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236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #187 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $50 - $75
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Greek, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Between 27th & 28th
Transit: N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
Description: New York's premier contemporary Mediterranean restaurant offering inspired Lebanese cuisine. The menu combines authentic dishes with modern Mediterranean influences to create a culinary journey for the palate and senses. The decor echoes the diverse menu, combining the architectural richness of old Lebanon with a style that's unmistakably New York. Music from around the globe and soft amber lighting create a sexy, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a relaxed meal. One of "The 8 Best Restaurants for Group Dining in New York", Zagat 2011.ilili is also the ideal destination for events, featuring perfect spaces for any occasion. Event menus range from hors d'oeuvres & cocktails to our signature shared menus for seated dinners.
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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Nice place for dinner, but fills up and gets dark quickly. Service was exceptional at first, but dwindled as we were there. We were probably there too long anyway. Advice is to share appetizers and get a variety of tastes.

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Santa Monica, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

What a lovely restaurant. It's beautiful, great location, they have a really nice bar area, and the place is just beautiful. We had a great dinner and everything was delicious. The service was excellent too. We shared a few plates on the table, which was great, and everything was fresh and delicious. I tried their octopus and its the best... More

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Had lunch while in New York City on business during fashion week. I ordered two courses from the fixed-price menu ($25). My lamb burger with arugula was excellent – probably the best lamb burger I have tasted. The green lentils with crispy onions was a good side dish. Served cold, it has a mild flavor. If you like bold flavors,... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A really interesting restaurant it was much bigger than I imagined but divided into smaller rooms to give atmosphere, they could have turned the lights up slightly ( we had to use the torches on our phones to read the menu and look at the plates to see what we where eating) We got lots of small courses a one... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The decoration is very nice and the waiters are attentive and helpful. Food is good, but portions are small and pricey. Middle East meals are supposed to be an earthy experience where dishes come in big portions to share and create a community feeling. Despite the quality of the food, the feeling was missing.

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New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This was my second trip to Ilili for a business lunch a mind this place does not disappoint. They're famous for their Brussels sprouts and I would say they're not to be missed. Describing Brussels sprouts as too rich to finish sounds counterintuitive. Just make sure you have a couple of people to share them. All the dips tried were... More

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Brampton, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

we were sad that we missed the New York eats festival that happened but none the less had to try this restaurant, and by far was definitely worth the trip out into the city to go there. food was delicious, I had the duck Sharwma and would definitely say it was the best item on their menu! the service here... More

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Vancouver, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

One of the best meals we had in New York! Service was fantastic and food was even better! The menu is a bit pricey but its definitely worth the extra money!

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New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Ilili is a beautiful restaurant. The staff is very kind - from the host stand to the runners and bussers. I thoroughly enjoyed my cocktail (from Beirut with passion) and the rest of our guests enjoyed the Chenin blanc they offered by the glass as well as a bottle of Tempranillo. The food, however, is nothing to rave about. I... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Got there quite late in the evening - around 10 and was surprised to see the place buzzing with energy , so i was ushered to a table and you could see that people were really enjoying their food . So we ordered our part and i have to say - it was quite a nice experience , really good... More

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