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About ilili

Respect. Inspire. Teach. Learn. Create. Achieve Greatness.
Tell Me – it’s what “ilili” means. For our guests, Tell Me means listening to and understanding each of their stories and creating new ones with them – ones of celebration and sharing, of long traditions and new beginnings.
Every dish at ilili has its own story from the traditional recipes direct from Lebanon, to the modern updates that tell the history of our team, of our cooks and chefs who have left their mark on our kitchen, and our serving staff and managers who have been ambassadors of hospitality. Our menu is never done – we find inspiration all around, in new ingredients, new approaches, and fresh takes on old standards.
ilili is a place where creativity abounds from the kitchen to the dining table where each guest becomes an artist, creating his own palette of flavors with our dishes as the canvas and good friends as the audience.

236 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:
Prix Fixe Lunch Mon-Fri $25.
Prix Fixe Brunch Sat-Sun $28.

LUNCH Monday-Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm,
DINNER Monday-Wednesday 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Thursday 5:30pm - 11:30pm,
BRUNCH Saturday-Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
WEEKENDS Saturday 11:00am - 11:30pm, Sunday 11:00am - 10:30pm.
NIGHTLY Bar & Lounge Open Till Last Call

Cross Street:
Between 27th & 28th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 683-2929

Website:
http://www.ililinyc.com/

Entertainment:
Entertainment is available upon request for private events.

Catering:
For further information, please visit our website.

Parking Details:
Parking is available in a lot on 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue. Street parking is also available near restaurant.

Public Transit:
N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.

Executive Chef:
Philippe Massoud

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Contact our Private Event Department at: (212) 481-1840

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Join us to celebrate Valentine's Day at ilili. We are offering a 4 course prix fixe menu with an amuse-bouche and a complimentary glass of Laurent Perrier Brut Rosé for $125pp (excluding tax and gratuity). The bar and lounge area (only) will offer a limited a la carte menu options.

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Private Dining

Private events at ilili feature classic Lebanese cuisine mixed with modern Mediterranean influences in a warm and inviting atmosphere. There are three private event spaces perfect for any occasion as well as the entire restaurant that can accommodate parties of up to 297 guests.

ilili Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (63)
Good for Groups (63)
Good for a Date (59)
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Creative Cuisine (55)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Special Occasion (47)
Good Vegetarian Options (42)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Great for Lunch (37)
Tapas (33)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Business Meals (30)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Romantic (30)
Fun (29)
Casual (28)
Bar Seating (24)
Healthy (24)
Cozy (23)
Tasting Menu (23)
Hot Spot (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Comfort Food (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Paleo Friendly (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Seasonal (9)
Vegan (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Great Beer (7)
People Watching (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Organic (3)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was delicious. Highlights were the cauliflower, scallops, and labne. The service was mediocre at best. They forgot to bring out one of our dishes, didn't explain the menu, and over charged the bill. This place is expensive. It should be better.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great place!

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

The server, John, was very helpful in recommending highlights from the menu, as well as quantity. Attentive but not overbearing. Excellent food! Have already made recommendations to friends.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Very good restaurant. The food is amazing and the place also.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful dining experience from appetizer to dessert! Our waiter John was very pleasant and conversational. Had a wonderful evening of Lebanese food & wine with a twist!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Very operpriced for the quality of the food. When I dine at places like this I expect the food to be incredible. Instead, the Branzino was soggy and flavorless.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious Mediterranean food. So nice to be able to order a little of this and a little of that and share with everyone. Everything we ordered was delicious, the staff was attentive and the atmosphere was wonderful.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Unbelievable experience. Mostly in particular the service Lauryn expended with/and the management of Billy. Super great time, quality cuisine and service!! Love. Thank you Chef Philippe for this authentic creative outlet.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

When we entered the restaurant, the bar scene was hopping, lively and noisy. We were 2 couples and were led upstairs to a lovely quiet space that would be perfect for a romantic date or just friends who want to talk. We ordered a ton of appetizers, which were delicious, and made that our meal, with a good bottle of wine. The service was also very good. We all loved it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Amazing food, go back nearly once a month.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything was outstanding but I would say portions are small for the prices, which isn’t a bad thing since more isn’t better but makes brunch pricey.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great!! Sixto was very kind and helpful!! Delicious!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great place with a sophisticated vibe and high-end creative middle eastern food. There are two rooms, one is larger with a high ceiling, the other where we sat for an early dinner was smaller and more intimate. The Lamb Makloubeh is an incredible dish. The rich and savory lamb shank is paired with a large ramekin of cucumber and yogurt that you add to main dish and which imparts a cool refreshing and complementary counterpoint. The kebabs and grilled octopus where also top notch. Our server was knowledgeable and pleasant and the Cabernet based Lebenese wine he suggested was excellent and good value ($80) by NYC restaurant standards. They do make you wait briefly in a lounge area where you walk in, even when your table is ready and it’s early and quiet?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The duck schwarma was amazing and so was the warm eggplant and mixed grill. Service was attentive and very helpful.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great service and tasty food, but $16 for four florets of cauliflower?

