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236 5th Ave, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001-7606 (Between 27th & 28th)
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Open now
All 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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Curitiba, PR
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food, atmosphere, really very nice. The price is reasonable for the food quality. But the service, is very bad. The humor of the attendants is really depressing. Some time, some arrogance may appear on the air..

Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There are so many great things here. Bar scene is fun. And food is incredible. Phoenician fries. Brussels sprouts Lentil croquettes. Fabulous "candy bar" dessert. Dark chocolate, salted caramel and more.

Thank marjoryrobertson
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

well I wasn't sure if I go to ilili since I am from Lebanon and wanted to try other than lebanese food but I heard a lot of it and decided to go. first it s located in excellent neighborhood the restaurant is well decorated , u have a bar at the entrance where u can enjoy drinks or some... More 

Thank zeinakk
Center Point, Texas
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88 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in NYC to meet an old friend who spoke at the UN General Assembly. He hosted a lunch and we had some time in the afternoon before the next obligations. We wandered around a bit, wound up at 236 5th Ave walked in, sat in the bar area, ordered a bottle of Leoville Poyferre and spent a great... More 

Thank EdStory
Paris, France
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The first impression you get as you walk in is the high level of noise. The decoration is clean and warm at the same time thanks to the wood panels. The food is excellent although you have to wait for quite a long time. If you like Lebanese food, do not miss this restaurant.

Thank Emmanuelle6519
San Luis Obispo, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my must go to places whenever I am in NYC! The menu is a wonderful variety of Lebanese dishes to share as well as small plates. The brussels sprouts and roasted chicken were the best ever! Great servers, wonderful atmosphere, super food for your $$$!

Thank LynneSLO
Rockwall, Texas
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426 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful lunch here! Stopped in without reservations and were very impressed over the interior. The architecture is very beautiful, with high coffered ceilings and beautiful decor. Even the restrooms were impressive. Our service was top notch (thanks, Alejandr!). The drinks and food were all delicious and well-priced. The Levantine lemonade was especially delicious. We ordered the hummus... More 

Thank 860SusanB860
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow - I have been to this restaurant a couple of times - we pushed the boat out and had some delicious Lebanese red wine, Humous with jalapeños, scallops and crispy egg-plant, every course is refreshed with freshly cooked bread, the service is knowledgable and very efficient. Louder and more fun on the ground floor and more intimate and quieter... More 

Thank Philippa B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed Lebanese food and their wide selection. Prior reservation is required as the place was packed. The resturant felt a bit congested and the service could have been better but the food made up for all these glitches.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
New York, New York, United States
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174 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a connoisseur in Lebanese cuisine, I wad ready to adventure into new grounds. And this fashionable Manhattan restaurant breaks new ground indeed. Apart from the mezze and the grilled classics of Lebanese cuisine, the Lebanese owners have purpotedly decided to go beyong that, and mix and match a lot of flavours and savours. And, most of the time, it... More 

Thank Aboudy G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$50 - $75
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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
Business meetings, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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
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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