ilili

4.8
6467 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 6467 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gemma
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. Staff was exceptional this day.

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HelleS
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!
Amazing food, ambiance, cocktails, and service. We will definitely be back!

Eric our bartender was awesome!

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vipjenn
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food but our server kept forgetting about us

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was amazing for my large party!

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vipMNS56
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together to celebrate the end of Covid restrictions at one of our favorite New York City restaurants. Haven’t been here since the fall of 2019 but it was as good as we remembered it to be. My wife and I, my 90 year old mother visiting from Seattle, my nephew from Brooklyn and his girlfriend and my other nephew from Vermont with his girlfriend - all enjoyed the food, the ambiance and the hospitality immensely.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only the best Lebanese restaurant! Never disappoints

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I used to eat at ilili once a month before the Pandemic. Now, Let's call a spade a spade - I’m middle eastern and I know this food and how it should be, it was alright by but wasn’t WOW.

Before the pandemic we used to hit that place with 8-10 people, enjoying the ambiance and the great service and the great food. This time it didn’t blow my mind!

The service was beyond amazing.

I’ll be back again, but not soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The bench in the seating next to the bar was a bit uncomfortable, but everything else was perfect.

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vipkent
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful evening!! A culinary feast and great for groups with a lovely alfresco set up 🪴🪴🪴

Later on, there is a robust bar scene. 🌜🍸

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LillianM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Branzino I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Too loud!!!

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Sharmin
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was the best! He was so nice and helpful.

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MichaelE
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. The food was amazing, the service top notch and the ambiance superb. Our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly and the staff were attentive. We highly recommend Illili.

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vipFarzineH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was good as always and our waitress really nice but it ended up being very expensive!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere
Very nice waiter attentive but not overbearing
Food was very good delicious flavors

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SaraV
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shared a bunch of plates and everything was delicious! Service was great - attentive but not over the top. Dishes came out very quickly too. The outside is beautifully decorated. Overall - AMAZING experience!

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vipGlobalbyr
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food. Amazing combinations of mezza. I’ll be back again and again. Excellent service. Our server felt the need to lecture us occasionally, taking one star from the service rating. But oh my, the food, nothing can stop me from coming back for the meatballs or the shanclease (with feta) and those damn Phoenician fries... heaven

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food 😋

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HussainR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. The food is amazing. The new Veal Bacon on the menu is divine. They have a selection of Labenese Wines that is unmatched in NYC. The Chateau Musar Rosé 2016 was outstanding. The service is great. From accommodating changes in plans to the Sommelier's wine recommendations to the outstanding service.

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vipUnravel
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & cocktails! Loved everything we ordered & will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dining experience, first time out kids went out in over 1 year. The service was exceptional!

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MtnMissy
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible time at Ilili. The food was outstanding and our waitress was kind, informative, quick, and caring. We ate outside in the cabin. It was not quite as warm as I had hoped, but it was still a wonderful experience. Make sure to try the Mezze, the hummus, and the tabouli. All of these dishes were cooked to perfection. The shwarma was incredible too!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food at Ilili, but the service was outstanding!!

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cassandra
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food never disappoints. However, I was shocked to discover that the Lebanese wine the sommelier recommended was $95 when the check arrived. While I was happy to spend that amount on a sancerrre ( my initial preference), it's a rip-off that a Lebanese wine had a markup of 500%....shame on illili. The wine was great, but the sommelier should have informed me before the pour. And 500% markup on wine ...a Lebanese white is outrageous. BEWARE and enjoy

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Andyjo
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

This restaurant is entirely too noisy -- we will not return for that reason alone. While the food is good, the portions are small. Our servers were gracious and professional, but we were told early on that we could only be there for 90 minutes. And while we appreciate that the restaurant is trying to accommodate as many diners as possible, having this constraint is actually another reason we would not come back to this restaurant.

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vipPhilipRAugust
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Very good service. Beautiful restaurant. They made me feel special. Matt our waiter was sweet and attentive. Love the family style of sharing food around a round table. Will definitely come back for more! This place has been around for 14 years and now I know why.

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vipLtdd
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific dinner. The food was delicious. Best humus And pita ever!
Our waiter was excellent and so nice too.
Great overall experience

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the lamb shank, arak, chicken. Took our kiddos and they thought this was the best food ever. Great service too

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vipfrankie
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went back to NYC for the first time in 15 months to spend a night. We made a reservation at ilili just by chance and we are so happy we did. Alex and all of the staff were so welcoming and professional. After Alex explained the type of food prepared at ilili (more traditional Mediterranean cuisine than what Americans normally eat) we opted to let him select dishes and we would enjoy tasting new flavors. Our lunch was truly a journey of food we had never had before and such delicious flavors. I highly highly recommend ilili and allow yourself to have an incredible dining experience. The atmosphere is sophisticated but not pretentious and the service is impeccable. We loved being back in the city and having a unique NYC dining experience.

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vipdebif
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of changes and a demanding table. But the service never missed a bit with a smile and great attitude. Food was particularly spectaculat

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vipANB1
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reunited with people we hadn’t seen in over a year. Food is wonderful. It is very loud at peak dinner time

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LynneV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Service was also good. A bit noisy but worth the visit anyway.

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AnnaG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor sitting set-up. The fan made dining pleasant since it was hot and humid that day.
Isaac our server was very helpful- recommended food and bev appropriate to our “happy hour get together”. He e serviced the table well but was not over bearing.
Will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

I booked an outdoor table but was seated inside (it was very loud and hard to hear). staff didn’t seem to try and wasn’t apologetic

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SaurabhB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The garlic, red pepper hummus is out of the world .. too good

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vipSixirt
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Some dishes are superb, others only fair. Prices vary from reaonable.to hock-your-grandmother. The noise level was too much. The setting is great and the servers try hard.

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vipDisorganized
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Authentic Lebanese cuisine. Food was outstanding, service impeccable. The arak and kibbeh nayyeh were top notch. Can’t wait to go back!

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elizabethc
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic fish prepared perfectly. FYI kitchen closes early on Sundays

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RalphY
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Average food
Appetizers are good
Entrees are weak

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DanielD
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, love this place

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 6467 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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