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236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #181 of 11,626 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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90% Recommend
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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 NEW 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 NEW

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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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I were looking for a good place for middle eastern food before we saw a Broadway play. Ilili was a good choice --- the food was good, and the service was amazing. Everything that we had was very good, with the exception of the warm eggplant which was pretty tasteless and boring. My only other gripe was... More

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new york
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591 reviews 591 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Make sure you see the restrooms, nice service. Quite large. Lamb burger delicious. 25 dollar lunch special even when not restaurant week

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Every dish and every bite was delicious including the Brussel Sprouts that everyone keeps talking about. The service was terrific. I liked the fact that the waitress paired certain dishes (we ordered "tapas" style) so that they came out at the same time. She was right on with her suggestions. I will certainly return to this jewel of a place.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This appears to be a very popular spot for NY diners, and it certainly seems to have earned it's praise and outstanding reputation. Everything we tried on the menu was very good, (and described as having a Syrian influence) but the: Baba Ghannouj, Fresh pita, Kebab Kerez, Duck Shawarma, Mixed Grill, and Ilili Candy Bar are MUSTS! While the atmosphere... More

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London, United Kingdom
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135 reviews 135 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Lebanese is rare in NYC, I wish it was like London! So this is a good choice in the context. Nice food, properly done, interesting modern deco and good service.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The baba ganoush was bland. The pita bread is home made, but just okay. The falafel appetizer was good and different. Our dinners were not very good, except for a small dollop of tahini. Interesting presentation, but the food doesn't live up to its appearance. The main room of the restaurant and the bar have a cool design. The room... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This restaurant has a buzz from the moment you walk in. Our host was extremely helpful in guiding us through the menu and the results were superb. Great mezze plates for sharing and wonderful lamb main courses. Staff were very attentive without spoiling your evening. Would recommend a visit to anyone interested in exploring something different

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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76 reviews 76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I enjoyed quite a feast at ilili a few months ago. The menu is mostly set up for items to be shared so we tried many things and everything was excellent. The food is not only delicious but also unexpected in terms of flavor combinations. Highlights were the meatballs, brussel sprouts and moussaka but nothing disappointed. The cocktails were imaginative... More

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