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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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5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 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, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 247
    Excellent
  • 136
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 11
    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
Most recent review
Authentic yet Innovative

I am so pleased with this discovery on my last visit to NYC. Restaurants that combine traditional Lebanese cuisine with inventive touches are rare—and often not especially successful. IIlili succeeds admirably where others have failed, in delivering outstanding authentic quality and taste, while... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
foodie019
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I am so pleased with this discovery on my last visit to NYC. Restaurants that combine traditional Lebanese cuisine with inventive touches are rare—and often not especially successful. IIlili succeeds admirably where others have failed, in delivering outstanding authentic quality and taste, while at the same time teasing the palate with fine touches and creative variations on familiar themes. A... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We found this restaurant by accident while on a 4 day trip to New York and decided to book for my birthday evening out. Having not tried Lebenese food before we were guided expertly by Julie our waitress who helped us to choose a wide variety of dishes and wine. The restaurant was busy but had a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere.... More 

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Melbourne
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

First class food and service. Would recommend this restaraunt to anyone visiting NY. Ambience and selection of mixed Mezze plate makes for a great dining experience.

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Would recommend this place to anyone. The food is amazing and the beer is great. Almaza beer is phenomenal and mixed drinks are very good. Nothing bad on this menu. Explore away!

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We went to Ilili for dinner and what an amazing time we had! The restaurant is very well done with great crowd and an amazing menu. We opted for a large variety of starters, in an effort to try as many different flavors as possible. The Hommus with the pine nuts, the chankleesh and the fattoush were really, really good... More 

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Top Contributor
437 reviews 437 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

ilili provided us with a genuinely superb meal. The setting is nice, the service was terrific(our server, Maya, was friendly and attentive), the drinks were strong and the meal itself was amazing. All of the dishes were excellent, but particularly great were the eggplant and cauliflower appetizers and the candy bar desserts. ilili is expensive, but well worth it.

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Jalandhar, India
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Ilili is a smart Lebanese restaurant whereby traditional Lebanese dishes are served in a modern fashion. Lot of options for vegetarians as well... very busy, reservations recommended.

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Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Great Hummus. Food is very good. Ambiance is also very good. I would recommend this restaurant as a good option.

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New York, NY
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food, drinks, service - everything is outstanding here. I've been here numerous times with large groups (10 people) and also just as a couple, and have never had a bad experience. I don't want to make any food recommendations because everything is delicious - you can't go wrong.

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Long Island City
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71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great place to show off. You pay quite a bit but great food, loud music and attitude that is actually not annoying. It works though because the service is still nice and the place looks good. Once in a while it is fine.

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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: Greek, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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?