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  • Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Small Plates/Tapas
  • 236 5th Ave, New York NY10001 40.744407 -73.987929
  • (Btwn 27th & 28th St)
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  • (212) 683-2929
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User Ratings (Based on 53 reviews)

3.735
Food 4.0 Value 3.4
Service 3.7 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 683-2929
Fax:
fax
(212) 683-2322
Website:
www.ililinyc.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC Happy Hour Mon-Fri: 4pm-7pm
Hours:
Mon-Wed: 12pm-3pm+5:30pm-10:30pm Thu-Fri: 12pm-3pm+5:30pm-11:30pm Sat: 12pm-11:30pm Sun: 12pm-10:30pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Prix Fixe, Happy Hour, Bar Scene, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • ilili

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/28/2007

    Great food, Poor Attitude at Door

    Bottom line, the food was great. I was ooohing and ahhhing over everything I ate. Portions are small, yes...but I think the intention is for each person to order two "small plates" which is what we did. The prices lend themselves to that too. My date and I ordered two vegetable dishes, a fish dish and a meat dish and that was perfect for us. However, we almost didn't even sit down just based on the attitude of the "host". The restaurant was full but not packed, and the host made us feel like we were never going to sit down since we didn't have a reservation...it was after 9pm on a Tuesday night too so we didn't think it would be such an issue. He didn't even attempt to accomodate us. We asked if we could sit in the bar area and he snapped at us to help ourselves. Once in the bar area however, our waitress was a pleasure and served us flawlessly. So I guess my only complaint is Mr. Attitude at the front door. There's just no need for that. He should go back to whatever bridge and tunnel velvet rope night club he came from and realize that truly great restaurants become exclusive simply based on supply of customers outnumbering the amount of seats available in a night...not by snooty attitudes of hosts. Such a turnoff.

  • ilili

    Posted by Sarah on 11/26/2007

    All I can say is

    Eh.....I expected a lot more from this spot than attitude at the front door and small portions on the food.

  • ilili

    Posted by Unsatisfied on 11/22/2007

    What a disappointment what a shame

    Myself and my girlfriend love trying new restaurants t'was the night before thanksgiving and we were alone in the city; we figured we try this place out; I check out menupages and call the place in advance. The gentlemen advises me that reservation is always required but he assures me that can have a table for two ready for 9:45pm Wed night. We arrive and the man at the door reinforces the need for a reservation and kind of makes us feel guilty for not having one, when I mention the gentleman on the phone he asks for his name. Oh Please like I remember nor had I asked. Bottom line, the food portions were extremely small, the servers were overly hyper the dessert menu had only two items. And not to mention to the mediocre wine menu which was overly priced. The atmosphere is enchanting as your first walk in, after a brief moment at the table you notice the cafeteria height ceilings and the tables and chairs. Take away the fancy flatware and you have your self belvue hospital cafeteria with wooden walls. My girlfriend being of Lebanese descent found the food to be close to authentic, portions small yet tasty, I myself a food lover thought the food lacked a bit of pizazz maybe I expected too much maybe they didn't have much to offer. Ending note, it you are looking for a ritzy place to impress your date and you manage hedge funds this is you spot. If you want to have a great meal with a great value look elsewhere.

  • ilili

    Posted by Mike SmileZ on 11/19/2007

    Great Food, Great Service

    This esatblishment may be hard to find (there was no sign outside when I went for a preview night), but it is worth searching for. It is very nicely decorated with gorgeous high ceilings. The food is great and the service should be rated higher than a 5 as both my serve and bar tender was amazing. I recommend trying: Duck Shawarma w/ pomegranate molasses, fig, and green onion Amberjack raw thinly sliced w/ spiced babaghanouj Kaskkawan Cheese duck egg and desert truffle Kibbeh Naya lamb steak tartar w/ bulghur, onion & mint Toro Tartar bulghur mint, red onion & crispy flat bread Mussels arak, garlic, and aleppo The drinks, while expensive ($14) are worth noting as well. I had the Not-So-Bloody Mary, made with a special tomato consumme. I loved this drink, as it was not strong with the spice or the tomato.

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