ilili

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$31 to $50
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Lebanese

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Welcome to ilili!

We’re honored to share the cuisine and culture of Lebanon in the heart of New York City. Since 2007, our home in the Flatiron District has introduced the passion and generosity of the Lebanese table to hundreds of thousands of curious diners while comforting native Lebanese guests with a celebration of their homeland and values. Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Massoud expertly crafts a sophisticated blend of modern and traditional Lebanese cuisine drawing influences from the span of the ancient Silk Road trade routes.

Our warm and generous hospitality drives our mission to make every guest and team member feel genuinely welcomed and fundamentally honored.

We are here to share; to pass fresh pita bread and mezze amongst old friends and new; to celebrate life and its delicious bounty. We invite you to experience our old world hospitality, timeless generosity, and tireless dedication to uncovering and sharing the rich traditions of Lebanon and the Levant.
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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend to Ilili who was visiting from out of town. We had the mixed grill and it was absolutely fantastic. The garlic sauces pair perfectly with the meat and vegetables

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service.’

CS
Montana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Ilili' s atmosphere was welcoming and lively. We brought two grade school kids and they also felt welcomed. The food was varied and delicious - not to heavy on sauces and spices, and very fresh.
The wait staff was friendly and helpful and not overbearing.
It was noisy as we passed the 8:00 mark, but we left soon after so it never got too crazy for our family.
Fantastic dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved ilili! The service was amazing! Our waiter (who also happens to be an Opera singer) was attentive, knowledgeable, kind, and funny. He guided us through the menu to give us the ultimate food and beverage experience. The food was flavorful and a true delight! It was a night to remember!

OT
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was there for the brunch Prix fixe, got the lamb burger, it was off the hook! I could eat two in a row! My only complaint was that I had my dish boxed up and they didn't put everything on my plate into the container which is a huge pet peeve of mine. I didn't ask for my food to be thrown out, why wouldn't you pack all of it?

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Portions are big, enjoyed mezzes more than entrees (mezzes are the highlight of menu).

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and drinks

NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great food! Best hummus in NY!
Perfect birthday lunch.

JS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely experience every time we come. This has become our go to place for special occasion. The food is fantastic with plenty of vegetarian options, service is excellent and the place is large. Muhammara is the best ever. Fresh pita, Brussels sprouts go die for, interesting take on falafel, smoky baba ghanoush. Thank you everyone for making it a great experience. The big surprise was the amazing baklava on the house to celebrate our anniversary. Be back soon. No pics today, was caught up enjoying the food.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was delicious! Everything was very, very good. Wish they stipulated on the Open Table reservation that it was a fixed price menu for Valentine's Day. I also had a weird experience where, at the end of the night a waitress handed me one of the center pieces on the table, roses in a glass, and told my wife and I we could take it home. I figured sure I'll give it to my mom because she was watching our kids so we could have a date night. As I'm leaving, I got stopped by a hostess who was doing her best to stay calm, in utter disbelief someone would steal a table setting. I explained that a waitress said we could keep it and handed it to us, but it was clear she wasn't buying it. I just peaced out before it became a Larry David esque scenario where I wanted to call the waitress out there and say hey, explain to her I'm not a thief but that would've just made the whole situation really, really weird. Still going back there despite the embarrassment because the food was phenomenal.

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Ore fix menus are always a bad idea... the food was mediocre

MM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the Valentine's prix trix. I unfortunately had a reservation at 6:45 while an 8pm Broadway show. Poor planning on my end for a Friday evening. So I showed up earlier and explained the situation to the host who was very understanding and made accommodations 15 mins earlier than the expected time. The entire meal was well put together, portion size was just enough to fill me up. The dessert was the weakest link. While the chocolate/raspberry pastry was good, would have been better if they had gone a more traditional Lebanese route and got creative. Think Ashtha or kineffe etc. Overall would recommend the fare to anyone looking for an upscale dining experience.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was here for their Valentine’s Day Pre- fix menu. The service was exceptional from the hostess stand to our waitress and other wait staff. The food was delicious, we were able to try their kebab, hummus/pita bread, Brussels sprouts, and falafel. Our entrees were the lobster and duck breast. We enjoyed every bite of our meal and fully enjoyed dining here, would definitely dine again and recommend.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very tasty. Good flavors and fresh tasting. Not the best hummus or falafel I've had in my life, but it was still good. Portions were small for the price, so be prepared for that. No vegan options for entrees, just mezze.

Service was what was disappointing. Not very attentive and our table was tucked away upstairs. It was cozy but I prefer the nice dining room downstairs

I would still come back if I wanted to dine in a "nicer" restaurant. But I can probably find comparable quality of food for a much better price elsewhere.

NK
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences. Food was amazing.

TT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

I found it obnoxious that the maitre d' sat us in a nondescript room with no ambiance when the restaurant was hopping and had a lot of energy.

FN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

food had gone down in quality A LOT ! noise level makes it difficult to have a conversation and service is loud as well, and quite slow.

LR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, especially the lentil soap.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Service was extremely poor

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was delicious. We shared a Mixed Grill platter as a main course for our table of 4, and had 7 other mezzas to start. ( so hard to decide from the delicious list of mezzas- could have ordered one of each!). Our waitress was very knowledgeable about Lebanese wines which were a wonderful accompaniment to the food.

