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ilili

4.6
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6183 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 and the Levant.

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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 6183 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Great food- horrible service

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williamm
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. If you’re in the mood for Lebanese and middle eastern food we highly recommend this restaurant.

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Babachef
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We had a wonderful Mezze and maybe the best Pita Bread I ever had in my life considering that I've lived 5 years in the Middle East. Unfortunately the waiters were pushing us to finish our dinners and our hypothetical main course arrived few minutes after our starters... We also asked our waiter (several times) for a second bottle of water that it took more than 20 minutes to arrive on our table... The outdoor dining is OK but tables are not really comfortable to eat on..

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Dshah03
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, quick service and clean area! Perfect Saturday evening spot.

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vipYoEK
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ilili is one of the best restaurants in NY.

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LizA
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It would be nice to have kebab dinner options for one person and not be obligated to buy As a shared (2 persons plus)

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vipChicago20
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very serious about COVID regulations, it was great to see!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing birthday dinner with a party of 7 perfectly accommodated for us. The server was amazing and very helpful with suggestions and great personality. Appreciated the little baggies to hold your mask so you don’t have to put it on the table. Ambience is lovely and the food is spectacular with great options for everyone and perfect portion sizes. Will definitely be coming back and would recommend for any occasion.

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VisD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Illi's Brunch prix fixe was incredible! Definitely left you satisfied! Will return again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating with umbrellas to protect from sun/rain.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall1food3service5ambience3

The setting outside looks nice but the chairs are very uncomfortable

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Chairs were borrowed from an old garden.

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Andy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Our waiter was great and fun!

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Jackie
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Delicious food and fantastic service. Didn’t love sitting outdoors on 5th ave at 7pm, but would imagine there’s much less traffic later in the night. Next time I’ll be booking something for 830 or later

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vipJouj
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the city! Ilili did a great job at setting up a charming outside seating. The food is excellent as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manager was fantastic and took care of us after a minor issue
The food is fantastic I have been going for a few years now
Great Phoenician fries great makanek delicious bacon atayefs and they offer crudités for dips which is great for gluten free dieters

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regularfoodie
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very pleased to see that the tables were set apart from each other and the restaurant staff was wearing masks. The service was great, the food was great and it almost seemed like the pre-Coronavirus day’s, at least for a little while. Thank you for a lovely experience!

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vipkats
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. A bit more pricey than I recall. Lamb chops, babaghanoush, phoeoician fries & duck wrap were all delicious!

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vipHowardM
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.

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Lena
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Olivia
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...).

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vipVWNYC
New York Area
11 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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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vipAnonymous
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

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snappyface
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!

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AlejandraM
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipMitchellK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful and authentic Lebanese food!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipquietlunch
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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipEater
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic and exceeded expectations. Would certainly recommend.

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vipSamH
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.

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vipnancyl
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

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

Wonderful server!

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Lb07
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

FAQs

ilili does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats. ilili also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 683-2929.

ilili is rated 4.6 stars by 6183 OpenTable diners.

ilili does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/ilili-nyc/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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