New York, NY 10001
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Tell Me – it’s what “ilili” means. For our guests, Tell Me means listening to and understanding each of their stories and creating new ones with them – ones of celebration and sharing, of long traditions and new beginnings.
Every dish at ilili has its own story from the traditional recipes direct from Lebanon, to the modern updates that tell the history of our team, of our cooks and chefs who have left their mark on our kitchen, and our serving staff and managers who have been ambassadors of hospitality. Our menu is never done – we find inspiration all around, in new ingredients, new approaches, and fresh takes on old standards.
ilili is a place where creativity abounds from the kitchen to the dining table where each guest becomes an artist, creating his own palette of flavors with our dishes as the canvas and good friends as the audience.
Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Hours of Operation:
Prix Fixe Lunch Mon-Fri $22.
Prix Fixe Brunch Sat-Sun $28.
LUNCH Monday-Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm,
DINNER Monday-Wednesday 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Thursday 5:30pm - 11:30pm,
WEEKENDS:Saturday 12:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday 12:00pm - 10:30pm.
NIGHTLY:Bar & Lounge Open Till Last Call
Between 27th & 28th
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
Entertainment is available upon request for private events.
For further information, please visit our website.
Parking is available in a lot on 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue. Street parking is also available near restaurant.
N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Contact our Private Event Department at: (212) 481-1840
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Private events at ilili feature classic Lebanese cuisine mixed with modern Mediterranean influences in a warm and inviting atmosphere. There are three private event spaces perfect for any occasion as well as the entire restaurant that can accommodate parties of up to 297 guests.
ilili Ratings and Reviews
Our business lunch was good, the table n ...
Our business lunch was good, the table next to us was very noisy
The Brussels sprouts was over cooked
Falafel were hard and cold
Our waitress could have been a tad nice, we didn't see a single smile out of her during one hour we sat
My friend and I didn't know what to order seemed as if it was a burdened by it ...... just a smile could have made a difference
Our server - Alex - was the best guy eve ...
Our server - Alex - was the best guy ever. Super nice guy, asked what we liked and didn't like and chose everything we ate. Brought the right amount of food and was always checking in to see if we wanted something else.
Great atmosphere as well..
loved the place and highly recommend!
Overall I loved the food however I did n ...
Overall I loved the food however I did not get the best service. I ordered two main dishes and they only brought one and the server claimed that I only ordered one which was not the case, I mean after all we were 2 people and would ideally order 2 dishes so because of the delay I got my food to go.
Overall good experience. The food and s ...
Overall good experience. The food and service were very good. Their taboule was okay, everyone makes their different, but this one seemed more wet and almost all parsley. The mahammara was good, but seemed like it was just scooped out and put on the plate and was still quite cold like out of the refrigerator. It's typically better served cold, but allowed to thaw a bit.
As far as ambiance and noise level. When we first arrived they brought us to a back room which was quiet and a more romantic where they appeared to have most of their two person tables. About 20 minutes in, they brought a loud 15 person group and sat them behind us. We could no longer hear well and it was much fun after that. We've been to much better Lebanese in the city with a quieter atmosphere.
Excellent drinks. The mezzes were good. ...
Excellent drinks. The mezzes were good. The Tuna tartare was a. IG disappointment. I can't believer the portion. One cracker with tuna for $21. Shocking. The sea bass was poor, lacked flavor and small portion.
Favorites cauliflower, phonecian fries and Brussels sprouts from the mezzes.
Service - regardless of sauces and bread leftover, they tooo it all away each time which was annoying.
I used to like Ilili, a little turned off now.
Fabulous lunch, FYI they need to add che ...
Fabulous lunch, FYI they need to add cheese stuffed olives when you pay new York prices for a martini you should have an option of high end olives. I would ha email had another cocktail for sure. Food so on point.
While the food at Ilili was as good as o ...
While the food at Ilili was as good as one could expect, our server at the bar spoke softly and was pretty unhelpful. To make matters worse, our server at the restaurant was rude and pretty much forced us to order the Whole Market fish without informing us about how it's cooked and, more importantly, what the price was, continuously insisting that we had to get that dish if we intended to share a main course.
