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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Join us with your friends & family for a celebration of goodwill and cheer. This year at ilili we will be offering a 4 course Prix-Fixe menu for $78. Christmas specials and some of your ilili favorite menu items will also be available in the Prix-Fixe menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for Dinner & Drinks as we ring in the New Year at ilili. The first seating will be from 6pm-8pm ($85pp for a 4 course meal). Final seating is at 9pm ($165pp for 5 course meal) including a champagne toast, party favors, belly dancers and ilili's house DJ.

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Sun - Wed 5:30PM - 6:00PM

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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

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (63)
Authentic (60)
Creative Cuisine (60)
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Fit for Foodies (58)
Good for a Date (52)
Good Vegetarian Options (43)
Special Occasion (40)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Great for Lunch (37)
Business Meals (35)
Tapas (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Casual (32)
Fun (29)
Healthy (28)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Bar Seating (26)
Romantic (26)
Hot Spot (24)
Tasting Menu (23)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Cozy (20)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Vegan (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
People Watching (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Seasonal (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Food was late

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·Dined 2 days ago

The quality of food was excellent. The taste experience was exceptional.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 2 days ago

The food was good (not GREAT) our server was great. Friendly and knowledgeable. The place is warm and cozy. We had the lamb burgers and I’m kicking myself for not getting hummus :(

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The Brussel sprouts and duck schwarma are the best in the city

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Our server was amazing, he was very helpful in explaining the menu & helping us pick out our meal. The food was delicious as well. Will defiantly be coming back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

ilili is vast and can be overwhelming but once you're seated, noise level is OK.
Food is fantastic. We were two: shared three appetizers and two main courses.
Each dish was great.
This could be very pricy but if you order carefully, you won't break the bank.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

some of the best the Lebanese in NY but nothing exceptional either

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service was terrible. We were the only table with no drinks and no food for 15 minutes.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent food with great ambiance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent service , our waitress Tara went out of her way to accommodate us , it was a fabulous evening overall , the tapas portions were just right and delicious ...kebab , shawarma , fallafel and too many others to name , look forward to dining here again

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The first thing that hits you is the sheer openness of space and stunning decor, a balance of simplicity and uniqueness, particularly the ceiling. What are those gorgeous spherical bronze, silver and gold objects? Confers to the space a breathable and grand atmosphere. The place was nearly empty at 530 pm and then bustling at 630 pm, so be sure to make a reservation. Loved the mixed-age crowd, families and groups of young energetic professionals. You will be greeted by and guided to your table by kind, energetic and friendly staff. The cuisine is fresh, scrumptious and mouthwatering. Highly recommend ordering three appetizers before the main course. Volume of the music was a little high but everyone was talking so come with the mindset that dinner is going to be a real NYC social experience. I loved it and will bring my family next visit! Highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great experience. I’ll come back.

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 (Switzerland)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Autentic libanese food not to miss. Songle menu or mezze for share

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Remarkable fantastic delicious scrumptious!!!
Loved every bite. Many flavors in each course i e mint in salad and strawberry tea.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food, great service.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were seated upstairs in the more secluded area which was great for conversation as it was very quiet, but we weren't given the choice and I wasn't even aware there was an upstairs from my previous visits. We had a great night, i just wish my guests could have chosen if they preferred the more social seating downstairs or quiet upstairs.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Superb Lebanese cuisine . We loved all the starters . Mixed grill was great. Octopus excellent. Warm eggplants and Brussels sprouts very good. We had a very good Lebanese cabaret Sauvignon . Good service. We sat upstairs which was a little more quiet than downstairs but which was better for us as we could talk without yelling.
Will definitely come back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very nice place , good for any occasion , the falafel is interesting, different

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Waiter was very helpful in choosing a good variety of dishes for our table of 9 to share. Although several members of our family were skeptical at first, everyone left satisfied and raving about how much they enjoyed the food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Not as it good as it once was in terms of food quality and vale. Cold duck shawarma - supposed to be hot or at least warm. Other dishes unexceptional and overpriced.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was my first time having Lebanese food and it was absolutely amazing! Mixed grill is a good choice to try a variety of popular meat dishes. It was delicious. The Phoenician fries were phenomenal. Came with a very tasty garlic dip. The falafel and hummus were both amazing. Service was great too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

I love ilili. it's a wonderful gem in the flat iron district. Creative menu, great for sharing small plates. Great choices for vegetarians. Took clients there and was easy to have a conversation.
Highly recommend.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Tapas
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Such a disappointment. The food was just awful. And the server was rude and unattentive. This was probably one of the worst dining experiences of my life

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

The food is excellent and the room is very pretty. My only complaint is that the noise level is very high and then on top of that a clubby sort of music is played. Impossible to hear the
person sitting right next to you.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Delicious small plates, with better value than the mains. Nice ambiance and vegetarian friendly, definitely a bit lively with regards to noise level. Not cheap, but with 4 apps and a main for two people at $100 tax and tip in, it's a nice spot for a special occasion or date night.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Heavy handed with lemon on the Humus and baba and salad. Yogurt amuse was tasteless. I did enjoy the octopus.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing, attentive server, Abraham, and terrific food!

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Dined with my 93 yr old aunt and mom/sister. Food was fantastic - every dish is interesting and special in its own right. Service was kind, attentive and professional.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The service that night was super slow and the waiters aren’t very familiar with the menu.

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 (London)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Beyond expectation, the food was just amazing.
I highly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Went in for a Saturday lunch and was surprised that it was not very busy but worked out okay. Food was delicious and fresh and definitely hit the mark with good value. Service was okay at first but improved as we placed our order.

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Went after a show, Last seating of the night.
Staff was more concerned about closing on this night. Food is always on point and thus we will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I thought the food was only average nothing that was exceptional. It was a pleasant evening. Not exceptional

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food as always

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Spectacular place!!! Awesome food
Very Cousy and wonderful attentions and price was ok

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (México)·Dined on November 24, 2017

La recepción y la atención de la host es PÉSIMA
A pesar de la reservación nos quisieron sentar en una mesa aislada y sucia
La comida es excelente
El servicio regular

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Fine Lebanese cuisine with authentic flavors and excellent ingredients. The service was perfect.we liked the kibbe naye and the fattouch. The roasted Brussels Sprouts dish was a little bit sweet for me. We all enjoyed the beef shawarma and the stuffed grape leaves.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Wine and beer selection was very limited. White wine sangria tastes like pineapple juice

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Amazing, like Lebanon. Excelent food and kind service.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

If you are group of 2 you will be not enjoing the actual restaurant ambient. They will put you to a side part where you feel as if you are in a different restaurant..

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