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“Best Lebanese food I've ever tasted.”
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Ranked #155 of 13,684 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $75
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Chicago, Illinois
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138 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Best Lebanese food I've ever tasted.”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Top-notch smokey, lemony babaganoosh, incredible roasted brussels sprouts with grapes, goat cheese and walnuts, and tasty, juicy deep-fried meat puffs started this meal. We followed it with scallops over a vegetable chutney and roasted trout stuffed with arugula and pine nuts, surrounded by citrus and a touch of hummous. Everything was best-in-class. The glass of Lebanese red wine I had was plenty good, with extra points for being something I had never tasted. The service was friendly and efficient. The front room has nicely spaced round tables for six or more. It looked casual and inviting. The room we at in had banquettes down both sides and the tables were packed all along them as tight as could be. This made conversation hard and noise levels high.

  • Visited April 2013
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Setauket, New York
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182 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Sophisticated Ny with an unusual twist”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Excellent ambience, chill with great service. Waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive, but not cloying. Food was an unusual fusion of middle eastern/eastern Mediterranean. Fully met, and then exceeded our expectations.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Stephen G
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southern US
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103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Beautiful and mouthwateringly good”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This place is a treasure! We were hooked from the time we walked in and saw all the beautiful warm wood, and the wooden and glass "box" seeming to hang in midair over the corridor. We ate upstairs in an intimate space.

The service was wonderful and the food spectacular. I have never eaten such refined, tasty, interesting and elegant versions of Lebanese food. We wanted to try every item on the menu. We probably had 12 small plates among us and every one was worth eating. I don't think you could go wrong here.

  • Visited March 2013
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New York
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Something a little different: Lebanese!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is not a cuisine that even comes to mind when I'm trying to think of places to go, so I am so thankful that friends brought us to this restaurant. Now, this is definitely on my list of go-to restaurants in the NoMad (North of Madison Park) area. The appetizers are so much fun to share. I don't think you can order too many! The waiter was friendly and helpful and great suggestions.

The main dining room is a lovely, contemporary room, with soaring ceilings. And the bar area just beyond the hostess station has a comfortable seating area and well-poured cocktails.

If you like Mediterranean food, definitely give this restaurant a try!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Vacationphobic
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Florence, South Carolina
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184 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Back again and not for the last time.”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Still the best Lebanese food I have had. Alexander is a thoughtful waiter, concocting some anise tea just to satisfy the whim of one of my companions.
This restaurant is areal treasure in all respects and the menu is complex but traditional. I cannot say enough how fine a meal one gets here.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank BillyReyn
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