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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 #151 of 11,378 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $50 - $75
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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Orizaba, Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favourite places in New York, the atmosphere is excellent, is has low light with great felling. The food is very very good, it´s made home style and believe me when I say home style because I come from a very good cooking family and the cook middle eastern food and this place has it all.... More

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We went on a Saturday night and placing was full even on the second floor where we were seated.They have a nice cocktail list and drinks sans alcohol. The appetisers were great particularly the chicken livers and the falafel.We shared the mixed grill for 2 between 3 which with a fatoush salad and the fries was just right. The lamb... More

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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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123 reviews 123 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The Lebanese cuisine really is first class -- delicious, properly prepared, nicely presented. You will not go wrong with the food. However, this place is so popular, so crowded, it is very noisy and the staff like to keep the tables turning over. My group was told we could not be seated until everyone was present (we had one straggler),... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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163 reviews 163 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This place was hopping on a Saturday night at 9:00, so we had to wait a little while, but soon enough were plunked in a second floor room at the far end of the restaurant, which was actually nice because it wasn't as loud. Our waiter was perfect, very informative. Decor is very nice. And the food, as expected, was... More

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Palmerton, Pennsylvania, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We attend a show at least once a month and typically eat dinner around the theater district. I was in the mood for some good Middle Eastern food and after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor we decided on ilili. We were not disappointed. We order three different appetizers, baba ghanoush, duck shawarma, and falafel. The duck was just wonderful!... More

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New Canaan, CT
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108 reviews 108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I will definitely go back. The delicately spiced Lebanese food was top notch and reasonable for the city. The service was attentive. The only negative was the noise level. They definitely need to work on sound proofing. And they need to get traditional cardamom coffee to complement the desserts. That said, cucumber, lemon and ginger drink was refreshing. Moussaka, kibbe,... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This restaurant was the perfect place for a group of friend to meet. The atmosphere is modern and the food is delicious. We ordered several appetizers for the table and it was wonderful to try thing that I might not have ordered otherwise. The brussel-sprouts for example where surprisingly wonderful. The dinners were good size . Not too big and... More

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Minneapolis
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We were looking for a more special dinner out on our trip to NYC and this place has it all! I would describe it as a swanky 5th Ave Lebanese tapas restaurant. The food is out of this world. We were totally blown away by everything and we're pretty hard-core foodies. The atmosphere is very hip. The kind of place... More

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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137 reviews 137 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Good mediterranean - Lebanese option in NY. Very good wine list of Lebanese wines, plates have good sizes, price - ratio - quality not bad. The decoration is very nice.

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is Lebanese food at its finest, with a wonderful Lebanese red wine. We were 30 people at a private brunch upstairs. We started with cold appetizers followed by a selection of hot food, mostly vegetarian dishes but there were also some meat dishes as well. There was even a truffled egg dish, benedict style, that was fabulous Everything was... More

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