21 E. 62nd St.
New York, NJ 10065Neighborhood:
Upper East Side
MediterraneanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.amaranthrestaurant.com/index.php
- Phone: 2129806700
- 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
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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Amaranth reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since May 6, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (29)great for lunch (19)great for outdoor dining (17)great for brunch (14)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (10)hot spot (7)romantic (7)good for groups (5)notable wine list (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
- Very good spotOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/29/2014Excellent quality Italian food. Kids loved it too. Tuna tartare spectacular and so the home made pappardelleSpecial Features:
- Birthday DinningOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/18/2014The food and wine are good. The restaurant was very noisy. The staff seemed a little overwhelmed with the many guests and was not overly friendly. We got the dessert card after the appetizer before our main course was brought.Special Features:
- Enjoyable !athenaVIPDined on 8/16/2014Great neighborhood restaurant. Zucchini carpaccio delish Beef Fillet thinly sliced with arrugulla and parm perfect portion size. All 4 of us had something different everything fresh, and no complaints . Service was good. It looked a little slow for a Saturday but that was to our advantage because we could here each other.I would recommend this to a friend.
- mkmkVIPDined on 8/9/2014Overrated with unfriendly host/waiters. Food is marginal.
- My favorite luch placemimiVIPDined on 8/8/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Europe in New YorkhappydinerDined on 8/5/2014Perfect for good food, good talk, good atmosphere!Special Features:
- Always pleasantCHMJRVIPDined on 8/3/2014This place is truly a neighborhood gem. Staff always friendly; food consistent; atmosphere New York at its best. Don't walk by , try it.Special Features:
- Food and service was poor.WOWWVIPDined on 7/31/2014The 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.
- Unfriendly and expensiveEatprayloveDined on 7/28/2014I 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.
- Neighborhood gemAnniedDined on 7/24/2014Really 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Restaurant WeekLDuganVIPDined on 7/24/2014This 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great find!DineoutDined on 7/20/2014Food was prepared well. The restaurant is very accommodating when asked to adjust menu choices to taste. Will return often.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- over priced poor food and serviceNYCFoodieDined on 7/16/2014Tuna 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.
- Good food in a quit settingPietvGDined on 7/6/2014Amaranth 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.Special Features:
- Horriblelove2goVIPDined on 7/1/2014Roberto 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.
- GreenEaterDined on 7/1/2014A neighborhood gem with nice salads and a delightful ambiance. A great lunch spot in the East 60s.Special Features:
- noisy restaurantmonicaDined on 6/23/2014The food is very good, the ambiance is good, but people talk in high volume .Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday CelebrationSartor6Dined on 6/17/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 6/11/2014Loved everything--the Lemon sole was superb! Service was great
- MaddogVIPDined on 5/28/2014Food and service are consistently good here. I wouldn't say it's young and hip but elegant and energetic.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- foodieVIPDined on 5/21/2014Food and atmosphere are good, but marred by very poor service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmaranthDined on 5/20/2014My 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice place for romantic lunchoyfyjeDined on 5/13/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BeantownAlumnasDined on 5/11/2014Loved 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Rich and famousBamboo83Dined on 5/8/2014You 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.Special Features:
- Good restaurant but....KarlaBDined on 5/7/2014The food is good and fresh, but the service is arrogant.Special Features:
- Best lunch!LoveDined on 5/7/2014I 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 16 reviews are from the Amaranth reviews archive.
- A head turnerLuv2eatVIPDined on 5/2/2014The 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!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Never AgainNYCVisitorDined on 5/1/2014I 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.
- GenuineLawyerDined on 4/30/2014Fels really genuine italian with an american touch. Wellcocked food, friendly service. To be rekommenderar.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- just too noisyOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 4/27/2014Food was eccellent. Service acceptable. Much too loud.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food beautiful atmospherePipewi68Dined on 4/20/2014we 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 NYCSpecial Features:
- Love this placeMikeVIPDined on 4/20/2014Had 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.Special Features:
- A must every time we are in NYOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 4/19/2014Love it on Saturdays for lunch always good ambience food is always good!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too hotDBP1Dined on 4/18/2014Even 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food was great, but not sureLS48Dined on 4/10/2014Food 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.Special Features:
- Fun little place, great foodNYCAngelsVIPDined on 4/3/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just right...decerningdinerVIPDined on 3/29/2014The mozzarella is fresh, the chicken paillard was excellent. My husband loved the salmon. The ambiance is just right for a casual dinner.Special Features:
- Below averageOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/25/2014Rude 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.
- My favourite stop in New-YorkBamboo83Dined on 3/24/2014Lively atmosphere, kind service, excellent still unpretentious Italian Mediteranean foodSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.