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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 - 11:30 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: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 267
    Excellent
  • 152
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Best MiddleEastern Food anywhere

Wonderful varied middle eastern cuisine. Great service and helpful in choosing dishes. My favorite restaurant of all time

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Amy G
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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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474 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Wonderful varied middle eastern cuisine. Great service and helpful in choosing dishes. My favorite restaurant of all time

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Our first visit. Food wasfresh, unusual and excellent. Our sever was very knowledgeable and helpful. we will be back.

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London, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We were recommended to come here for "amazing Lebanese food". We are pretty spoiled locally in London with great Lebanese places so had high expectations. There was no denying the food was good - not the best - but tasty. However, the service and atmosphere wasn't that great. Our table was right at the back and quite dark - really... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

My first time visiting the restaurant, and I was amazed with how large the restaurant was, the staff was very friendly and the food was absolutely delicious from the appetizers to dessert. I would recommend the lamb chops, it's to die for. The waiter who served us was very knowledgeable and on point with everything on the menu. Thumbs up... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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243 reviews 243 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

If you are looking for quality and authentic Arabic food, then Ilili is the best place to visit. The place is very overpriced but the quality of food is amazing. I LIKED EVERYTHING ON THE MENU Here are some highlights: Kibbeh Falafel (oddly shaped as boxes) Veal bacon in atayif Hummus with meat Batata harra

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New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Had dinner tonight with some friends. The service was not good; the food was not good. It was unpleasant experience.

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Started off having drinks off the happy hour menu at the lounge while waiting for friends. The happy hour menu looked great and prices on the food and drinks ($7-$8) were reasonable. We were seated at a nice large table for 5. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful. We each ordered 2 plates from the left side of the... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We were referred by staff (all of them) at The Churchill Tavern, after explaining that we would love to have neighborhood, ethnic food. They highly recommended this excellent Lebanese restaurant, stating that the food was excellent and that we would have a great, unique experience. It was all of that and more. Our waitress April was friendly, helpful and informative... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We dined with friends and ordered a sampling item with about 10 different dishes each one more amazing than the next. The wait staff was outstanding and made recommendations that added to the wonderful evening. They also allowed us to stay quite late.

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Oslo, Norway
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This has definitely won the award for worst restaurant experience ever. We were served cold food, the kebbeh we ordered tasted like it has spoiled beef in it. the blonde haired manager woman was rude. I have had plenty of lebanese food and this was a poor imitation of the real thing. The tables they have are small with uncomfortable... More 

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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, Greek, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?