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“A gem at any time of day”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of ilili

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Ranked #144 of 13,554 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $75
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
New York City, New York
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A gem at any time of day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Illili looks AND tastes great. Modern, slick without being crass, imaginative food with lots of diverse tastes. Although some call it middle Eastern in influence, there are so many unusual tastes, I would classify it more as eclectic. Nice enough for Christmas eve, and anniversary, or even a business lunch.

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Best Lebanese in town!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

This place is just amazing, food cocktail, service, decor you name it!
You cant go wrong here! weather its for business of a date this is the place to go!
Make sure you make a reservation, they are pretty crowded even for lunch.

  • Visited July 2012
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Long Island City, New York
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Business or Leisure, it's always a Pleasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

This very modern , non-obtrusive , Mediterranean restaurant never fails to please. Their prix fixe lunch allows for combining Middle Eastern appetizers with main courses of a light repast or going more American bourgeois but always with a flair and good taste. Whether it is hummous and falafel or braised lamb and spinach with almonds, one never goes away without the feeling of having experienced a touch of gourmet. And if you need to transact a business conversation in a sedate atmosphere or you just want a fancy lunch with your friends, Iili is the place to go. For dinner it is a night to be remembered. The wait staff are very accommodating without playing obsequious and evidence a real approach to their craft. Kudos to this special place.

  • Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Exotic flavors in a chic setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Ilili has a good lunch special during the week of an appetizer and entree for $25. Their happy hour also has some great cocktails and bites for reasonable prices.

If you want a true feast though, get a few people together for dinner and try everything you can. I suggest ordering a bunch of small plates (Manti was hands-down the crowd favorite). Cauliflower and brussel sprouts, which I usually don't go for, where delicious. Duck Schwarma was very good, and they made mini ones so it could be more easily shared with the group. Grilled octopus and lamb meatballs had the men in the group salivating.

We only needed a mixed grill main course for two to follow up and it comes with vegetable ratatouille and a trio of mixed garlic whip which added great flavors.

  • Visited November 2012
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Worth the wait!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and I had dinner here in August of last year and it was fantastic. We hadn't booked and therefore had to wait about half an hour before we were seated. IT WAS WORTH IT! Service was great by a very knowledgeable waiter, this was probably only the second time we have eaten Lebanese and we were glad of his recommendations. The food was superb, sprouts and hommus particularly good and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
The atmosphere was lively, noisy to a degree but that was OK, it is New York after all.
Looking forward to going back this year.

  • Visited August 2012
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