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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 #207 of 11,577 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
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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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New York City, New York
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173 reviews 173 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Were invited out here for dinner. Would normally not chose Lebanese food but it far exceeded expectations. Fresh and plenty of variety. We shared some small plates of hummus, meatballs and shrimps. I had the lamb shank. Amazingly tasty.

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Tracy, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

we asked our hotel people for good restaurants and they gave us a list of fancy, moderate, and fast food restaurants local to them and this was on the moderate list. When we got there the hostess asked if we had reservations and of course we didnt-we didnt realize we needed to..but she said it was ok but if we... More

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Smithville, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This place is hard to spot but well worth searching for. It's a bit on the pricey side but it's gourmet Middle Eastern food. The falafel, tabouli, Brussels sprouts, and lamb kebab were all great!!

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Dana Point, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We made a lunch reservation and were really excited after browsing the online menu and reading some good reviews . We love Lebanese food and clearly know what authentic means. The expectations were high but unfortunately the experience fell short ! Setting is clean and minimalistic, not as high end as you may expect from the address, menu / prices... More

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new jersey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

While the decor, service and attentiveness of this place is impressive, it really doesn't convey the impression of a truly middle eastern restaurant. The food is neither wholly middle eastern nor exceptional. I have had more authentic and better middle eastern food elsewhere. Most of the diners seemed to be on the side of a younger age bracket and the... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This restaurant is understated in appearance but overstated in taste and satisfaction. It's got many of the Greek or Lebenese mainstays but each is the most delicious you have ever tasted. Best hummus, best falafel (looks like mini brownies but don't let that scare you - to die for!), best baba ghanoush, best duck shawarma, best meatballs. I was stuffed... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Nice place for dinner, but fills up and gets dark quickly. Service was exceptional at first, but dwindled as we were there. We were probably there too long anyway. Advice is to share appetizers and get a variety of tastes.

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Santa Monica, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

What a lovely restaurant. It's beautiful, great location, they have a really nice bar area, and the place is just beautiful. We had a great dinner and everything was delicious. The service was excellent too. We shared a few plates on the table, which was great, and everything was fresh and delicious. I tried their octopus and its the best... More

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

Had lunch while in New York City on business during fashion week. I ordered two courses from the fixed-price menu ($25). My lamb burger with arugula was excellent – probably the best lamb burger I have tasted. The green lentils with crispy onions was a good side dish. Served cold, it has a mild flavor. If you like bold flavors,... More

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ards
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

A really interesting restaurant it was much bigger than I imagined but divided into smaller rooms to give atmosphere, they could have turned the lights up slightly ( we had to use the torches on our phones to read the menu and look at the plates to see what we where eating) We got lots of small courses a one... 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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