ilili

4.8
6566 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 6566 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Lebanese food I’ve had

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, great ambiance, great drinks (loved the spicy marg)

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cumpleaños

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OHinDC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Lebanese food we’ve ever had, in any city. The kibbeh nayyeh was spectacular, the cauliflower was something special, the grape leaves were perfection, and the duck shawarma was unreal. The knafe was nothing short of life changing! The real star of the show was Noah. His enthusiasm for cuisine, informed recommendations, expertise in flavors, and attentive service made him THE BEST server I’ve ever had at any restaurant. His love for what he does really shines through and made our combined birthday/anniversary experience truly exceptional.

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anelya
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! Will go back. The food was amazing and Noah’s recommendations were very good. Excellent service also

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great ambiance. Amazing service. We were not sure what to expect and were blown away. Definitely going on our list of great places to eat in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 2nd time coming, and it’s as good, if not better than what I remembered.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the top! This place is amazing and Noah was the best server ever!

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Jvanvliet
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was good and drinks were nice. Service was friendly.

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NSLon
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Way too loud. Better acoustics leads to a better dining experience.

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vipShay
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Lebanese food in the city!

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DianaG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The service was great! I loved that they offered suggestions about what to order and the amount of food, it was really helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was just amazing. His introduction to everything was detailed. When I come back I’m asking for him !

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vipMarH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding and delicious! The service was amzing. Our waiter Noah was so attentive and made excellent recommendations. Truly best service we’ve had !!

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vipGini
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional! And the vibe was energetic!
The mezes followed by a grilled meat
Was amazing!
Our waiter was excellent and we never felt rushed!

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viplovestoeat
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ridiculous cauliflower appetizer cost $16.50. Should have gotten a head of cauliflower but we got 3 small pieces. Totally ridiculous.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely delicious! Are waiter was exceptional. I requested a table in the main dining room for my wife’s birthday but got seated in a side room in the corner and no one at the restaurant acknowledged this. No Happy birthday or candle on her desert little disappointing since I requested these things.:(

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Baf1234
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ilili was wonderful! The service was above and beyond, the food delicious. We can't wait to return.

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Servus
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waiter very helpful and wine suggestions right on. Lebanese red was full-bodied; very flavorful with everything. Only disappointment was the duck and chicken Shawarma; there was too much chicken this time. Dessert choice was the chocolate and caramel dish; maybe the best in the city for chocolate. I am not a chocolate nut, but this was special! I love this place.

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Fals
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff, great good, such a pretty place!

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ClaudioS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

nice place, good food but expensive. the service not so good. they served entrees and the main course all together when they were asked not to. In the middle of the dinner the waitress interrupts the conversation at any moment taking empty places. It looks like they want you to eat and leave very quickly, not very relaxing. If it weren´t for my daughter who loves that place I wouldn´t go again

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Lewis
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service team is incredible! The food and beverage options were superb!

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vinayp
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Unfriendly reception staff but superb waiter.Unfortunately he was serving so many tables it took half an hour to get ice from my Arak. Superb grilled meats but a ridiculously limited choice of Meze, just two!

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JonathanL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! The pitas were like warm pillows that you dipped into a silky smooth delight, the falafel was warm and moist. The lamb chops were exquisitely cooked. Five stars all the way!

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MaruM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida, extraordinarios sabores, exótico, único y con abundante pan Pita fresco y caliente : )
Ninguno de los 8 platillos que pedimos decepcionó, y la ENCANTADORA atención de nuestra mesera (Ana) hizo que la experiencia fuera completamente deliciosa.

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JoanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are a senior couple who has lived in the neighborhood for many years. I was a little intimidated to eat at the 'in place.' Read some reviews about snobby service. IT WAS WONDERFUL!!! Our server was so sweet, he actually customized our order to fit our taste. The food was delicious! The portions were just fine. This will always be our very favorite restaurant, it was really a beautiful memory. The inside space is incredible. We paid for good food and ambience and pleasant music and unbelievable service.

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Babs
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been to Ilili several times before covid but this was our first time since covid. We enjoyed the food and the ambiance.

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ClaudiaS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilili is an amazing restaurant, great service, the food is delicious and beautiful place to eat in nyc

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HinataM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was terrible waiter, didn't know the wines ordered extra bread, didn't come at the end they picked up our glasses before we finished, and the shrimp was overcooked and the duck was dry but had flavour. The food was flavourful but the whole experience wasn’t there with the lack of good service.

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SKes
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding. Every dish was well prepared and a pleasure to experience. Our server Chris was outstanding and explained every dish. He was passionate about the dishes and the enthusiasm was catching.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful and personable. LOVED our waitress Hania!

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loubnaq
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Lebanese food in the city. Delicious cocktails and our server Mert was amazing .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. One of my favorite restaurants in the city!

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BeratY
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a burned meat and chicken ! They tried to hide with some green on it ! Somebody probably turned that back so they tried to give to us! We didi t turn it back! But it is shame

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DaveR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are fantastic!

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YousifA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Very good overall, food was excellent and very vibrant place. One thing that could be improved is the table need renovation

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vipRami
Chihuahua
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience!

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VickiR
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent dinner -- chose the grilled dinner for 2, and it was plenty for 3. The garlic sauces were perfect. Service was bit slow, but everyone else was fantastic!

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LouiseR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

ilili was amazing. The food was outstanding. The staff was attentive. The only complaint was it was a bit noisy. I would definitely go back.

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JoeJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service very good. Noah took good care of us.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ilili using the Order Online button. ilili also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. ilili also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 683-2929.

ilili is rated 4.8 stars by 6566 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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