Food's very very fresh here,
Food's very very fresh here, everything is delicious. A wonderful place. Relaxed atmosphere,
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server was very friendly
Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable, the menu is terrific and the food delightful; highly recommend the chicken. I guess I expected more of a "wow" factor in the decor of an UES place that's been getting terrific reviews. We were in the front room and my guest commented, "I feel like I'm at the beach". So, if you manage your expectations a bit around ambiance and expect a more casual vibe, you'll have a great time at Amali.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was out of this world.
The food was out of this world. I had 2 vegetable appetizers and one soup. They encourage ordering small plates and sharing. The brussel sprouts were topped with cheese; almonds; and spices and slightly frayed. The broccoli had pignoli nuts and was heavenly. The eggplant was stuffed and topped with cheese. These descriptions do not do justice to the flavors; spices and unusual combinations that the chef created. The soup was a mussel cocmut broth - very enticing - but a much smaller portion. My friend's chicken was on the dry side. There was some overly loud patrons but it quieted down as the evening got later. The service was a bit off but nothing serious. I would highly recommend this place if you are a foodie.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very helpful staff in describing dishes and helping to select and combine plates. We shared everything, and it was all superb, interesting, luscious. The room became very noisy as it became more crowded. By the end of dinner, we couldn't hear each other. A bit pricy, especially the wine. But a memorable meal for a foodie.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
I celebrated my 40th Birthday
I celebrated my 40th Birthday with a group of friends from Australia. The food was divine with excellent service and fabulous champagne and wine. The staff were fantastic and we sat outside under the skylight which was perfect. The ricotta doughnuts and the chicken under a brick were to die for and the vegetarian amongst us was also very happy with the choices available. A fantastic time had by all.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love that all their food is
Love that all their food is so fresh and unusual. Fish straight from the fisherman in Montauk, burrata only when it's flown in from Italy and a proper full bar with all the single malts I could wish.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Menu was small which was a
Menu was small which was a little concerning at first. After the food arrived and we started tasting all my worries disappeared. Excellent food and great service.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for a dinner date with
Went for a dinner date with my boyfriend and the service is the first thing I'll recommend. The sommelier was very helpful, identifying a Greek white wine based off of previous Greek grapes that we have had. The bottle didn't come for a while, so after we inquired, it turns out they were chilling it even longer because as they retrieved the bottle from the cellar, they didn't think it was the right temperature. They were also the ones to noticed that our table was uneven and fixed it before we even noticed. It's these little details that made the service exceptional. We had the Octopus a la Plancha as a starter then shared the Black Sea Bass with broccoli. Everything is delicious, especially the Octopus. Definitely recommend it!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
A group of 4 of us had a late
A group of 4 of us had a late evening meal on a Sunday and enjoyed it tremendously. Appetizers we had all were delicious - octopus, mussels (enough for 4!), and smoked trout salad. Similarly, main courses of ribeye, scallops, fresh fish of the day, and cavatelli all were great. Service was very good. I am glad we decided to try Amali and hope to go back.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
brunch vs dinner
Had dinner here a few months back and was outstanding. Best octopus ever with no char. Service great. Low key atmosphere.
