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236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001 (Manhattan)
212-683-2929
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Ranked #204 of 11,690 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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Belo Horizonte, MG
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW

At Ilili you can find fine middle-eastern food in a calm atmosphere and with kind service. Prices are moderate to high but are well compensated by the high quality of the appertizers and main courses. Refreshing drinks of Lebanese arak are served with perfection. Do not forget to call in advance and make a reservation.

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Usa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Great atmosphere, with friendly service. Many menu items that weren't familiar but sounded great. Went for the branzino, with a side of an awesome concoction starring brussels sprouts. Everything my friend and I tried was excellent as was the Lebanese beer.

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Houston, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

It isn't quite like the Lebanese feast one gets in the Middle East, but it was close enough. Nice selection of dishes and option to serve them family style. We ordered quite a cross section of dishes. The lamb was great. The bread was perhaps the best of that style I have ever head - very puffy and light and... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

My husband & I decided to go here on a whim; we wanted to eat Mediterranean and looked up ilili which was close by. We walked in without a booking & had drinks at the bar during the 40 min wait for a table. The vibe was happening and although a little crowded at the bar it had a great... More

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Toronto, Canada
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172 reviews 172 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

THe place is very, very large. Located on Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District, it is probably one of the largest restaurants in the area. The food is delicious: I ordered the eggplant and the kubbeh with yogurt, it was more than enough for one person. It is best to go in a group to be able to share. Service... More

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Smithtown, New York, United States
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122 reviews 122 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Great Middle Easternn food, but this one is pricier than your typical middle eastern restaurant. The menu is a la carte so you wind up paying extra for every little thing. The salad was average size but expensive. My trout was excellent but came with nothing. you get charged for a second small cup of coffee and the wine pours... More

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Stockholm
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This restaurant has excellent Mediterranean/Libanese food and excellent service. A bit pricey but worth it.

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Edina, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

For our 3-day long weekend in Manhattan, this choice was our 'gourmet' dining experience. We had looked at the menu online and really liked the Lebanese/Middle Eastern offerings. We arrived a few minutes late for our 7:30 reservation and were informed that our table would be ready in a few minutes. The wait wasn't long. We were seated in a... More

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New York City, New York
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

For some people, restaurant hopping and talking become quite the agenda in life. So if it is about a tick in the box and another expensive restaurant tried and closed, I would say you rightly arrived at ILILI and spent your hundreds. For a Wednesday evening, the place was quite crowded. We had a reservation and were given a round... More

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

(Please click the useful button if you find this review useful) Decor: 2/5 Very simple and modern with nothing interesting going on. Service: 4/5 Quite friendly and efficient (Thank you Lauren!) but... (I'll mention this later) Food: 2/5 So disappointing! Shocking how bad it actually was! Clean: 2/5 Dining rooms are decent but restrooms are a sorry sight. Parking: If... 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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