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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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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

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food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (69)
Authentic (66)
Good for Groups (64)
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Creative Cuisine (60)
Good for a Date (60)
Special Occasion (53)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Good Vegetarian Options (42)
Business Meals (38)
Great for Lunch (36)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Tapas (35)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Romantic (29)
Hot Spot (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Fun (28)
Healthy (27)
Casual (24)
Comfort Food (21)
Tasting Menu (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Cozy (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Vegan (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
People Watching (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Seasonal (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Spicy (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Exceeded our expectations. Apps were delicious. First time we tried Lebanese wine. Not bad😏

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is good... not great. Service is well done. Wine list is lacking, but they are featuring Lebanese cocktails. This is a fun place for large groups.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Fun wine list, easily accommodates our group of 5, server was a bit distracted but very friendly. Brussel sprouts were super sweet, but food overall was tasty for the cuisine style. A fun Flatiron find.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Very over priced with poor food and poor service. I had hummus, some uninteresting chicken dish, and two drinks for $90 after tip. Even for NYC it was a ripoff. Waiter acted uninterested and was very non-attentive.

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 (Miami)·Dined 7 days ago

the food was magnificent, everyone treated us nicely

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved it Great meal made out of shared plates. Will come again

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is good but I think it is a bit too pricey for what it is.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

The best dishes are the appetizers and the duck shawarma

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Don't order your small plates and entrée at the same time or you'll be rushed. We had to send the second course back when it came out and we weren't finished with the first. But they did take it back so all was ok. Expensive for what it is.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always one of my favorites- Lebanese dishes with their own unique spins- great spot for groups & shared plates.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great ambiance great food mediocre service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious brunch. A lot of delicious and flavorful food. Great value. Loved it!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was nice but it was not a traditional Lebanese. The service was really terrible

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was kind of mediocre. I got the falafel (fine, but a bit tough) and the scallops. Scallops themselves were cooked to perfection but the hummus and pomegranate flavorings were not good, and made for an odd flavor profile

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The hostess was extremely rude and sat us at a table under the mezzanine next to the waiter station when tons of other tables were available. No one sat at those tables while we dined. Very unprofessional.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went for dinner and it was way too loud for conversation. I left with a sore throat from screaming as though I just got out of a rock concert. I've been there for lunch once and noise level was acceptable. Dont think I'd ever go back for dinner.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Muy bueno! Muy buena comida libanesa, buen servicio

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 2, 2017

All good for. Lunch

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

The Lebanese wine and beer selection didn't cut it for us. Nor did the service .
The wait staff in inattentive and it took ages to get our drinks. The food was good helping making up for the well meaning but not inattentive staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Delicious falafel and arnabeet melkle (cauliflower)!

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Expensive but mostly worth it. They recommend 2 mezzas (tapas) and a main course per person. Service was truly great.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was incredible. We sampled 5 different appetizers and all were delicious and very unique (the burrata and naan alone were to die for). Will try even more options next time out. Ambiance is modern and cozy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Unfortunately the food was not very savory, and rather dry

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I highly recommend this restaurant, food was delicious and the service was outstanding

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Fantastic Lebanese cuisine. It lived up to the reputation that this restaurant has quickly gained. And our server Lauren was excellent!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Good food and large open space but way too loud. We were in a group of 7 and couldn’t hear each other!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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!!!

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

Good atmosphere. Especially liked the appetizers. A bit loud at times

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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

Wasn't disappointed. Our waitstaff was attentive. Our Lamb burgers moist and tasty. The ambiance is elegant and spacious. The beverages are a bit pricey and spoil an otherwise, nice experience.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food as always was good. It took 20 minutes from the time we asked for a check until we signed the receipt. Completely unacceptable.

If it was dinner , there would be more time, but at a business lunch, no.

Tags: Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Thoughtfully seated in a relatively quiet area.
Friendly attentive service. Good food ,just right for Sunday Brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, great service!!!

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