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A group of 8 of us came for the first seating on NYE. The ambiance and hostesses were great, but the rest of the evening was pretty mediocre from there. The pre-fixe menu provided for 2 mezzes, a main dish, and a plate of desserts. The mezzes were average for such a nice and highly-rated place and our main course were TINY. Everyone finished within 5 minutes, was still hungry, and wanted to get pizza after. The dessert samplers were tiny and not appetizing. Even though we all still had room, most of them remained uneaten.

We all got cocktails and additionally had 2 bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne. Bottles were overpriced, but expected. Overall value for the evening was terrible.

Lastly, our waiter was just pushy and condescending. We had a good night regardless, but I eat out a lot and really care about getting good value from meal experiences. This was one of the worst I've had.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and atmosphere!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was absolutely delicious. Went with a friend and ordered several small plates. Most impressive were the phoenician fries and brussel sprouts. Would definitely go back again with more people so that we can order more!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious as always. Friendly service. No sugary drinks thank goodness.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and ambiance were well worth the prices, and the service was beyond exceptional. Restaurant is run very well, made for a wonderful evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

ilili was a lot of fun, it’s a place that exudes happiness - the ambiance, staff and indeed the food. This was a family get together. The staff were courteous and prompt as I had advised that our aunt can’t wait too wait to be seated. We were welcomed right off the door with immediate help with coats and bags even before we met the host.

The food was phenomenal, especially small plates (Meza). In fact, we’d recommend just ordering a lot of small plates and enjoy them by sharing while in the company of good friends or family. Main entrees are good but in our opinion they pale in comparison to Meza menu. Each of the Meza we ordered stood its own ground in taste, preparation, freshness of ingredients and indeed presentation. The serving size is rather small, it should be noted.

We tried Brussels sprouts, feta, beef/lamb dumplings, hummus and the egg plant Meza. We, the party of six, each enjoyed every one of it. One person who dislikes Brussels sprouts had several servings of the them - need we say more.

We ordered Kibbe, Salmon, Trout, chicken and gnocchi for mains. They all were fine but as indicated before nothing to write home about. When we return, which we will, we’d order a whole lot of Meza and just share. Small plates were just phenomenal. ilili is strongly recommended.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Loved this place! Authentic Lebanese Persian mix very knowledgeable staff beautiful interior

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Flavorful food beautifully presented. The lamb and beef meatballs were outstanding. We also really enjoyed the brussel sprouts and the fancy lemonades. The prices are higher than we remember.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Too expensive for what you pay

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This restaurant is absolutely terrific. The food was outstanding. We had a mix of appetizers--all of which were delicious. There were four of us and, in addition to the four appetizers, we had the mixed grill, scallops, and rice. Perfect amount of food and the mixed grill, in particular, was outstanding in terms of variety and quality of meat/preparation. The wine list is overpriced; however, our server steered us to a GREAT red and the four of us happily drank two bottles. Indeed, Isaac, our server, was absolutely dedicated to making sure that we had a good time. He assisted in both our food and wine selection--and was spot on re both. Surely, any of the reviewers of this restaurant who complained about the service, did not have Isaac or the fellow waiter who assisted him and whose name I didn't catch. We will definitely return--and soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wonderful food! Awesome atmosphere... great place in the city!

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Ilili is my favorite lebanese, or any restaurant, in New York. We love the food, the service and the atmosphere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Vegan, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Outstanding experience for a family holiday meal, not a weak link in sight: food, service, and value were all great

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Kid-friendly
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing Christmas Eve dinner! Such a great assortment of mezzes,all great-excellent entrees and delightful desserts. Worth every penny!!!!!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food is amazing, plates are little art pieces. Friendly waiters. Love this place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Ilili was absolutely delicious. My husband is Lebanese so we are picky eaters when it comes to authentic cuisine and ilili was spot on! We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area. It is a little bit pricey but definitely worth the splurge

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As always FABULOUS! From the service to the wonderful food! ALWAYS a stop when in the City!!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Organic, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Nice place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Cavernous. Food temperature a real problem, two tables sent food back. Expensive but not worth it. Would not go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

ilili has been on my list of restaurants to visit for a while now. We finally went with a group of 5 this past week and I was thoroughly surprised by how much I liked the restaurant. The decor and high ceilings gave the restaurant a great ambiance. I ordered the Fresh Meadows drink, it was refreshing and delicious. The food was also great, every dish we ordered was pretty solid. You must try the Phoenician Fries! I would definitely come back to try other dishes on their extensive menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food and service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Took forever to get seated and served even with a reservation. Granted there was a 100 person party going on at the same time but that is no excuse for a 15 minute wait before a waiter brought us water and took our order (we actually had to ask someone to get our waiter).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Amazing experience dining in Mediterranean Cuisine as there has few special dishes on the menu that other restaurants do not serve come along with friendly waiter that explain everything to us. Worth to try and highly recommend!

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always love going here with friends! Sumac Margaritas are the best!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Had a business lunch here. The restaurant has a great high ceiling - love the overall look of the place. Food was great. This is the best Hummus I have ever had. I would highly recommend. Great place to get a bunch of appetizers and share with friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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