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Posted by Anonymous on 08/30/2011
I had been wanting to try this place for a long time, and we went here for our anniversary. I have to say - I was pretty disappointed. They mean well, but the main courses were fusion to the extent that they combined hot and cold food together. Like two different people were putting the food together. Overpriced. Stick with mezze - that as AMAZING. Other than that, spend your money on authentic middle eastern. It will be better and much better priced.
Posted by Charles on 05/21/2011
In a neighborhood where everything around has gone out of business, you notice that this overpriced turkish restaurant has opened a large room with no decoration whatsoever. Like a large high school cafeteria. While the food is OK, the prices are simply sky high and a rip off. The ingredients are inexpensive, leaving one to wonder why they didn't make a reservation at Turkish Kitchen, of equal quality, instead. When your credit card bill comes, you'll wonder if the expensive charge may have been from a good French restaurant, and will be shocked to see it was for that "OK" turkish food you ate a few weeks ago in that large empty room in a deserted neighborhood.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/12/2011
I have eaten in my fair share of restaurants in the city and can confidently say that not only is ilili the best Mediterranean restaurant in the city, but the best restaurant, period. From the incredible food to the impeccable service, ilili offers the best of everything.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2011
Was very pleased with everything. We went there during restaurant week. That menu was awesome. I would definitely go back again any time of year but will definitely be back for restaurant week again. Their specialty drinks are awesome. All of the staff was super knowledgable and friendly.
Posted by Tom on 02/06/2011
This restaurant was amazing. I had the best beef tartare that I have ever eaten- the mint was a delicious touch. The baba ghannouj had a smokey flavor that also made it the best I've ever had. My dinner companion had calamari and octopus salad, which she said was probably the best she has ever eaten For the main course, I had lamb ribs while my friend had beef kabobs. Both were perfectly done and very tender. Our server was more than willing to recommend some foods for us to try. His recommendations were "right on". Quite honestly, we could have done without dessert as we were full from the rest of the meal but we just had to try them. For all the food, plus a glass of wine each, the bill, before the tip was $145. It was so good, the service so perfect, with a server who was not only willing to recommend good food but was a nice person too, that we left more than the recommended tip (shown on the bill). I plan on going back there with my niece. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Posted by A New Englander in NYC on 01/31/2011
As the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, I take my Lebanese food very seriously. I am so happy to say that Ilili was worth it! The decor was elegant and every staff member who I encountered was fun-loving, jovial, and interested in us and our meal. All the food was fabulous (better than most Middle Eastern restaurants I've encountered), and the baklava rivaled my mom's -- which is definitely saying something! We had the vegetable mezza, which was plentiful and flavorful, along with the Ksara wine and the featured Arak. There is definitely something for everyone -- even those picky eaters and those unfamiliar with Middle Eastern food. The tabbouleh and babaghannoush were the best I've ever had outside of home. Our server, Mark, was friendly and knowledgeable, as was the manager when I had the occasion to speak with him. There are not enough superlatives for this place. I would love to go back anytime that my travels take me to NYC. Highly recommended.
Posted by True Lebanese on 01/13/2011
Food is good, albeit not very authentic. Why pay such outrageous prices for fusion middle eastern food? $136 for a mix of mezze? Are you kidding me?