Jan 24

Winter Restaurant Week 2012 MENU

Sample our most popular cocktails this Winter Restaurant Week 2012


Jan 16th - 20th From Beirut with Passion

Jan 23rd - 30th Fresh Meadow

Jan 30th - 3rd  Beirut Sunburn

Feb 6th - 10th Phoenician Lemonade






chickpea puree / lebanese tahini / lemon / olive oil


walnuts / sundried peppers / pomegranate molasses

Lebanese Thyme Salad

herbs / arugula / parsley / onion / lemon / green olive


green lentil puree w/ crispy red onion

Arnabeet Mekle

cauliflower / red finger chili

mint / labne tahini


fava bean dumpling / tahini

Watercress Salad

yogurt cheese crumble / walnuts / grapes / red onion


eggplant ratatouille

Kebab Kerez

lamb & beef meatball / cherry sauce / kataifi

Chicken Livers

pomegranate / lemon / butter


Semolina Gnocchi

yogurt / pine nut / orange zest / blossom

Chicken Shish Taouk

crispy chicken skin / garlic whip / sumac onions

Roast Lamb leg

citrus / beets / mint / walnut / labne


Lebanese Ice Cream

milk / pistachio/ apricot / chocolate


traditional lebanese clotted cream

w/ orange blossom simple syrup / strawberry

ilili Candy Bar

chocolate kataifi crunch / chocolate ganache

pistachio and fig caramel / warm chocolate sauce

Labne Cheese Cake

cherry / hibiscus / rose berry

Dec 02

Put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas morning

This Christmas we’ve partnered up with Safe Horizon to make a difference in the life of victims of domestic abuse. We’re asking patrons to open their hearts this holiday season with a gift card donation to put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas morning. Simply purchase any gift card and drop it off next time you’re at ilili. We’ll make sure it gets to the moms and dads being helped by Safe Horizon.

Sep 29

Meatball Madness at Food Network’s NYC Food & Wine Festival

Sept 29th – Oct 2nd 7-10pm

82 Mercer, Soho

Looking for a little Meatball Madness in your life? Look no further than our stall at this year’s Food Network NYC Food and Wine Festival 2011. We’re serving up Smoked Veal & Beef Meatballs and Chocolate Pudding Balls. Support the Foodbank for New York City & Share our Strength - Book your ticket now!

Sep 21

Madison Square Market Eats!

Join us from Sept 23rd till Oct 21st for tasty eats and shopping treats.


Manushe Plain

Manushe Special: Labne, Mint, Tomato, Cucumber, Olives

Kafta Arayess Lebanese: Lamb & Beef, Home Made Harissa, Eggplant, Lettuce

Pressed Chicken: Pulled Chicken, Garlic Whip, Lebanese Pickles

Falafel Beiruti



Whole Roasted Lamb Shawarma


Chicken Shawarma with Garlic Whip and Lettuce  


Phoenician Fries: Home made, tossed with Sumac & Salt

Baklava: Home made with Pine Nuts and Cashew, Orange and Rose Simple Syrup


Long Island award winning Paumanok wine on tap, Lebanese Almaza beer, Greek Marathon Beer, and Green Lemonade. 


Jul 08

July 12th ilili & Madison Square Park Celebrate Flatiron Chefs! -

Join us and 25 other restaurant chefs serving up tasty treats for a great cause! On the menu: Chicken Shawarma; Grilled Sweetbreads with Coriander Mayo, Kabis & Lettuce. Don’t miss out, check out the link to book tickets. 

Jun 19

July 3rd: First Annual ilili Lamb Roast at Paumanok Vineyards

Join us for the inaugural ilili Lamb Roast Dinner at Paumanok Vineyards on Long Island this July 3rd, as hosted by Philippe’s uncle Charles Massoud and family.  The buffet style dinner including roast lamb, zaatar salad and an assortment of mezza style seasonal, local vegetables, accompanied by award-winning Paumanok wines. It’s the perfect start to the summer so don’t miss out! 

Tickets are $80 per person, $70 per person for Paumanok Club members. Tax is additional. To make a reservation, call us at (631) 722-8800 or email us at

Jun 06

Gay Pride March Brunch June 26th!

All the excitement of Gay Pride from the comfort of one of New York City’s most inviting restaurants! 

Enjoy a set by DJ Scotty Rox, a tantalizing Burlesque performance by Vicky Sin, and a complimentary Gay Pride Stoli vodka cocktail with your brunch. And look out for MC Dallas Dubois and our Gay Pride Guest Stars! 

Check out ilili’s Lebanese-American brunch menu here

Stoli Kiss & Tell 

2 parts Stoli Razberi®

1/2 part simple syrup

Splash of club soda

6 raspberries

Muddle raspberries with simple syrup in the bottom of a rocks or Collins glass.

Fill with ice and top with club soda.

Garnish with fresh raspberries.


Stoli Big O

1 1/2 parts Stoli® OhranjTM

1 part fresh grapefruit juice

3/4 part simple syrup

1/2 part fresh lemon juice

Dash of pomegranate juice or grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a grapefruit twist.


Stoli Drama Queen

1 1/2 parts Stoli OhranjTM

1 part fresh orange juice

Top with champagne

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled high ball glass then top with champagne.

Garnish with an orange wheel.

May 23

Madison Square Spring Market ART!

Yet another reason to swing by Madison Square Park Spring Market (now till Friday 3rd June). 

Jaume Plensa, born and based in Barcelona, is one of the world’s leading contemporary sculptors, and his 2011 commission for Madison Square Park constitutes his long-awaited New York City public art debut.

Echo, Plensa’s project for Madison Square Park, is a monument to everyday people in the form of a 44’ sculpture of the head and neck of a young girl (the nine year-old daughter of a restaurant proprietor near Plensa’s home in Barcelona). Plensa’s sculpture can be seen on the park’s central Oval Lawn. Its monumental size and vertical orientation reflect the architecture surrounding the park, while the visage of the sculptor’s subject exudes a welcoming tranquility perfectly suited to this cherished urban oasis.

Apr 27

Madison Square Spring Market!

Join us for one of New York City’s more intimate outdoor foodie experience this Friday May 6th till Friday June 3rd at the Madison Square Spring Market! Featuring a selection of your Madison Square Market favorites and new additions: Roasted Lamb, Shawarma, Falafel Beiruti, ilili’s unique Zaatar Manuche (Thyme Pizza), Pressed Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, House Pickled Persian Cucumbers, our delicious Garlic Sauce, and ilili Fries. We’ll also be serving Lebanon’s national beer, Almaza, and our Ginger Cucumber Green Lemonade!

Don’t miss our specials:


Chef Philippe and the team will be roasting a whole Lamb, right there on the NYC sidewalk, every Saturday for the entire month! Please join us on Facebook for more info on our lamb roasting schedule. 


Roasted Shawarma Sandwiches; alternating between Chicken, Duck and Turkey.

Apr 26

Zagat Survey Time!

It’s Zagat time again and we’re excited to see the fruits of this year’s culinary efforts set down on paper for the whole world to see.

We’d greatly appreciate your taking the time to participate in the survey. Competition amongst New York resturants is fierce (not surprising since we’re in the culinary capital of the world!), so every vote counts! It only takes a minute…

Just click on the link.