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“Flavorful lunch with excellent service”
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Ranked #508 of 14,744 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$75
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Between 27th & 28th
Transit: N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
Description: Tradition meets sophistication at ilili, New York City's premier contemporary Lebanese restaurant offering inspired Mediterranean cuisine. ilili's menu mixes authentic dishes with modern Mediterranean influences to create a culinary journey for the palate and senses. Complimenting the international cuisine, ilili offers an impressive wine list that includes wines from all over the world and features favorites from Lebanon and the Mediterranean. The restaurant's decor echoes the diverse menu, combining the architectural richness of Old Lebanon with an attitude and style that is unmistakeably New York. A DJ sets the mood with music from around the globe and soft, amber lighting punctuated by candles create a sexy, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a relaxed meal. The cuisine, decor and ambiance come together to create a new world for your senses to explore, whispering gently in your ear, ilili.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for a business lunch with two other people. Originally we had wanted to sit outside but it was too muggy. Inside was quite nice with a modern touch.

The greeter was a bit cold and distant, but the server was spectacular and the waitstaff in general were quite attentive.

We ordered 2 cold mezzo and 5 hot mezzo to share. They recommended 2 to 3 per person and that seems about right. We were all comfortably full with 7 for three people.

For cold we had the hummus with lamb and the Kibbeh naye beirutieh (steak tartare). Both were excellent, but the tartare was spectacular. You use the onions to pick up some of the tartare and then add mint and radish... delicious!

All the hot mezzo were really good, although we all thought the falafel was a true home run. Two of us really liked the Brussel sprouts (a house special) but the third person felt the temperature was off (sort of room temperature). Nice char on the sprouts.

Although I personally did not love the kebab kerez, one of the people at lunch raved about the cherry sauce. Said it was perfection. I thought it was great, but I preferred some of the other dishes.

The Phoenician fries were ok and the octopus was a bit disappointing compared to the other dishes. Not sure why, but it was not as flavorful.

All in all we loved the variety and thought all of the dishes were worth ordering. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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Thank TeddyDove
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Slightly upscale and very busy on a Thursday night. Extensive menu with both hot and cold share plates all of which we ordered were outstanding and presented fancier than your shawarma stand and with better quality ingredients. Square, crispy falafel, amazing hummus, beef kibbeh were all excellent but the complimentary labne (yogurt, mint, olive oil, vataar) was our favorite dish surprisingly. Service was average but it was a busy night and we were outside where there are only 3 tables so maybe had slightly slower service. I would definitely go back for certain dishes and next time try the duck shawarma among other things. LOTS of vegetarian options and make a reservation on opentable.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ilili is amazing! Not only is the service first rate (thank you Jeffrey!), but the authentic Lebanese cuisine is truly extraordinary. From the appetizers, to the entrees, to the pastries, Ilili will not disappoint. Enjoy!

Thank Loria07
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On a suggestion from friends who live in NY we had dinner at ilili with them. The food was fabulous, and perfect for a veggie with a meat-loving hubby. I loved the hummus and Brussel sprouts, hubby had some great lamb. We enjoyed some wonderful wine. The service was good and I loved the chic decor and ambiance of the restaurant.

Thank saramarsdenille
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a very good experience. The Lebanese was quite authentic and the mezze platter. Also the helpings are quite huge so be careful when you order.
The service was also good and courteous

Thank Kamleish D
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