Brunch/lunch totally different on Saturday. Savory dishes and different menu. Only negative was mussels slightly overcooked. Would not hesitate to recommend especially for dinner.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and service
Though I thought it noisy (I am the kind that finds all restaurants noisy these days) the food was good and the service was good. For my choice of wine, I selected a glass of rose because it was rose week at the restaurant. Two others at the table had two other roses . We sipped from each others glasses and decided mine was the best. One of the other rose drinkers told the waiter she would rather have a glass of the one I had and he took her glass and gave her the same rose I had without a moment's hesitation.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Graet Experience at Amali
Great quality food served by an attentive staff and skillful kitchen!!!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service. Will definitely venture back.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a lovely lunch here in
Had a lovely lunch here in an almost-empty dining room--a nice change from the overwhelming noise at night.Great pastas,eggplant and ricotta appetizers.Will return for spaghetti carbonara at lunch in colder weather.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a very nice experience
I had a very nice experience at Amali. It was a cool oasis in the heat of the New York summer. The decor is attractive , the tables are not too close to one another so the noise level is moderate. The service is friendly and attentive and the food is really good, I had some tasty octopus and a beautiful lentil salad . I will be back there soon.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I liked that this restaurant
I liked that this restaurant was in walking distance to our apartment. The octopus was delicious. The shared sea bass was amazing. It's too bad they ran out because the people that sat next to us wanted to order it. I would go back to try different items on the menu.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful veggies. The broccoli
Wonderful veggies. The broccoli and eggplant were excellent. Chicken and pasta entrees also very good. Already recommended this restaurant to friends. We'll be back!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
There are not many Mediterranean restaurants in the area, and I believe this is one of the only farm-to-table Mediterranean restaurants in the city. Ingredients are fresh and expertly (albeit simply) prepared. The quality of the ingredients shine through. Definitely a favorite in the area.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best Mediterranean restaurants in New York. The people are friendly and accommodating. The bar is comfortable for a drink or dinner. The food is truly outstanding. The fish is fresh and perfect; the Octopus tender and wonderful. As a person that eats out probably 8 to 10 times a week, I can say this place is a can't miss with friends or business.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off the beaten path gem
My boyfriend and I are frequent diners at this neighborhood gem off Park Ave. The seasonal farm to table food is both fresh and innovative. The eggplant and buffalo ricotta are must-try apps, the spaghetti is simple but packed with flavor and the chicken under a brick is a favorite entree. The service is spot on and the waitstaff is as passionate about the food as the friendly owner. Perfect for date night, client lunches or dinners and spot to take the parents.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amali was excellent. Our table
Amali was excellent. Our table was comfortable and sufficiently spacious. We didn't feel crammed in there. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable about the ingredients of the dishes and their preparation. The food was really good. We started with the cheese course, which was delicious and well balanced. I gave the food 4 stars only because my pasta dish (the Tajarin) was too light on the veggies and a little heavy on the cheese and pasta. That said, I would definitely go back.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's a little precious--good
It's a little precious--good food, but often unusual. We were early, so there wer3e more servicepeople than customers.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tucked away on 60th street, Amali is a charming bistro with excellent food, service and ambiance. A nice mix of small plates with refreshing combinations allows diners to sample a range of their offerings. Don't miss the fava and mint salad, and do try to save room for desert - the ricotta donuts in orange glaze are sublime.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must try
While looking for restaurants near my hotel, we found this neighborhood place tucked away. The cheese plate was great and loved the grapes in a wine reduction along with the pine nuts in oil. I ha the homemade spaghetti with fresh tomatoes. It was fantastic, but if you like asparagus, I highly recommend that side. How can you go wrong with something that comes out sizzling on the plate with cheese and a Pepperoncini aioli!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place. Interesting
Love this place. Interesting food , good service, cute decor. Great to meet your friends for lunch.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A NYC Hidden Gem
One of those NYC Hidden gem.
Service great overall lovely experience, one of those restaurants you can order anything on the menu and it's good. Those aren't comments I post often!
Great appetizers to share we had grilled octopus, cheese plate and shrimp all delicious.
I had the roasted chicken, not typical for me to order chicken but it is brined then marinated in oil perfectly to for a delicious flavor
Ask for Steve he will take great care of you! Can't wait to go back!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
EXCELLENT FRESH LINE CAUGHT
EXCELLENT FRESH LINE CAUGHT WHOLE FISH AND ORGANIC VEGETABLES. DELICIOUS HEALTHY. GREAT TO FIND A RESTAURANT COMMITTED TO ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
I was very impressed by the quality of food and service at Amali. All of the dishes were excellent quality and our waitor was very accommodating. It's great to have a restaurant in the area that focuses on farm fresh foods! I will definitely be going back!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Continuously The Tops
I enjoy every meal even more. Even the simplest things are done perfectly. My favorite obsessive dish is the escarole Caesar. I have never had anything like it anywhere else. The meats and veggies are so delicious. I would recommend this to all my friends.
9/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Food with local ingredients
I had the Montalk caught sea bass over isreali couscous it was tasty and quite filling for lunch. My guest had the lamb ribs. They looked delicous. Food is excellent and great for business lunch.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went after theater and had
Went after theater and had very gracious service and good food. A little noisy but back room better. Will definitely go back.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Amali before the theatre. The food was perfect and topped off with a wonderful greek yogurt dessert. Comfortable, interesting dining room. And the service couldn't have been better -- par excellence. An absolutely delightful evening that we would be happy to repeat when we next visit NYC.
