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ilili

4.5
4711 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Lebanese
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Tradition meets sophistication at ilili, New York City's premier contemporary Lebanese restaurant offering inspired Mediterranean cuisine. ilili's menu mixes authentic dishes with modern Mediterranean influences to create a culinary journey for the palate and senses. Complimenting the international cuisine, ilili offers an impressive wine list that includes wines from all over the world and features favorites from Lebanon and the Mediterranean.

The restaurant's decor echoes the diverse menu, combining the architectural richness of Old Lebanon with an attitude and style that is unmistakeably New York. A DJ sets the mood with music from around the globe and soft, amber lighting punctuated by candles create a sexy, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a relaxed meal. The cuisine, decor and ambiance come together to create a new world for your senses to explore, whispering gently in your ear, ilili.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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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 & Friday 5:30pm - 11:30pm,
BRUNCH Saturday 12:00pm - 4:00pm & Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
WEEKENDS Saturday 12:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday 11:00am - 10:30pm.
NIGHTLY Bar & Lounge Open Till Last Call
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Phone number
(212) 683-2929
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Philippe Massoud
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Catering
ilili caters events from 5 to 500 guests, with the same spirit of hospitality as we provide every day in our restaurant. For further information, please visit our website www.ililinyc.com/catering/
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Cross street
Between 27th & 28th
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Parking details
Parking is available in a lot on 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue. Street parking is also available near restaurant.
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Public transit
N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
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Entertainment
Entertainment is available upon request for private events.
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Special events & promotions
Accommodating groups from 5 to 500, ilili offers four private event spaces in addition to our main dining room, each unique and centered around your party’s individual needs. We also offer the option to rent out our entire restaurant.

For more info on our private dining options please visit our website www.ililinyc.com/private-events/ or contact our Private Events Team at: (212) 481-1840
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 4711 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.3
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJosh (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

One of the best restaurants in NYC. Excellent for group meals, looking forward to coming back soon!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food ambience and service. Please add more variety for sweets esp with kunafa bin jibne

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vipAndrea (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

It was completely enjoyable and delicious! We had excellent service too.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food- ordered at least 12 plates- no weak dishes.

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MounaA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My boyfriend and I went during Valentines day so there was a set pri fixe menu. From the moment we walked in everyone we encountered were very kind and attentive. We were seated right on time and the overall service was quick. They started us off with a salmon roe katiyef which was devine. We each got to order two apps each. My personal favorite was the kibbeh niyeh which is a steak tartare. It was absolutely amazing! Our entree’s were both the mixed grill which was cooked to perfection. We ended it with dessert which consisted of my boyfriend getting the moleten cake and myself with the kanafe. I’m middle eastern so I have had some amazing kanafe in my life, but this was truly great! Overall it was a great experience and I was happy we enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

It was a great atmosphere. The food was amazing. The only bad thing was the seating arrangement

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Got put in the back room. Didn't feel like they valued guests equally. Maybe OpenTable folks got worse tables?

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We went on Valentine’s day, really abundant and delicious food!

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RishiK (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

ok loved it? it was so good

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic, as always

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Shimmy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

It's been a few years since I've dined at ilili and a lot of things have changed. Fortunately, every change made, made this dining experience even better than the last.

The decor and ambiance of the restaurant has not changed and I'm glad it hasn't. The wood work and the mix of contemporary trims with classic accents really make the restaurant have character. It's quite a piece of art.

The server that we had that night was one of the best I've had in quite a while. He had full knowledge of the menu, gave us the perfect amount of recommendations, and had just the right amount of intrusiveness that let us know he was our server without making us feel like we were hovered over. Drinks were never empty, plates were always clean, food came out perfectly timed. People, the kitchen doesn't always control the flow of food. Servers make that happen too.

The food.... where do I begin. We had 11 mezza, 3 entrees, and 3 desserts. For a party of 4, it's a lot of food but we finished almost everything clean.

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WaltB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

When I am in NYC I go here with two of my childhood friends for lunch. It is always excellent in every respect. This time we were seated in the most far-back, hidden area by ourselves. Maybe we are starting to look old?

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I had good, but not excellent food. Service is a bit slow. The place is lively and energetic. Prices are too high.

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JRWest79 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We've eaten here before. We really enjoy the mezza plates - the Middle Eastern food. It's all freshly prepared, tasty, authentic, served with very good pita bread. We occasionally try the entrees, but they can be pricey.

The service is very good.

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MichaelA (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Outstanding food, outstanding service from Kris, great atmosphere. This restaurant is our favorite Middle Eastern restaurant. The Brussels sprouts and duck shawarma are outstanding. I wish that the wine prices were not so steep.

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Warden (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was decent, waiter was barely decent, seat was terrible even though we reserved a week in advance. Most of the staff was rude. Next time I'll just eat street pizza and I'll have a better time.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The ambiance, the food, the drinks were all wonderful. Everything was absolutely delicious. This was a special night for my husband and I and we were not disappointed. The only negative was that the service at the table to take the orders was slow. However we were not in any sort of a hurry so no harm. We were not in the main room as that is mainly for groups. We were in a side room which basically had table of 2, quite close together. I will definitely return but with a larger group of friends. The bar area is fantastic and the lady mixologist was amazing. Great cocktails! Highly recommend the meatball starter and the cauliflower starter - YUMMY!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We made a reservation based on the pictures we saw of the restaurant. We expected to sit in the main dining room but were placed in a smaller room upstairs. The atmosphere and decor in that room were not nearly as nice as downstairs. We were also a bit disappointed with the quality of the service. The food came out quick but the staff made several mistakes along the way.

The food itself was good, but not as good as we expected based on the reviews. Perhaps our expectations were too high. The portion sizes were also quite small, so not worth it for the price.

We would give it another chance but would definitely have to sit downstairs for a better experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Ililli is the finest Lebanese/Mediterranean food in NYC. The menu is filled with so many wonderful choices that you have to go more than once.

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azryck (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing food, absolutely delicious. The portions were a bit small for the price - the cauliflower mezze only had three florets on it and the kafte entre looked more like a tapas. The service was also a bit slow - but the food and drinks were good so we didn't mind lingering.

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