FACTS: Located in the Flat Iron District, NYC
WHAT I ORDERED:
Riz: Lebanese Rice, Toasted Vermicelli, Mixed Nuts
Lamb Dip Sandwich: Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb, House Made Bun, Au Jus, Horseradish
Ilili Candy Bar: Dark Chocolate Ganache, Fig Caramel, Dulce De Leche Ice Cream, Sponge Candy, Salted Pistachio
Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake: Hibiscus Sauce, Strawberry Rose Sorbet, Candied Rhubarb, Semolina Streusel, Thai Basil Gelee
Thanks to my sister, who continuously urged me to try this restaurant. It was definitely worth the trip. In fact, I was thoroughly impressed from beginning to end.
For starters, I really loved the open space and high ceilings, along with the modern and chic design. Just Fabulous!
Ilili offers a two-course prix-fix lunch for only $25. And, from all of its wonderful options, I ended up selecting the Lebanese rice and the lamb dip sandwich. Not surprisingly, both were superb. As for the Riz, the toasted vermicelli and mixed nuts made a brilliant addition to the rice dish itself, adding the most wonderful flavors and texture. My main course, the lamb dip sandwich, was beyond outstanding. It was tender, savory, and even somewhat spicy, because of the horseradish sauce.
Compliments of Ilili’s management, we were treated to two of their phenomenal desserts. As for the “Candy Bar,” the sponge candy portion turned out to be a real treat since it brought me back to my childhood days. As a matter of fact, my mom’s version is called “Angel Candy,” and it’s truly delightful. As for the “Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake,” the cheesecake itself was some of the best I’ve ever tasted.
I must acknowledge the superior customer service that we received on this day, as well. It couldn’t have been any better, and for this reason alone, I will be back.
Clearly, I highly recommend this place and look forward to returning.
QUICK TIDBIT: Be sure to check out the beautifully designed bathrooms as well!