ilili restaurant NYC Valentine’s Dinner Pictures

We do love celebrations at ilili, and none more so than one of love! Valentine’s dinner (over 4 nights) was an opportunity to really get creative with Valentine’s tastes and colors. Here’s a little taste of the contemporary Lebanese/Mediterranean feast awaiting diners tonight! It’s our very first event since being voted New York’s number one Mediterranean restaurant. Check out our website for our Lunch, Brunch, Dinner prix fixe menus. 

Chilled Poached Scallop (Barberry, Blue Rose Petals, Maldon)

Fassoulia Puree w/Basterma (white beans cooked w/bay leaves, miroux poix, served with basterma) 

Harissa Shrimp (harissa butter, garlic whip, mahleb, cherry tomato, toasted almond)

ilili’s Duck Shawarma: It’s doesn’t get more contemporary than that. 
Photo courtesy Appetite for Good

ilili’s Duck Shawarma: It’s doesn’t get more contemporary than that. 

Photo courtesy Appetite for Good

ilili restaurant’s Philippe Massoud breaks down his tumultuous love affair with Sea Urchin in this month’s Saveur. ilili is New York City’s (and possibly the world’s!) most contemporary Lebanese restaurant. Famed for their progressive take on Lebanese favorites: Duck Shawarma, Deconstructed Koussa and Angel Hair Fatteh, Knafe Bil Jibneh, and many other Mediterranean inspired dishes. 

"Pitching contemporary Lebanese food (via the Med & Japan) to a public weened on store bought hummus has been an uphill battle at times. As Josh (Ozersky) noted in this month’s TIME Magazine, Lebanese cuisine is on the cusp of breaking free from the shackles of the public’s exposure to wildly misrepresentative deli offerings. Call it progress, globalization, or the dawning of the age of Aquarius; we’re just here to show New Yorkers what they’ve been missing." Executive chef Philippe Massoud.