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236 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 10001
nr. 27th St.
CONDESCENSION REACHES A NEW HIGH!!!
By RGS on 8/9/2013
Why is it that people working at these "cool" places are so incredibly rude? Do they hate their jobs? Do they hate themselves? Whatever it is that afflicts them, we should not be part of it, especially if we have to pay these high prices.
MEDIOCRE FOOD - TERRIBLE SERVICE - OVERPRICED
By davept on 4/23/2013
Entertained some friends the other evening at Ilili. The starters were good but the main courses were puny in serving size, lamb overcooked and entire menu is highly overpriced. The service was really terrible - the waiter we had was not attendant to our table and acted like we were not there. A dreadful experience that ruined our high expectations.
By FroniusMaximus77 on 2/19/2012
Jusy tried ilili this weekend per several recommendations. Can't believe I live and work within blocks of this place and only now patronized it. Best meal I'd had in the city in a while. Excellent service by Mark too. Everything was stunning- fresh, delicious, flavorful, beautifully presented (their bowls are gorgeous). We had the eggplant app, Brussel sprouts (get this!), zaatar bread (tasted just like the best I'd had on mt Carmel), cauliflower, kibbe in yogurt broth, fattoush, kofta, and an amazing dessert (chocolate ganache, date, crispy layer of something... Only remember it being flavorful, lightish, multitextured). The sumac margarita rocked, although a tad sweeter than I prefer my libations. I will be back, again and again. We opted for a la carte instead of the brunch menu because we wanted to explore the menu.
Over hyped. Very disappointing.
By nymag_123 on 1/25/2012
I went there based on the good reviews and it happened to be during restaurant week. They required either everybody order off the restaurant week prix fixe menu or no one at the table would be allowed to. Why? Who knows. I went with a party of 4 and a few of us wanted the restaurant week menu but not all. Too bad they said. OK, so we all decide to get the restaurant week menu. We all wanted the lamb main course but they only had one portion left. The only other options in the $35 price were things like "chicken skin" or gnocchi. We asked if they would replace the lamb entree with something comparable but they refused. The assistant general manager was nothing but rude and refused to make any changes, claiming "the system" wouldn't allow him to. The waiter was awesome and tried to help us out by asking the chef if he could accommodate, but when the assistant manager found out, I saw him chewing out the waiter for asking "after he said no." We all tried the one lamb portion available and it was dried out and too salty. Not even worth the hassle. Don't bother. Go some place else where people run the restaurant, not "the system."
Ilili - Brunch
By restaurantfairy on 10/27/2010
Philippe Massoud has a story to tell at Ilili (which means tell me). Ilili is a high end, contemporary Lebanese restaurant, located in the Flatiron district. Massoudâ€™s culinary tales are woven into the nouveau Lebanese cuisine heâ€™s created that draws on his beginnings in hospitality in Beirut and experiences that followed suit in the United States. The space is expansive. There is a funky lounge area, a large dinning area, several private rooms and a DJ to set the mood. One would really expect to find this kind of place in the Meatpacking District. The brunch at Ilili, which was recently introduced, pairs classic American offerings with a Middle Eastern twist. These inventive combinations present a great alternative to traditional brunch dishes. It is priced at $25 for a cocktail and two courses from the brunch menu. Dessert is not included but definitely worth trying. Iâ€™m going to go back to try out their lunch and dinner deals for sure. Everything we tried ranged from good to very good. So, if you are looking for something a little different to do on a weekend morningâ€¦mosey on down to Ilili for brunch and tell them that the Restaurant Fairy sent you along for some good eatsâ€¦â€¦â€¦ For pictures and more food details click on this link: http://therestaurantfairy.com/2010/06/28/ilili-â€“-brunch/
ilili did not disappoint!!
By bordenrenee on 10/15/2010
The food was amazing and the lamb was cooked to perfection...not easy it seems, since I have been very disappointed with other restaurants attempts. Mia our waitress was pleasant and not overly fussy with us. My friend had never tried middle eastern cuisine so Mia walked her through some of the ingredients involved in the menu items. We enjoyed ourselves and I am trying to replicate the Phoenician cocktail at home to no avail...I will be back! THANK YOU
Restaurant Week Delight
By kml408 on 7/18/2010
Ilili is a very well-hidden gem in the yuppie Flatiron neighborhood, though it doesnâ€™t try to hide at all. Itâ€™s located on 27th and Broadway, but I almost walked past it because of the tinted windows and understated black awning. The first thing you notice when you walk in the front door is the gorgeous bar and lounge area behind the host stand. The bar is long and sleek. The space is airy and sophisticated, yet the faint lights and warm color tones make the bar completely approachable. They had a very lavish variety and selection on their menu compared to many other restaurants that skimp and cut corners during restaurant week. However, my biggest dissatisfaction with ilili is that they ran out of several restaurant week menu items by the time we ordered. Being only the first day of restaurant week, the kitchen was either ill-prepared or had a huge lunch business. The prix fixe allowed each of us to order 2 appetizers, 1 main, and 1 dessert. The portions were pretty substantial as well. We shared 6 appetizers: Hummus, Lamb Meatballs, Lamb Spare Ribs, Beef Tartare, Watermelon and Feta Salad, and Kusa Meshiâ€“zucchini spaghetti in a yogurt garlic sauce with lamb confit. The best part of the hummus was the accompanying pita bread. It came hot hot hot out of the oven and exploded a puff of steam when ripped open. Read more at http://lestorydefood.com/2010/07/15/summer-love-nyc-restaurant-week-coverage/
By goodeatsnyc on 1/23/2010
This place had dim and bland iinterior once you moved past the main room. However, the service was friendly and the dishes tasty. Try the kibbeh (with meat) and also the eggplant appetizer. Delicious. Don't over order. Even though dishes are modest, two will do the trick if you plan for dessert. Try cucumber lemonade...its off menu but should be on! A good representation of authentic Lebanese.
Always leave Ilili feeling stuffed!!
By ansingh on 1/13/2010
Ilili is AWESOME. I've been there about 4 times now and it tastes even better each time I go. The kebab dishes are sublime, the meat melts in your mouth and the PHONENICIAN fries are a must. Service is always good and feel free to ask for good wine suggestions. Also, try one of their specialty cocktails, their St Germaine drinks will satiate your appetite for dessert! Love this place!
Better than in Lebanon?
By pehanna on 1/13/2010
This place probably had better Lebanese food than you can find in Lebanon. Great decor, friendly service and out of this world food. Don't be afraid of the chicken liver in pomegranate sauce as well as the innovative duck shawerma (sublime). A must try is the mohamera, a spicy walnut paste. Of the many dishes we tried, only the fattoosh failed to impress. This is definitely going to be a place to come back to.
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