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“One of best meals in NYC ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of ilili

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Ranked #144 of 13,552 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $75
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, 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.
Rehoboth Beach
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318 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“One of best meals in NYC ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

We went here having heard that it was the best Lebanese restaurant in NYC and boy, was that true! We have eaten at others and none compare to the quality of the food here. There were 7 of us at this dinner so we had a lot of variety -- the appetizers were all excellent, and recommend the warm eggplant as well as the brussel sprouts. Main courses included lamb, fish, and chicken. All good especially the lamb and chicken. The sea bass was the least favorite of the 3. Great desserts. But warning, very sweet. The service was outstanding. This is a dining experience we will talk about for years to come!

  • Visited March 2014
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Princeton, New Jersey
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226 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A dining experience...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

Surprising reviews on this restaurant. We stopped in and got seated immediately downstairs where the energy is amazing. The folks waiting on us were top notch and the food delicious. We were immediately served some flat bread with yogurt spread and olives. Choice of sparkling or still water. My nephew ordered the greens and I the butternut squash risotto. The also brought a basket of pita bread!!!! We practically licked the plates clean.

  • Visited March 2014
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Boulder, Colorado
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great food; just an enjoyable place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

We've been to Ilili twice and both times, the food was superb and the energy in the place is just right. Unlike a number of New York restaurants where the tables are so close, even though there is a bit of a noise, you can actually have a decent conversation (there were six of us and two children)!

Great hummus, fabulous lamb chops, the best steak tartar, eggplant and tabouleh were wonderful. I know Ilili will be our place for occasions we want to enjoy with our family friends!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Tag1990Ken
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Lisbon, Portugal
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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Make sure you get the table you want”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

From the outside the restaurant looks very attractive but if you are a couple you will be sitting upstairs. Not so nice. Food is very good and large servings. grill for two is enough for 3.

Visited March 2014
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Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Awesome mediterranean food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

We live in an area with many mediterranean restaurants and people and both of us have mediterranean relatives and friends. This was some of the best mediterranean food we've ever had. This place made me feel like my hometown mediterranean restaurants are the McDonalds of middle eastern food. It was that good. Atmosphere is modern and trendy. Not your typical middle eastern restaurant.

  • Visited February 2014
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