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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What Insiders Are Saying
Fancy Lebanese food in Nomad.
Fun, delicious and great service. Our waiter Dimitrius was a rockstar. We had gluten free and vegan friends among us and he was so accommodating to their allergies. Will be back .
We went to Ilili for dinner for our first wedding anniversary and had a great experience. The food and service was excellent, my husband and I have very different dietary restrictions, but there were plenty of options for both of us to choose from. The mezze/tapas style is nice for trying a lot of different things. Would definitely recommend for an intimate date night or with a group of friends!
Amazing food and service, great introductory Lebanese wine selection.
Great experience, nice waitress, and fabulous food
The food and service here was amazing. The falafel and hummus are to die for.
Too expensive for tasteless food. You get the good ambience only if seated in the main room depicted in their photos.
I love the duck shawarma, Brussels sprouts, and kibbeh nye. Delicious. I try to go to Ilili every time I come to town.
They wanted to seat us up in the third floor when there was plenty of room on the first floor where all the ambiance was. The service was absolutely terrible!!!
Excellent food, and great place to share the many delicious dishes. A little noisy, but great atmosphere.
Food is great and really authentic. We actually didn’t order main courses, only appetizers (like you would on any Arab style place) which turned out perfect. Kibbe naye is a must in this place.
Amazing food and ambiance! A great place for a date or going out with a group!
Always delicious..Brussels sprouts, mixed grill, tebouleh, lamb and beef meatballs
This was my second time at Ilili, and the first time for lunch. The food is consistently wonderful and authentic. The variety of flavors and quality of ingredients made me want to keep eating, even after I was full. Everything I've tried on the menu has been great to outstanding. The range of dishes will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike. The servers are welcoming, efficient, and knowledgeable. The setting is both relaxed and upscale. It's well worth coming across town for. I highly recommend Ilili to everyone, and I'll definitely be returning.
Food was great but very noisy - hard to keep a conversation as there are only hard surfaces - they cd install form under tables as in other restaurants to reduce echo. Value isnt great at 13usd for a small bowl of baba ganoush? Bit much esp for what is essentially simple food, simply prepared with basic ingredients
Great food and service. Very expensive for the amount of food, so I recommend for expense accounts only.
Food really good and it’s worth putting up with the cold hostess cocktail waitress and generally service that’s just ok
Ambience ok noise level very loud
My wife and I always try to dine at Ilili when we are in New York. We love it!
We went there for father's day brunch! Had a great overall experience. Delicious food, great ambiance, and amazing service! Will definitely go back and again soon.
The best food and service ever. Favorite all the time.
We thoroughly enjoyed Ilili. And our server made all the difference. Some of our party were not familiar with Lebanese food so he patiently spent time with us discussing every aspect. He was excellent. It made for a richer experience. The food was delicious and flavourful ... it's a place where you want to try many things. We will go back, for sure!
Food and service was incredible. Highly recommend for brunch! Would definitely return.
Food was delicious but quite pricy. Should have more chicken options
Best hummus ever. I had it with shrimp. Trout and Brussels sprouts were also excellent. Great place to share small plates with friends.
Very nice Friday or Saturday night dinner. The waiter didn't offer rice with mixed grill or help with choices so we didn't know that rice wasn't included. Knafeh was better in prior times. Still a lovely place to visit whenever we're in NYC.
Great Lebanese food in a very lively huge 21st century environment. My friend and I were happy with a table upstairs where it was quieter, I’ve also had a good time here with a party of ten.
For two adult women with good appetites, 4 mezze plates is probably enough food - we didn’t finish our 5.
Your food was delicious you Ras kibble was Ali’s nice but a little pepper would have been nice
Sat upstairs for the first time and there was a large party behind us so the noise level was on 10.
Along with that there didnt seem to be enough staff coverage so our waiter was MIA majority of the evening.
A great place for a group of 6+. Spacious round tables allow for easy conversation and sharing delicious mezzes.
Had the falafel was fresh and super
I've been to Ilili a few times with my husband and absolutely love it. It's definitely pricey, so be sure to check the menu in advance. Appetizers range from about $13-25. We usually get 3 appetizers and 2 entrees but the last 2 times we had 3 appetizers (warm eggplant, hummus + grilled calamari) and shared the fish + vegetable entree for 2 (which is around $75) and all was DELICIOUS! service always great. Perfect for a date night or special occasion.
My favorite spot in the city!! Love the food and the ambiance.
So delicious!! Will definitely be returning here. The apps are amazing. We had the jalapeño hummus, tabouleh, and moussaka with fluffy pita bread to start and everything was fresh and flavorful. I also enjoyed the drink From Beirut with Passion. For my main course I had falafel which were super crispy and dipped them into garlic whip and harissa. Can’t wait to go back!
The food is far and beyond tasty . always enjoy every dish they have , the service is awesome even though Alex the waiter refused to come and say hi to my family after we requested him several time . very disappointed . The prices are over priced away over priced .
Our first experience at ilili was amazing! Service was phenomenal. I wish I could remember our waitresses' name, but she had THE BEST recommendations and everything she recommended to us was delicious. We had 5 smaller plates in total which were all plated beautifully and the taste was exceptional. Great recommendations by some random strangers we met earlier that day and we cannot be more thankful to them! I was celebrating my birthday and they even sent out a beautiful little plate with fresh fruit and cream. A must do if you are ever in the city!
Our waiter Alex made our experience extra special as he was extremely attentive, knowledgeable, explaining the menus in so much details w/ much humor and recommending different menus that would work together well which all turned out great.
Amazing food. Amazing service. Really nice ambience. Great date spot or even for regular dining.
Really good food. A great time had by all
I love Ilili and has been going there since its opening. The service has been going downhill especially over the last year. For what you pay, expectations are for higher level service. Something needs to be done before irreversible damage.