ilili means "tell me" in colloquial Lebanese, and this phrase has many nuances: It's a whisper between two friends, an invitation to share a secret and a proclamation to get the conversation started.
For our guests, "tell me" means listening to and understanding each of their stories while creating new ones with them - ones of celebration, sharing, long held traditions and new beginnings.
For our employees, it means tell me who you are, and who you hope to be. It means seeing more in them than they do themselves, helping them to realize the great things they can accomplish, and giving them the tools to get there together.
Every dish at ilili has it's own story from the traditional recipes direct from Lebanon, to modern updates that tell the history of our team, of our cooks and chefs who have left their mark on our kitchen, and our serving staff and managers who have been ambassadors of hospitality. Our menu is never done - we find inspiration all around, in new ingredients, new approaches, and fresh takes on old standards.
236 Fifth Ave.
[btwn 27th and 28th]
New York, NY 10001
M-W 12p–3p, 5:30p-10:30p
Th-F 12p–3p, 5:30p-11:30p
Thank you for choosing ilili. We will do our utmost to address your seating requests, however we cannot guarantee seating in our main dining room. Please note that we hold tables for only 15 minutes and only seat complete parties. Should your plans change please let us know, and we will do our best to seat you in timely fashion.