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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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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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136 out of 246 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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132 out of 235 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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125 out of 238 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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77 out of 145 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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86 out of 156 people found this review helpful.

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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88 out of 185 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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103 out of 179 people found this review helpful.

Good Lebanese

By goodeatsnyc on 1/23/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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78 out of 162 people found this review helpful.

Restaurant Week Delight

By kml408 on 7/18/2010

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Ilili is a very well-hidden gem in the yuppie Flatiron neighborhood, though it doesn’t try to hide at all. It’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 Meshi–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/

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68 out of 135 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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