10/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Refreshing and low-key for this neighborhood. Booked it for its focus on sustainability and seriousness about where food comes from. Interesting wine list. Introduced to a lovely Greek white from Santorini. Staff knows its stuff. We'll be back.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
i "reviewed" this restaurant shortly after it opened, and said that it was a rare find in midtown NYC - a place that achieved all three criteria - well designed; interesting, well prepared food; and, priced fairly. Two years later, I would add to this - the dining experience (lunch or dinner) is not only consistent, but consistently improving. In recent months, I note a jump in the quality of the food - the hand in the kitchen is more assured, the dishes inventive and extremely well prepared; the wine list, not only broad in scope but also extremely well curated in its selection of interesting and different wines that work with the cuisine; and the service, always hospitable, is now attentive, correct, and knowledgeable. Bravo.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amali has the best veggies
Amali has the best veggies in town. We always overeat there because we order all the side dishes. Veggies are always
Seasonal, fresh and delicious. We begged for the cauliflower recipe, but alas, to no avail.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Creative Greek fresh and delicious
Loved the whole fish, Everything flavorful, fresh and delicious. Great wait staff.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, comfortable surroundings
Excellent service, good food in contemporary and comfortable surroundings. Much needed and appreciated. Warm atmosphere, with a good menu, pleasant staff and nice wine list. A great "go to" always reliable neighborhood place.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my third time to Amali. The food is very good. Their vegetables are prepared especially well, although I am sure that not everyone would appreciate it as much as me. I cook vegetables at home all the time. It is great to find new and creative preparations. This time, I had the brussel sprouts which were prepared using dijon mustard and maple syrup. It went well with the gnocchi. Amali can get too loud in the back room if it is crowded. I recommend you request sitting in the front room.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Honestly, this was one of
Honestly, this was one of the best dining experiences that I've had in recent history. The food was out of this world! If you enjoy a good lamb dish, please do yourself a favor and order the Lamb shoulder. I've eaten at a lot of great restaurants in my life and I have to say that the lamb shoulder was one of my favorite dishes by far.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best brussels sprouts ever
Seriously, all the food was very very good. I'm now addicted to their sprouts. Have been there several times in the last week and going again next week. Warm and welcoming service. All around a find. And who knew it was there!!!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Who knew you could make Brussels
Who knew you could make Brussels sprouts taste so delicious? I'm going back, if only to have those Brussels sprouts again.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth a visit
My wife and I ordered the lamb shoulder and the scallop entrees with a good Greek Cabernet. The food and wine were very tasty. Our server was very pleasant and helpful. Doughnut dessert was delicious. A good find for a late night dinner and we'd go back.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service recommended
This restaurant has an interesting Saturday brunch menu and very nice service.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The one real negative is that
The one real negative is that I ordered a very dry (hardly any vermouth) Beefeater martini on the rocks. The drink was a reasonable - but not extraordinary - pour. The Beefeater cost $11 (which I thought was fair) but I was charged an extra $4 for ice and calling it a martini (for a total drink cost of $15, which is pretty ridiculous). I won't order one of those at Amali again, and I urge you to be careful when ordering your cocktails here.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Light, Mediterranean Fare
Went for Brunch on a Saturday. This had a great blend of Mediterranean... Italian, Greek, etc. Food presentation was great and baked goods surprisingly yummy (breads and the side of biscuits we ordered.... Made me glad I only ordered a salad for lunch.) only small complaint was it was a little pricey, ESP given the fact we only ordered apps and brunchy-type drinks... Couple of bloodies, etc.) but service was incredibly friendly and attentive and we'd definitely return.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Too little for too much
We've been to Amali a few times and like the food. However, prices are large while portions are comparatively small. We had to ask three times for bread, which finally came after the entrées. I don't know if they charged for the bread, but suspect they might have. Except for that, service was good and the back room is lovely, so we'll probably go back.
12/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
good local place with interesting
good local place with interesting food. excellent vegetables and perfect for any non-meat eaters
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM