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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.
New York, NY 10001
Lebanese, Mediterranean, 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 & 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
Between 27th & 28th
$31 to $50
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Entertainment is available upon request for private events.
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/
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, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Amazing food! It was our first taste of Lebanese cuisine — very tasty and heavy, but definitely impressive. Their sauces are totally on point & memorable. The plates are quite hearty so we were able to taste most of the restaurant week menu amongst a group of 4. I was so hungry I pretty much scarfed down the appetizers & had no room for main, so I had to take home 3/4 of my lamb. They are generous with the meat portions, but do not ignore the veggie dishes as those turned out to be my favorites, surprisingly. Our server was really cute, friendly, and well versed with the menu so that was a nice plus. Drinks are on the expensive side, but to me the food was a great value for pre fixe. Bathrooms are also really clean & cozy. Def recommend this place!! 👍🏼
The people that greet you were not welcoming. We arrived 5 minutes early and they were shocked. We got seated 20 minutes after our reservation. The waiter made up for it because he was very nice. I felt they were unprepared for restaurant week. We did not eat in the main area. We ate in a small room which I did not like. The food was ok, nothing special. The night started off terrible because of the way we were greeted.
ilili is a naturally inviting restaurant for savvy people of finessed dining in NYC with its people, ambiance and unmatched taste of Eastern Mediterranean food. Philippe deserves to be commended for not compromising the quality and presentation of his menu at the demanding size and scale of ilili. Surely, it is highly recommended for special occasions and regular dining experience.
The food was amazing as always. The only problem is that we were 7 people. I couldn't make a reservation for all of us, so I divided the group. When we got there, they told us upfront that they were not able to set us together or even close to each other. We understood. But the place was empty when we arrived. I brought it up and they told me that they couldn't do anything. There were takes big enough for all of us that remained empty during our whole time there... I live in NY and I understand that it is not always easy... They didn't even tried. But again, food is amazing and service on the table was extremely good.
I've had a lot of mediterranean and lebanese food growing up but Ilili did not impress me. The chicken was amazing but for everything else, I've had better noteworthy food for less cost. I like my hummus more creamy, warmer bread, less salt in the dishes. The service was great but the table across us couldn't see the menu so he had turn on his flashlight on his iphone for about 20 mins. The bright light facing our table and the one next to us was was terribly painful to endure. Yet, after we told one of the waiters, nothing was done about it. It ruined our dining experience.
I love this restaurant, but for me it's far better for lunch when it's quieter and you can relax, enjoy the food and the decor. Dinner is another story. It's often jammed, especially around the bar area, and for some unknown reason the prices are sky-high. $48 for lamb chops? Steak for two $110?
Totally not worth it. If you do go for dinner, opt instead for the small plates, called meze. But do be careful not to over order, those prices will add up in a hurry.
I love ilili, it's a great restaurant, and I have been going there for years. But, the quantity of food has declined, as in my favorite brussel sprouts dish. Also, the waiter kind of pushed us to order a main, which we didn't end up doing. Having a taste of a range of dishes is still one of the best ways to eat there. Also, the main dishes have escalated in price, with one entree at $72.
Went for restaurant week, and had a great experience. The food is very unique and different. We were able to try several dishes as they specialize in small plates, and the restaurant week menu allows you to choose 2 apps, an entree, and a dessert. Come hungry! Went home with leftovers. Ambiance is trendy, and special. Will be back!
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