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ilili

4.7
4.7
6973 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 124 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 683-2929

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Philippe Massoud

  • Catering

    ilili caters events from 5 to 500 guests, with the same spirit of hospitality as we provide every day in our restaurant. For further information, please visit our website www.ililinyc.com/catering/

  • Private party facilities

    Private events at ilili feature classic Lebanese cuisine mixed with modern Mediterranean influences in a warm and inviting atmosphere. There are three private event spaces perfect for any occasion as well as the entire restaurant that can accommodate parties of up to 297 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Private Events Manager: (877) 708-9210

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Cross street

    Between 27th & 28th

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in a lot on 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue. Street parking is also available near restaurant.

  • Public transit

    N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment is available upon request for private events.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,973 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Solid experience, I do recommend if you want to venture out the norm and try Lebanese food around Gramercy.
  2. JR

    JacquelineR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    This is my second time and LAST. The ambiance disappeared. There was evidence of wear and tear on the leather chairs. It was dark. Depressing, I must say. The duck schwarma which I had was so sweet, I couldn't finish it. The quality of the food was mediocre. The best part of the evening was the waiter. He was amazing and gracious. I would never go back. I'm usually not that inflexible but this one, I wouldn't even set foot in.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was phenomenal. Entire meal came out quickly and service was on point the entire night. 100% will be returning
  4. JT

    JTN14

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    It was pleasant, food was tasty too. Lighting could’ve been a bit better, it was kinda dark for me.
  5. TM

    TarkaM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    First time we visited Ilili. We have travelled quite a lot in the Mediterranean and love the food. Not many restaurants in the US are authentic. We all spent the entire lunch raving about the food. The waiter was really helpful and friendly and enthusiastic. We had so many delicious dishes we all overate. And now we’ve thought of all the people we want to take to Ilili. The tables were nice and large to accommodate all the dishes, and placed far enough from other tables to keep the noise down and ensure privacy. Definitely recommend.
  6. CA

    CAKD

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    No shawarma at lunch! Drinks were expensive and all ice, in awkward glasses. Food use to be amazing, now is just okay. Bland ambiance but service was very good.
  7. N

    Neee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Could add more vegetarian food options! Rest was really good
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bel locale di tendenza a due passi dal Flatiron
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been coming to Ilili for the last 13 years and have yet to have a bad meal or service. My favorite restaurant in the city!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Todo muy rico, pero me enfermé del estómago. Servicio extraordinario
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for our 3rd anniversary. I owe it to this restaurant who made it special for us. When I booked through this app I simply mentioned that it was our anniversary. The food the service the ambience was top notch. Ilili even gave us a free dessert for our anniversary which I absolutely didn’t expect at all because this is in contrast to last year when I went for my birthday at Rothman’s stakehouse in East Norwich NY and they literally charged me for my birthday dessert in my bill. Thank you so much to the lady who was refilling our water, clearing our plates, to our waiter and everyone else involved. Thank you so much. Today was such a special day. My wife and myself will never ever forget our 3rd anniversary.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ilili was amazing! Great food. Great service. We could not believe the quality and quantity of the food! An abundant amount of deliciousness and an excellent value particularly for restaurant week!! Can’t wait to go back and eat that deliciousness again!!
  13. BD

    BDNYc

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service and food at Ilili has deteriorated since Covid.
  14. JN

    JulienN

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. Felt like mom’s cooking.
  15. CJ

    CJNYC

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good menu of food options, everyone enjoyed the food we ate. Some interesting cocktails/mocktails that were solid.
  16. d

    debbig

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Too noisy. Food was great. Fatoosh salad on point! Mwarak with rice was amazing so was the hummus and the pita puff were pillowy fluffy light clouds of happiness! The Falafel was only so so. Could be improved and the baklava desserts were generic tasting like it was out of a boxes gift from the airport! Over all was a good experience and we would go back
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
  18. AC

    AlessandraC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The atmosphere and the service were great. Regarding the food, I think that the quality is not really aligned with the price and the dessert (baklava) was quite disappointing: bad presentation, totally uncared, and very dry.
  19. h

    hamzehs

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    took a friend out she was visiting the city and wanted a Lebanese food, the food was below average i never seen a tabouleh without burghul except here, and service was horrible, the waiter asked us 3 times if we finished our food while we still eating. don’t go and waste your money.
  20. AM

    AmyM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Lovely spaces but very noisy. Terrific food. Fun neighborhood.
  21. N

