ilili Restaurant

ilili Restaurant

Lebanese Restaurant, Mediterranean Restaurant, and Lounge$$$$
NoMad, New York
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    Go here. Experience the shawarma. It's worth it.
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    Sofia P.
    "Loved the lamb/beef dumplings, Brussel sprouts, and duck shawarma."(32 Tips)
    Abdulaziz A.
    "Best Lebanese in NY .. nice atmosphere , delicious duck shawarma."(14 Tips)
    Kate F.
    "Get the duck shwarma and mixed grilled plate to share."(8 Tips)
    Mayank M.
    "All of the cold mezze are delicious."(14 Tips)
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  • honeywhatscooking.com
    honeywhatscooking.comDecember 11, 2014
    The phonecian fries and Brussel sprouts are to die for. Cocktail - From Beirut w Passion and Poison Margarita w/pomegranate are both delicious. Branzino w/mint was a huge letdown. Lamb chops good.
  • Mila M.heart icon on user image
    Mila MilaAugust 24, 2014
    The scallops were amazing. The hummus with pita, so simple but extremely tasty. The service was friendly and very attentive. The ambience sets a great date spot and even after work drinks.
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan McKeeJuly 15, 2017
    A tad pricey but SO good if you're into this food scene. Great Lebanese share plates, so bring a crew. Or if you're like me, bring your dad so he won't judge you for eating like a man and he'll pay 😇
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • André F.heart icon on user image
    André FeithFebruary 7, 2014
    Great atmosphere! Nice staff and delicious food. We try the Falafel, Babba Ganouj and Kafta, that was amazing. The pita is just in time made for you. Awesome place in Midtown Manhattan!
  • Mayank M.heart icon on user image
    Mayank MahajanJuly 20, 2018
    All of the cold mezze are delicious. You don't even need to get a main dish. I recommend 3-4 for 2 people since the portions are quite large. Fantastic service too!
  • Carolheart icon on user image
    CarolDecember 12, 2022
    Went for a company dinner and they had amazing dishes! Don’t know where to even begin! The ancient Lebanese wines were delicious & sommelier (with bowl haircut) was so knowledgeable! Get duck shawarma
  • Lukeheart icon on user image
    LukeNovember 21, 2018
    An epic menu that hits all the Lebanese classics, but adds its own twists. The grilled meat platter is a good bet for first timers. Maybe the best tabouleh in NYC
  • ℳ𝒶𝓎♍heart icon on user image
    ℳ𝒶𝓎♍December 8, 2021
    Been here 100+ times
    Elegant warmly lit Lebanese spot with major upscale vibes and great selection of Levantine cuisine food, the taste will seriously take you there. Servers are exteremely attendant, kind and quick. 5/5
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeyMarch 14, 2015
    Our group of three had the meat platter, falafel, eggplant and brussel sprouts to share. It was the perfect amount of food and all extremely delicious.
  • Uber NYC
    Uber NYCMarch 28, 2013
    Ditch the old eggs benedict and have brunch here instead! For the true Lebanese experience, the labneh and kibbeh are a must. But if you're feeling experimental, the lobster hommus won't let you down.
  • T S.heart icon on user image
    T SDecember 15, 2018
    Super amazing Lebanese food, out of the box ideas, great services & great value.
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RNovember 19, 2017
    Must haves: octopus, Brussels sprouts, fries (the garlic sauce!!))Good: such shawarma, hummus (jalapenos are perfectly picked/spicy)! Dark, intimate, yummy!
  • Giovanni D.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni D'PalmaMay 29, 2016
    The hummus is amazing and comes with warm pita bread but my favorite dish was duck shwarma. The riz and kafta were also really delicious. The staff was super friendly.
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkMay 17, 2015
    ordering various mezzas are the way to go: the crispiest & most perfectly seasoned fries and creamiest hummus ever. not a huge fan of the brussel sprouts and brunch mains.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanSeptember 14, 2012
    Fantastic Mediterranean tapas. The Brussels sprouts and French fries are truly the best I've ever had. Pita bread and chicken kabob are also great.
