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ilili

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236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001 (Between 27th & 28th)
N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
212-683-2929
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12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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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
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
Description: New York's premier contemporary Mediterranean restaurant offering inspired...
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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  • 349
    Excellent
  • 193
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
We had reservation for lunch. Did not take long to be seated. Service was very good. Food was very enjoyable.

Great service. Good food. I will be going back again to try different options on menu. I love Mediterranean food. Great choice of appetizers and main courses.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
SSDNY
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New York City
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New York City
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166 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service. Good food. I will be going back again to try different options on menu. I love Mediterranean food. Great choice of appetizers and main courses.

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Thank SSDNY
Albany, New York
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An excellent array of small dishes to please any diner, all authentic in spicing and execution with a modern feel. The restaurant is very attractive and the service polished. A gret spot.

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Thank lupaglupa
New York
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76 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We happened upon this restaurant while strolling the neighborhood near our hotel. Turned out to be a delightful surprise with terrific food (well-sized portions) and attentive service. I had the steak while my other guest enjoyed the seafood, both of which were attractively presented once we placed the order. Getting seated, however, took a while even though the restaurant was... More 

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Thank xel100176
Ottawa, Canada
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112 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was restaurant week in NYC during my visit, and this place was near my hotel. Little did I realize that I was in for a superb and highly memorable meal. This place has a really nice vibe, a hum, a buzz, but not noisy. It's warm, and cosily lit, and my server was excellent. But the food. OMG, the... More 

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Thank JenAnnB
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must try the grape leaves - amazing appetizer , I have tried them at many places but these are good too ! I didnt however love the Falafel, Their wine is goood but pricey :) lives up to the name of the upscale restaurant ! But overall must do !

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Thank Akanksha G
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's worth trying. If your in the city, and you love Lebanese food then you should pass by and have a good meal. I've tried the Humms and lebna as an appetizer. Both were delicious!! Sure they were home made with fresh ingredients not out a box. For main dish I had the chicken Shish Kabab & Riz ! It's... More 

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Thank NajlaAlkuwari
Miami, Florida
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Lebanese restaurant with some Mediterranean dishes is a true gem. I was formerly married to a Lebanese, and I learned how to spot good quality food. The restaurant has two floors and a large bar area. It gets loud - but that's typical! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who's interested in learning about their French and Mediterranean... More 

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Thank M B
New York City, New York
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296 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited ilili for drinks and short eats. The place was much larger than expected and had a nice lounge area near the bar which frankly looked nicer than the main table seating area. Our cocktails were good as were the snacks we ordered, especially the beef shawarma.

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Thank ShareKhan4
Campinas, SP
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91 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tastefull food, menu with many options, a reasonable wine list and very sympathetic staff. Would be back.

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Thank otavioclark
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was not great a bit too salty overall but great atmosphere, would say better to meet friends for a couple of drinks and snacks.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001
    (Between 27th & 28th)
  • Public Transportation: N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighborhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: 212-683-2929

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 75
  • Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups

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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?