It's pretty rare to find an upscale restaurant that is good for large groups in New York and throwing Lebanese food into the mix only narrows your search down to a single restaurant. Illili perhaps the largest and chicest Middle Eastern restaurant New York has ever seen (and is located not too far from Rose Bar we might add). The restaurant is made up of large round tables perfect for parties of 6 or more and the room itself features dark woods and high ceilings. The menu is also perfect for sharing and is not as expensive as one might think after walking into the grand dining room. Be sure to order the Brussels Sprouts, hands down some of the best in the city, and an assortment of Kebabs to share as an entree. Also check out their wine list, there are many economically priced bottles for under $50, and their $20 pre-fixe lunch special.
Ilili, 236 5th Ave. (at 27th street)
Friday, May 24
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.