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ilili

236 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 10001
nr. 27th St.
212-683-2929

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 8
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

80% would go back.

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Spectacular food, great restaurant!

By evkitty on 4/28/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

The huge space is well designed to appear limitless. Despite the upscale decor (and I admit I found the decorative gold plates a little outre, but they worked stylistically) the atmosphere was relaxed and inviting. The Lebanese wine recommended to us was excellent, both on its own merit and as a pairing with the food. We had the prix fixe menu, and while the entrees are small the sides are very large. Everything is excellently prepared and if anything, the service was a bit relaxed. A thoroughly enjoyable meal. We can't wait to go back!

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87 out of 159 people found this review helpful.

A Must Try...

By bradnyc212 on 12/7/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

One word to describe ilili - amazing. I've been to this restaurant several times and each visit I've been equally impressed. I'm Lebanese and a tough critic but I rate the food a 10 (don't tell my mother I said that). As all New Yorkers know, the food is half the experience; the service is always right on. You must try!

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78 out of 148 people found this review helpful.

Finally a Lebanese restaurant with great food!

By jfamularo on 1/18/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Décor was outstanding (you can tell a lot of time and money was spent in this space) nice open feel! Staff was very courteous (not rude like most new restaurants) I would definitely recommend trying this place! Especially the shrimp!

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126 out of 241 people found this review helpful.

Cannot Wait to Go Back!

By kinda on 12/7/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

We went there yesterday evening, the food was excellent, the service very friendly and the atmosphere amazing. Although it is a large restaurant, and although it was packed, we had a very cozy dinner maybe thanks to the fact that the space is divided into several fun rooms. Going through the menu and choosing from the various dishes was a lot of fun, and discovering the food was even better! My husband who is vegetarian loved it as well. This place opened recently and you can tell from the way they take care of their customers that they really want repeat business. It is definitely a place that we will be going back to very regularly.

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133 out of 237 people found this review helpful.

Great Lebanese Fusion cuisine

By marcopolette on 11/15/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Great inventive nouvelle Lebanese cuisine in a beautiful wooden setting which gives a feeling of cosiness in spite of the huge space. The chef's innovative spirit is exciting and noteworthy in a culinary genre which tends to be tradition-bound. Highly recommended.

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138 out of 249 people found this review helpful.

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