  • Chad H.heart icon on user image
    Chad HornerDecember 21, 2015
    the mixed grill is a great way to try the variety of meats offered in the menu. the Ilili candy bar (not your typical candy bar) is the way to go for dessert
  • Hessa A.heart icon on user image
    Hessa Al ZamelJune 12, 2015
    It's always a full house, so it's kinda of loud, but it's a must try Lebanese restaurant in NYC. Don't miss their kabob karez and their chicken tawok😍Lastly, don't forget to make a prior reservation
  • Kathheart icon on user image
    KathNovember 4, 2015
    Friendly waitstaff, beautiful restaurant. Great place for a date or go up to second floor back area for group celebration. Solid food and desert with wine pairing.
  • Catherineheart icon on user image
    CatherineMarch 8, 2015
    Food was amazing, exceeding far beyond expectations. I've tried the brussels sprouts and those were okay, but I liked the lobster hummus and the falafels much more. Highly recommendable.
  • Johnny B.heart icon on user image
    Johnny BravoDecember 7, 2019
    Amazing!! Food and staff service is fantastic. Warm welcome as we entered. Our server Heather was friendly and very hospitable. Best Lebanese food in the city
  • Frank R.heart icon on user image
    Frank RimalovskiJune 29, 2019
    Amazing Lebanese food in a super cool space (ask to sit in the main room when you make a reservation). Great place for groups so you can share and try everything on the menu!
  • Appetite for Good
    Appetite for GoodMay 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best lebanese restaurant ever! One of the most giving and generous. They support many nonprofit and charitable causes around the city. YOU HAVE to try the Duck Shwarma!!! It's the best!!!
  • Maya J.heart icon on user image
    Maya Jimenez 😬June 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Lebanese / Mediterranean food in the city. Hummus and Brussels sprouts are delicious. Order about 1 1/2 mezzes per person to start and go from there. It's all delish, you can't go wrong!
  • Yaroslav B.heart icon on user image
    Yaroslav BakhmetjevNovember 29, 2015
    Perfect assorty grill: there are all kinds of meat - beef, lamb, chicken and kebabs. Impressed by 2 points: Hazelnut Chocolate Soufflé, and attentive headwaiter (deal in wine almost like a sommelier).
  • Marco S.heart icon on user image
    Marco SousaApril 6, 2015
    Absolutely delicious! It's nice to get a bunch of different plates to share with a bottle of wine. Recommended: shrimps, falafel, moussaka, baba ghanoush, salads, shawarma, the list goes on...
  • Paula B.
    Paula BuzzoMay 31, 2018
    To try a little bit of everything we order cold and hot appetizers, the portions are enough for two people and everything delicious. Excellent attendance.
  • Waleed 🇸🇦heart icon on user image
    Waleed 🇸🇦March 14, 2017
    Tried variety of cold mezza hummus, baba ghannouj, labne, and fattoush. All of these appetizers were great and authentic. Served with fresh pita bread. Must try Kebab Kerez (Kebab with cherry).
  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    Paige CAugust 9, 2016
    The service was phenomenal! Food was even better than expected. We shared a bunch of mezze plates and loved them all. Definitely recommend the hummus, tuna, scallops and meatballs!
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhAugust 17, 2020
    Try the Lebanese Caesar salad (romaine salad, lemon, garlic, pistachio, toasted pita) or the Silk Road salad (romaine salad, lemon vinaigrette, dates, avocado, citrus, dried cherries).
  • Kathryn
    KathrynAugust 13, 2015
    I love this restaurant. Go here hungry! The mouhanara is a must as an appetizer and do yourself a favor and order the Brussels sprouts and Phoenician fries. Not a huge fan of the gnocchi, however.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    Ingredients: Lamb patty, kashkaval cheese, arugula, bastermaTo know: The lamb burger, served only at lunch and brunch, features basterma, which is like prosciutto, but is beef not pork Read more
  • Hien L.heart icon on user image
    Hien LyJanuary 13, 2020
    Tasting menu is reasonably priced ($72pp$) and is a ridiculous amount of food. Six shared mezzes, entree selection per person and dessert. All delectable from pickles to seared lamb!
