ilili

4.6
5149 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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Delivery or takeout
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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
Additional
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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us at ilili for our annual Thanksgiving celebration. We will be offering a Lebanese-Mediterranean 4-course prix-fixe with Thanksgiving specials and a-la-carte menu items.
$72 per adult / $35 for children 12 years and younger.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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

LOVE Ilili but we sat in the rear dining room on the second floor with a view of the toilet :( - it was really disappointing, it ruined the experience.

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

Always perfect

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JG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was inventive and delish. Everyone enjoyed their selections

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CC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was the very best! She was attentive yet not. She went out of her way to draw us a map for our return to our hotel.

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

Eggplant, Brussels sprouts and shrimp were great!!! And great service as welll!

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LJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Come hungry and don’t skip the ATAYEF & VEAL BACON it is outrageous.

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D
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there. Food was delicious and service was amazing. Star was our server and she was so vibrant and welcoming to us.

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

Best upscale Lebanese in NYC. Only been for lunch but great range of choices. Good spot to chat. Nice Lebanese wines.

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t
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This place was so noisy it took 20 minutes to get a drink in bar area 30 minutes to get our table after booking time
Enjoyed most of the food but not value for money
Service average

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EF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic. Still had to wait for a table even though we had a reservation. Food was a little slow to arrive, but otherwise, very good.

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w
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

sent back two of 5 dishes
It was good not great
With all the options in the city, would not go back

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I've been to Ilili many times, and hosted a party here also. It seems the prices have gone through the roof ($38 trout?) and they've instituted a very rigid and software-controlled seating / service system which was maddeningly frustrating. The wait staff was very professional, and the food remains solid.

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VP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was better than I expected. There was something for everyone on the menu from vegetarians to hearty meat eaters! Food was fresh and most delicious with unique flavors. The waiter was immensely helpful with helping us select our food and wine. I am a foodie and this sure is one of my top rated restaurants in NYC.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and the desserts are to die for! The falafel as well as the cherry kafta are delicious and the house specialty ilili’s candy bar is super yummy

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

-A bit overpriced for average Mediterranean food.
-Some tables in the restaurant were way too close together

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LW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A plethora of food for all diets. Very vegan friendly. excellent service.

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v
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here a few times but I took my boyfriend here for the first time. While not overly opinionated, he appreciates good service and even better food. He got both. The food selection and quality is amazing, and the service is impeccable. The menu is unique with lots of options to share dishes, with great champagne to pair it with.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Lebanese food. Amazing service by all from observant busboys , our delightful and helpful waitress and even the manager. All dishes were fresh tasting, great and to look at and came out from kitchen properly spaced. Four adults shared 6 appetizer plates plus one dessert. More than enough food!

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant on all levels!! The roasted chicken was th best I’ve ever had. Also the dandelion greens, amazing!

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NP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ilili always delivers - excellent service by warm and professional servers, food is beautifully prepared and delicious even at the busiest times. Atmosphere is high energy and exciting, but the decibel level is tolerable for conversation. My only complaint is that the receptionist does not answer the phone after reservation hours on weekends, which makes changing times a bit challenging. All in all a great dining experience.

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was wonderful, however, the food took forever to come out of the kitchen - which made the experience less than desirable. It was busy and I do understand that but no one should be waiting 20 minutes for hummus to arrive. And another 40 minutes for meals and sides.

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OA
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good dishes
Nice ambiance and wonderful service.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Pushy staff. Want to buy more items

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

Hostess was disorganised- took us 25 mins to be seated (for a 6pm res is a little excessive). We complained twice, they sat people who arrived after us before us. She had no clue. It was when we were shown to our seats we realised half the restaurant was empty- so there really was no reason for our wait. After that everything was lovely- our server, the food,the drinks, everything was great!

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g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The hostess at the entrance was extremely rude. She actually had disputes with many customers. The service is extremely slow, for no good reason. You have to wait 20 minutes before you can actually order. I used to love Ilili. The food was amazing and the service was always great. Now the food is OK, but it's not worth the terrible attitude and service you'll get when you go there. I don't think I'll go back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Tres bon , mais très $$ et le prix des vins ouff :)

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S
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Great food, great service! But did not enjoy the ambiance and noise. Disappointed in having to sit in the annex room which was extremely loud. Asked to be moved but we're told there was no ability (willingness) to accommodate.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We made a reservation for a date night and even though we arrived on time we had to wait 30min at the bar. They gave us a table at the second floor, which is way inferior in decoration and ambience compared to the main salon. Even though the food was amazing our overall experience was a little disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience! I was here for business a few weeks ago, but wanted to bring my wife back to experience it. They did not disappoint. Great food and service helped with the right recommendations. Looking forward to a follow up visit.

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C
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Different, varied menu. Everything was delicious!

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EW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food...AMAZING! A new favorite spot for my wife and I to go to for special occasions. So authentic and delicious. PS The food also impressed the guests we brought... With Gratitude.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Small portions for the price
A little too noisy - nothing to absorb sound
Could use longer descriptions of the menu items

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will come back! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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OM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met with friends for Sunday brunch at Ilili and it was wonderful. The room was as lovely as we remembered from past visits and the food was just as delicious. What made it special was the warm reception by the charming hostess and the excellent service from the caring and attentive server.

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DB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Had a reservation for 8:45. Waited one hour to be seated. Hostess didn't seem to know what she was doing. Servers didn't know much about Lebanese food...weird. Mainstream food was good. Salads way way way too much lemon dressing. Recommend but not as a first choice resto. PS. I'm Lebanese/American.

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AS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We asked for a quiet table and were sent upstairs, to a low ceilinged shoebox room lacking any ambiance or decor. The food was OK, but I’ve had better - and much cheaper - in Bay Ridge. The waiter upsold quantities shamelessly. I would not return.

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AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Environment is a little loud - but hey, it's NYC.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Downs: extremely loud place.
Some of our food came out cold.
Ups: good selection of vegetarian options
Overall good food
Good wine list

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch! Food is fresh and delicious, service is fast and attentive. A little louder then I would have liked but still a great place to dine

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NY
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Simply Outstanding! The food and the service and the hospitality is superb!

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