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236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001 (Manhattan)
212-683-2929
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Ranked #217 of 11,777 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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Montreal, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited this restaurant for the third time last week. Everything we had was great as usual except for maybe the Brussels sprouts, a little too much sauce for our tastes. I found it to be a little expensive for lunch , four people, one glass of wine , $250.00

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Danbury, Connecticut
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96 reviews 96 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Came here for a work team dinner. Our party of twelve was seated in a side room and had a prix fixe menu with tons of various plates to pass and share. The food was absolutely delicious - hummus, brussel sprouts, citrus trout, mekanek (sausage) were my standout favorites. Our waiter was decent and appeared to be managing a lot... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Middle eastern food is wonderful but portions are large - don't over-order! Brussel sprouts are to die for!

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New York City, New York
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101 reviews 101 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We really enjoyed this restaurant. An old friend who knows that they hubby and I are foodies recommended that we check out Ilili and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is huge! It's nicely laid out with a very cozy feel. The staff makes you feel welcome right away. The server explained how the menu works and gave us an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We ordered a few recommendations from our server and she was on the money. The food was amazing! Not a boring same old same old dish- new and exciting and full of flavors! Get the kibbeh tar tar, it's delicious! As well as everything else we ordered, including dessert. Treat yourself to an experience with your meal.

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Very nice restaurant. Friendly and helpful staff who very helpfully explained the menu and made some excellent suggestions of dishes to try (who would have thought that a warm Brussels sprout and walnut salad would taste so good). The food was excellent - very taste and also light and healthy. Well worth a visit - I will return.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My husband and I have been here numerous times and the food and service is always consistent. The food is very tasty and just amazing. The staff are very knowledgeable about the menu and offer great suggestions. We have yet to be disappointed.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We had dinner here with the three of us. As we are all vegetarians and had no idea what to choose, we asked the waiter to come up with something and he did! Everything was delicious. It's not cheap but if you want a real night out with real good food, this is your restaurant.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Literary everything and this place was so cool. The food was original and absolutely delicious. Like, I love meat but we had vegetarian and I didn't miss anything... The place looks beautiful and the waiters and waitresses were so friendly and professional. They just created an entire meal for us without us even seeing the menu and there wasn't a... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

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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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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