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“Excellent, but noisy.”
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Ranked #173 of 13,743 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $75
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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.
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent, but noisy.”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

I went during Restaurant Week, and thoroughly enjoyed the moussaka, branzino, and cheesecake. The complimentary wine tasting was a nice touch. However, the high noise level detracted from the experience.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Traveling1Ny
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Basel, Switzerland
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of the best meals I've ever had!”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

This restaurant was recommended to us by the hotel we stayed at - and we are so happy that we went. The food was absolutely delicious. Make sure that you eat "Tuna Belly" - one of the best things I have ever eaten.

We will definitely eat there again, if we return to NYC!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank 123aroundtheworld123
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Providence, Rhode Island
Level 6 Contributor
447 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Try it, you won't be disappointed!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Even if you have not tried Lebanese food, you should give Ilili a try. The Mezza (small plates like tapas) are great - the grilled calamari is wonderful. The entrees are also excellent, both the lamb and the fish are delicious. There is a great wine selection. The atmosphere is nice, not cramped. Cool music and nice lounge area. Staff is professional and well trained.

Visited July 2013
Thank kris91
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Cannot fault my NYC friends on their restaurant choices!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Once you've been to NYC a few times and been to all the old faithfuls and places you're expected to eat at, it's time for something else... That's where this restaurant is great - I just know it's some kind of Egyptian fusion thing that is so good, and that combined with great service and a lovely ambience (even though we started really early for dinner, tables filled up quickly!) will complete the evening.
Since the total restaurant experience includes the staff, atmosphere, toilets, decor as well as food, I can only highly recommend this place and am happy I have NYC friends that know where to go. The drinks were awesome and the staff are very flexible and willing to please.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Jo E
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“What an amazing place. Great cocktails, great food and service. You gotta try the Brussels sprouts!”
Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Just the best Lebanese I've ever had. Better than Maroush on the Edgeware Road in London. Great decor, cocktails, food and even better service. Nothing too much effort and time to think and enjoy what you order.
The Brussels sprouts and the cauliflower dishes are so unusual but taste sensational. The Rose wine from New York was such a great accompaniment to the fine food.
We will recommend this to all of our friends and not fear taking our friends who are vegetarian out for dinner when such great things are available.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Angela H
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