YM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was some of the best Lebanese food and wine I have ever had, and I am Lebanese. The service is impeccable, and the space is just lovely. I will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food quality is not what it used to be. Very disappointed

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We were visiting from Philly and they were out of shawerma by 10:30? Very disappointed!

IT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Will definitely return and recommend to a friend

EB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to eat Lebanese food! The food tasted amazing. The decor, lighting even the bathroom was inviting.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just loved everything about Ilili - I truly felt welcomed and taken care of - from the bar and lounge to wait for your party to arrive and have lovely drinks to dining area, food and amazing service. We shared a whole chicken with rice, had babaganoush and falafel and ended our evening with hot chocolate and molten chocolate cake. My water glass was always full and my drinks were right on time - Salt & Smokey is a winner! Thank you team Ilili for making our evening truly special!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the food and especially the drinks! Get the Brussels sprouts. The hummus was great, falafel not so much.

AC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Must have the lamb mouklube and the kinefe

BA
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service and delicious food. We had the pre fixe for restaurant week and we’re celebrating our engagement and our sever Chris was a gentleman and made the evening extremely special. Hats off to the crew at Ilili they strive to make a wholly unique experience in both flavors and service. We will certainly be back

EC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Went here for restaurant week. The restaurant looked incredible at first, and my wife and I were incredibly excited after seeing the interior. However, we were guided through, stairs and hallways - as though we were in the Grand Bazaar - to a small, dark room in the back. We were squeezed into 2 seats by a nice, wobbling table to enjoy the meals ahead.

We had the 2 apps + 1 main + 1 desert fixed menu. At the end of our meal, we could not give the food was nothing more than mediocre. The appetizers were nothing special, the mains satisfactory and the desert (we both chose the Knefe) May have been microwaved. Come to think of it, the Knefe was more like cheese sticks then dessert.

Not sure how this place got such good reviews but do yourself a favor and spend your $100 elsewhere.

CM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

we did the restaurant week lunch.. the service was terrible.. they all seemed overwhelmed.. the salad was full of Pita chips and not slot of salad.. the chicken wrap was dry, no dressing it sauce and when we asked for some they brought it when we were half done.. we complained to a flor manager and they offered us desert but we didn’t have time and honestly couldn’t believe they didn’t comp at lest one if the terrible wraps

DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was AMAZING and big portions. The waiter Ricardo explained thoroughly all we asked about. But we had to wait 20 min to have our table. We enjoyed a cocktail in the meantime which was good, but the juice was not made in the moment, the poured it from a plastic container.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We visited the restaurant during the restaurant week for a dinner. Our seat was upstairs(which has no ambience at all, it was more like a garret). The “Hot Mezza” was not hot at all, it was pretty much cold. And it seemed like the primos were already made before we order and they just serve them as we order. Secondi, we had a lamb chop and the chicken. Lamb chop was $10 supplement menu, yet it turned out it was just okay menu(not so great). Chicken was.. I could do much better than that. Do not want to discuss about the dessert at all, as it was so below my expectation. Nothing was so special. Maybe I was expecting too much but this restaurant is worthless to visit. Overall, C- for this restaurant.

AD
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went to lunch during Restaurant Week and had a good experience. I think the food was decent. If I could rate it I would say a 7/10. I wish I knew that the Mousaka appetizer was cold (instead of hot how it is traditionally served), and that the burger came with more than a salad. But I guess for the special that's what you get. The music selection wasn't the best during lunch but it's not a big deal, and I'm just trying to give others a sense of what to expect for a lunch time visit. Otherwise I was happy to try it out, and think if you're open to trying a twist on Mediterranean dishes you should give a try!

AT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The place has a lot of energy... sometimes a little too much. I think the music could be dialed back a bit, as it adds to the need to, at times, yell to be heard even at a small table. This is made up with the quality of the food which is outstanding! Very, very good authentic Lebanese food with a panache of some modern and western infusion. I keep coming back to this place every time I'm in the neighborhood!

JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food is pretty good. The wait staff is very good at being accommodating to dietary restrictions which is great. They got a new pastry chef that makes sure there are desserts that people with dietary restrictions are able to eat. Overall all the food we tried was very good and worth checking out. A good mix of foods in the menu!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Lebanese food ever

B
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Didn’t have my favorite hummus with shrimp. But brook trout was great. Much more crowded at lunch during restaurant week than usual.

BP
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We showed up at the reserved time but one of us was a few minutes behind so they made us wait at the bar. The last person showed up within three minutes but then we had to wait for our drinks. Rather than seating us and bringing the drinks, they want us to settle the bill first before they seat us. Most other places would be happy to bring us the drinks and combine the bills. After all we had a 6.30 reservation and if they get us through our meals quicker they can turn the tables again for the next guests. Service was slow overall but the food was excellent. The waiter never checked on us after the orders were placed but the wait staff kept our water glasses filled. The place was very noisy even though we were seated in the quietest part of the restaurant. It was not an enjoyable place to have a conversation so the long wait for the food made it more unpleasant. It might be a misguided NYC trend to make it as noisy as possible to make it seem like a happening place. I like the food but given the noise level and the slow service, I think it would be a while before I come back again.

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