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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.
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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
Great place, good food, amazing experien ...
Great place, good food, amazing experience. Good place for romantic dinner. Loved the Manti ( lamb dumplings) and some lentil dumplings dish ( forgot the same). Tried duck shwarma and it was the best duck we ever had. Our server Alexande was very friendly and he personally ensured we had a good dining experience by suggesting all our dishes. Highlight was the dessert we ordered Chocolate Candy Bar (again server's recommendation) and it was heavenly.
Best Schwarma I've ever had! Erica is a ...
Best Schwarma I've ever had! Erica is a wonderful host.
The hummus, Brussels sprouts, the broche ...
The hummus, Brussels sprouts, the brochette. All excellent. The beef shwarama was disappointing. Everything else was awesome.
Awesome place, great food, great ambienc ...
Awesome place, great food, great ambience & fabulous service!
Second time having dinner there. And it ...
Second time having dinner there. And it was amazing as usual. Out server, Alex, was very attentive, and energetic.
Can't say enough about ilili! Everything ...
Can't say enough about ilili! Everything was delicious! We had the best time! Incredible server too. Our favorite was the Brussels sprouts!
Perfect! Yummy! Excellent food, good ambience
Excellent food! The portions are small so ask for many dishes to share. A little noisy and dark.
Very small portion for high price They c ...
Very small portion for high price They charge for refill soda $4
This is my second meal at Ilili and as memorable and delicious as the first. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and has an energetic vibe. We started with cocktails and as our kids were with us, the waiter brought them a delicious fresh green lemonade with fresh cucumber, mint and ginger. The food is to die for. For a first course we had lettuce wraps with mouhamara & tabbouli with sour cherries in it, and pita with black iron shrimp, warm eggplant & garlic whip. For our main course we had roasted chicken and our waiter brought us rice and sautéed dandelion greens which he stirred into the drippings of the chicken and it was heavenly!!!
Vibrant scene, good service, great food. ...
Vibrant scene, good service, great food. Perfect when looking for something a bit different. I recommend going for several small plates to share. Portions are perfect and delicious. I appreciated the flexibility of the host, who moved our table to a quitter location when I asked given we had business to discuss.
Love the food and the service is amazing
The food here is amazing and the ambiance is great, but what really makes this an outstanding place is the service. I have a food allergy (I am gluten free), and this time we also had a garlic allergy in our party, and the waiter took great care and a lot of time to recommend dishes that could satisfy all our dietary restrictions. We love this place.
Fantastic Lebanese food with an haute twist
I recommend sharing several small plates to get a sampling of different flavors. All the dishes were very well executed and authentic.
I was disappointed because the food use ...
I was disappointed because the food use to be really good. Muhamara wasn't as good. Too little space between the tables. We could hear people conversation.
the room was gorgeous, the food was ok. the halal guys food cart had much more flavour at a fraction of the price. his sweet dishes though were excellent. I wouks give this place anothwr tey and order different items next time. wotth another try for sure.
Beautiful interior, great cocktails! The ...
Beautiful interior, great cocktails! The brussels sprout small plate is a little strange, but rich and delicious. They sent over complimentary sparkling wine to celebrate our anniversary. It was a very enjoyable evening.
Flatiron gem specializing in Lebanese an ...
Flatiron gem specializing in Lebanese and Mediterranean fare and drink. Consistently good and attentive service. Sexy ambiance.
Above average food, but not worthy of th ...
Above average food, but not worthy of the high price tag. A big noisy place that we are unlikely to return.
Great food and Service. Highly recommen ...
Great food and Service. Highly recommended.
Good food Too expensive wine list Very n ...
Good food Too expensive wine list Very noisy
Good food and experience, overpriced
This was my second time dining at Ilili and while I enjoy the food, the prices are just too high for the portion sizes. Everything is delicious and tastes good, but it is a horrible value. This time, the service was also lacking as our waiter was cold and unimpressive. The place seems to have a pretentious vibe, which we did not enjoy. However, we did enjoy the food and the modern decor.
Lutte lebanon In nyc
Best Lebanese food in nyc in a quiet environment. You need to reserve but if you are more than 8 it will be difficult.
Great food and staff
Ilili serves excellent food influenced by Lebanese cuisine. The menu is an accessible taste of the region for Westeners like myself, as is the wine list (by the glass and bottle) which boasts traditional, local, and Lebanese options. The special when I went was a branzino which was fileted at the table by the waitress. I'm glad I didn't get the fish, because our poor waitress spent about twenty minutes preparing it for each table that ordered it. I spent about half an hour waiting after dessert to get my check because the waitress was pulling double duty as a fish monger. Otherwise, the evening was great and I strongly recommend the cubed potatoes with za'atar seasoning, the lamb chops, and the candy bar. If you feel adventurous, go after the unusual Lebanese ice cream.
Food is good, service is terrible
My fiancee and I have eaten here several times. The food is consistently excellent but the service has gotten significantly worse each time we have visited. May not come back.
