had to remind the hostess that we had been sitting for some time. The server that came over told us she wasn’t our server but she’d help out....we never were helped by anyone else. This place would be great for some cocktails and a small bite, not so much for dinner.

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vipEater
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Beautiful space, less than inspired food. Very pricey too. Some dishes nice (falafel, fries) others were mediocre (hummus, cauliflower, salad). Had so much potential but fell short.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Space, Phenomenal food. After a show we had to change our dinner reservation to an earlier time which was not a problem, even with my requests. Had a Drink with Michael at the Bar, he was friendly, welcoming and can make a Mean Mezcal margarita. Coming in between Brunch and Dinner in NY sometimes is a hit or miss being that restaurants are transitioning food Menus, our waiter Dimitrio notified us about some dishes that took more time and pointed out otger dishes that are recomended and favored, like the Brussel Sprouts and Kebab Kerez. GET THEM! Amazing! The rest of the staff seamed attentive and did check up on us to see if everything was alright.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic and exceeded expectations. Would certainly recommend.

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vipSamH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Sadly, this use to be one of my favorite restaurant and would always dine when I visit NYC. The food has become average and not worth the $$$, the service is hit or miss. There are couple of waiters who are amazing and know the menu but lately the 2 people that served us didn't know much about the food and called Zaatar a pizza and Kennefeh a cheese tart (for a minute we forgot that we are dining at a Lebanese restaurant but rather at a french or Italian establishment, hmmmm). Perhaps management should educate their staff better. So Au revoir, Ciao, Ma'a Alsalameh illili, this foodie enthusiast won't be coming back.

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vipnancyl
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were 2 couples. We shared mezze plates and one main course, enjoying the opportunity to taste many dishes. Everything we ordered was wonderful other than a glitch in our dessert, which was then comped. We will be back

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SorybintaB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server!

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Lb07
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They are so accommodating to all dietary needs and their food is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food at a very nice restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks are little expensive for their potency.

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OpenTable Diner
Toledo
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dishes, great flavors and spicing, great service. On the pricey side

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KWNM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

A friend in our party is allergic to gluten and refined sugar; the waitress was very rude about the restaurant’s ability to accommodate for these food allergies. If this is the case, the restaurant should make advance notice of this on their website. The waitress also tried to rush me and my toddler out of our table by saying would you like me to box the food when there were only a couple bites on my toddler’s plate and I was trying to have her finish. Perhaps it was just the specific waitress we had, but the service was very cold and poor, especially given the high-priced menu items. I will not return nor recommend! There are plenty of better Lebanese restaurants in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful dinner with our server, Mert. He made our experience special and suggested great items and pairings. The manager was very helpful in selecting a wonderful bottle of red wine and they attentively never let our glasses get empty. The whole chicken was prepared tableside and it was delicious. Will definitely be coming back!

ilili
Responded on February 28, 2020

Hi! We're very glad to hear that you had an amazing time with Mert. I'll make sure to pass the message along. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon! Best, Melanie Acuña General Manager

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MoonRaeBrooklyn
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! I am Gluten free and our server was so nice and kind and helped me with my selections.... the menu is VERY gluten free friendly! My boyfriend and I got seated upstairs in the tent room which was lovely and intimate, quieter and more romantic, just our style!
The falafal and mix grille were out of this world! Nice Lebanese wine selection as well!!

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vipMajidaS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was overpriced for the quality and quantity. Traditional middle-eastern hummus comes garnished with pine-nuts. To spend and extra $4 does not make sense. The food was barely warm and did not have a fresh flavor. This is the second time I have been here and will not be going back. If you visit, go to the lounge during happy hour, have a drink and small plate. That is sufficient

ilili
Responded on February 28, 2020

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. I'm sorry it did not live up to expectations. Would you be willing to go into further detail regarding the food and value? We're always looking to improve and never want to leave our guests unsatisfied. Please email ililicares at our website ililinyc. We hope to hear from you soon. All the best, ilili cares team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excited about the recommendations our server provided. The food was amazing. The shawarma was a little bit dry, other than that everything was excellent and had variation of flavor. Would definitely come back

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MysticSS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this restaurant when in the mood for Syrian/Lebanese cuisine and high quality cocktails.

Mixologist Mike was amazing. His cocktail creations were fantastic and was a great conversationalist as well!

Had the fixed price lunch option and the portions are worth the money with amazing taste. Coupled with hot-of-the-oven breads, the experience was divine!

ilili
Responded on February 28, 2020

Hello! Thank you for your kind words! I'll be sure to pass the message along to Michael. We hope to see you back soon!! Best, Melanie Acuña General Manager

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HannaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The last two times I've been to ilili, the service has been disappointing. The waiter seemed annoyed to have to serve us. He was quick, dismissive and mostly unavailable every time we looked for him. As a Lebanese, I think highly of ilili as a restaurant representing my culture. It's behooves the restaurant to invest more time at training its staff to not only do their job properly, but also have the proper demeanor doing it.

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vipEKL2019
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great Service! Several Vegan options!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend to Ilili who was visiting from out of town. We had the mixed grill and it was absolutely fantastic. The garlic sauces pair perfectly with the meat and vegetables

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service.’

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CarolineS
Montana
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Ilili' s atmosphere was welcoming and lively. We brought two grade school kids and they also felt welcomed. The food was varied and delicious - not to heavy on sauces and spices, and very fresh.
The wait staff was friendly and helpful and not overbearing.
It was noisy as we passed the 8:00 mark, but we left soon after so it never got too crazy for our family.
Fantastic dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved ilili! The service was amazing! Our waiter (who also happens to be an Opera singer) was attentive, knowledgeable, kind, and funny. He guided us through the menu to give us the ultimate food and beverage experience. The food was flavorful and a true delight! It was a night to remember!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was there for the brunch Prix fixe, got the lamb burger, it was off the hook! I could eat two in a row! My only complaint was that I had my dish boxed up and they didn't put everything on my plate into the container which is a huge pet peeve of mine. I didn't ask for my food to be thrown out, why wouldn't you pack all of it?

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PattiE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing good! Delicious cocktails! Good atmosphere, a little loud. Good service

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vipPaige
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Portions are big, enjoyed mezzes more than entrees (mezzes are the highlight of menu).

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ilili does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats. ilili also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 683-2929.

ilili is rated 4.6 stars by 6165 OpenTable diners.

ilili does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/ilili-nyc/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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