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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"

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80% would go back.

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Better than in Lebanon?

By pehanna on 1/13/2010

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

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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94 out of 202 people found this review helpful.

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.

Excellent

By FroniusMaximus77 on 2/19/2012

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

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.

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68 out of 127 people found this review helpful.

Always leave Ilili feeling stuffed!!

By ansingh on 1/13/2010

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

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!

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110 out of 194 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.

Ilili - Brunch

By restaurantfairy on 10/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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. Massoud’s culinary tales are woven into the nouveau Lebanese cuisine he’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. I’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 morning…mosey on down to Ilili for brunch and tell them that the Restaurant Fairy sent you along for some good eats……… For pictures and more food details click on this link: http://therestaurantfairy.com/2010/06/28/ilili-–-brunch/

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61 out of 116 people found this review helpful.

ilili did not disappoint!!

By bordenrenee on 10/15/2010

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

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

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53 out of 104 people found this review helpful.

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