ilili

4.8
6395 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 6395 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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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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vipFoodieMom
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We got together with family that we hadn’t seen in a very long time. The booth outdoors was delightful. We ordered 5 plates of mezze including meatballs, dandelion greens, moussaka, red peppers and walnuts and shrimp. Everything was very good but the portions are quite small. We ordered the Iloilo candy bar for dessert which was not only beautiful but a superb blend of flavors and textures.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Wait time was very long. Had a reservation at 8pm but wasn’t seated until 8:20. Decor hasn’t been maintained post-COVID - place needs a fresh coat of paint / lacquer! Table next to us was a large party of people who weren’t taking COVID restrictions seriously. Two men were drunk and went from table to table trying shake peoples hands and convince people to give them extra chairs. Restaurant staff didn’t do anything about it. In terms of food quality, it’s really gone down since before COVID. Not sure why - but today it was very bland. Currently, don’t think the experience here is as good as the many other restaurants nearby.

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

Wonderful outdoor eating experience-love the heated booths, and they really muted the traffic noise from 5th Avenue-excellent food and service-fabulous experience all around-we will be back!!

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Sasha
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Went for dinner. Great atmosphere! I recommend the duck shawarma.

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SylviaP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love Ilili! We go there all the time. Food was amazing as usual, service was great as expected (it always is) but I was a little disappointed to discover that the menu they had on their website for Special Mother's Day Bruch was different than the actual menu that day. I always check the menu first since I’m pregnant and can’t have all foods + they didn't have my favorite dessert available even when the website menu has it listed there!

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Omar
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time for Mothers day brunch. Took my wife and 2 young kids and we had a great time, food & service were outstanding.

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vipAnonymous1
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

great! Except server did not know wines by the glass well.

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vipNancyP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilili is always wonderful. Food is beautifully prepared and delicious, service is excellent, wine list really enhances our dining choices. We have been back many times!

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vipJosh
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were outstanding, our waiter was an oddball but generally pleasant. He disappeared at the end of the meal and we had to get the host to close out our bill but otherwise great all around. Looking forward to returning!

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vipDonnaS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service! We enjoyed our time at Ilili abs will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The lamb burger was not good

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vipkidpt
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch options, drinks, and wonderful service. Will be back to try more dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our experience was absolutely amazing! It was the perfect gathering date for sisters to come to come together after a year due to the pandemic. Our waiter Marcus was so very pleasant and attentive. He help make our celebration superb! Drinks and Food impressive.

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious Lebanese good. Mixed grill came out tepid but flavorful

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vipZanzounk
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great time and the food was amazing. However, they seated us in the bar area when I could clearly see open tables in the dining area. So why is this ?

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vipghawi13
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily my favorite restaurant in NYC. Every single thing is delicious, the service is impeccable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilili was wonderful as always!! Food was delicious & service was excellent! We had a great experience.

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Trtpl
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous setting. Lovely wine and food. Quite pricey.. Service was impecable. Definitely coming back.

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vipAndrew
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alex was our server, who was Amazing. He was energetic, recommended a fantastic menu (like Omakase). Loved it!

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BrianK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a great date spot and perfect for group dinners as well!

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SuzanneG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! We highly recommend it, we love the food, the service, and the ambiance. This was our first time back since the pandemic and we felt they followed all the safety precautions and still gave us a warm wonderful experience!

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HenryS
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The slated tables aren't very good for stem wine glasses and any spills or food dropped from the plate can fall on clothing. The chairs are ok. Waiter selected excellent wine from Lebanon. There should be a few more wines under $70.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isaac was a great server who was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and who provided outstanding quality service

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JesS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and unique brunch. The fresh fruit atayef is a must get! The rose syrup is incredible as an accompaniment to the dish as well as on its own. The pita bread was sooooo good! My husband and I enjoyed every bite. Great service and relaxing atmosphere was the perfect way to start a Sunday. Cannot wait to go back!

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SanjeevB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not as good as the last time - the food was also not as good.

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DanF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Great service too. Planning to go back

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occdiner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff and excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and drinks. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful (although we waited about 10 minutes before anyone came to our table). Overall a good experience

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vipCarolanneM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Sat outside in one of the sheds. Excellent overall.

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AnnaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish! One of the best fine dining Lebanese food in town

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Gunner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food and great non-alcoholic drink options (the lemonade mocktails are divine). Took my pistachio allergy very seriously and were accommodating of it. Everything tasted exquisite as always.

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LaurenT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Nice ambience for a date. Recommend the crispy brussels sprouts!

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KeithN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
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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ShirlyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Delish11
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
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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AllisonS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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HeenaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience, would highly recommend

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LeonR
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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 6395 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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