ilili

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6165 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Lebanese

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Good Vegetarian Options
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 and the Levant.

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HM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places and it was amazing. Mustafa is a superb server and the whole staff was terrific.

L
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, the tasting menu is just way too much 😆good wine as well

O
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Terrible service! They gave us our apetizers and 1 hour later (waay after having finished the apetizers) our waitress came to tell us that they did not have our main plate, the suck shwarma!! They couldn't have told us that before we waited for an hour?? We were patient because we still had quite a bit of food coming and were so hungry. So, we substituted for the Kebab which was fine. When we got all of our food and asked for the check, we realized they had charged us for both the duck and the kebab AND the falafel that we realized had never arrived! So, we ended up not trying two of the dishes we wanted. The rest of the food was fine, nothing to ride home about. The waitress did not offer anything to counterbalance the bad service and attention (side note, there were like two other tables at the restaurant...).

VW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Perhaps we ordered the wrong dish. We had the Loup de Mer claimed to serve 3 pp. It was just a regular size Branzino which is not an expensive fish from Mediterranean. This dish costs $78 with some veg which other restaurants charge half the price. Felt ripped off. The appetizer of stuffed grape leaves is good but again over-priced. Not impressed at all.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excelente comida libanesa, auténtica, muy abundante. Excelente para compartir. Muy buena calidad. Delicioso

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A
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! We got there very early but the bartender Mark welcomed us with very nice drinks and entertaining conversation

s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Musto, our waiter, was very charming and helpful. Appetizers were particularly delicious. It’s always consistently good!

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fabulous dinner. Broccoli and lamb meatballs were amazing. Only wished they would have staggered the serving of the food, and did not like being sat in their side room.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were great! The place is noisy.
Call the restaurant to confirm your reservation! I made a reservation through OpenTable for 8:15 and when I arrived at the restaurant they said that they had no openings until 10:15.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience5

This place is fine. It used to be amazing but it looks like they cut their portion sizes in half (from already being small). Our favorite dish, the chankleesh, is 1/4 of the size it used to be and is still the same price and was disappointing. They weren't on their game this time. They also say us in the annex as well. Not cool especially for how expensive it is.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Everything was wonderful, except for our seating. We were in the annex, not the main ding room. It is a bit like sitting at the kids’ table at family meals. Main dining room is highly preferable.

MK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful and authentic Lebanese food!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilili is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Anyone who loves Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine should treat themselves to a dinner at Ilili. The Lebanese cuisine is a meld of Arab, Greek, & Turkish influences with a bit of French thrown in. The amazing array of hot and cold mezze can serve as a meal by itself. My favorite is the humbly titled “warm eggplant” mezze which is thin slices of slightly chewy eggplant “chips” with a wonderful flavoring with tamarind syrup. Ilili service is polished and attentive. The waiter and the head waiter/floor manager inquired twice about whether one of our party’s food allergy meant that he could not have anything that came into contact with that problematic food (is cooked on the same surface) or was limited to just the food itself. They have a large but warmly lit dining room that can accommodate groups, a large yet cozy bar area and a tented room upstairs if you want to enhance the overall Middle East vibe. Reservations are a must.

q
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Always Ilili brinca the best food with the best service!!! Tia no you!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I get Lebanese food is heavily spiced, but literally every dish we ordered was. There was no reprieve from the spiciness. Was good, not great food. I wish they would put down some rugs or tablecloths as the loud acoustics mad it difficult to have normal or enjoyable conversation. It took 15 minutes for a server to come over, after I had to remind the hostess that we had been sitting for some time. The server that came over told us she wasn’t our server but she’d help out....we never were helped by anyone else. This place would be great for some cocktails and a small bite, not so much for dinner.

E
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Beautiful space, less than inspired food. Very pricey too. Some dishes nice (falafel, fries) others were mediocre (hummus, cauliflower, salad). Had so much potential but fell short.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Space, Phenomenal food. After a show we had to change our dinner reservation to an earlier time which was not a problem, even with my requests. Had a Drink with Michael at the Bar, he was friendly, welcoming and can make a Mean Mezcal margarita. Coming in between Brunch and Dinner in NY sometimes is a hit or miss being that restaurants are transitioning food Menus, our waiter Dimitrio notified us about some dishes that took more time and pointed out otger dishes that are recomended and favored, like the Brussel Sprouts and Kebab Kerez. GET THEM! Amazing! The rest of the staff seamed attentive and did check up on us to see if everything was alright.

M
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic and exceeded expectations. Would certainly recommend.

SH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Sadly, this use to be one of my favorite restaurant and would always dine when I visit NYC. The food has become average and not worth the $$$, the service is hit or miss. There are couple of waiters who are amazing and know the menu but lately the 2 people that served us didn't know much about the food and called Zaatar a pizza and Kennefeh a cheese tart (for a minute we forgot that we are dining at a Lebanese restaurant but rather at a french or Italian establishment, hmmmm). Perhaps management should educate their staff better. So Au revoir, Ciao, Ma'a Alsalameh illili, this foodie enthusiast won't be coming back.

n
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were 2 couples. We shared mezze plates and one main course, enjoying the opportunity to taste many dishes. Everything we ordered was wonderful other than a glitch in our dessert, which was then comped. We will be back

SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server!

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They are so accommodating to all dietary needs and their food is delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food at a very nice restaurant

OT
New York Area
1 review