ilili

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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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Join us to celebrate love this Valentine's Day. We are offering a prix-fixe menu for dinner with à-la-carte signature dishes and Valentine's Day specials. $129 per person. Reservations are highly recommended.

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What 6069 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lebanese food done right...each and every dish was bursting with flavor!

L
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every visit to NYC includes a meal at ilili. I love the food here. We shared the kibbeh nye, duck schwarmas, and brussel sprouts! YUMMY. The atmosphere is loud, but who cares with that quality of food. Also had a bottle of the pinotage - it was quite good too. Thank you!

FD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I had heard great things about ilili and decided to try it with a friend.

The staff was friendly and ambiance was great.

The food was okay, not great. We ordered four dishes and none of them blew us away.

My friend really liked the scallops, which I thought were okay.

The food seems overpriced for what it is.

We are not planning to rush back to ilili. Instead, we'll take advantage of other Middle Eastern restaurants whose food is better quality and value for the money.

ND
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Nice decor and service. Food is just so bland. There's plenty of better options in this area.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday - food was amazing! Great value for the brunch prix fixe

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great service, good food, very small portions

N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a very nice dinner here with family. Food was excellent. management needs to train their staff who answer the phones on the corkage fee is. I called and asked and one told me $25 and then another one told my friend $35 and then it ended up being &50 on site. All good, just inconsistent info. Will be returning!

d
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious Mediterranean food, lovely ambiance and wonderful service. I would definitely return.

D
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Wonderful service, accommodating staff who knows the menu, attentive to allergies. Plenty of dairy free vegan and gluten free options. And very, VERY tasty.

PK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely TERRIFIC experience! The food was sensational and our server, Alexander, really made the whole experience wonderful with his open mindedness and recommendations! Would 100% tell everyone to go

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch Lebanese food. Great service

AU
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nyc rest week

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and the service was AMAZING. Just wish it was a little cooler in there but overall amazing! Would go again

g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! We've been coming to this restaurant for years and it has never disappointed.
I recommend illili to everyone, local and visitors alike

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! On the list as a must any time we are in NYC.

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It's okay with atmosphier of the restaurante. but I expected more about food. It wasn't impressive even thought bit pricy for the quality of the food.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really great experience For dinner during restaurant week.

OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place
Try the wraps
Are super delicious

y
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Some hiccups with the service and food coming out correctly. We had gone for restaurant week so the value was great.

HM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Lebanese fusion cuisine. As a Lebanese, I am always proud to recommend it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! The food the service everything!!!

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good .
The place was not busy but the service was very slow .

c
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Very nice overall. Ambience was nice and service was good. One dish we ordered (the brussel sprouts) was overly sweet for our palates, but we appreciated the different take on a "common" veggie. Everything we fresh.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👎🏻

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers very knowledgeable and respectful
Food was favor full and outstanding
Can’t wait to go back

VR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Amazing brunch prix fixe meal!

KM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great. I would return for dinner again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent as was the service. The only thing we didn't like was the Baklava. It was dry and rather tasteless in contrast to the wonderful and savory appetizers that we dinned on. We will definitely recommend ilili to our friends a family and we will be back.

HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Can't find better Lebanese then here

OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious

CS
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as always. Look forward to returning.

SH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love Illili but have to say that the food wasn't as good as usual, more like on the average side, not sure because it's a Sunday and it was different staff.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was slow and not attentive.

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice of dishes - all of which were very distinct and flavoursome. Lamb dishes cooked to perfection. Good choice for vegetarians as well.
Very busy so would recommend reserving your table if you plan to head there at the weekend.

S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilili is our go-to spot when we're planning dinner with friends since it can easily accommodate groups. The service is great, the food is always delicious and the pita bread is truly out-of-this-world.

VS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience, and staff. Thanks, will come again. See you soon.

e
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was fantastic. The service was terrific, very attentive. The ambiance is pretty poor though. It had a nice aesthetic maybe 20 years ago but is in bad need of an update. The leather on the sofas in the waiting lounge are just one giant stain, there are water stains on some of the ceiling panels etc. the prices are also too high. They truly need to come down about 15%. If they did a refresh on the decor and came down just a touch on the price this would easily be a 5 star place.

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Service was dreadful. Third or fourth time at the restaurant, and the decline is obvious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was good, not great. Had to wait 25 minutes after reservation time to be seated. It’s very expensive for what it is - $18 for a salty tabouleh salad is a bit crazy.

That being said, the server was nice and the restaurant had a good ambience.

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