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Amaranth Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.amaranthrestaurant.com/index.php
  • Phone: (212) 980-6700
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Monday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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A word from Amaranth
Amaranth is located just off Madison Avenue on 62nd Street , between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, in the heart of the most famous shopping strip of the Upper East Side of Manhattan and few steps from Central Park. We credit our success to a very honest approach to Mediterranean cuisine: a fusion of original Italian food and French food, great hospitality and the highest quality of ingredients that we use in our recipes. A large portion of specialty items that we serve are imported from Italy and France. Our famous Focaccia Robiola, our super fresh and tasty Seafood, creative Pasta and perfectly al dente Risotto, have attracted a dedicated fan base of New Yorkers, Europeans and celebrities, who are looking for a home away from home. Our Mediterranean Bistro has a really charming terrace during the warm season, where you can taste our delicious food or enjoy a cocktail (try our famous Frozen Cosmo!) before dinner. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Overrated with unfriendly host/waiters. Food is marginal."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We always go there for lunch. It has a great, South of France type menu. Fresh fish, excellent pasta, hearty salads, good wine list. The food is fresh, not overly sauced, & delicious."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Perfect for good food, good talk, good atmosphere!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This place is truly a neighborhood gem. Staff always friendly; food consistent; atmosphere New York at its best. Don't walk by , try it."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The service was quite poor. The women who was the hostess was also our server. She had no personality and was in-attentive. I ordered the halibut with a wine wine sauce. It was over salted and made the dish somewhat inedible. The gazpacho had no flavor. I would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I would not go back to Amaranth. The maitre'd is rude like all of the reviews have already said. Our waiter was okay, but the food was overpriced for the quality and portion. There are much better options in NYC than this restaurant. The birthday sparklers and singing are nice, but the unwelcoming atmosphere and below par food make it a no-go in my book."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Really nice place to eat on the Upper East side, definitely a local favorite... No tourists. The food was great, the service attentive.. Not giving 5 stars due to high noise level and though we requested outdoor seating we were immediately shown to the back of the restaurant with no acknowledgment or apology that our request could not be honored. Overall great experience though and I would go back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This is a great neighborhood restaurant that is well over solicited and yet the service never seems to shine. Food is consistent and atmosphere is warm and intimate. Too bad also they did not to participate in restaurant week."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Food was prepared well. The restaurant is very accommodating when asked to adjust menu choices to taste. Will return often."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Tuna and lentils was awful. Tuna thin and cold and tiny. Service awful. Manager was put off that we inquired about our drinks for the third time amd most of.the time talking to.his buddies outside on the sidewalk. Place is awful."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Amaranth servers good food in a quit setting. Just aside 5th av NYC tou can have a relaxing lunch, brunch or dinnner without the busy scene of NYC all around you. The food is of an excellent quality Italian style. This is the second time I had lunch there and the next time I am in NYC (i am for Europe, The Netherlands), I will for sure have lunch or dinner ther."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Roberto was rude.....left us standing for 15 minutes and didn't want to seat us . Said he couldn't find our reservation. We finally left after receiving very shabby treatment. If you aren't regulars don't bother to go. The restaurant is hot, noisy, with mediocre food. It's in my neighborhood so I went for convenience. There are wonderful restaurants in NYC , why expose yourself to bad treatment."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "A neighborhood gem with nice salads and a delightful ambiance. A great lunch spot in the East 60s."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food is very good, the ambiance is good, but people talk in high volume ."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We wanted an outdoor table, but those tables even on a Tuesday evening are hard to come by. The service was good, but not as welcoming as it might have been...It was a pretty busy night. But food was delicious; we were all pleased with our selections. And the atmosphere, though noisy, was very festive and quite suitable for a celebration."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Loved everything--the Lemon sole was superb! Service was great"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food and service are consistently good here. I wouldn't say it's young and hip but elegant and energetic. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food and atmosphere are good, but marred by very poor service."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My husband and I were impressed with the immediate attention we received when the restaurant was very busy. They sat us immediately. THe food was wonderful and the atmosphere very lively. