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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 - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Not to be missed!

Great food, wonderful service, cool atmosphere. Ilili is not be missed, especially during Restaurant Week. I couldn't believe all the food we got. It was a great way to try a wide variety of dishes. We will be back for sure!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Richmond, Virginia
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  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great food, wonderful service, cool atmosphere. Ilili is not be missed, especially during Restaurant Week. I couldn't believe all the food we got. It was a great way to try a wide variety of dishes. We will be back for sure!

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Stuart, FL
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is now known to be an outstanding modern update to Lebanon's cuisine...the food will most definitely not disappoint. It is flawless and is delivered in a very user friendly way by a highly competent wait staff - follow their astute recommendations and you'll be delighted. However, the tables for two are not in the more desirable main dining room.... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Have eaten here three times and it has become my favorite restaurant. Recommend the Kibbeh Bi Laban, Kebab Kerez and for dessert the Ashta, The service was excellent.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It is a mixture of Lebanese, Turkish and middle eastern. Delicious food in a sophisticated setting. Great "it crowd" with a good vibe. Service above average, they explain the cuisine and they suggest the special dishes on the menu. I loved it

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new york
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

As a passionate follower of Lebanese cuisine... I seek them out everywhere I go: London, Paris, Cannes, Amman, Tel Aviv... The best are usually quick bistro style palaces, however, NYC has a fine dining establishment and it is the best. (London, Paris are you listening...) Em Sherif, in Beirut a rival, but getting there makes it a bit difficult. I... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The food is insane! So good! Lebanese classics with a modern twist. The space is huge, really good for groups. If you eat with just one other person, they will probably seat you upstairs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This restaurant truly lives up to its five-star dining rating! I'm in town on business and decided to dine after reading up on this restaurant. My waiter, Patrick was fantastic and I would definitely go back again. The Kale and fatoosh salad and lobster hummus were amazing. Thank you Berlin for the Warm Date Cake!!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Went to this place for dinner during my business trip to NYC. The place was really average. It was quite empty in the lounge area and I sat at the bar. The food was ok but nothing special.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

So now I have to eat my words. I finally went here to eat with my parents. Both the food and service were amazing. My middle eastern dad was absolutely in love with the food. We did a meal of appetizers. Hummus with added Basterma - the hummus was the same as anywhere else but my dad was over the... More 

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Carmel, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We love ilili! The food is spectacular and the service is excellent. This is wonderful Middle Eastern food. If you want the best, ask your wait staff for recommendations and be willing to try new things. We will definitely be back whenever we are in New York.

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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: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern

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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: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?