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“NOT to be MISSED!!!!!”
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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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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, 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.
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“NOT to be MISSED!!!!!”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was the most wonderful meal we have had, the wait staff was helpful and recommendations were spot on.
The food was beyond delicious, we had many dishes and everyone was tasty.
All trips to NYC will include a meal at this restaurant

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank DawnAS61
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good food and wonderful service”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I were looking for a good place for middle eastern food before we saw a Broadway play. Ilili was a good choice --- the food was good, and the service was amazing.
Everything that we had was very good, with the exception of the warm eggplant which was pretty tasteless and boring.
My only other gripe was the disparate portion sizes. We ordered the labne, which came in a small shallow bowl and was on the small side. We thought nothing of it because these were small plates, after all. But then came the moussaka which was unbelievably small --- when we split the portion, we each got 2 small bites from our half. The beef shawarma consisted of 2 pitas, rolled up with meat and vegetables which seemed like a normal portion size. The mekanek was much bigger than all the others, and frankly, seemed out of place next to all the others, just based on size. I guess I wouldn't be mentioning it if all dishes were on the small side, but some were normal and others were puny, with no rhyme or reason. I shouldn't complain too much though --- we were very satisfied with our meal. Also, their bread is delicious --- lovely light pockets of airy dough that you want to eat and eat.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank MDGal66
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new york
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1,097 reviews
657 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Very stylish”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

Make sure you see the restrooms, nice service. Quite large. Lamb burger delicious. 25 dollar lunch special even when not restaurant week

Visited July 2014
Thank nycmom22
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing dinner”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

Every dish and every bite was delicious including the Brussel Sprouts that everyone keeps talking about. The service was terrific. I liked the fact that the waitress paired certain dishes (we ordered "tapas" style) so that they came out at the same time. She was right on with her suggestions.

I will certainly return to this jewel of a place.

Visited July 2014
Thank Roberta M
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Kailua, Hawaii
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Probably the best Middle-Eastern Food I've ever had!”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

This appears to be a very popular spot for NY diners, and it certainly seems to have earned it's praise and outstanding reputation. Everything we tried on the menu was very good, (and described as having a Syrian influence) but the: Baba Ghannouj, Fresh pita, Kebab Kerez, Duck Shawarma, Mixed Grill, and Ilili Candy Bar are MUSTS! While the atmosphere is somewhat "generic" (more "Contemporary American" than Middle-Eastern), it is still very nice. The wait-staff are knowledgeable, friendly and attentive- making for a perfect dining experience. I would recommend this spot to anyone- even those who would shy away from Middle-Eastern food!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank lookp002
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