Amma

Amma

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ammanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126448330
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Asian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Corporate meetings, weddings, birthday and parties of any kind. Parties of any size.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties for all
  • Private Party Contact: Anju Sharma 2126448330

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd & 3rd Ave
  • Public Transit: 6 train, 51st Street Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Amma
Amma, the name means "Mother", is an intimate restaurant and has the same soothing qualities. Opened in 2002 by Anju Sharma, is a gem tucked away on the upper east side of Manhattan, the stylish restaurant evokes images of spices, with its ochre colored walls and sensuous red-orange suede wrap-around banquettes. Art deco chandeliers and pristine linens complete the ambience. In a short period of time, Amma has received numerous accolades from the press. Amma was rated "Two Stars" by Mr. William Grimes of NY Times. At Amma, the wine list is updated on a weekly basis and is carefully chosen from 30 countries from around the world. Amma, shows its guest a different India, so old that it is fresh.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Amma reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (33)romantic (26)special occasion (18)great for lunch (13)notable wine list (7)good for groups (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great experience!
    GinabaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was a new adventure for our group of 4. This is a quaint neighborhood place. We were a party of 4 and did the tasting menu and it was all amazing!!! What a great way to experience Indian food- when you aren't quite sure what to order. The Seabass was my favorite!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a treat
    ralg
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had the vegetarian tasting menu, and each course was artfully prepared to please the senses. Looking forward to returning,
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excelente toda la comida
    roque
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Es nuestra 4 vez que vamos a este restaurante y SIEMPRE hemos comido excelente . La atencion es buena sin nada especial
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Delicious Chicken Tikka Masala
    AvNYfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    When it comes to Chicken Tikka Masala, I am extremely picky. I must admit Amma serves one of the best CTMs in town . Perhaps a little more spicer would make it a A+ CTM .
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded, not great food
    SSGG
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went to Amma for restaurant week. The menu offered many items, more than any other Indian restaurant's prix fixe dinner menu. Amma was easy to miss, just a small door with a small sign. We had to walk up stairs to a door to enter. The restaurant was pretty crowded even before 6 pm on a Friday, possibly speaking to the quality of the food. We were seated right next to the front entrance, a little uncomfortable as entering patrons often swarmed our table. The food was all right - we ordered pakora and chaat, saag corn and paneer and cheescake. Everything was a little bland and naan tasted as if it had been sitting out. The rice portion was very small. Overall, I wouldn't try Amma again but it seems many people like it based on the crowds.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • one of our faves
    augustwest
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    In a city filled with many good Indian restaurants, Amma stands out for its excellent service and innovative presentation. All of the usual favorites here and a few unexpected offerings but they are served with a bit more flair than some other places. The entrance is a bit odd, but once you're through the door they will take good care of you.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Great food
    TigerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food here is always amazing just a bit cramped for space
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Indian Meal
    katenyc
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was tremendous and the staff could not have been friendlier. My husband came late and when he arrived, they brought out the soup course he had missed and rushed to get him a drink. Very nice place. I would go back again with friends or for a special occasion. Their "butter chicken" (chicken tikka masala) is like BUTTAH.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The quick brown fox jumps over the
    EasterDinner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Loved this restaurant! Found it thanks to restaurant week but will go back over and over again. Though small they did not make me feel rushed though my dinner partner was delayed over 1/2 an hour! They waited patiently and made the evening enjoyable and the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent lunch
    Frances
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Loved it! So good. The food was fantastic and the service very helpful. Had a terrific time and will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, courteous service!
    YummyYap
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The service was execellent and the food most delicious. Great selection for restaurant week lunch. Would definitely go there again.
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  • Has the potential to be much better
    BeFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I went for dinner during restaurant week. The waiting area felt a bit cramped. The service was alright. I don't think I was satisfied with the food considering it was 38/person. The butter chicken and the lamb apricot were a bit on the sweeter side for me and my guests. The fish and hariyali chicken in the appetizers section were really good. I do want to mention that the service would be much better if the staff smiled and be more warm and inviting instead seeming a bit cold.
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  • foodiefrida
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    WOW!!!! This is definitely a neighborhood gem! Food was delicious, and the service was outstanding! I will definitely return, and recommend to others!!! 5 stars! food4thoughtlizz
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    wineislife
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I was a bit skeptical at first when i read the reviews but nonetheless i still went. Thank god i went the food was absolutely amazing great food, great service.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful Indian Dining
    luv2doIndian
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We found this restaurant online and decided to try it based on the reviews and its rating. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the price was in line with NYC dining. They had a prix fixe menu which we tried and again were not disappointed. The ambience was nothing too brag about, but service was also excellent. We would definitely return on another trip to NYC.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Foody
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was wonderfully delicious. The dining area was tight, yet comfortable.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful surprise
    GiselleVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Much nicer ambience than most Indian restaurants in this price range--cozy and romantic--and with delicious food. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    KVFOODIE
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Amazing food, incredible service. Food took a tag long but worth the wait. I was never big on Indian food until eating at Amma's. A young college student like myself cannot afford to eat here very often but if I could I would. I would recommend the Salmon
