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ilili, New York, NY

ilili

4.6
4.6
7788 Reviews
$31 to $50
Lebanese
Welcome to ilili, a culinary expression of Lebanon in all her forms - sultry, ancient, tantalizing, and bountiful - located in the heart of the Flatiron District in NYC. Come break fresh pita with us, clink your arak glass, and savor both traditional Mediterranean plates and their creative, contemporary descendants. Our extensive selection of mezze, which are small plates that are perfect for sharing, is innovative and fresh. We are committed to providing an exceptional dining experience and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Book our catering services so you can enjoy the flavors of Lebanon at your next event, whether it's a corporate gathering or a wedding. With ilili, you can unwind, celebrate, share, and revel in both the familiar and the novel.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 122 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Thu, Fri 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 683-2929
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ, Middle Eastern, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Philippe Massoud
  • Catering
    ilili caters events from 5 to 500 guests, with the same spirit of hospitality as we provide every day in our restaurant. For further information, please visit our website www.ililinyc.com/catering/
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Private Events Manager: (877) 708-9210
  • Neighbourhood
    Gramercy Park
  • Cross Street
    Between 27th & 28th
  • Parking Details
    Parking is available in a lot on 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue. Street parking is also available near restaurant.
  • Public Transit
    N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment is available upon request for private events.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 7,788 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

7,790 Reviews
  1. EllenG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Except for the noise level — deafening…four of us are senior citizens — which made conversation very frustrating, this place gets 5 stars in every category

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time dining there. The service was great, and we tried and shared several dishes, and all were AMAZING! I highly recommend it!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went on a dinner date with my mom and we had a wonderful time. Had a great bartender named Eric who made amazing drinks! Service was great everyone was nice and food was delicious worth every penny! Would recommend 100%

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  4. BillyBob

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food, awesome service (Alex, who is exceptionally knowledgeable about Lebanese cuisine), terrific experience.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding, the greeting and accommodation was superbe, the ambiance is very enjoyable the presentation was woww 🤩 Yet, The choice of pre-set menu was poor and little. Way below expectations, we left hungry 🤤 The appetizers for 9 pp were very little in count and variety. Way below expectations . Unfortunately, We are now discouraged 🫤 from booking a special event at ilili I still love the place, yet left unhappy so does every member of the family.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Found ilili through opentable, and was very impressed with the food and ambiance. I went for mother’s day, and the prefixed menu was very good, my mom and i really enjoyed it. It is on the pricey side but overall very good.

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  7. Emi5

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at prices that were not inexpensive, but definitely worth it. Wine list was great too. The waiter was very helpful with all his recommendations. All in all a wonderful experience.

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  8. GJosephT

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for Mother’s Day brunch and felt like restaurant week. Had I gone for an early Sunday dinner, I probably would’ve felt different. The food was good and so was the service, it just didn’t feel like a Mother’s Day brunch.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was impeccable! The server truly listened to what the food allergies at the table were and asked all the right questions. He was funny and gave great recommendations. We had a wonderful evening and the food and drink were outstanding!!! Can’t wait to come back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The acoustic was horrible , we left earlier than planned as we feel tired of screaming to each other . Please do something about this serious issue. The food was great

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  11. KatharineR

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have eaten here before and enjoyed it but our food last evening was disappointing. Several dishes were over salty or greasy.

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  12. MARIAV

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have an awesome time at Ilili. The food is outstanding.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around AMAZING! Food, service and location. Highly recommend l.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great to enjoy! It was a marvelous and delicious evening.

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  15. TheodoreB

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nicely designed, the food was exceptional. Not atypical of New York restaurants, the noise level was a tad loud, but what can you do?

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  16. Chuck

    New York City

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a business meeting, and our server was great. Made the evening very special, and really knew his wines. Food was great !

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  17. ChristineB

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve gone here twice in two weeks! Delicious each time. Great service, great food. The labneh is spectacular

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  18. MohanR

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We come to Ilili everytime we come to the states, since before covid. It was our place to go and bring close friends. This last trip there was a marked deterioration in the quality of most of the dishes we ordered. The hummus was outstanding as expected, but all the other dishes we ordered had far too much sugar in them. The fried aubergines were as sweet as a dessert, the meatballs with sour cherries was not sour at all, just sweet, the lamb chops even though we asked that it should not have the molasses was sweet too. The visit before which we made in January was as excellent as previous visits. So we are hoping this was just an aberration.