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We had our first visit to Amaranth for late lunch. The staff were at tentative and the service was OK, but not outstanding. The food (Seafood/Lobster salad and Angel Hair Pasta with seafood) was nice, but to our opinion a bit "flat" or "tasteless". However, the total experience was good and we would come back."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Loved the branzino and salmon. Disliked that we were seated literally right by the entrance. Maître d's attitude could definitely improve as he could be more polite than dismissive. Liked how they had the silly birthday music and would bring out the dessert. Would definitely go back to try out more food."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "You can see rich and famous people at that place. But you do not have to be one to be treated like them! It is always with great pleasure that we come back to that place that is one of our favorite in Manhattan. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food is good and fresh, but the service is arrogant."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I went with friend for lunch. First, focaccia is so excelinte . Warm, crispy and testy !! And Sea sculpts were so flesh. Shrimp linguine was delisiouse! I will buck there again! "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The food was so good, service was great! when you go to Amarenth it's definitely a people watching place. In the spring try to get outside seating!! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I have dined at Amaranth often and it's always wonderful. Not this time. I ordered a salad and shared a large entrée with another party at our table to save room for dessert. A waiter brought my portion of the entrée and I was enjoying it when a woman employee approached and in a loud, uncouth manner tells me the entrée I was eating was not mine. Then takes the dish from me. When asked why she was taking my entrée she stated "it's not yours" several times. When I asked if she planned to throw it away or serve it to another patron she refused to answer. At any rate, we took the high road, did not make a scene, paid our bill in full and even left a gratuity. It was all so surreal...her behavior made no sense. Never again."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Fels really genuine italian with an american touch. Wellcocked food, friendly service. To be rekommenderar."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Food was eccellent. Service acceptable. Much too loud."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "we had a late sunday dinner... we loved the place, and the service outstanding... The food, my Veal scaloppine Provencale was fantastic, but my wife´s Penne with Buffala mozzarella and tomato could have been better since it the pasta was "al dente too much" not big deal, I would return any time Im back in NYC "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Had a friend introduce me to Aramanth 2 years ago - and have always had an excellent meal - in a quality atmosphere - at a reasonable price (for NYC of course :)). Quality dining experience all around - without being too fussy."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Love it on Saturdays for lunch always good ambience food is always good!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Even though it was only about 12C outside, the restaurant had the heat set at 30C - it was stifling hot, not to mention a waste of energy. Also: our waitress was efficient, but not friendly - maybe even a bit arrogant. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was great, but not sure if ever will go back because of the impossibly high noise level. This is not a place to have a dinner with friends or family celebration. Not only we couldn't converse, but left with impossible headache."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We went here after a new store opening party and at least two other tables around us were people from the same event - which allowed us to all get to know each other, and in a far more docile setting than the madness of that event. The menu was easy to navigate around meat, dairy, shellfish, etc. for allergy avoidance. The service was friendly, though a little less attentive than I would have preferred. Everyone in the restaurant was very friendly and in the end we made several new friends and had a marvelous late night dining experience."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The mozzarella is fresh, the chicken paillard was excellent. My husband loved the salmon. The ambiance is just right for a casual dinner."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Rude staff...barely speak any english/ Try the best they can to look in another direction and not help you. Tables jammed together so they can squeeze more $$ out of you. Really awful dinning experience. People only go there as there is so little in the area."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Lively atmosphere, kind service, excellent still unpretentious Italian Mediteranean food"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I always have a great experience at Amaranth. There is no better spot for a great lunch or dinner in the area... The good is consistently good, the service is attentive, and the ambiance is nice. I live close by, and find this to be a great choice. Everyone I dine with enjoys the restaurant as well. The noise level permits easy conversation, yet there is a nice buzz. The staff goes out of their way to make sure you enjoy your visit."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great, small neighborhood place. Never disappoints!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Fantastic food so fresh. A new twist on Chickwn Paillard and delicious asparagus soup no cream just veggies Will hurry back and very nice service"
    Dined on 3/13/2014