ilili

4.7
6660 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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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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 6660 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great but the service was really incredible.

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LawrenceB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service and the food is to die for. Noah looked after us very well - has a great time! Mixed grill is a must.

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vipLennyG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting and decor, great staff hospitality from the hostess at the front to our fantastic waiter Vlad who told is about ilili and was also very detailed about the menu. The place is a hidden gem! can't wait to be back

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StephenM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Overpriced and not very good. Overall was disappointed and had much higher expectations a

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING ! Food was delicious, Chris our server was spectacular and explained every dish we chose. Can’t wait to come back and try new dishes. 5 stars is not enough.

JA
JimA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails; incredible food. Pricey, but worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a perfect overall dinner. Service was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like a very high class experience! Food was excellent and restaurant is beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our server was so nice. He made recommendations about what to get, since we were not familiar with Lebanese food, and everything was great. Also a cool wine selection - hadn’t heard of some names on their list so that was fun to try something new.

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DavidH
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was stupendous and the food was to die for! Make a reservation PRONTO!

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MargieB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance as always!! Highly recommended.

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EstyL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice location,good food but super expensive and very noisy

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Muhamarra and Tabouleh were incredible - first bite just bursting with flavor and spice. Definitely one of the better food experiences I’ve had so far.

Also recommend getting the cauliflower since it’s plated with Baba Ghanouj.

The desserts were underwhelming- not sure what to expect with the candy bar, but it was a was a nice celebration nevertheless.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and our server was very attentive

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vipSMal
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 2nd visit, everything was perfect from the greeting by Hostess at the front, servers and Wine selection was excellent and the food was marvelous.

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ChristopheB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very expensive regarding the quality of the food, which was good, but not exceptionnal as we could expect for a Xmas eve and the price paid.
Service was too fast and we had the feeling that waiters wanted us to leave as fast as possible.
And we were cold in the restaurant !
Not a good experience for a Xmas eve.

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MohM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

not a pleasant experience at all. Trash was being taking out while we were eating in the main dining room. Food was brought out cold and burnt (had the lamb maqloba dish). Kebbeh was very good but was very cold. First time at this restaurant- waiting for many months to be able to get a table and when we finally did- was a real disappointment.

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YasmineK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good dinning experience, the decor was beautiful. Personally I think the scallops were amazing, very nicely prepared. The taste was balanced and the meat was very tender; my lamb leg was too salty however.

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JoseA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Waiters and staff did their job…Risotto dish was under cooked, we were offered a replacement and it was worse than the first one

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hulkyworld
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noah, our server, made me re-realize the importance of dining because he made us feel very comfortable and welcomed especially during this challenging time under COVID. He should definitely get a raise. We will definitely be back for more. And hopefully see Noah again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noah, our waiter, was amazing - he was attentive, entertaining, personable … and the menu … wow. Variety, incredible flavors, gorgeous presentation - and Noah knew everything about every item, including tableside finishing of two dishes. He also recommended menu pairings. We sat outside in the enclosure in front of the restaurant and it was just perfect. It was plenty warm on a 30 degree day, the music was just the right volume. My daughter and I absolutely love Ilili and will be back. Thank you!

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vipAndres
Mexico City
26 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and my favorite Lebanese restaurant! Definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great dining experience, the restaurant is beautiful, service is impeccable and food is really good... I completely recommend the Kibbeh Nayyeh and Baba Ghannouj!

Will definitely be back!

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MihovilM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, well balanced menu, and a nice ambient. Favorite restaurant in the city.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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AlexV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! Our server was perfect. Everyone was attentive when needed. The food was absolutely incredible and i love the atmosphere. It's hands down one of the best restaurants in NYC.

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BreanneP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Never in my life have I been charged 7 dollars for a Diet Coke with dinner. 14 for 2. Never coming back

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katie
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

wonderful food, kind and attentive staff, the cheese rolls were amazing and the mixed plate for two very generous and tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was deilicious, the meat could not have been cooked any more perfectly it was amazing

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vipSHIRAS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always loved ilili and this time was no exception! We changed our reservation several times and they were so lovely to accommodate us and make this birthday dinner work for us. Service was awesome as always and nothing beats the food!! Another wonderful experience at ilili. Be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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TWK1
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was very good. The kibbeh for appetizer was one of the best in a Lebanese restaurant . We ordered mix grill which was really good. Every piece was cooked to perfection.
Service was poor. It took long time to get beer. Seems server forget. We ordered tea with mint. When we requested an additional tea bags, the server was rude and irritated. He yelled that he must charge for the added tea bag. That is after we spent more than $500 for 5 people. That was really tacky and cheap for a restaurant as prestigious as Iliii to do that.

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UtkarshG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the ambience was amazing. It was my first time there and all I can say is that ILILI will be first go to place for any occasions as well as the first place I’ll recommend if anyone asks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service. The outdoor seating was also comfortable despite the outside temperature being very cold.

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AlexandraG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful place. Great food and service but way too loud! Hard to have a conversation.

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Claire
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilili has one of the best Mediterranean menus and kitchens in the city. Everyone we've taken here loves it. They do a great job of keeping the dining space festive, with a really lovely ambience, especially for groups.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a group. Meat plate was perfect to split amongst friends. Drinks were fun.

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viplasinnyc01
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I used to love this restaurant, unfortunately on this night the food was just not as good. Everything came out super fast leading us to think everything was basically pre-made. Additionally, portions are super tiny. The salmon which is listed as a main course was the size and width of my palm. I know COVID has caused all restaurants to struggle but they could do much, much better.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

NYC vacation

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Divine. Simply divine.

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 6660 OpenTable diners.

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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