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  19. Erin

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment I arrived, I was so impressed with the Hostesses hospitality, onto the bar, Bartender was warm and gracious. We arrived 30 minutes before dinner, bar was comfortable and beautiful. Waitress greeted us after 30 minutes and took us to our table. We were then greeted by our Server, the most Amazing waitress. She explained the menu, how to pair the different dishes, absolutely the most lovely person I have meet in years at an established restaurant. Truly impressed with the service and food. This is what make a restaurant so successful, the Staff and the food. Love this place after one visit! Thank you to the Chef and Staff.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was the only thing. We had 4 different servers/wait staff.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was nice dinner, good quality of food.. real lebanese taste..

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing, excellent service. Arak ftw

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  23. BlackM

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Loved all the dips and the mixed grill was so flavorful!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Authentic Lebanese food was excellent - but the noise level at 7:00 was so extreme that it disturbed what would have otherwise been a wonderful experience. Can something be done to mitigate this?

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  25. DawnM

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Totally enjoyed our lunch here. It was too warm to sit outside but would be great to eat outdoors.

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  26. NickP

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish my experience was excellent. The hostess was helpful in providing information on the way to the table and our server was beyond knowledgeable about menu items and quantities to order. I will be dining again without a doubt!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Way too expensive small portions but good for sharing

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Not worth it! Food is just okay and it's too overpriced

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  29. samir

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellent service, best Kibbe outside of Lebanon

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The ambience inside is nice, but we have been put outside where ambience is definitely different. Besides the fact that in a cold day putting people in the outside "cages" was probably inappropriate. Food was ok , but temperature not pleasant at all between the cold outside an the too hot heaters inside unevenly distributed

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  31. XHB10

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    They made us wait for 20 minutes after the reservation time, with no place to seat. Main courses were disappointing after the very nice appetisers. Deserts didn’t meet our expectations.

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  32. MisterSterling

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    ilili has been outstanding for nearly 20 years now. Service can be a little inattentive. But the food, cocktails, and overall vibe are first rate.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife comes from a Lebanese family so I’ve had a lot of this type of food in my day. This was without a doubt the best overall Lebanese food experience I have ever had. Every dish was filled with subtle and surprising touches. Truly excellent all around dining experience.

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  34. Lauren

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alex is absolutely wonderful! We had a lovely time.

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  35. RichardL

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very good dining experience at Ilili this weekend. Service was excellent and our server provided suggestions as to what appetizers and entrees would complement each other and with our wine selection.

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  36. samir

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our best Lebanese and Mediterranean restaurants

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  37. ridibundus

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food but a bit noisy. Good for big parties.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The bar service was welcoming, friendly and fun. The food was authentic and absolutely delicious. The presentation was beautiful and the flavors outstanding. Our server was less than attentive, but one of the managers stepped in and rectified the situation. A bit pricey, but worth it. All in all it was a positive experience. Highly recommend!!!

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  39. yummyfood5

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious and service was great! We’ll be back!

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  40. ChadC

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was extremely accommodating and provided superb service for my wife on her birthday with her close friends. She had so much fun that she ended up staying there till they closed. Can't wait to setup another event at ilili

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ilili using the Order Online button. ilili also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. ilili also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 683-2929.

ilili is rated 4.6 stars by 7788 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 122 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for ilili

236 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Between 27th & 28th
  • Neighbourhood
    Gramercy Park
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Thu, Fri 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Parking is available in a lot on 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue. Street parking is also available near restaurant.
  • Public Transit
    N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ, Middle Eastern, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Philippe Massoud
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment is available upon request for private events.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 683-2929
  • Catering
    ilili caters events from 5 to 500 guests, with the same spirit of hospitality as we provide every day in our restaurant. For further information, please visit our website www.ililinyc.com/catering/
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Private Events Manager: (877) 708-9210
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