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ilili

4.7
4.7
6744 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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Private dining

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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 6,744 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. JO

    JohnO

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent, staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes

  2. E

    Esti3

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to lunch to celebrate our daughters Graduation and the food and service were great!

  3. HH

    HHayes

    New York Area

    124 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    124 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    My first visit, was very impressed by the decor, and the service was very good. A disappointment was the lack of a traditional mixed mezza platter, so as a single diner I was unable to sample a variety of things.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    The food was good, but not that special. There were a lot of tables open, but we were put at a small table in a corner with a room divider separating us from a walkway. The server seemed to forget about us in our corner.

  5. CA

    ClaraA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    From the beginning we were rushed to order. The food was sloppy with the meat having a ridiculous amount of animal fat. Having been to hundreds of lebanese restaurants around the world, we were appauled to hear the waiter explain that the mousaka is vegan. He was apologetic that the lebanese version is unlike the Greek. Where's the pride? It's actually only the mousaka that prompted the second star for food as everything else deserved only one. The dolma were deli quality, bland. How can this be anywhere near the best leb restaurant in NYC? No freaking way.

  6. SW

    SandW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time dining with friends on a Sunday. The food is Lebanese Mediterranean and very good. A great place for family style sharing . There were many large groups making for an energetic convivial atmosphere inside. The bar is more relaxed, with subdued lighting for a nice cocktail before dining. Outdoor seating is also available. Service was attentive with particular care in describing the various menu choices. Lots of delicious Gluten Free/ Vegan selections for those needing it.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s always excellent here. Pricey without a doubt, but you know that going in. Consistently great and very authentic.

  8. HS

    HeinS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was really a great experience! The food recommendation was great tii

  9. SS

    StephanieS

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We really enjoyed dinner and service at Ilili on Sat 5/14 as we were celebrating a birthday. The qualify of the food was very high. The best pita and him us we’ve had as an appetizer. The portions were large on the entree style offerings. Very busy with a nice energy as patrons were enjoying themselves all around us. The server was excellent. We are going back again to try other menu items. Highly recommend!

  10. AB

    AB102

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great food and ambiance! Our server was very informative and tended to us well! Definitely worth the time and money.

  11. NP

    NickP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The Arnabeet Mekle and Phoenician Fries were excellent, but the rest was not memorable. Try to be seated in the bar area or main dining room. The side dining room feels like you're being left out.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Parents first visit to NYC to meet my partner and celebrate. Service was very efficient, food was excellent.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5

    I have been here numerous times and tonight I was celebrating my cousins 70 birthday the service was terrible Our waiter never returned to take our order we had to ask the bus person to get a waiter and another waiter took our order we waited forever for our food The food as always was delicious but aervious on a scale of 1-10 would be a 5

  14. CM

    ClaudiaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food never disappoints. The waitresses and servers are always friendly and cheerful.

  15. MM

    MMHH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    The food was amazing! Service was good. Not easy to have a group conversation due to the noise level.

  16. TG

    TheGaloppingGormond2022

    Hawaii

    158 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Not the best place for a couples dinner. Much better for large groups. This a huge restaurant and it attracts lots of large parties. The food was good but not great. The service was inattentive and rushed. He got our order wrong and argued with us about it. Next time just take the wrong item back and replace it with what the diner ordered. Not that hard to do. The cocktails were quite nice and the room impressive. Grab a group of colleagues and go but if you are on date night find a more intimate spot elsewhere.

  17. A

    Ally

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, amazing breads and spreads! Def recommend it for people who love Lebanese, Mediterranean foods.

  18. MM

    MikeM

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious Mediterranean food, very well prepared and served! Service is amazing and inside music very enjoyable

  19. d

    danae

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    so many great sharing options. food & cocktails are really great

  20. CR

    CharlotteR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the lounge seating area. Great cocktails and the food was amazing. Our server was very attentive and everyone had a great time.

  21. JC

    JamesC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great drinks and very good service. Plan on arriving after 5PM so you can enjoy the fabulous duck shawarma. Favorite drink is the non-bloody -stunning every time.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience at ilili. This is my third time here and the food never misses. The meknek sausages are very authentic. The feta mezza is delicious. Will definitely be back.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My experience at ilili was phenomenal. Was there on Mother’s Day and we enjoyed such a great meal. Everything was excellent. I would recommend to anyone

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day was great , our waiter was amazing Alexander really makes you fell special and enjoy the menu Ty

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day brunch was outstanding

  26. g

    gramercypl

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Our meal started out well. We were seated immediately and were greeted promptly. We got drinks and our appetizers and main courses were delicious. For some reason our server became totally inattentive. We asked for water refills several times and our plates were not cleared. We finally spoke to a manager to get water refill and dessert. Very disappointing as this was my first visit and the food was worth a second visit

  27. B

    Beth

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated our anniversary with friends at ilili. We had a fantastic time - the food was exceptional

  28. JS

    JeffreySMeyer

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Excellent food

  29. PM

    PaigeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing experience and amazing food. Let your server guide your food experience and you won’t retreat it!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience4

    The food at ilili is always terrific. And the service good as well. However, whenever I reserve a table here, they inevitably will try and sit me anywhere but the main downstairs dining room. They have 2 other spaces (upstairs and downstairs in the back) and they always will try and persuade me there’s nothing they can do to let me and my party sit at a decent table. This time around the manager Carl actually said to me that people who want a table in the main area, request it when they make a reservation. The joke was on him, as I had, indeed, made the request in my reservation form and was told by the hostess that they couldn’t always accommodate these requests. So it turns out that what they really couldn’t do, is get their stories straight. In short, this 5-10 minute argument which inevitably ends with us sitting where we wanted, is just not how I want to start my dinner. And it shows that it’s not that they can’t accommodate people, it’s that for whatever reason they’d rather not. I sadly won’t be coming here again. though I do love the food.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Very good over all .. as usual

  32. G

    Gocha

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, drinks, ambiance and service. I have been at this place a couple of times with friends and is always a really good choice.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We enjoyed trying new Lebanese foods! Fun menu and nice atmosphere.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    GREAT! AMAZING SPOT

  35. EC

    EdwardC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and exceptional food. Not your mother's lamb.

  36. s

    sidifood28

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food, fun atmosphere, and good service . Nice variety of food and wine options.

  37. CL

    CourtneyL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Fantastic and fresh! Loved everything we ordered.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing experience every time! Ilili is my go-to restaurant for special occasions, and it never fails to deliver.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food, amazing service and very accommodating staff

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and ultra friendly service.

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 6744 OpenTable diners.

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

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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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