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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: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 42
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Option for Lebanese Veg food

I visited Ilili along with my friends. We ordered harra potato, brussel sprouts and lamb kebabs. I am a hardcore non-vegetarian but I would skip meat to eat the brussel sprouts and potatoes. The flavour of the food was excellent. It was tasty and not just salty. I liked the lamb kebabs as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
imjan
Good for:
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  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I visited Ilili along with my friends. We ordered harra potato, brussel sprouts and lamb kebabs. I am a hardcore non-vegetarian but I would skip meat to eat the brussel sprouts and potatoes. The flavour of the food was excellent. It was tasty and not just salty. I liked the lamb kebabs as well. The killer was the dessert. They... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I went here for Valentine's day. While the food is delicious, it's not the most authentic (I lived in Lebanon for a little bit for work). Also we had the prix fix menu special w/ wine paring which is what they offered for that occasion and unfortunately they rushed us the entire time - removed plates before we could finish.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My colleagues and I had an amazing meal here. The dishes were a modern and creative twist on traditional Lebanese cooking. We were unfamiliar with the names of the dishes on the menu so we had our delightful waiter suggest a few popular dishes and they did not disappoint! I am someone who usually doesn't enjoy Lebanese food that much,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Beautifully decorated and conveniently located, this gem is not to be missed. The restaurant is loud, but the noise did not affect our enthusiasm for the interesting flavors we were experiencing. Of course we had the famous Brussel Sprouts, which lived up to their excellent reputation. The duck was delicious and the gnocchi was the most interesting of all. Adding... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The food was fine, if unspectacular. The service was slow and I came out of the restaurant hoarse as a result of shouting in order to be heard. Not a good value for the high price.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We are here as s family of five. Though the good was tasty, it was way overpriced for what we got. Definitely disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Loved the food, excellent options served tapas style. The service was great but it was so loud no one at our table could hear anything.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

An excellent choice in NY. Food, service and atmosphere, everything worth the visit. During week days there is also a budget option at $38 including 2 starters, main and dessert.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Food was awesome but service was way too slow. We had to wait about 45 minutes to just get the check. Also, it's a very noisy place with small tables so that's too many people in one big room. I give 5 stars for food but rest of it is Eh...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

What an exciting new(ish) entrant into the world of Mediterranean cuisine, AND in the hip NoMad area. Ilili is great for groups since much of the food is meant to be shared, and the place is unusually large for New York, providing ample interpersonal space (also a rarity in New York). Great service, consistent flavors - definitely will be back... 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: Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business

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?