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, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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 service. Food tasted very good. Po ...
Great service. Food tasted very good. Portion sizes were just right. The waiter was very attentive and courteous. The only disappointing experience was with the hostess. Her initial greeting was quite curt. Even though I had made a reservation a day in advance and in spite of the fact that there were many empty tables in the main dining area, we were taken upstairs to a cramped room with no windows. When I asked for a table in the main floor, she made me feel that it was an imposition on her. We eventually got a table in the back area on the main floor.
The Brussels Sprout salad was wonderful. ...
The Brussels Sprout salad was wonderful. The manti were also very well done. I did appreciate the recommendation of a Lebanese red wine by our server, who was very kind to us.
The one major note I have is that we were first taken to a table that was not ready and returned to wait at the bar. (No The table we eventually found ourselves at was right by a large party that dominated the room and the staff. There were more than a few instances where we felt like we were second to them.
Beautiful dining room and bar. However, ...
Beautiful dining room and bar. However, in the dining room most of the tables are the large round type and it's very loud = impossible to hear people sitting at the other side of the big tables without yelling, which only adds to the noise level. The restaurant could try installing foam under the tables to decrease the noise. Menu had some unique offerings and everything was beautifully presented but many dishes, especially the eggplant and the dandelion greens, had more oil than expected.
Having lived in Beirut for two and a hal ...
Having lived in Beirut for two and a half years, I love Lebanese food but found that it isn't easy to get good restaurants here in NYC. I had high expectations of Ilili and it turned out to be a rather disappointing experience. Overall, quality of food was about average and but when the price is factored in, it really doesn't seem worth it. We were a party of 6 and we all found the food to be generally quite salty but the fattoush salad we ordered was so salty that it was inedible. How can a real Lebanese restaurant go wrong with fattoush?
This was a great exploration of Lebanese ...
This was a great exploration of Lebanese cuisine, which I didn't realize it was from the "Mediterranean" description given it on OpenTable. Nonetheless, the fresh-made hummus was "nothing like you get in the store" as my dining partner said, and her lamb dumplings in a luscious yogurt sauce were heavenly. We got a series of small plates; Tabouleh at $16 for a small plate that we shared was super pricey considering the fairly simple ingredients, but it also was very green, and not bulgar-wheat heavy, as I have had in other locales. You could taste the freshness, even through the lemony zing. We also had some of the arak, which added considerably to the bill in short order, so be prepared to spend $100 minimum, and more like $150 if you get "real" entrees instead of small plates. The duck-and-chicken shwarma was quite filling; also easily shareable as it comes in two separate flatbread cones. And the recommendation for the walnut spread was spot on as well. You may need to spend about $200. Or come back the next day.
We're from out of town. The first time ...
We're from out of town. The first time we were there, we just ordered a collection of appetizers, sufficient for a meal, and loved it. The second time, a year later, was "restaurant week" so we ordered a full meal. That meant less variety, of course, but it was wonderful, too. The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the service really pleasantly attentive. New York fine dining is expensive—remember, we're from out of town—but Ilili is reasonably priced (by NY standards), and outstanding quality (/even/ by NY standards).
I went to Ilili for NYC Restaurant Week ...
I went to Ilili for NYC Restaurant Week and had an outstanding experience. While waiting for our group to arrive, I enjoyed an incredible passionfruit cocktail with a friend in the adorable bar area. My friends and I shared all of our food so that we could taste everything and not a single thing was bad. We had hummus, mousaka (my absolute favorite), kibbeh naye, falafel, chicken, short ribs, and the chocolate dessert. Absolutely incredible!
We love Ilili and have visited several t ...
We love Ilili and have visited several times. This time, we were celebrating my elderly mother's birthday. The server forgot about us, or was not told we were his table in the beginning. He was very charming and apologized profusely, so we didn't mind. At the end of the meal, he brought my mother dessert with a candle and he brought us all a cup of mint tea. However, we all would have liked to order dessert and three of us would have preferred to have a dessert cocktail - but he never asked and it seemed too late to order since he just . This was the only time we have had weird service at Ilili, normally it is fabulous. As usual, the food was absolutely incredible. We loved everything we ordered: duck shawarma, mouhamara (an amazing walnut spread), and steak tartare were particularly perfect.
It was just disappointing to have the service situation when I was trying to impress my mother for her birthday.
very disappointed! !!I've been to ilili ...
very disappointed! !!I've been to ilili at least 6 times and the last couple times it was a disaster.
I have been eating Lebanese food all my life and I should know how good food should taste like and this last time I wasn't impressed at all. A local gyro or falafel stand has tastier food.
Being in the middle of summer the place was half empty and still took hostess 15 min to seat us.
Everytime I complained she kept saying that they are adding an extra seat to a table.
Ambiance is nice but not worth $950 dinner bill. I will never go back.
The food was very delicious, but a bit p ...
The food was very delicious, but a bit pricey for the amount of food they give you. And the drinks are also very expensive. Happy Hour is only in the lounge area, so if you are here to drink, stick to that area. The service could use improvements. They were very rushed and seemed easily annoyed. Overall, I would go back, they just gotta pull back on the snobbyness. There are lots of great Mediterranean places to eat, don't get cocky.
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