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“What an amazing place. Great cocktails, great food and service. You gotta try the Brussels sprouts!” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #219 of 11,777 Restaurants in New York City
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.
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“What an amazing place. Great cocktails, great food and service. You gotta try the Brussels sprouts!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Just the best Lebanese I've ever had. Better than Maroush on the Edgeware Road in London. Great decor, cocktails, food and even better service. Nothing too much effort and time to think and enjoy what you order.
The Brussels sprouts and the cauliflower dishes are so unusual but taste sensational. The Rose wine from New York was such a great accompaniment to the fine food.
We will recommend this to all of our friends and not fear taking our friends who are vegetarian out for dinner when such great things are available.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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new york
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“great food, so-so ambiance”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The decor isn't bad but nothing special, the music was a bit annoying so globally the ambiance is not the best. No major complaint but they could put a little more effort into it. As for the food, we got some mezze to share (five for 2), the food was good and that was enough to satisfy our appetites.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Eh.....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Food is ok decor is ok service is ok and B&T crowds flock. It would fit perfectly in a suburban mall.
Very midtown.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Greek, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Dining room was nice, simple yet elegant however the Bar area looked fun.

The food was great however they charge for simple condiments like pickled chillies, etc which in normal Greek, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern come with dishes.

Visited July 2013
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Long Island
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34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great taste of the Middle East”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We were here in a group of 6 for a birthday celebration. The reservation was honored immediately, and efficeintly, which is a huge plus for a crowded establishment. This is a pretty large restaurant; it does not look like that from the outside.

Since this was the first time any of our party was dining on Lebanese cuisine, we asked the waitress for he suggestions, and followed through with them. Fortunately, the appetizers as well as the main courses are perfect for sharing. She brought out several appetizers, and each one was terrific. I'm not even sure what some of the food was! But I can report that it was all uniformly delciious. One of the appetizers was a duck pancake, that was my personal favorite.

We ordered the Mixed Grill, which is meant for 2 people. Along with this, we ordered 2 plates of scallops and one more chicken dish.

The dinners are not huge, and we did not walk away from there over stuffed, but we were pleasantly full.

We will definitely be back!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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