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236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001 (Between 27th & 28th)
12126832929
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12:00 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
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Turku, Finland
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great dinner in a relaxed ambience. We waited practically 3 minutes to get a table in a busy Friday evening. Food was tasty and service was pleasant.

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Thank Timo H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very fancy decorations and services. They have very tasty food "even though It doesn't taste as real mediterranean food". But we had a great experience there and my family and friend loved it as well.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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661 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice place but quite pricey for what you get. The food was very good as was the service. The atmosphere is lively with a pretty young crowd.

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Wilton, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were recently condo shopping and in between open houses found ourselves very hungry and near this restaurant. My daughters friends rave about their good food so we went in for lunch. The price fixed brunch was a good deal and so we ordered. Everything was delicious. We were fighting over the potatoes and the beets they were that special.... More 

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Keswick, Virginia
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a happening place-loud and frenetic with attractive customers. We were seated in a quiet empty upstairs room reached by a circuitous route. When seated I assumed the room would fill up since I had seen the hostess turn away people without reservations. That was not the case - only two other tables were occupied by the time we... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten a far amount of Middle Eastern food. And when we go to a high-end restaurant, I do considerable research ahead of time. This was the most expensive Middle Eastern place I have been to, and the food was average at best. First, the waiter suggested we order 3-4 dishes each. We had six between us, and it... More 

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Thank foodfellow5
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an amazing dinner. Our waiter, Patrick was awesome. His suggested menus selections were right on. From appetizers to desert he shared the Lebanese cuisine with us. Fabulous food. Would highly recommend this place.

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Thank Mepots
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is well located with good design and décor. The waiters, fully dressed in black, sound like shadows circulating in the restaurant, which is somewhat strange. Service is appropriate. Food is good, but not great: good presentation, well prepared and tasteful (though not as it could/should be). Avoid the wines - the quality of Lebanese wines is poor and... More 

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Newyork
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at ilili for a quick lunch. The ambience is elegant and the decor is very nice. We ordered the lamb burger which was excellent. The Chakcouka eggs needed more flavor and were quite boring.

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Thank jhanjhar
Boston
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113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I love Middle Eastern food, but most Middle Eastern restaurants are small, casual, no-frills places. Ilili, on the other hand is large, urbane and sophisticated. Best of all, the food is far better than what's served at the typical restaurants. I went there with 2 other people, and we shared a selection of cold and hot meze dishes. I was... More 

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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene
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 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: 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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