ilili

4.6
6284 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 and the Levant.
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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

Join us on Thursday November 26th to give thanks to friends and family! We will be offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu with all your favorite a-la-carte menu items and thanksgiving specials. $80 per person and $39 for kids under the age of 12. (beverages, taxes, and gratuity not included).

What 6284 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBarbaraB
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food with excellent from the brussel sprouts to the lamb shank. I love their cocktails. Vert the taste is wonderful, the ingredients beautiful but there is hardly any liquor. I think there needs to be a more generous 2 oz pour in mixed drinks, especially in these challenging days!!

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Lovedinner
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was amazing! I recommend the hummus and the falafel. We had dinner outside and it was very cold. There are no heaters.

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CarmenN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Middle Eastern Restaurant for my wife that is Lebanese she enjoyed it very much.

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vipStacey
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know why it took me so long to try this restaurant. The food was just delicious and the service was some of the best we have had in NYC. From the waitress to the bus boys to the manager coming over towards the end, everyone did something to ensure our dinner was perfect. They are working towards bringing out some heat lamps so we can enjoy the amazing food all winter long!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex is the best waiter we have ever had!

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vipAmandaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time

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vipYoEK
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

iLiLi is our favorite NYC restaurant for 5 years now!

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MargieB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and delicious Lebanese food in a beautiful atmosphere and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had amazing time. Food was unbelievable. We had Lamb sausages and mix meat plate, loved it.

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vipHarlemNeighbor
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner based on several mezze dishes. The warm eggplant was the most delicious eggplant Ive ever had. I highly recommend the walnut, pepper and pomegranate molasses dip. And the duck schwarma was a perfect heavier mezze that was enough to complete the dinner. Don't miss the baklava - perfect for sharing. Had a fantastic server who helped us decide what to order and she was spot on. Great service, outdoor COVID seating, and delicious food!

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vipJackie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, service was truly outstanding, and perfect for sharing a bunch of different choices with your party. Can't wait to go back !

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vipBasilW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fries. Excellent service. This is the mediterranean food I've been waiting for my whole life.

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vipMiracle09
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This past weekend, I celebrated my birthday with friends over dinner at Ilili, and we had a fabulous time. The service was wonderful and the staff was very sweet and courteous. Thank you for a wonderful experience yet again, Ilili, and I look forward to dining with you again in the near future!

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vipMonicaD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was absolutely amazing, felt safe with seating and the food was all phenomenal. Highly recommend the falafel burger :)

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vipDeepshika
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food, ambience and location! Lamb burger and fries were delicious and they have a great wine list too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great, thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible meal with great hospitality!

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vipMichelW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent middle eastern food. Spicy but not too much so you still can taste what you're eating. Grape vine leaves with lamb are especially delicious...

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vipSTEPHENM
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always has been a fine dining experience with a variety of Middle Eastern favorites and some unique Lebanese offerings. The appetizers and entrees are well spiced and perepared to perfection. Desserts are more limited--disappointed that they did not have vanilla ice cream. Ambience is exciting and fun despite Covid restrictions. Indoor was "socially appropriate" since it was getting too cold outside, without heaters. An exceptional evening with friends, again.

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vipTizita
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The only issue was the cold draft every time they opened the door now they have tables outside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well organized. Adherence to Covid protocols. Wonderful food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was wonderful
Our server was amazing and beyond attentive only problem is while serving us the dessert the waiter did not tell me the plate was excruciating hot and I burned my finger really badly. I ran to the bathroom to out it u see cold water, the person bringing the dessert then proceed to make a comment she saw me bring it with a napkin right. I just feel it was not handled properly at all someone did come up and bring me
An ice cup of water to dip my finger in but Nothing else not even an apology I was very frustrated. What was a beautiful evening ended horribly.

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Naomi
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing staff and food!! Limited indoor availability and outdoor seating is right on 5th Ave. A little noisy but great view of Empire State Building.

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ShayE
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great, ambience was great, this is an awesome date spot. The staff was kind of rude. Not very understanding.

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ZishanB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lamb chops were very good, as were the few appetizers we ordered. The service was fast and courteous. The shawarma was not good at all.

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vipMichaelM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. What more needs to be said. Nice to eat outside.

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vipFoodLover
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, nice outdoor dining setup despite it being a little noisy.

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Keykey
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex served our table and he was spectacular. Great atmosphere and very spacious so you do not feel anxious about possible transmission. I will definitely return again.

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BrianK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing first date experience with their sharable dinners and casual atmosphere.

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vipHrairS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Pure awesomeness

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KirstinC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from the first sip of our cocktails to the last bite of our dessert! Phenomenal Mediterranean gem. So refreshing

ilili
Responded on October 24, 2020

Hello! We are so happy to hear that you had an amazing time with us! We hope to see you again and recreate this experience. Best, the ilili team

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We got there, the table was ready, food came fast and it was delicious. One of the best Mediterranean we ever had. We will definitely go back!

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Ghita
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as always. Highly recommend!

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vipbernc
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good spot, though they really try hard to upsell you on wine

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vipFeliciaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very thorough with collecting info for contact tracing and taking temp checks. Food was great, as were the spicy margaritas!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and lebanese wine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great wine and service, food not worth price point in city full of excellent Middle Eastern food

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vipRobertS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat outdoors. Great service and food...

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ilili using the Order Online button. ilili also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar, 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 6284 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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