ilili

4.6
6301 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 and the Levant.
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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
  • 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
What 6301 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meals are really delicious, the service amazing

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vipSage
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch costomer service by John and Marco. Beautiful environtment.The food was very unique and flavorful. Def would come back!

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PaulE
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal in beautiful restaurant. Very covid compliant and safe atmosphere.

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Besnik
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my friends birthday,
Service was friendly and professional, food was delicious, ambiance was great. Overall a pleasant experience and will be going back again

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back to Ilili following a bad experience recently and the restaurant more than exceeded expectations. Would definitely recommend for a wonderful Lebanese culinary experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best services that I have experienced in Manhattan! Food is delicious! Worth the visit!

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TimothyS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Middleastern food. When I visit the city, I go to Illili.

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AlexV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and haven't been in a few years. Glad that the food is still as phenomenal as ever. We ordered the meat dish to share and every piece was cooked perfectly. The assortment of dips that came with the meats were delicious and explained to us. The brussels sprouts are always great, they're a must there. I really enjoyed their grilled skewered calamari, i like that it wasn't fried like at most places. The eggplant meza was good but just a tad too salty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s not that we need music, it’s just the idea of music that we were hoping for.

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MKMK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service in the midst of pandemic, tables were far apart and food was great.

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MonicaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem—we ordered 7 different hot mezza instead main course. All delicious & service very prompt. I feel save because the restaurant takes Covid safety regulation really pro. From all that we ordered—our fave are the eggplant, duck shwarma & lamb sausage. Cocktail we went with From Beirut with Passion. Overall great experince.

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EveL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving Dinner was outstanding. They only have a special menu; the best part is the choice of unusual appetizers; they are delicious. For the main course, my wife had the Turkey, I had the lamb. The turkey entree was good, a bit dry; but the lamb entree was truly outstanding.

The outdoor seating was beautiful. The staff was excellent in all respects, and went out of their way to accommodate my dairy alergy.

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JerryW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Thanksgiving dinner we could have had during the pandemic!

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laurentl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

food was great, the dining room missing some soul.

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vipBarbaraB
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food with excellent from the brussel sprouts to the lamb shank. I love their cocktails. Vert the taste is wonderful, the ingredients beautiful but there is hardly any liquor. I think there needs to be a more generous 2 oz pour in mixed drinks, especially in these challenging days!!

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Lovedinner
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was amazing! I recommend the hummus and the falafel. We had dinner outside and it was very cold. There are no heaters.

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CarmenN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Middle Eastern Restaurant for my wife that is Lebanese she enjoyed it very much.

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vipStacey
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know why it took me so long to try this restaurant. The food was just delicious and the service was some of the best we have had in NYC. From the waitress to the bus boys to the manager coming over towards the end, everyone did something to ensure our dinner was perfect. They are working towards bringing out some heat lamps so we can enjoy the amazing food all winter long!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex is the best waiter we have ever had!

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vipAmandaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time

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vipYoEK
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

iLiLi is our favorite NYC restaurant for 5 years now!

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MargieB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and delicious Lebanese food in a beautiful atmosphere and attentive service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had amazing time. Food was unbelievable. We had Lamb sausages and mix meat plate, loved it.

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vipHarlemNeighbor
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner based on several mezze dishes. The warm eggplant was the most delicious eggplant Ive ever had. I highly recommend the walnut, pepper and pomegranate molasses dip. And the duck schwarma was a perfect heavier mezze that was enough to complete the dinner. Don't miss the baklava - perfect for sharing. Had a fantastic server who helped us decide what to order and she was spot on. Great service, outdoor COVID seating, and delicious food!

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vipJackie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, service was truly outstanding, and perfect for sharing a bunch of different choices with your party. Can't wait to go back !

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vipBasilW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fries. Excellent service. This is the mediterranean food I've been waiting for my whole life.

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vipMiracle09
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This past weekend, I celebrated my birthday with friends over dinner at Ilili, and we had a fabulous time. The service was wonderful and the staff was very sweet and courteous. Thank you for a wonderful experience yet again, Ilili, and I look forward to dining with you again in the near future!

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vipMonicaD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was absolutely amazing, felt safe with seating and the food was all phenomenal. Highly recommend the falafel burger :)

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vipDeepshika
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food, ambience and location! Lamb burger and fries were delicious and they have a great wine list too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great, thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible meal with great hospitality!

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vipMichelW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent middle eastern food. Spicy but not too much so you still can taste what you're eating. Grape vine leaves with lamb are especially delicious...

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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vipSTEPHENM
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always has been a fine dining experience with a variety of Middle Eastern favorites and some unique Lebanese offerings. The appetizers and entrees are well spiced and perepared to perfection. Desserts are more limited--disappointed that they did not have vanilla ice cream. Ambience is exciting and fun despite Covid restrictions. Indoor was "socially appropriate" since it was getting too cold outside, without heaters. An exceptional evening with friends, again.

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vipTizita
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The only issue was the cold draft every time they opened the door now they have tables outside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well organized. Adherence to Covid protocols. Wonderful food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was wonderful
Our server was amazing and beyond attentive only problem is while serving us the dessert the waiter did not tell me the plate was excruciating hot and I burned my finger really badly. I ran to the bathroom to out it u see cold water, the person bringing the dessert then proceed to make a comment she saw me bring it with a napkin right. I just feel it was not handled properly at all someone did come up and bring me
An ice cup of water to dip my finger in but Nothing else not even an apology I was very frustrated. What was a beautiful evening ended horribly.

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Naomi
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing staff and food!! Limited indoor availability and outdoor seating is right on 5th Ave. A little noisy but great view of Empire State Building.

FAQs

ilili does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. ilili also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 683-2929.

ilili is rated 4.6 stars by 6301 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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