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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
This is the second time I came to Ilili ...
This is the second time I came to Ilili and absolutely loved it. The food is phenomenal that although I chose this place specifically for the dessert, it was hard to not be stuffed! The only reason I left a 4/5 on the ambiance is because we were placed in the second room that was under lit and squished next to the mirrors. I felt claustrophobic and really wished we were placed in the first room that was open and more festive. I missed the ambiance of the place.
Recommend from small plates: Brussel sprouts, burrata
Recommend from desserts: Knafe Bil Jibneh* AMAZING!!!!!
Everything was delicious- from the artis ...
Everything was delicious- from the artisan cocktails featuring Mediterranean liquors/ingredients, to the incredible food- we were in heaven! The service was exceptional. Our server was attentive and offered suggestions which we thoroughly enjoyed. He suggested a delicious mint tea to my friend with a cold, and brought a special birthday dessert. By far one of the best service experiences I've ever had at a restaurant. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone for a great meal, cozy/fun atmosphere, and amazing service.
Amazing dining experience at ilili! Our ...
Amazing dining experience at ilili!
Our waiter was fantastic & energetic and made the meal great. He knew the menu extremely well and made excellent recommendations.
The food was delicious- tapas style Lebanese food so great for sharing with big groups.
HIGHLY recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back.
The ambience on the ground floor looks g ...
The ambience on the ground floor looks great! One might assume all guests are seated there, but no, most couples are seated upstairs and upstairs is nothing like downstairs. For a decent recent, upstairs seems like a last minute add on, tight quarters, low ceilings. Not what I had in mind for a birthday dinner. Servers are great, informed and friendly. Food is average, nothing that excited my palate. Nice to try, no reason to go back.
Thank you for a wonderful dinner for a f ...
Thank you for a wonderful dinner for a family get-together. WE appreciated the unique food items and the quick service. It has a Happy Birthday celebration and you made that happen too. Thanks so much. We will be back again, Mary and Ed Sumner, St. Louis, MO
Thanksigiving food was great. I love the ...
Thanksigiving food was great. I love their menu as always. Service on the other hand was soooooo poor. The waiter was rude, not professional (whenever they serve water, coffee, any drinks...it got all over the place). The bathroom was not clean. This time, we were seated upstairs. Atmosphere was completely different from downstairs (downstairs is a lot better). I would recommend you request to be seated downstairs always..and service.. is just up to your luck on the day. It is amazing how bad their service is and I can only imagine they do not have a proper employee training.
This is arguably the best Lebanese resta ...
This is arguably the best Lebanese restaurant in America. The appetizers are a special knockout. This is our second time at ilili -- once for lunch and now for dinner -- and it is tops. Fortunately we were a party of four, so may things could be tasted. The ambience upstairs is not as nice as downstairs, but it mattered little. Really excellent service to go with the fine food.
Quick trip into town for a show, ilili t ...
Quick trip into town for a show, ilili turned out to be the perfect place for brunch. They have fantastic authentic cuisine and my wife was thrilled with the vegetarian meal she ordered. The wait staff was attentive and went out of their way to make it a fun experience. I have been to the middle east on a number of occasions, this is the real thing.
Terrible dining experience. Stuck in a s ...
Terrible dining experience. Stuck in a small upstairs room with no ambience.
Drinks- Old Fashion had pulpy oranges in it instead of one orange peel.
Lamb chops were over dressed and gamey/grizzly.
Services was slow and impersonal.
Our waiter, whose name I don't have, mad ...
Our waiter, whose name I don't have, made our dinner amazing. He made food and wine recommendations that were perfect. Someone in our group had never had falafel before, he thought it wouldn't be a good fit with the other dishes we ordered so he brought out one falafel for our guest to try. It was very thoughtful. He recommended something, the warm eggplant salad, that I might have ignored, but will now order every time I go. Great meal. Great charming waiter.
Had a good time but wasn't blown away. N ...
