ilili

4.6
5261 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Lebanese
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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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a special Christmas Eve dinner at ilili. We will be serving a prix-fixe menu that includes a-la-carte menu items and Christmas Eve specials. $82pp / $38 for children under 12 years old.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us as we ring in the New Year at ilili. We will be offering a 5 Course Dinner menu with 2 seatings: 6-8pm ($85pp) and 9pm ($165pp) including a champagne toast, party favors, a house DJ and entertainment surprise. We will have more info for our Bar & Lounge program soon.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always great food. Service excellent.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Everyone was so kind, patient and knowledgeable about each dish. Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was EXCELLENT! We were in the side room which was quieter. Service was slow but friendly & helpful.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The tabouleh and hummus were fair quality at best. Expected better since they are common Lebanese dishes. We are Lebanese, so tough critics, but have had better at most everywhere else.

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Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the brunch at this beautiful restaurant. It was wonderful. We enjoyed a pomegranate cava with our meal. I highly recommend it for a special meal.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We were located in a very hot stuffy room upstairs
The food was ok

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Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great, service good. However had to wait over 30 minutes to be seated and it took another 30 minutes after that to get wine.

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined here on the reccomendation of our daughter. Maybe this is for a bit younger crowd than we are and the noice level a bit high but nothing to complain about! The dinner was a very nice experience indeed. This was a first time we have eaten “Lebanese food” and we will certainly do that again. The grilled meat platter was wonderful as well as the deserts . The Lebanese red was ok, not more. The service was perfect!

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MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food that can’t be beat; great ambiance and service.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was so knowledgeable and truly carried the spirit of the restaurant being Lebanese himself. We fully enjoyed our time and every single dish was amazing, as well as the wine selection.

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L
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! The food, service and atmosphere was exceptional!!! We had six at our table and everyone was saying it was the best food! Our waiter was attentive and the manager, Lauren was so friendly and made sure we had a memorable evening! Thanks you so much for a fantastic evening; we will definitely be back!

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg. The food here is amazing! I brought my boyfriend to surprise him and he loved it all. Would definitely return for the octopus and the raw beef.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food is excellent but the service leaves a lot to be desired. Not the type of experience you would expect in a place like that.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had reservations and were shown to the bar area when we walked in. Within 10 minutes we were seated at our table. The service was excellent. As the evening wore on In the restaurant became more crowded, the noise level became close to unbearable, making it hard to have a conversation without shouting.

The food was excellent—We had the moussaka appetizer and the duck/chicken shawarma appetizer. Both nicely prepared. For entres we had lamb chops and lamb makloubeh. The lamb chops were ordered medium but came rare and had to be sent back (the waiter was prompt, cheery and helpful about that.) The makloubeh (lamb shank) was deboned and very tasty but so rich that the portion could readily be shared by two.

If we go back it will be either well before or after peak hours, as the noise at peak time made the experience slightly unpleasant.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Waited over an hour to be seated despite reservations

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s
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent creative cooking, lovely service

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TC
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Whenever we go to NYC we make it a point to try to get to Ilili for dinner. The tapas are plentiful and delicious!

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d
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

as always, food is wonderful. our waitress was so pleasant, but the worst service ever! been here a number of times and always look forward to trying something new each visit, but the service this time will make me think twice about coming back. a diner should NEVER need to ask for water, a napkin, or anything else.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated upstairs which was much quieter than downstairs. Food was a modern take on Lebanese classics. The whole roasted chicken was a highlight of the meal.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Very good food, average service
Had us wait 20 minutes for our reserved table
Eventually compensated us with a round of drinks
Waiter was slow

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M
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This used to be one of my favorites but no more. Everything was sort of flavorless, nothing special.

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VM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful tasty food. Very creative dishes. Good service

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HL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good!! They have lots of vegan and vegetarian options

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary, which they helped us celebrate beautifully:) The upstairs area was not as prettily decorated as the downstairs main hall, But it was much quieter, which we appreciated. Overall fantastic experience, will def be back!

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CG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at ilili and the food was just as delicious. The atmosphere is memorable and the service is great. I would definitely recommend ordering a bunch of small plates paired with their unique cocktails or Lebanese wines.

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J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The place looks cool until you’re led to a low-ceilinged auxiliary dining room off to the side with cramped tables, echoing voices and no charm. Very disappointing, I wouldn’t recommend this place. Servers seemed totally apathetic as well.

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VI
Miami
193 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ventured to Ilili based on a glowing recommendation from a family member. We were not disappointed. The food was exquisite and creative--from the 'crowd favorite' brussel sprouts to the lamb dish. We also enjoyed Lebanese wine as well as amazing craft cocktails. Dessert was interesting too although extremely pricey (don't know if we would order again). However the best part, was the staff. Our server (Nasser) was outstanding. He took time to explain specific dishes, their history and any special twist. It made our dinner special. We definitely plan to return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a dinner with my mother

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GL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and style. Downstairs is more vibrant than upstairs (with greater levels of noise obviously) so worth deciding what you want when you make the booking.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for family Thanksgiving and had the best Brussels sprouts of my life!

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

La peor elección en el día de acción de gracias. Los Meseros corrían. La comida como un autoservicio. La mesera poco atenta. Pagamos 400 dólares y nos arrepentimos mucho. Este restaurante ha perdido mucho.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner here. The special menu was delicious as were the drinks.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Turkey was dry and flavorless. Service was poor and rushed (tried to make us use the same glass for a different red wine, at $18 a glass of wine!!). Not gonna come here to spend $150/person.

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RM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving.

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C
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Went for Thanksgiving. Appetizers were great. Then we were served cold grilled meat for the main course which was kind of fixed after pointing it out (it became warmer but not hot). And then we waited 45 minutes between the main course and dessert. Got served the wrong dessert. No apologies, nothing comped, not even a glass of wine offered for the 2.5 hours we spent in there to have 3 courses. Different people kept asking us if everything was great - clearly no communication between our server, manager and host. We would love to return but it was a very bad experience purely due to service.

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent.
Service was great.
Entire staff was attentive.
Will definitely be back

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Second visit, slightly subpar experience. Probably due to Thanksgiving crowd the seasoning was mediocre and dishes were served before probably cooking off the sour-ness of berries. Meat was done quite well, especially the lamb shawarma. Did not met same standard as first visit, but still a pleasant meal.

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C
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family lunch (12 people)

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great!
My server was fantastic. I was hoping for better dessert options but the chocolate cake was good.
Leaving the place after having a great dinner the women who checked our coat was so rude. Rushing us to give her our tickets. That was very disappointing.

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