I must have walked past the place a million times, always thinking it was an Italian restaurant due to its name: Ilili. It wasn't until a friend mentioned it being Lebanese last week that I decided to give it a try. In a nutshell: the food is incredible. Every bite hit my level of expectations, if not better. We were a party of four, ordered six appetizers and the mixed grill platter, and now I want to go back and try all their other dishes as well. Really, seriously great food. A bit on the pricier side, but definitely worth it. The only downside - and I really mean downside - is the noise level. The space is vast, and there is absolutely no sound absorption. Since there are many large groups always seated in the main hall, their yelling and screaming is being amplified by the glass panels and concrete walls to a degree that can be deafening. We were four people seated at a smaller table, but making conversation was difficult with the noise and the music playing on top of it. Our waitress was very helpful assisting with a few food sensitivities. However, it was difficult getting a hold of her. Perhaps she had too many tables to tend to.
The food was ok, the service was fine. Tables really way to close, food oily and the $33 swordfish was about 3.5 inches by 2 inches and pretty unimpressive. I guess for large groups in a convenient locations, but other than that overpriced, uninspired and expensive for the mediocre food.
Great food and service but is it too loud?
This was my second time visiting ilili and although the food and service were great, we were given a table in the back room where it was difficult to have a normal conversation. Still, I'd recommend the place with my eyes closed.
Excellent food, great buzz. Service fantastic
Delicious wine, excellent service. Good buzz. Only issue was that we sat near a bachelorette party that were very loud.
The main dining room is much preferred t ...
The main dining room is much preferred to the side room. We were sat next to a large party and could barely hear one another so finished our meal quickly. I would definitely return but would not sit in the side room next time. Food was amazing
We had dinner this past Friday night -- it was a party of four. We arrived and had a drink at the bar. Bartenders were very friendly and greeted us in a timely fashion. We then went to our table and shared several appetizers -- the tuna, baba ganouche, and Brussels sprouts. All were quite good and the bread served was also fresh and warm. The main courses the table had included, chicken, lamb and fish. All were good and the ingredients fresh although I think we all liked the appetizers better. We didn't get to look at the wine list as we ordered by the glass. Noise level was reasonable and the service was good. As is all too customary, the serving staff did not know which dish went where. I would go back....something different.
We had to fast-track dinner to make a 7:00 play in midtown. The waitress was very accommodating to us, helped get our food in time, and kept us on schedule. The food, as always, was delicious!
I had a few major issues with my dining experience. First, the food. My food was extremely dry- almost inedible. I did tell the waitress and they gave us free baklava, but I wouldn't return based on the food alone. It was too expensive for the flavor to be so lacking. I was also one of three and no one particularly enjoyed their food. I had been there before and remember really liking it- so I'm not sure what happened. Second, the noise and lighting. It is great for a first or second date. But it's way too dark and loud. I'm young also- so I don't generally take issue with either of these things. Lastly, the service. While it was ok-- our waitress was out of touch. But the waiter next to our table seemed to be great- so maybe hit or miss there.
Incredible food......poor service
Wasn't greeted by the waiter until 10 minutes after we were seated, then had to wait for another 10 minutes for him to bring our drinks. I suggested that he needed to pick up the pace a bit to which I was returned a rather flippant response. First time in six years I gave a 5% tip. Having said that, the flavors and food were truly wonderful. Just be prepared to put up with poor service.
Excellent food. The ambiance needs work. our waitress was great, the waiter serving the table next to ours was very overbearing and loud.
Fantastic service and food
Being Lebanese we are very picky when it comes to Lebanese food. Long story short, the whole table was absolutely delighted with everything including the ambiance! Thank you ilili for the amazing food and service!
Always delicious and interesting
This was my fourth time and I really like the food and service. I do not like that the tables for two are so close together that you cannot help but hear everything said next to you.
Excellent food and service
We have been to Ilili on many occasions and the food and service never disappoint . The traditional dishes are authentic and the signature ones are very well executed. We especially love the batata hara and the brussels sprouts, but everything we've tried is good. This time we went for brunch and we tried the egg and lamb manaish (sp?), which was also really good. It can be very loud at night but the noise level was fine for brunch.
Super pleasent night, amazing food and service.
Super pleasent night, amazing food and service. The only thing that bothered em a little was the noise level, that was a little high that night. But otherwise, was an amazing experience.
A delicious change of pace!
We had an amazing dinner at Ilili. We did the Royal Mezza - a sampling of 5 different cold apps and 5 different hot apps to share. It was incredible. I definitely recommend this. You really don't need an entree after this, though. We over-ordered. Two other things I think are must trys - The Not So Bloody Martini (one of the best drinks I have ever tasted) and the Brussel Sprouts (our fave item of the night).
Rocky start, great finish
This was my second trip to ilili! I came back with a friend after a theatre performance because of how wonderful our first visit was. Unfortunately, after some great drinks at the bar, we were seated and promptly ignored by our server. We waited over ten minutes to be greeted after she had attended to other customers who were seated after us. When the server arrived her demeanor was detached and disinterested. Her mood improved throughout the night, but we were initially put off and it dampened our enjoyment. Predictably the food was amazing--we got the labne, hummus, mouhamara, and baba ghanouj. All were sensational. After that we got the perfectly seasoned and cooked mixed grill, with succulent cubes of beef, lamb chops, chicken, and other delicacies. All in all it was a good visit despite a rocky start with the service.
As a middle easterner, the food was auth ...
As a middle easterner, the food was authentic. The service was great and the atmosphere was trendy. Great experience.
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