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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.
New York, NY 10001
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
Between 27th & 28th
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
Entertainment is available upon request for private events.
For further information, please visit our website.
Parking is available in a lot on 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue. Street parking is also available near restaurant.
N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
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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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
Great food. Easy to share items available. Suggest when offering tap or sparkling should be informed it is a large bottle when only one person want sparkling. Waiter not very friendly did not show interest in us Saw the waiter very infrequently. With a more attentive waiter I would rate this place better
Certainly great lebanese food for someone who is not lebanese. If my mom ate this food and saw those prices, she would walk out immediately. Lebanese food is simple food. No complicated ingredients, or technique. These prices are WAY too high. Matter of fact, this place is more expensive than the best restaurant in Beirut!!!
So... if you're non lebanese, i reccommend. If you are Lebanese, go visit your mama.
Great restaurant. The food was authentic Lebanese, and I mean really authentic. I am Lebanese and have lived in the States for many years, and I can honestly say that this is the first time I have tasted real Lebanese food in this country.
I was a bit disappointed with the host. She took us to a table that was in a crappy location, and when I called her on it, she gave me a bit of attitude. Ultimately, we did get a good table, and everything else, from the food to the service, was exceptional.
I’ve been to the restaurant several times, but I remember the food being much better several years ago.
The scallop entree was quite delicious, scallops cooked perfectly and nice flavor combinations.
However, the starters (other than the octopus) were underwhelming -cheese rolls eh, the labneh and olives were good, the eggplant moussaka was way too cold and flavorless and the dessert of fig frangipane tart was really boring —like something you’d see at a school bake sale.
Lebanese savignon Blanc was quite nice..all in all, not anywhere near as exciting as it used to be.
My daughter and I met here for a special dinner while she was in town on business for one night. I wanted to choose somewhere convenient with a cool vibe and interesting food. It met all my hopes and expectations. We both loved it! A new favorite for us for sure.
Server ordered for us and coursed our meal. We had a few food allergies that Lauren and the kitchen were able to work around. She explained every dish fully and made everyone at the table, especially my grandmother celebrating her first birthday since Grandpa passed, feel like a star.
This was not my first time at ilili so when I came back to town I was excited at the possibility of eating great Lebanese food and enjoying great company.
However we waited fifteen minutes at the table before we even saw a server but that was only
after we flagged on down so we could order drinks. The man who stepped into help us was not our server, and very friendly. But he was only our server long enough to order some food and and drinks. All other items were ordered with what I can only assume was a food runner.
The table on either side of us were served with great staff but my friend and I felt the food was awesome but our service when compared to the tables around us was more than lacking.
When we ordered we asked for the food to be spread out and not served all at once as we ordered many appetizers. The food came in record speed. Our waiter never came to fill our water glasses never asked how food was. Ilili is a very good restaurant but it will be a long time until I will go back again
I was expecting so much more from this restaurant, but the whole experience wasn't great. The place is trying too hard to be like a Lebanese Hakkasan, but failing. The menu looked good but too many of the dishes were over dressed, too salty or smothered in sauce. We sat in a side annex which felt like an afterthought and looked like a tent. The bill was expensive for what we had – over $150 for just four very average meze and four glasses of wine. There are must better places to spend your money on an evening out in NYC.
Server seemed knowledgeable. Price point for wines is expensive. Sat in upstairs dining room which was moderately quiet. Main floor is more like a bar/lounge though there are tables there too. Ordered from the cold and hot mezza list. Fattoush salad and brussels sprouts - very good. Eggplant was okay, nothing special. Black iron shrimp was underwhelming. Kudos to the restaurant for making their own pita bread. Was shocked in a bad way to see some of the prices off the main entree menu. i.e./$75 for braised short ribs; $110 for a dish of cote de boeuf - Really? For that price I hope they serve it with a side of gold.
Hostess was horrible! First she took us all the way to the back of the second floor just to say the table is not ready. Then disappeared. In the lounge area there are no waiter so good luck getting a drink while waiting... the places us next to the kitchenette door, while half of the restaurant was empty. Table was wobbly. We asked to be resorted, and finally we got an ok table!! Food was ok, not worth $$$ at all!!!
Been to Ilili many times and it never disappoints. Best way to order is to order a lot of little things and share them. My favorites are the Hummus, stuffed grape leaves and hands down my favorite falafel in the city. Other things to share and worth mentioning, the feta cheese, fries and Brussels sprouts! It’s a little pricey but well worth it!
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