ilili

4.8
6610 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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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

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Join us and your family this Christmas Eve for a feast. We are offering a 4 course prix-fixe menu with Christmas specials. $115 per person and $40 for kids 12 years and under.

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PoojaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We had a horrible experience with service. Our service was rushed. We were still eating but multiple times waiters came to clear our plates. We ordered more drinks and they not only took forever to come but we were asked to basically chug them. At a high class restaurant like yours we expect paying for service and this was not worth the value.

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BrandonP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The filet mignon I got was just divine. The falafel and hummus pairing was also delicious. We weren't sure what we would be getting by going to a non-traditional restaurant for Thanksgiving but it turned out to be just perfect. Our server was fantastic, knowledgeable, personable, and really added to the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service, and atmosphere! Will definitely be returning asap

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vipgws58
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food at this place is remarkable! I chose it for Thanksgiving Dinner because of a spectacular dinner I had there earlier this year. The appetizers were so varied, unique and delicious that we could not finish the main course when it came so I will reheat it for dinner tonight! The service was excellent, too. I could have lived without paying $7 each for both an iced tea and a Turkish coffee but aside from that minor infraction, I'd rate this place a solid "A"!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for Thanksgiving dinner with our family. The food was delicious! We would definitely come back next year. Many options were given. I chose a turkey entrée and it was so moist and perfect.

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AlexandraB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Ilili for Thanksgiving menu. The food was amazing. From the wonderful appetizers (like KIBBEH NAYE BEIRUTIEH, MOUSSAKA, FALAFEL, KEBAB KEREZ) to the SLOW ROASTED HERITAGE TURKEY and FILET MIGNON. We finished our meal with the ILILI CANDY BAR dessert. We've been to Ilili several times before and were glad to see a holiday menu. Well worth the prefix price.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for Thanksgiving! Perfect seamless service. Food was all delicious.

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vipELENAW
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving with family

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valebv
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time coming here and was really nice. Tasty and plenty of food, it is expensive but worth it, Id say for special ocassions

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GuidoP
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The Duck Shawarma is very special. Smooth, efficient service

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MikeP
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was an amazing waiter who made excellent suggestions for our anniversary dinner. The food was delicious and the drinks were superb.

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CidN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

NEVER book the outdoor seating. It is not worth any type of meal to sit out there. We left.

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vipBill
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food is not as good as I remember it a couple of years ago.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was off. I had to ask to have my table bussed. Took a while for drinks. Server was nice but busy. Had a much better experience the last time (and only other) time I was there.

A restaurant of that caliber should not have an “off” night like that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was notable and memorable. Every. Single. Dish. Glass. Bowl. Every. Thing. Highly recommend

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MichaelZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so helpful in making wonderful recommendations from the menu. We had a great time and look forward to coming back!

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EmadA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great time

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the reception was very accommodating

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vipluisc
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. An assortment of small dishes. Great service

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NatN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We went with friends to Ilili and it was overall a great experience and we'd go back. The one thing to note, however, when making the reservation - the main dining room (which is shown in all the pictures and has the best ambiance) only serves a fraction of the entire restaurant's tables. We had to sit upstairs in what looked like an overflow or annex area, with really bright lighting and layout reminiscent of a bodega cafe or chinatown diner, and most of the tables in Ilili are in this area and one just like it on the first floor (next to the main beautiful dining area). Aside from this, the food was great, and our server Noah was super attentive, knowledgable, and helped make the evening fun! Thanks Noah and Ilili, we hope to see you again...

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NSIt
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I really like Lebanese food and I think Ilili is a good option in Manhattan. My feelings for the place are really mixed though, because of their management. First time I went, they told me there was a 45 minute wait. I was with my 8 months pregnant wife at the time. We waited for an hour only to receive a "we are sorry, there was a mistake"... unacceptable and rude. We came back a week later, and we enjoined the experience (food and service are good!). In my third visit this time, we had to discuss back and forth the vaccine passport thing to sit OUTSIDE (that is right, in my opinion this is absolutely ridiculous, who wants to dine in horrible barracks in the streets if not for an issue with that? It was not my case, my baby is now 20 days old and cannot stay in close environments with other people, but still, my mum is from Italy and we had to fight to make them accept the euro green pass to dine, I repeat, OUTDOORS). The experience afterwards was great and the server was amazing and kind, but still, it left me a bad aftertaste. So, 1 for management and 5 for the rest :)

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Lorenzo
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From out of town, Really enjoyed the lamb shank for two. The candy bar dessert was incredible

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent 👌🏾

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints.

