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236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001 (Between 27th & 28th)
+1 212-683-2929
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17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Wed 17:30 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Thu - Fri 17:30 - 23:30
Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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Zurich, Switzerland
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an amazing Lebanese lunch at this restaurant, you can feel that the dishes are prepared with top ingredients. Very good service. It is definitely not cheap, but it's 5th Avenue!

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Thank Federico P
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We're a group of 7 couples, celebrating a friend's birthday party on Thanksgiving and credit cards inprints were required to make the reservation. At 6:00 pm 10 persons of the group showed up and management was immediately informed that 2 remaining couples wouldn´t come. On the sequence the 4 empty seats were taken by management to accomodate other incoming people... More 

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Thank Isac K
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This food was delicious!!! Omg the food the drinks the vibe hospitality - beautiful !! Definitely recommend !

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Thank Tania R
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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The setting couldn't be prettier - a long main dining room with intricate woodwork. But the real find is the food - truly amazing. One of the best is the Mekanek - delicious moth-watering sautéed lamb sausages in lemon and pine nuts. Don't miss the mixed grill with chicken shush Raul, beef kebab, Kafta lamb chops, and amazing grilled vegetables.... More 

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Thank Pedro A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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981 reviews
511 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Truly enjoyed our dinner here...busy and noisy, but upstairs less so. Helpful staff. Menu rich and complex so takes some navigation but our server helped with that...excellent mezes...must try the brussels sprouts with grapes which is absolutely divine, hummus with separate pepper dish, warm eggplant salad (maybe a tad greasy but flavorful nonetheless) and lovely fresh warm billowy pita. Mains... More 

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Thank PlatinumHoney
Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wish I knew what kind of food this was, but I'm sure their website will make that clear! We were led here by a knowing friend, and will be ever grateful, as it's a REALLY good spot if you appreciate REALLY delicious, non-American food. Expensive!

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Thank OneLuckyGalC
Scarsdale, NY
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

greedy, horrible people. we had reservation for 14. there four no shows. they used the table for other customers and still charged us for 14. we had to pay $68 per person for the space we did not use and food we did not eat. they sold it twice. boycott this place. people like this should not be in business

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1 Thank David G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a reservation for 14 people. 4 people could not make it. The restaurant charged for the 4 no show. Never happened to me before. And the 4 people table that we did not use where occupied.

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1 Thank rosane29
New York City, New York
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

ilili is great for dates, with family and event business meetings. It is on the higher price for middle eastern restaurants. They have great ambiance, service and decor. The food is mediocre and not the best for middle eastern restaurants in NYC.

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Thank TravelersKnow
West Palm Beach, Florida
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110 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friends and I had lunch there Saturday. Very modern interior. Food was good but not very traditional. A flare of FuFu cooking some eggplant dishes were ok but the Kafka was dry and tasteless I have had some difficulty find new exciting restaurants in NYC because they keep trying to invent the wheel but still come up with a square... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$75
Cuisine
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:30
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:30
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:30
Saturday
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 5th Avenue, Between 27th & 28th, New York City, NY 10001
    (Between 27th & 28th)
  • Public Transportation: N & R Subway Lines 28th Street Stop. 6 Line on Park is near as well 28th Street Stop.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-683-2929
Description
New York's premier contemporary Mediterranean restaurant offering inspired Lebanese cuisine. The menu combines authentic dishes with modern Mediterranean influences to create a culinary journey for the palate and senses. The decor echoes the diverse menu, combining the architectural richness of old Lebanon with a style that's unmistakably New York. Music from around the globe and soft amber lighting create a sexy, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a relaxed meal. One of "The 8 Best Restaurants for Group Dining in New York", Zagat 2011.ilili is also the ideal destination for events, featuring perfect spaces for any occasion. Event menus range from hors d'oeuvres & cocktails to our signature shared menus for seated dinners.

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