  • Danielle W.heart icon on user image
    Danielle WhitedFebruary 18, 2015
    The kafta was delicious! A great combination of flavors! And you can't go wrong with any of the hummus! I really appreciate that the staff also know how the food in a dish should be paired.
  • Waleed 🇸🇦heart icon on user image
    Waleed 🇸🇦March 14, 2017
    Mixed Grill has variety of proteins in which they were delicious and cooked perfectly. The atmosphere of the restaurant is friendly. The service was nice. The place is good for groups.
  • Shirin H.heart icon on user image
    Shirin HMay 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite restaurants in the city. The Brussel sprouts are definitely not to be missed. Warm eggplant, and all the cold lentil appetizers are also amazing. Get the candy bar for dessert!
  • Deborah R.
    Deborah RoseApril 17, 2017
    Ear the Brussels Sprouts. They are unlike anything I've every tasted, pure magic! Also had the lamb dumplings and duck shawarma. So good!!!
  • Emily G.heart icon on user image
    Emily GiglieranoDecember 13, 2017
    The prix-fixe is great for a nice business lunch; they'll let you chat for a good long time. (Sometimes borderline too long.) Try the fancy lemonades and the burrata!
  • Hany Y.heart icon on user image
    Hany YoussefOctober 30, 2016
    Amazing food, great atmosphere, the staff r super friendly, presentation is outstanding, everything just tickle ur taste buds def highly recommended
  • Rita L.
    Rita LJuly 27, 2013
    summer restaurant week 2013 isn't that good here, I didn't like their lamb shank or cod as the main dish. fries and strawberry cheesecake were yummy, they do have a pretty cool restroom!
  • Amy T.
    Amy ThaiAugust 13, 2013
    if you come here get the calamari a la plancha for app, lamb chops for entree, and ilili candy bar as dessert. if you're able to make it in time for happy hour order the from beirut with passion
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhAugust 17, 2020
    They serve Lebanese cuisine. Get their Phoenician fries & shrimp hummus as appetizers. Get their shawarma or chicken taouk.
  • Natalie K.heart icon on user image
    Natalie KOctober 5, 2019
    Fantastic Lebanese. Standout dishes were the duck shawarma, tabbouleh, and mixed grill, but honestly everything was good.
  • Sarah S.heart icon on user image
    Sarah StilwellFebruary 22, 2013
    If you are a group, try the Mezza Royale together with the mixed grill - you won't be dissapointed! A tasty mix of lebanese meze; I especially enjoyed the mekanek (lamb sausages)- never tasted better
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosOctober 10, 2016
    Small plates had pretty generous portions. Loved the lamb/beef dumplings, Brussel sprouts, and duck shawarma. Custard/clotted cream with mastixa liquor was delish!
  • Sinem S.heart icon on user image
    Sinem SaniyeJuly 19, 2021
    Been here 5+ times
    DELICIOUS FOOD. Absolutely amazing, every dish. Sauces were excellent too!
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley ByrdSeptember 30, 2015
    Brussel sprouts are next-level. Hommus, OBV. Phoenician Fries also awesomeeeee. Duck Shawarma was good. Local wines available, which I LOVE. Overall would recommend and go again.
  • Bethany M.
    Bethany MartoneSeptember 2, 2013
    The Brussels sprouts are so phenomenal..it's definitely a must have! The lamb chops were perfectly cooked and delicious. The not so bloody martini was also great! Absolutely love this place
  • Rami H.heart icon on user image
    Rami Haykal-ManningAugust 9, 2023
    Been here 5+ times
    The kibbeh with karaz (kibbeh with cherries) is a sleeper. The kibbeh nayeh is one of the best I’ve had outside of Lebanon. The grill platter is good for groups of 8+
  • Maya B.heart icon on user image
    Maya BarzilaiAugust 20, 2013
    Such a hit every time w/ Middle Easterners and/or anyone else! Brussels sprouts, warm eggplant, and kibbeh are delicious -- not to mention the ilili candy bar dessert. Great cocktails, too!
  • Dr F.heart icon on user image
    Dr FoodieMay 7, 2016
    Mezes were great: Hummus, Muhammara, Tabouleh. Mussaka was phenomenal 😘 Grills were delicious and the Knafe below is a MUST 🍮
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