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Rozette
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here last night to celebrate my fiance's birthday. Everything from the service to the food was amazing! If you're like us and can't decide on what to order- save yourself the trouble and ask their staff for recommendations! 100% worth it. Thank you Ann Marie and the rest of the Ilili staff. :)

For food, we ordered: the Mixed Grill, Baba Ghannouj, Atayaf & Veal Bacon pancakes.

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Kimmy
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. The waiter was great and really knew his menu. We sat outside at night, and it was very comfortable. Pricey but worth it. I will definitely be back.

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SR123
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and authentic. The service was even better. The server was well versed in all dishes and even the history of Arak. Will for sure be back again in the future and would recommend to anyone looking to true authentic Lebanese.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best middle eastern cuisine meal we have ever had! The food was incredible and the restaurant was gorgeous, highly recommend!

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ColetteA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, and wonderful service. There are few restaurants like ilili that use such high quality ingredients. Love the lively ambiance, my favorite spot for Lebanese food in all of the US!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Calidad precio magnífico. La comida finalmente fue en base a diferentes entradas compartidas. Lo mejor que pudimos hacer. Buen vino de Líbano. El servicio con buenos tiempos y súper agradable.

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OmarM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Let’s get this out of the way: the food is fantastic. Truly some of the best Levantine cuisine I’ve ever had, and I’m Lebanese. Kibbeh nayeh was the best I’ve ever tasted, and the kebab kerez and hindbeh salad outstanding. But the service fails even a the most basic level.

A thirty minute wait to be seated after our reservation was not a good start, but it happens. We sat in the lounge and waited and waited, during which nobody brought us a drink menu or updated us until I asked for help. I learned the kitchen was backed up.

Then we got our food before our wine. Then we ran out of bread and nobody topped us up. When we asked, it took more than 10 minutes, which is kind of essential when eating cuisine for which bread is a utensil. We also had to go out our way to request clean plates halfway through our mezze, which should be common sense for this style of dining.

During all of this, staff were going in and out of massive glass doors we were seated by, which instantly blew in brisk November air. Nobody seemed to think this was a problem? A woman next to us ate in a winter coat, and staff didn’t seem to care at all. From the looks of it, the staff were all low-paid workers who cared little about the food they served or the people they served it to, which is to be expected of low-wage workers. It just shouldn’t be the case at a finer dining restaurant.

What a let down. I so wanted this to be wonderful experience, if for no reason than to help out Lebanese dining on the map.

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VirginieH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time having dinner at Ilili and it was great ! We were a group of seven and we loved the food and the atmosphere. Will go back ❤️

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a wonderful experience!
Thank you!

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CristinaB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great location and fantastic staff. Looking forward to dining here again.

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vipHarrisH
London
47 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent menu, superior service. But, they kept the outside dining food open, at times, which chilled the restaurant vibe. Should have better separation to avoid inside diners,

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Amazing for sharing and experience authentic cuisine. Drinks were very good as well!

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vipShitan
Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The manager is really rude

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vipJonathonS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Do not go to this restaurant during cold months if you are not specifically told that your table will be deep inside the restaurant. We were sat directly next to a door to outside, which was opened repeatedly the entire night by both staff and customers with no control mechanisms in place. Because of this, our entire table was very cold the entire dinner. The food is great but the service is slow. There are plenty of other places in Manhattan to spend good money on a meal in a more comfortable environment.

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JohnH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my foodie-cousins told me several years ago that this was the best Lebanese food in NYC. When I relayed this to our waiter Alex he attempted to appropriately “lower my expectations”. Well after our delicious dinner I have to agree with my cousin!
Although I was initially disappointed to be eating outside in the temporary space turns out it was really pleasant. Reminiscent of being in a temporary tent for Purim.
Alex recommended we choose the tabbouleh with black cherries since it would compliment the Lebanese wine from Ksara winery. He was right. Also had delicious Kibbeh Naye. Both the tabbouleh and Kibbe had very little to no burghal—-a more luxurious version which we ate in Lebanon. (Growing up we always had burghal as a “stretcher” the way my immigrant Sitti made it.)
For our main we ordered the baked Branzino—even though it wasn’t actually on the menu. Deboned and butterflied served whole it was the hit of the evening.
We also shared the grape leaves (warak enab cocotte)- the flavor was good but the miniature grape leave rolls were a bit disappointing as I enjoy the flavor of the leaves.
Great meal. Great service and ambiance.

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MichaelM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wine prices too high by 15-20%, and background music interferes with conversation. But food and service were very good.

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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 6610 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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