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ilili

236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001 (Manhattan)
212-683-2929
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Ranked #184 of 11,584 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $75
Hours:
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
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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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
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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Washington DC
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

My best friend is an Egyptian-American foodie and culture-based at home cook and she was over the moon in love with the food at Ilili (pronounced: ee-lee-lee, meaning "soft whisper.") There are some modern interpretations of the menu, still authentic, but it was the complex flavors that won us both over. The service left nothing to be desired, and the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Food was quite good. Fresh Lebanese bread was delicious. Order the Chankleesh & the Kebab Kerez meatballs. Think the vibe and interiors could have been better, was nice but a little boring compared to some of the other places we dined.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Simply excellent ! The food was perfect and same with the service. Will sure recommend this place for Lebanese food lovers !

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Atlanta
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience with Angel's recommendations. The ambience, food and service were outstanding from start to finish. Highly recommend Ilili.

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Oslo, Norway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Went here for a lunch/brunch, and had the jalapeno hummus and the lamb dip. The desserts also looked amazing. Delicious food and great service.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Enjoyed a meal of Lebanese small plates in this stylish flatiron district restaurant. Our waitress April was very attentive and knowledgeable. All her recommendations were outstanding especially the fluke and the red wine. For our weekend in NYC we were looking for a restaurant that was relaxed yet worthy of a celebration and this was a perfect selection. April overheard... More

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Wilton, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We went here pre-concert. Positively every dish we tried was delicious! The wait staff was attentive and very knowledgeable and helped us pick out the meal and the wine. Recommend the Duck Shawarma and the Brussel Sprouts! This dish made me a fan of brussel sprouts, where I would have avoided them previously. Eat here. You won't be disappointed.

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Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very good lebanese restaurant on Fifth Avenue. The atmosphere is amazing! We shared meze with 4 persons. It was excellent! The staff is so helpfull and kind! Next time in NY: we will return!!

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New York City, New York
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175 reviews 175 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Were invited out here for dinner. Would normally not chose Lebanese food but it far exceeded expectations. Fresh and plenty of variety. We shared some small plates of hummus, meatballs and shrimps. I had the lamb shank. Amazingly tasty.

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Tracy, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

we asked our hotel people for good restaurants and they gave us a list of fancy, moderate, and fast food restaurants local to them and this was on the moderate list. When we got there the hostess asked if we had reservations and of course we didnt-we didnt realize we needed to..but she said it was ok but if we... More

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Additional Information about ilili

Address: 236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001
Phone Number: 212-683-2929
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 50 - 75
Cuisine: Greek, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

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