    Neha

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent as always
  22. d

    debbie

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service was friendly and attentive but not pushy. We never felt rushed even though the place was packed. And staff recommendations were spot on—every dish was really good. Don’t let the block fool you, the restaurant has a great ambiance and is surprisingly big inside.
  23. MK

    MahwishK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food amazing ambience
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No expectation gaps….which is rare in NYC
  25. DM

    DanielM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We used to really love Illili, we dined there very often, but last night we left disappointed, for starters the loved pita breads have changed, before there used to be fluffy but consistent, now they are fluffy but much too thin, therefore the flavor changed, we ordered the hummus which used to be creamy and delicious, but this one was somewhat dry and tasteless, we also ordered the lamb shawarma which was lacking taste, we had to order some hot sauce for we were charged extra (?) The small sausages appetizer was good and a new dish that we tried the Lebanese pancakes with lamb bacon was very good and very tasty, however for the price of $ 22.00 they should serve 4 units (they are very small) instead of just 3 (for a party of 2) summarizing, we think that chefs were probably changed. We are not sure that we will come back.
  26. J

    Jude

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food and service better than our previous visits.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful thanks
  28. YA

    YolandaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it is a very loud restaurant but the food and service is SUPERBE!!!! I cannot wait to go back one day during my next visit to NY!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We were surprised by how underwhelming our experience was compared to the ratings and reviews from others. Our salad was way overdressed and the dressing overpowered the ingredients. The other (4) dishes weren't great either with odd textures and overwhelming lemon dressing on everything. We coukd have gotten a better meal from a halal street vendor. The sole highlight was the Moussaka, which is oddly served cold. Our server was terrible. We had to hunt him down, waiving arms to order or try to pay without actually catching his attention, while the rest staff refused to take the check because only the server can ring it up. The ambiance is very minimalist corporate cafeteria with no charm at all. Our experience is so disappointing that I will not even give this restaurant a second chance, since clearly no one cared while we were there.
  30. TV

    TedV

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will keep going back due to excellent experience.
  31. w

    wendyz

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food
  32. C

    Crepes

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Food was excellent. Service was slow and not very friendly.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    It’s nothing spectacular - over rated…. the lamb shank came between warm and almost cold. We didn’t say anything cause the waiter was lovely and went out of his way to make us feel welcomed and well-served.
  34. C

    Csf1

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant relaxing brunch. Food and drink were both good
  35. C

    Christian

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ilili is a great place to go for a special evening. The atmosphere, the food, and the service are all top notch. One member of our party can't eat gluten. The menu was very easy to navigate and our server was very accommodating when we wanted to find sharable dishes that we could all enjoy.
  36. LM

    LaurenM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food but they charged us $18 for water that we never ordered.
  37. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were amazing! Spicy Sumac margarita an absolute must! Nice ambiance and lovely decor. Special shout out to our waiter Miguel. All of his recos were on point. Looking fwd to returning.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Good food, great service. Ambiance leaves something to be desired. Good for casual lunch.
  39. s

    slope

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food remains as good as I remembered it to be, which is the reason I came back here. Another reason is because the place is large enough, so social distancing is not a problem. I wish the host didn't seat this large and boisterous party right next to our party of 2 when there were plenty of other large tables to accommodate them. I brought with me a friend who was here for the first time, so I asked the waiter to comment on a few dishes, and all the server did was basically reading from the menu something that we could have done on our own. I wish the waiter was as knowledgeable (and genuinely nice) as the waiters I was used to talk to on my previous visits to Ilili. I recommend the place (but before I say "highly recommend", like I did in the past, I need to wait changes in the quality of services).
  40. m

    mydinnerexperience

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We were seated upstairs and it felt like we were in a cafeteria. Unfortunately didn’t enjoy the ambiance , although I had made the reservations in advance we felt like we were just put upstairs and it was not enjoyable.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.7 stars by 6973 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 124 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for ilili

236 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 27th & 28th

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in a lot on 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue. Street parking is also available near restaurant.

  • Public transit

    N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Philippe Massoud

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment is available upon request for private events.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 683-2929

  • Catering

    ilili caters events from 5 to 500 guests, with the same spirit of hospitality as we provide every day in our restaurant. For further information, please visit our website www.ililinyc.com/catering/

  • Private party facilities

    Private events at ilili feature classic Lebanese cuisine mixed with modern Mediterranean influences in a warm and inviting atmosphere. There are three private event spaces perfect for any occasion as well as the entire restaurant that can accommodate parties of up to 297 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Private Events Manager: (877) 708-9210

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