Had a good time but wasn't blown away. Not insanely expensive for New York, but just a little too pricey for the creativity level of the cuisine. I have eaten at small family places all over New York that have better food for half the price. That said, the food was fine. Bass was unevenly cooked, some parts under- others over-cooked. Scallop sides were pretty boring as was the lamb. Mezza were better and more interesting. Overall a generally enjoyable, good experience but nothing makes me want to run back. Wine list could also use some serious work.
I went for a very early dinner with two ...
I went for a very early dinner with two friends, one who is near-vegan and one who eats absolutely everything. The restaurant was lovely, the food delicious (I don't think you could go wrong with anything, we ordered sharing plates of hot and cold appetizers), and the service very friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend!!!
Absolutely delicious food in a very hand ...
Absolutely delicious food in a very handsome space - wood panels with interior windows travelling up to an exceptionally high ceiling - and thoroughly charming service. The inviting
menu sets up high expectations which the food exceeds. The (generously sized) dishes are mostly to share which creates a warm and relaxing dinner with friends. My third visit.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ilili. I chose to c ...
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ilili. I chose to celebrate my birthday there with friends and Britta and Duchelle are just perfect managers. They always take care of me. Britta acknowledge my birthday by personally coming over to greet us and sending over a beautiful birthday desert for us to enjoy! This place is one of my all-time favorites. The food and the service is just exquisite.
Thank you for making my birthday celebration so special.
Great overall , excellent quality of foo ...
Great overall , excellent quality of food . The only draw back was at the end we could not eat the desert , we had a tiny spoon of the knefe and asked it to be packed to take home . When we checked the box at home they gave us a tiny portion of the desert which was not as it should be as we expected the complete left over of desert not a slim portion of it!
My husband and I were very disappointed as we were hoping to have it for breakfast and there was not enough to fill in 2 tablespoons....
good flavors surrounded by noise noise n ...
good flavors surrounded by noise noise noise. tables too close. need to wait until you can find your server providing they pass your table for something else. there are many more pleasurable Mediterranean dining experiences in the city. never had so much complimentary bread served with nothing to put on it.
I ate at Ilili with a group of girlfrien ...
I ate at Ilili with a group of girlfriends and everything we are was fantastic. We shared several appetizers and the homemade pita was the outstanding basis from which everything grew. The salad, falafel and duck wraps were outstanding. The ambiance and decor are beautiful and warm. The lounge seating by the bar gave a very cool vibe. I can't wait to go back.
We had an early reservation, but one mem ...
We had an early reservation, but one member of our party was stuck in traffic. We were told we could be seated but no later than 15 min after the reservation as there were later reservations for that table we should not run into. We came in time and the hostess was busy so we were seated by the bar which had a happy hour. We wanted to order drinks at happy hour prices, so we waited to be served and paid and then moved to our table. Our hostess was snarly about all of this. Really NOT a good impression. Why couldn't we have happy hour drink prices from our seats? Anyway, the waiter was AMAZING and accommodating. Food was really terrific and we were out of there way before the dining room filled. Still left a bad taste in our mouths...
i have been to ilili several times for l ...
i have been to ilili several times for lunch & dinner. the food is beyond tastey and plentiful.
this is the first time the service was very poor. the manager apologized & picked up the check.
more then generous i would say. you will not be disappointed if you appreciate interesting & delicious food
The dining rooms lack any coziness or in ...
The dining rooms lack any coziness or intimacy. If there are only two people, you are seated in a room that feels like a banquet hall. The deuce size tables are too small and there isn't enough room for more than three small mezzanine plates. The food was just OK and nothing memorable. In fact, the eggplant and Brussels sprouts were substantially overlooked and lacked any eye appeal at all.
We have been to ilili a few times. We u ...
We have been to ilili a few times. We usually love the atmosphere, but we were seated upstairs which had no ambiance and required using stairs which was a problem for me. In hindsight we should have told the hostess the stairs were a problem and requested a different table. Service in the past was much better. Food as always was great.
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