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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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12:00 pm - 10:30 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 254
    Excellent
  • 146
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent!

We stopped in for a light lunch and were amazed! The staff was exceedingly friendly and informative, the food was well prepared and delicious. I highly recommend anything at this restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Sacramento, California
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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451 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sacramento, California
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We stopped in for a light lunch and were amazed! The staff was exceedingly friendly and informative, the food was well prepared and delicious. I highly recommend anything at this restaurant.

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Brooklyn, New York
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167 reviews 167 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Ilili has a middle eastern menu, many items are typical of a local ethnic type restaurants, i.e. hummus and moujadara. The decor leaves a lot to be desired, a large cavernous space with fabric draping some of the walls. Tables are on top of each other. The service was fine. We selected a whipped chankleesh and mouhamara, both served with... More 

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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

If you want to have some wonderful Mediterranean (Lebanese) dishes this is the place to do it in. The interiors are wonderfully done and very inviting. The food is authentic and served well. Good atmosphere, great service, outstanding food.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the atmosphere at this restaurant! Dined here with coworkers. It is a bit on the noisier side, however,the food was excellent! With so many great things on the menu, we decided to just order wine and try most of the appetizers/small plates. Of all the fabulous dishes.. I absolutely loved their Brussel Sprouts! Do not leave without trying!

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Lier, Norway
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I booked here following recommendations from another web site beginning with y. First impressions on arrival were not that great as I didn't find the noisy and casual ground floor bar layout very appealing. But I was led upstairs into a quieter, simple dining room with appropriately-spaced linen-covered tables. Our waiter approached and then the fun began. I was fairly... More 

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Houston
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114 reviews 114 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This place is reasonable, happening, and delicious. Definitely try the kibbeh nayeh (imagine a Lebanese steak tartare). Wonderful service. We will be back.

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West Milford, New Jersey
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I went here with a big group of friends to kick off my friend's bachelorette party. Someone should've warned me about how much food they were going to serve. We got the prixe fixe, since we were a large group. I thought our meal was over when they started bringing out our main course! That's how much food they served.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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141 reviews 141 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My wife and I were able to escape to NYC for a night and chose this for dinner. It was excellent. Great drink selection. You can literally fill up on small plates. The Hummus was wonderful, if you get nothing else get the Brussel Sprouts and the falafel. My head was about to explode because there were so many things... More 

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houston
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Wow! I visited Ilili with family and friends recently. This was my first visit. Others in the party have been there many times. This was the highlight restaurant in this trip (thant even included some three Michelin star restaurants). The food is even better than the top Lebanese restaurants in Lebanon. Everything was done to perfection. The Raw Kibbe is... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A co-worker sent me here and I was not disappointed. Great space, cocktails and food! We had the restaurant week menu and it was a LOT of food... quite delicious

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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: Greek, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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

Questions & Answers

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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?