ilili

4.8
6338 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 L
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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
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 6338 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KeithN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilili has done an awesome job of providing a safe yet festive and chic dining environment. Food always great and service was outstanding

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Delish11
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious Brussels sprouts- must try
Good Babaganoush
Chicken kabobs good
Falafel very good
Some walnut spread- delicious also must try

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ShirlyS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Loved ilili, wonderful place. Highly recommend their delicious food!

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AllisonS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was welcoming and passionate about the food. All the recommendations we got were amazing. Falafel burger was on point

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JohnE
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service with perfect timing. Food was exceptional, well presented and just the right size. Thank you

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HeenaA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Lubna was sooooo nice and helpful. Beautiful food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience, would highly recommend

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LeonR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Middle East Restaurant. Food is absolutely great. Ambience is in constant happy mood.

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argent
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ilili never ever disappoints! The food is remarkable. If you want authentic Lebanese cuisine with a flair of excellence then this place is surely unbeatable in NYC. We ordered most of the mezze menu and the deliciousness just kept coming in. Service was impeccable, friendly and courteous without being over bearing. The waiters new how to pronounce the Arabic dishes which is a delight. I do want to comment that the place was extra full and it didn’t feel at 50% capacity and if it hadn’t been that our table was nearly all vaccinated I wouldn’t have felt safe in the place. But it was also enjoyable to see and feel NYC going back to life in this amazing restaurant at least for an evening. I can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. As usual.

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karimmc
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best Lebanese food around here. Outstanding food and outstanding service.

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nadineh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes I ordered 2 1/4 pitchers of Arak, but $380 for a dinner for 2 (7/8 appetizers)? Come on.

I will definitely recommend ilili to a friend, the experience overall was amazing as usual, but will warn them about the check.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place looked great and the food was excellent it was a bit pricey but we will definitely go back again

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vipCarlosA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

ilili Easter Sunday was a complete and utter mess. We had to wait 25 minutes for our table to be setup, despite the fact that we got to the restaurant in time for our 12:45 pm reservation. After that, we had to wait until 2 pm for the appetizers to arrive and then 3 pm for the actual food to arrive. Dessert arrived at 4 pm. The service was very slow and the food took forever and the response for this was "it's because of COVID". I would definitely not book ilili for Easter Sunday ever again.

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AsliR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was okay. Little overpriced but delicious food

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Andi
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wonderful food. Definitely the tastiest fries I ever had.

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cle27
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really delicious takes on some classics. Great for sharing for a group.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service and nice atmosphere. Very lively

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AshM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best experience here. Mert was a fantastic server and the food was amazing. Will be back!

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vipIrenitaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed!

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jamesm
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. Have been eating Lebanese food my entire life and Ilili was one of the best (if not the best) upscale Lebanese meals I've had. Excellent service too.

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Anonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and ambiance -- we had a great time. The staff was attentive and the drinks were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best middle-eastern/Lebanese food in New York.

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SinanA
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mert was very helpful. We will definitely come again.

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vipwzpd2chat
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service! They go above and beyond to cater to allergies/food restrictions

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vipBradF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food and service was superb!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the baba ganoush

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I highly recommend visiting this restaurant. We missed our reservation grace period by 2 minutes and the manager followed by the waiter apologized and made our stay very enjoyable. We had recently went on a terrible vacation and I wanted to pamper my wife. Illi-illi didn’t disappoint. The restaurant was spacious and we didn’t feel there was crowding. Alex our waiter was very knowledgeable about every item on the menu. The food is very fresh and flavorful. I ordered the lamb shank and my wife ordered the lamb chops. I highly recommend trying their ethnic drinks called Arak. The restaurant did their very best despite a raging pandemic in the world. I haven’t had this type of service and caring for customers in many years. My wife and I have been to Michelin restaurants and Alex went above and beyond.

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Estef
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious!

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viptwoezz
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated my daughters birthday. We tried many dishes each delicious. Well balanced in flavors The shrimp, tabbouleh, falafel, Brussel sprouts everything was delicious. The salmon was the best we ever had. The service was exceptional.
We will be going back.

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NisrineG
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hospitality and the food was so much delicious. We will go back there for sure ;)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was mind blowing!

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vipMica
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our all-time favorite restaurants. The atmosphere, food, service, and cost is a great balance.

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vipCelesteNYC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food! Nice high ceilings and lovely indoor ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Average , poor hummus , sat in the bar area , service almost too fast, better food at half price in virtually any other Lebanese restaurant .... poor

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HarjeetC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place, awesome music, and great ambiance. Totally will recommend to my friends.

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vipemilygraceny
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex is the best waiter! Very knowledgeable. Food was great. Great experience.

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 6338 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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