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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 #191 of 11,649 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Greek, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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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
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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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English first
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Got there quite late in the evening - around 10 and was surprised to see the place buzzing with energy , so i was ushered to a table and you could see that people were really enjoying their food . So we ordered our part and i have to say - it was quite a nice experience , really good... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Went here for a family birthday and loved it! The menu is great with lots of variety. The waiter was great who made great recommendations - the phonecian fries and the brussel sprouts were amazing as was the rib eye. We tried an amazing dessert as well. The reason I did not give it a 5 was that I thought... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My boyfriend and I ate lunch here Memorial Day weekend, and it was sooo delicious! Our server was Rolando, he was great! He was very professional, engaging, really knew the menu and made some killer recommendations (brussels sprouts were our favorite). Make sure you try the french fries (with some type of garlic dip), as well as the classics (labneh,... More

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Liked the food and ambiance, plus the service was excellent. The only downsize to it was the noise. It made it very difficult for our group to have a conversation.They need to do something about the extreme noise.

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New York City, New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I'm loathe to write such a negative review after not trying the food but the customer service was really the worst I've ever experienced in NYC that I honestly think this place deserves negative stars. We made a reservation weeks in advance to celebrate the visit of a friend who had moved overseas and informed the restaurant at the time... More

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Portsmouth
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

I'm not sure what this restaurant is trying to be. With its dark frontage, loud music, low lighting and young staff it distinctly feels like a rather swanky bar. But the food is Mediterranean. Very tasty and carefully presented Mediterranean food. Now my experience of the Mediterranean is quiet slow paced restaurants where the food is quite rustic. Honestly, I... More

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Southwest Ranches, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My husband and I had lunch here and it was so delicious! Our waiter gave great explanations of each dish, good recommendations, and was very nice. We ate a bit heavy for lunchtime, but it was totally worth being stuffed the rest of the day. For appetizers we ordered falafel, brussel sprouts, and hummus. The kitchen made a mistake and... More

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Cairo, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was my first time at Ilili, and I will have to put a check next to "bar scene." It is huge, almost a half a city block. (Pix below), but the high ceilings make it very loud in the main dining area, so be sure and ask for a more quiet location, which is upstairs in a nice, cozy... More

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Syosset, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is one of our top 5 places to eat in NYC. Amazing food and really good service. We always try something new.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was the most wonderful meal we have had, the wait staff was helpful and recommendations were spot on. The food was beyond delicious, we had many dishes and everyone was tasty. All trips to NYC will include a meal at this restaurant

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