From start to finish everything was perf ...
From start to finish everything was perfect. It was my second time there but first time for dinner and we were so pleased. Four of us split many small plates so it was great variety. Looking forward to going back.
This is our second time visiting Ilili, ...
This is our second time visiting Ilili, and it is as good as we remembered from 2 years ago. We enjoyed the hummus appetizer, along with Ilili's signature brussel sprouts. The octopus hot appetizer was delicious, as well as our main courses: kafta, and striped bass. I have recommended this restaurant several times, and I will continue to do so.
Love this restaurant. Great happy hour. ...
Love this restaurant. Great happy hour. Was seated upstairs - very disappointing! Low ceilings, tables crowded next to each other, none of the great energy as in the main dining room. Definitely ask for main room when making reservations!
The ilili experience was very bad people ...
The ilili experience was very bad people please refrain from going for your special events like birthday it messed up the whole experience. The waiter staff was rude and the service was not good. The food quality has degraded from last time.
Our server spilled some of my red wine. ...
Our server spilled some of my red wine. He apologised but didn't offer a free drink and didn't add more wine to my glass. The food was pretty disappointing as well - over fried, not flavorful eggplants, and low-quality beef.
In general its simply ok for what it is. ...
In general its simply ok for what it is.
Food and Wine list is overpriced. Cava at $16 BTG as is Prosecco and I know both bottles cost them less than that to purchase - so they are over charging.
Lunch was 4 appetizers - 2 glasses of cava, 2 coffees and 1 dessert - $150!
Its a real turn of.
I walked in and the hostess was very fri ...
I walked in and the hostess was very friendly with a big smile. She asked me my name, welcomed me and said my table will be ready in a few minutes would I like to check my coat and if she could walk me over to bar area. (At this point, I was thrilled because my boyfriend wasn't there yet and it was great to have someone to walk over with me.
A few minutes later after my boyfriend walked in, the beautiful manager, Britta walked over and asked us if we were ready to be seated.
My boyfriend had just ordered his drink and needed a minute to unwind from work and she was so gracious she said she understood. Take your time.
A few minutes later she walked us to the table and helped us choose our wine and our dinner!
Over all, one of the best experiences I've had and definitely the best service I've had in a while!
Needless to say, we have reservations for the January 9th!
Thank you Brittany and the staff!
The best Middle-Eastern meal we've ever ...
The best Middle-Eastern meal we've ever had! The atmosphere, location and ambiance is exceptional. The food and service high quality. Definitely recommend to anyone, we are from Miami and have traveled everywhere but this was extra-ordinary.
This is not my first time here. I have r ...
This is not my first time here. I have rated this restaurant much higher, however I was disappointed this time. Not sure if the ownership has changed. The food is not the same, don't take me wrong, its good but not elite anymore. If you are going to charge $10+ for 4 pieces of falafel then it better be great. They were over cooked (fried), the spiced cauliflower was outright unimpressive. If this was my first visit, I may offer more stars but for an elite restaurant, the certainly disappointed me this time.
I'd like to give this restaurant a bette ...
I'd like to give this restaurant a better review but my experience was just not that good. The main floor has a warm and fun vibe and ambience, but the second floor is a second class outpost that has little in common with the main room except for the menu. Needless to say, my wife and I were seated upstairs, and this started the evening on the wrong note for me. The menu has some very good items, but something about the food left my appetite suppressed and I had a hard time enjoying what should have been a great meal. The food was decent and a few mezza items are creative and well executed, but overall this was not a memorable dining experience. The service was professional and attentive but had that slightly condescending tone that makes one not eager to return.
I'll keep it short. Order from the left ...
I'll keep it short. Order from the left side of the menu. Treat it like a tapas restaurant.
Every plate was a great balance of authentic, unique, and delicious. I highly recommend the brussels sprouts, and hummus (add pine nuts and lamb). Can't remember the other 5 dishes we ordered but I will reemphasize, everything was delicious.
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