Respect. Inspire. Teach. Learn. Create. Achieve Greatness.
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, 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
I'm not sure why this place is popular. ...
I'm not sure why this place is popular. The ambience is New Jersey low-end diner, with extra noise from the low ceilings. The service, while polite, is grudging and perfunctory. The food has some flashes of excellence; the kibbeh was beautiful, if tiny, and the muhummara was really very good. Otherwise, I do not see the justification for the prices. The wine list was also overpriced.
Vastly over priced for what it has to of ...
Vastly over priced for what it has to offer. You basically pay for their rent not their cooking skills. If you forget the prices, then the review is as follows: food is decent as they are ambience and service. Nothing to write home about though.
It's a great restaurant but we got seate ...
It's a great restaurant but we got seated in the upstairs room, in which you lose the ambiance of the main restaurant. Also, the AC cools the fresh pita in minutes. That's a real waste. Otherwise, a good experience.
Have been several times to Ilili which i ...
Have been several times to Ilili which is one of our favorites in NY , BUT our experience with the hostess is always a tough one . They make you feel unwanted . With reservations , without reservations . If you are early , on time , late its the same , they make it very hard on you to get to your table . Food and service have always been excellent ; thats why we keep going back .
The person who was serving us was instea ...
The person who was serving us was instead of providing services was showing attitude and was too slow. For any question asked ,he was counter questioning. He no way answered any of our questions.he didn't help us for selection of dishes we had to order.
I love the concept at Ilili. The problem ...
I love the concept at Ilili. The problem I had was the food--two of our dishes were EXCELLENT--absolutely delicious. The other two (i think lamb pancakes and brussels sprouts) were over-flavored, over-powering, and unappetizing. As an expensive restaurant that I had been to during restaurant week, i was disappointed. It was one of my boyfriend's only meals in NYC and he remembers that it wasn't so great, and we spent quite a bit of our budget...
My partner and I had dinner at Ilili. Ou ...
My partner and I had dinner at Ilili. Our server was very helpful when it came to deciding on what to eat. My partner and I are both vegetarian. There was only one vegetarian entree, but there were a slew of options in the cold and hot mezze menus. We ordered six different items and they were all fantastic. The noise got a little overwhelming for my partner, but he is very sensitive to that. We picked items we were familiar with and some that were new to us. All of the dishes were delicious.
The food was great tasting; especially t ...
The food was great tasting; especially the garlic whip for those fries!! MMM MMM
Tabbouleh was excellent, but a bit pricey.
Moussaka - a MUST HAVE!!
We had the trout for an entree, it wasn't special! actually a bit fishy tasting
Top it all off with Ashta for dessert
As far as service, waiters/waitresses didn't really clean up the table quick enough, even when passing by to hand the bill, we had finished plates still on our table.
They had a hard time understanding us wh ...
They had a hard time understanding us when we requested a table in one of the three rooms (one of my guests required a quieter area) and so it took a few tries but the service was wonderful and the food is delicious. They accidentally prepared the wrong dish for one guest but gave it to us to enjoy while the correct one was being made. It was a lovely evening and I would highly recommend it to all.
Ilili was recommended to us by a friend ...
Ilili was recommended to us by a friend as a good place for vegetarian dishes. Being familiar with Middle Eastern cuisine - hummus, falafel, tabbouleh, etc. - we figured it would be delicious but not anything unusual. We were blown away. Not only is Lebanese food unique in its own right, but Chef Daniel does absolutely amazing things with it. The style of the menu (small bites) makes it possible to try many different dishes, and every one of which was more inspiring than the last. Standouts: the thyme salad, Chankleesh (it sounds simple - feta cheese with accompaniments, but it is incredible), Arnabeet Mekle (hearty and savory, perfect even for meat-eaters), and the Phoenician Fries. Go, ask your server what to order (or even just let them order for you!), and indulge. It was spectacular.
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