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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, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, 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've eaten here several times and it's a ...
I've eaten here several times and it's always wonderful. We had dinner with friends from London who are somewhat foodies. They loved it. We ordered several mezzas and mains and every dish was a success. Will definitely return.
Brought my husband for his birthday cele ...
Brought my husband for his birthday celebration in NY by way of Houston. I wasn't too impressed at all. We ordered the Mixed Grill with Riz. The food wasn't hot nor was the food tasty. For the price, location and reviews I was expecting more. I have eaten at Lebanese restaurants before (Baked One in Newcastle UK and other places in Houston) and again I was thinking I would be getting what I paid for. The seating area is a bit tight but the scenary is nice. When they called to confirm reservation the man said they would be able to do something special for his birthday ( complimentary dessert with a candle) when I asked about it after dinner, I was told no such thing is complimentary. I didn't appreciate being given wrong information over the phone.
My visit was a total disappointment, the ...
My visit was a total disappointment, the place has a nice decor and cool chilling Lounge music, but we are there to eat as well !! the food was below average. The hummus was too sour and the meat on it was way over done and cut too small. The kibbeh bi laban had nothing to do with the real stuff, the Tabbouleh was good, Makanek is not really makanek its Sujuk. The place has nothing to do with Lebanese food, its suited for a Mediterranean Fusion may be at Best.
The Falafel was so hard you could not cut it with a knife!! I had to call the waiter and ask what is this, he said Falafel. !!??
Service was extremely poor ...........Place is too long and very few people working the main floor.
Do not waste your money just go to a Authentic Lebanese restaurant and eat good food. This place is suited for a Happy hour or for drinks with little plates, but please do not call it Lebanese...
This place was wonderful. The atmospher ...
This place was wonderful. The atmosphere, service, bar, food and staff were all amazing. We enjoyed unique drinks at the bar and then had a fabulous meal. I will definitely go again and recommend ilili to friends, family and clients.
The food was very delicious. The prices ...
The food was very delicious. The prices are decent. The cocktail I had was very tasty - vodka and passion fruit juice. It's nice that they have happy hour. The decor is very modern. The restrooms are stylist - love the pocket doors. Our waitress was super sweet and attentive - always with a smile on her face. Did I mention the food was delicious? I've already recommended it to my friends in school . We will be going soon for a happy hour and tapas!
This was such a phenomenal find for our ...
This was such a phenomenal find for our girls trip to NYC. We opted for turning it into a tapas night and enjoyed some Lebanese wine as well. It was the best choice and the tapas made the dinner that much more fun as we got to share the amazing appetizers. And dessert was AMAZING as well. We had the cheesecake which was light as a feather and in a deconstructed form. Now I'm on a mission to find a place with similar food in my hometown and quality of the same caliber. I'll definitely want to go back there again.
A delicious, highly flavorable dinner in ...
A delicious, highly flavorable dinner in a beautiful modern setting with elegant wood detailing. Service by our waiter, Abexwas efficient but not intrusive. His suggestion ms were well taken and enhanced our eating experience!
The service and food was the most memora ...
The service and food was the most memorable part. We told the waiter what we like and don't like and he built our entire meal. The food kept coming out and everything tasted great. We wouldn't have tried most of it if left to our own devices. Great place to sit and savor.
I have been to the Ilili previously, the ...
I have been to the Ilili previously, the prices on the menu have increased by double and the food quality has decreased significantly. Ilili used to be one of my favorite restaurants in NY but can't say that anymore. The service was very slow, and the food was partially cold by the time it arrived on the table. Their are many cold vegetarian options but not hot appetizers and absolutely no veg options for main course except gnocchi. With a large group of vegetarians (no seafood), options are very limited. It was a disappointment leaving the restaurant with a large group, and it was their first time at the restaurant. The server was attentive in the beginning but then lost focused later in the evening.
Loved ilili! Three friends and I celebra ...
Loved ilili! Three friends and I celebrated my birthday here and we ordered a bunch of small plates and drinks. The food / drinks were terrific and we loved the ambiance. Our waitress was nice and gave me a good drink recommendation.
This was our first visit to ilili and it ...
This was our first visit to ilili and it will be our last. We were seated at a very small table in a back room of the restaurant where the noise level was unacceptable and you had to yell to be heard. The service was lackluster however the food was very good. With all of the choices in NYC we will not be back.
Ilili does not disappoint. The food is a ...
Ilili does not disappoint. The food is authentic, flavorful, and cooked to perfection. Staff is attentive and friendly, and service was great.
I was here with my colleagues for a business lunch, as they haven't had Lebanese food, and they loved it. I will definitely come here again and will definitely introduce more people to Ilili.
To Ilili - thank you, and keep doing what you do.
Ilili has always been one of my favorite ...
Ilili has always been one of my favorite restaurants to go to for dinner. Some of the tastiest dishes are the lobster humus, Phoenician fries, duck schwarma, Brussel sprouts and the mixed grill. The service is always excellent and the ambience is classy and romantic.
I can only say something about brunch. B ...
I can only say something about brunch. Been here a few times only for brunch. Never been disappointed. A bit pricey for brunch maybe, but the prix fixe is actually a great deal for NY. The food is excellent, too. The lamb burger is phenomenal! Even the free scones they gave us before the meal were yummy. The Bellini that came with my meal was actually potent, unlike at other places where the drinks are watered down. Excellent space for big groups. They were able to accommodate us with a two year old on a high chair and an infant in a stroller. Overall, love this place, love their food.
Bad experience of service from the Host. ...
Bad experience of service from the Host.
Requested a better table with a good ambience but ignored request even though there were a couple of tables available. Felt humiliated but waiter was very helpful and knowledgable.
One of my favorite restaurant in the cit ...
One of my favorite restaurant in the city. Food is always great, from the hummus with shrimp and basterma to kebab kerez (the lamb and beef meatballs in cherry sauce) to the whole fish and of course their famous Brussels sprouts a most have! Our waitress was very friendly and acknowledge of the menu.
Will be back soon!
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