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Amma Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ammanyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 644-8330
  • 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 (212) 644-8330

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Best traditional Indian food I have had in New York city"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Title of review says it all. We return often and find the food consistent"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "One of the best Chicken Tikka Masalas in NYC , always super busy ."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "great service - staff top notch. manager/owners very nice. remembered me. food special, you can taste the quality, the ingredients and seasoning. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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 $50.00, a real NYC value. Flavors were exciting and different. A definite must if you like Indian cuisine."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was ok. Service was very very slow. There was only two of us and we waited for 1 hour. The restaurant is very narrow so waiters have to constantly squeeze by."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Great small restaurant with a quiet atmosphere, friendly and attentive service and awesome food at a reasonable price. Will come back and recommend"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The food here is terrific, period! Go, enjoy, eat! You will not regret it! So fab, and such a great deal! "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I think this is the best Indian restaurant in New York."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Food absolutely great, service sluggish, person confirming reservations on phone is impolite and does not rep restaurant well."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I enjoyed the food. We are not Indian-cuisine experts, but it was a nice dinner. Wine (by the glass) was OK though a bit expensive (12$ 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!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Restaurant was freezing cold. Customers were eating with their coats on. We had to ask the waiter to turn it down twice. The food took 45 minutes to arrive just two main dishes."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Was attracted by the high Google rating. Poor vine list, austere Riesling, slow waiters (20 minutes before we got the menu), very noisy, tables ridiculously close together. Very ordinary bad-cooked rice as a side order for $10 extra just nonsense. After All, it took 1 hour to get our food ready on regular Tuesday night. Amma? Never again!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We went to try Amma because the reviews indicated it was "unusual" and we agree. There are most of the expected dishes on the menu, but also several nice turns on traditional Indian. And everything was excellent!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The best Indian food I've ever had. Tikka masala was outstanding. I would highly recommend"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The waitstaff was extremely rude and non-attentive. When I asked for my check, the waiter told me to finish my food first. The food was good enough that I may go back, but honestly the service I've had."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We have been going to Amma since our family friend from India recommended the restaurant to us about 10 years ago. Never disappoints. Always great food and services."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I was extremely excited about going to Ammu, since I had heard it was one of the best Indian restaurants in Manhattan. I made a reservation for 8:15pm and we didn't leave until 10:30pm. This was not because we loved the restaurant and food so much, but because it took so long to be served. We ordered one appetizer to share -- nan and cucumber/yogurt dip, then Tandoori chicken and lamb Rogan Gosh for our main course. From the moment we were seated, we waited. We waited for water; we waited to give our food order; we waited 20 minutes for the simple appetizer to arrive. Then we waited more than an hour for our main course. When it finally arrived, the chicken was dry, and the lamb was OK. Nothing special at all. Such a disappointment."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We did arrive 20 minutes late for our reservation. The Host sent us back to the bar which is a counter with no stools and right in the path of all the wait staff and the kitchen.There was no bar tender during our 40 min. wait to be seated nor were we even offered the chance to buy a drink. We were finally seated and ordered our drinks, appetizers and entrees. The appetizers came quickly and were delicious. We then waited another 45 min. before our entrees came. Several times during the meal our waiter completely disappeared. It was painful. All in all we were trapped in this place for 2 hours and 40 minutes and we did not even try to order dessert. The food was awesome. The reception, service and consideration of our time was not."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Outstanding North Indian restaurant in mid-town NYC, would return in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week and really enjoyed the meal. Loved the Mahi Mahi and the small eggplant with peanut curry."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I love Indian food. After spending a year in India, my love for the cuisine was cemented. I wanted to try a new Indian restaurant in my work neighborhood. Based on the reviews I decided to check out Amma. My friend and I ordered off the Restaurant week menu. The menu provide a great selection of options. We had the beet soup, paneer, chaat (apps), and the tandoori chicken and eggplant (entrees). I would have to say I was underwhelm by the portions and flavors. The food was either too spicy so you couldn't experience the flavorful nuances of the chaat and paneer or the food was bland like the curry on the eggplant. The regular menu is a bit pricy; given that and the mediocre food, I WOULD NOT recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Aside from two of the three appetizers we had the food was disappointing. Indian food is our favorite cuisine and the reviews were so strong for this restaurant and that is why we choose it. But our experience did not match the the reviews this restaurant has received."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The best indian restaurant in all of Manhattan, and very reasonably priced. This is coming from a true brownie, who has grown up eating indian food and even cooks it."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We like Indian food, and were glad to have found Amma's. The dishes were delicious, albeit a little on the spicy side (fortunately we like spicy). One memorable dish was the Manchurian Cauliflower - great!. We will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food and service are always superb and the pre fixe lunch is a bargain."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Amma is a small, cozy restaurant with good ambiance, wonderful food, and superb service. It's on my list of places to visit again."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "A noteworthy place to go for superior quality Indian cuisine, The atmosphere is nice but a bit cramped. Service is helpful but tends to watch you too attentively. Consider ordering the tasting menu."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "If you like Indian food, then this neighborhood gem should be on your to-do list for dining. The food was outstanding and the service, over the top. The server switched out a desert for me when I said I wanted something different than what was not on the tasting menu. The restaurant is inside of a building that appears to be the first floor of an apartment sitting and dining room. Don't be mislead by its size. The experience was better than I had expected after reading other reviews. I give this restaurant my highest rating for Indian food."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Went there for restaurant week and left very satisfied with the restaurant and most importantly with the food. They even changed a menu item for me as I can't eat food that's too spicy. Everything was delicious and the service was great too. Will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I have been to Amma a few times and was quite satisfied with the food quality. The restaurant week food quality is a whole level under comparing to the regular meal. Go there in non restaurant week time!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "AMMA IS MY FAVORITE INDIAN RESTAURANT. FOOD IS ALWAYS GOOD AND SERVICE IS GREAT. THE STAFF IS ATTENTIVE WITHOUT BEING ANNOYING."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food is good, but the price tag is really for the ambience, the place was intimate without crowding, love the light fixture. The presentation of the food was beautiful, garnishes were pretty to look at."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Didn't realize this restaurant was in my neighborhood and so glad I found it. The food is excellent and the presentation is fantastic. It's a very well run restaurant, nice for a date or dinner with friends. Very good quality not Indian fast food like so many other places in the city."
    Dined on 2/20/2014