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful!
    Blueeyedteach
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I discovered this restaurant years ago in TimeOut New York's food issue. I go there a few times a year and the food is always wonderful! The service is exceptional- the waiter remembers me and the food I like. The wine is great. The ambience is quiet and calm. Once inside on a cold winter night or hot summer eve you forget the hustle and bustle of NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Wonderful place for excellent sophisticated Indian food in gracious and comfortable surroundings
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    great for lunch
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  • And I thought I wouldn't Like it!
    TheSilverSurferVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Indian food is not one of my favorite types of food, and therefore,I was reluctant to go. But boy, was I wrong. I like every bit of my meal, and would not hesitate to go back. I am not well-versed in Indian cuisine, so I cannot compare this place to others. There was plenty of selection on the menu, with many appealing dishes. The food looked and tasted delicious. My dinner company knows this kind of food, and she agreed that the food was outstanding. Great service in a rather small, intimate, setting (more like eating in the parlor of someone's brownstone). A great dining experience from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Tasting Menu
    ALPSVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Dinner for 3 at Amma. 2 had the non-vegetarian and 1 had the vegetarian tasting menu. Utterly delicious and excellent service. We will return. The restaurant is small and cozy. There were several large groups (tables put together) and so it was a bit noisy. But that is to be expected in NY.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Indian food in Manhattan
    EnglishhavingfuninUSA
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We are from the UK & love hot spicy Indian food. The chef cooked our meals as requested and our party of four all enjoyed the dishes which we shared. Our waiter was very helpful and guided us through portion sizes. Amma is one of our favourite restaurants whilst visiting New York & this was our third visit. We would go more often but only visit for a few days whilst passing through once a year.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fuzz
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    this place has the weirdest set up - you think you're entering an apt instead of a restaurant.
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  • scotsteveVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Best traditional Indian food I have had in New York city
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Best Indian in manhattan
    ExperiencedVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Title of review says it all. We return often and find the food consistent
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Frazzled
    Easy2Please
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    In Amma's small dining area, ten young people (8 women, 2 men) sitting at a table next to ours were intermittently very loud. Their frequent extended eruptions ruined what would have otherwise been a splendid evening for my guests and myself. Management did not ask the group to keep it down. It thus placed that table's enjoyment ahead of other guests'. Not right. I will not return to Amma, even though the food was superb.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • 2nd time as good as first
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    great service - staff top notch. manager/owners very nice. remembered me. food special, you can taste the quality, the ingredients and seasoning.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We just loved it
    NewOrleanscouple
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Thought we would try something different and went to Amma. The bean thing appetizers and samosas were so good. Then had chicken xacati? and shrimp (very spicy) dish. Both were really good. The fried okra dish is a must try. Good wine list as well. When they say it is hot, it is really hot. I think if you like Indian you will enjoy this restaurant a lot.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummi Chicken Tikka Masala
    AvNYfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    One of the best Chicken Tikka Masalas in NYC , always super busy .
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    fit for foodies
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  • Not great. Not even close.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Food was ok. Service was very very slow. There was only two of us and we waited for 1 hour. The restaurant is very narrow so waiters have to constantly squeeze by.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 831 reviews are from the Amma reviews archive.
  • Suburb Indian Food
    goodeats
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was our second dinner at Amma. Just like our first this was a great experience. We enjoyed the tasting menu of six courses for $50.00, a real NYC value. Flavors were exciting and different. A definite must if you like Indian cuisine.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • excellent
    NodoG
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Great small restaurant with a quiet atmosphere, friendly and attentive service and awesome food at a reasonable price. Will come back and recommend
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Beyond Yummy Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The food here is terrific, period! Go, enjoy, eat! You will not regret it! So fab, and such a great deal!
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I think this is the best Indian restaurant in New York.
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Overall
    GPLuVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Food absolutely great, service sluggish, person confirming reservations on phone is impolite and does not rep restaurant well.
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Good food served with poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My girlfriend and I enjoyed the food. We are not Indian-cuisine experts, but it was a nice dinner. Wine (by the glass) was OK though a bit expensive (12$ for a NZ Pinot noir). As a Belgian/French wine enthusisast, the bottle wine list seemed interesting (but that was too much for the two of us). Service though was not very good. Definitely not customer-oriented. We left quickly after eating because we felt a bit uncomfotable. The atmosphere was OK but ony guy was shouting for the whole dinner on the table next to us. Price was OK, but don't go for extra rice (up to 22$/portion!!!). Overall, not a bad place to eat, but service to be improved!
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    Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Strange layout
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We want to Amma because it was highly rated on Trip Advisor. When you enter, you come right into the dining room, which is awkward because there is no place for people to wait for their table. The day we can was chilly and every time the door opened,the dining room would get a blast of cold air. Worse if a party of 4 came in and just lingered there with the door open. Service was ok. Food was not that great. My wife had the butter chicken which was very dry. Will probably not go back.
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    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still fave Indian restaurant in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    The lunch special is a great deal. Portions not large but just enough to not walk away feeling too full. The quality of the ingredients and preparation is stand out. Clean, fresh, delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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