ilili

4.7
6520 Reviews
$31 to $50
Lebanese
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.
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Experiences

  • Restaurant Week "Lebanese Journey" Menu

    $125.00 per person

    Jul 26 - Aug 22, 2021

    Join us for an exquisite "Lebanese Journey" menu for Summer Restaurant Week as part of this year's Signature Experience offering. Our Chefs' team have put together a menu that reflects the balance, diversity, and abundance of Lebanese food culture as a way of celebrating the flavors and textures of our cuisine. Expect a mezze focused menu, exclusive dishes, and beverage pairings throughout your meal.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 6520 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarolineD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for my fiancé’s birthday! The service was impeccable and the food was so fresh and delicious. We got the mixed grill platter for two and had so much leftover. Will definitely be back!

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vipAtul
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place; my favorite in NYC. Order everything you can. Not a bad dish - or drink - on the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lamb shank was amazing - well paired with the eggplant and labneh. No regrets for 2-3 folks

Service was a bit slow (waiter didn’t come back after introducing themself for ~20 mins), but made sure to make up for it for the remainder of the night.

Bartender makes a mean gin martini - highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

expensive but good. try the wacky stuff

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Ruth
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most exciting restaurant experiences I’ve had in a long time! Food, service and ambience were all awesome! Can’t wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there initially for the Lebanese tasting menu for restaurant week but two hours before the reservation they called me to let mw know they had a critical error and that they don’t offer it on weekends. Well, it’s a Sunday. Two hours before my reservation. Service was disappointing on this end.

Also they confirmed this on Friday. Sure. Not available, huh?

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Denisek
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Can’t wait to go back!! Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely incredible meal at Ilili! Everything was delicious. The service was impeccable, we felt so special! All around a five star experience.

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Mike
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Being a Lebanese myself and knowing how hard it is to make food taste like home, the food at ilili’s is delicious and beats many restaurants I dined in in lebanon. Zatar mankoush is a must, the baba Ganoush is smoke flavored on point, and the grape leaves are just magical. Hands down the best Lebanese restaurant in the States.
Highly suggest that you look at opening in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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AKRK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

not worth the price- Food and wine was mediocre. Service good but could hardly hear the server through the masks and the background noice

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JimM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very favorable combination. Assortment of appetizers especially recommed kibbe nanyi, cauliflower and babaganosh. Mixed grill cooked to perfection.

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LeighK
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food & service. Bad acoustics, so a little loud when it filled up, but worth it.

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VanessaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, and drinks! We went for restaurant week and it was a fantastic deal. Everything we ate was wonderful and our waiter, Mauricio, was extremely attentive and knowledgeable on each food/drink that was brought out. We will most definitely be coming back!

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RamseyK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilili always impresses. The kibeh niyeh is absolutely incredible every time. The atmosphere is lovely, great place to take a date. Our server, Noah, really elevated the experience.

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vipSAY24
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful space, but noise level so high - its not music, it is the very high ceilings with no noise absorption - that conversation was difficult. Otherwise a very nice experience.

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ClaudiaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Tenía varios meses que no iba. Ayer fui y la comida muy buena pero las porciones de comida ahora son más pequeñas. El servicio no estuvo igual que siempre. Meseros apáticos .

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vipMarissa
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. There were 3 of us and we shared: hummus, falafel, and the feta salad to start. We also had the shrimp and lamb/beef shawarma mains and finished with the baklava. The baklava was the perfect sweet bite to finish the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! The food is amazing. Closest to actual authenticLebanese good that I’ve ever had.

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Cnem
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing evening! Everything was PERFECT. Mert was an EXCELLENT server. We will go again!

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skumar
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Lebanese wine was a great find.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Although the food was great, our service was unacceptable. From the minute we sat down we felt unwelcomed - harshly recommending ordering certain dishes over others. He neglected to order one of our dishes, did not come to the table for drink refills, and never had a chance to settle up.

Disappointing as this was quite a commute for us and we were excited to try the restaurant. Unfortunately we won't be back....

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MonicaR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Very noisy, we had made reservations 2 days ahead went in at 5:50 pm for a 6 pm reservation, asked to be seated close to the bar, as the inside gets really noisy no one but one couple were seated, they refused saying they had reservations, I explained to 2 people that we did too and we were early, but very rude hostess. Been there twice and spoke from experience WILL NOT VISIT AGAIN.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We made a reservation in advance but was told to sit at the bar area, not in the main dining room. The waiter was rude when we politely asked for the main dining room.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five stars all around. We didn’t even have to look at the menu because our server was that good. He was funny, got us delicious appetizers and main courses. Def go there.

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CourtneyA
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the staff was incredibly accommodating. We had a wonderful, knowledgeable server who made excellent recommendations. Will definitely be back!

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PaulA
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best Mediterranean restaurant in the city.

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vipdrgh
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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AdnanR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful decor

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Emily
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Really nice night and meal

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Sarah
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food, as always was delicious, and service was solid. But even though I made a reservation (7:00), we were seated at a table close to the bar area, and it was very loud. Like so loud that we couldn't hear each other across the table at times. (And we went on a Monday night and are in our early 30s.) I was a bit disappointed that a reservation that you have to put a card down for did not have us at a table in the main dining area. Again food and drinks are delicious, but be prepared to come out with your ears ringing a bit if you go on a busy night.

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vipTOMOKO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so good and my friends were so happy to dine here!!

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vipDouglasS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Waiter totally ripped us off. Recommended a Lebanese rose - which was fine - but neglected to say it was $85 a bottle - which is an absurd price for a rose. This was very poor form reflects terribly on the restaurant its way of doing business. Buyer beware!

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Genevieve
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved ilili. The ambiance is lovely. On a Sunday morning at 11AM it was not overly crowded when we arrived for our reservation. Our server was fantastic and made recommendations which turned out to be absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the falafel, beef dumplings with Lebanese rice, and coffee! We sat outside in the covered seating area which had fans (great in the summer heat), but the inside was lovely as well. I look forward to returning to ilili!

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vipdocjj1
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food (5 stars) as always, but hostess and reservation services were not good. I got call a few days beforehand to confirm my OpenTable reservation. I called back and confirmed. No issues. I called around 5:30p for my 7p reservation, and for at least a couple mins, she could not find my reservation. Finally finding it, I asked to move to 7:30 and was refused. When arriving at 6:57, they tried to seat us (3) at a 2 top table at the entrance where everyone waits for tables, which is unacceptable. After waiting another few minutes, we were finally seated properly in the main dining room. The remainder of the evening was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so good. Amazing service. One of the best meals I’be ever had.

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GlennysA
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Arrive on time and service was pushing constantly to empty the bottle of wine and pour all the water. They ask us for our table and 1:15 minutes later. A Lebanese dinner should be enjoy as
A family and friend gathering, rushing is not an enjoyable moment.

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ReemM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was sublime and the waiter was incredible! Thank you for the birthday treat!

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quoiquetuveux
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent beef dumplings with yogurt and the recommended rice with pistachios. Falafel was also delicious; the salmon entree was good but nothing too memorable. Enjoyed the Ceylon tea with baklava for dessert, which wasn’t too sweet

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ivang
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food is just ok. The bread for example has the texture of roasted paper towels. The beef tartare is an artful paste with little taste. The brussel sprouts was the best dish.

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Jack
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic. A very different and welcome dinning experience. Can’t wait for my next meal here.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ilili using the Order Online button. ilili also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. ilili also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 683-2929.

ilili is rated 4.7 stars by 6520 OpenTable diners.

ilili does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/ilili-nyc/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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