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236 5th Ave, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001-7606 (Between 27th & 28th)
12126832929
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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
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Long Island
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very well appointed and swanky. The servers were excellent and the food was delicious. We had the moussaka and the dandelion salad with Phoenician lemonade. I would definitely go back.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything about our experience at Ilili was delightful. The food was amazing, the service was attentive making for a lovely evening. The server was most helpful in choosing an assortment of dishes to enjoy. I will return soon.

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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120 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Crowded is usually a good thing if you want to meet a lot of people, but crowded when you're eating might be something else. There were too many sitting guests for what the tables were made for, so it felt a bit like you were barhanging instead of enjoying some good food. But the dishes are still going strong, some... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A Lebanese friend recommended we book at Ilili, it being one of her favorite spots to dine in New York. The food did not disappoint! Our server was right on in indicating that our order would be sufficient, and made suggestions as to which dishes were the most appropriate to share. She even held back some of our order so... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had seen a short clip about Ilili online a few months back, and decided that we'd definitely want to see what a Michelin rated Arabic restaurant would actually mean. So this was one of the first places we hit up once we got back to NY. The place is really cool, has a nice lively buzz to it. We... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was my second time in Ilili, the food is excellent, they give good sugestions, talk about the size of the portions, what helps a lot. The waitress was very friendly and Helpful.

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Thank Estela R
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a res for two at an early hour on a Monday night. On arrival was told I could sit at the bar or the "lounge" until my guest arrived. Opted for the bar and ordered a martini. Small glass but big price. Although well made. Guest arrives. Hostess says she cannot honor my request for a table in the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good option for dinner and drinks. The ambiance is not the greatest, but is fairly ok for drinks and dinner. It is a place to go with people, as plates are serve with the idea to share (not that they are big) as there are lots of appetizers. Everything was good, but the Kibbeh Naye Beirutieh was amazing. For sure... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely delicious food. Was not sure what to get and the waiter recommended a few items. We did the lunch special for $29 which was an appetizer, main and a dessert. Highly recommended!

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Antwerp Province, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

both service and food were great! also the atmosphere and setting were amazing. we went during restaurantweek and just loved it. would go back!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$50 - $75
Cuisine
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 5th Ave, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001-7606
    (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: 12126832929
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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