Amaranth

4.6
444 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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.
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food not as good as usual.. less tasty than previous experiences

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amaranth is my favorite restaurant for everything-I life introducing my people to the restaurant. They, like me, are always impressed by the warmth of thecwelcome, the caring and attentive service and cosistentky fine food. Andfir cekebrating birthdays or anniversaries, it’s the best.
RheaS.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a “quiet” for Amaranth Sunday night. Both the food and service were terrific!

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J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a favorite!

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved Amaranthe. I was very hungry when we arrived and the waiter brought me some split pea soup. It was delicious. The chicken in lemon and capers was incredible. So tender. And the tarimisu eas fantastic. The service was friendly and attentive with just the right amount of checking on us. We liked the restaurant so much on Friday night that we returned on Saturday evening and brought friends! At the recommendation of locals we all shared the eggplant appetizer Sat night and it was wonderful. Amaranthe is a gem of a restaurant.

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LS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, wonderful neighborhod place.

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LA
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Crowded. Tables wedged too close together. Service not very attentive

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PB
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food.

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SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

While I like this restaurant I would not recommend it to a friend because the noise level if off the charts.
Also, how many restaurants have a cheeseburger on their menu and then tell you that they have run out of
it at lunch?

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A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place so much. Upper east side gem!!!

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J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never disappointed!

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J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

It was so loud, tables were crammed together, the host was arrogant and the food was practically thrown in the table. The poor waiters looked so stress and miserable.

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f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Food was overpriced. Little value in the small, mediocre portions. We dined early as we had a theater curtain to make. We were seated at a tiny table for two. Within fifteen minutes, another couple was seated at the next table and then another. There was no privacy for conversation. I felt like I was eating in the Port Authority. And the restaurant remained empty up until the time we left. Why should couples who dine a deux be penalized?

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J
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Hosts are warm and welcoming, waiter was attentive and polite and the food was fresh and flavorful! It really makes zero sense why this restaurants rating is so low on yelp. I don’t get it. This place is fantastic.

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EA
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a geographic pick based on a meeting around the corner. The atmosphere was a trip. My friend and I, both large guys were sat at a small city table. In a restaurant of about 60 people there were 6 male customers. At least this day it was a 'ladies that do lunch' place. On the food and service side, I was impressed. The prices were reasonable for the Upper East. The pasta dish I had was simple Nd perfect. I would have eaten anything on the menu. I look forward to being able to go back.

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W
New Orleans
71 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An Upper East Side neighborhood gem, with a fantastic wine list, attentive service, and terrific food. My wife and I travel to New York 4 - 6 times a year, and it is among our favorites! Love the space and love the neighborhood.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved dining at your beautiful restaurant! It was gorgeously decorated for New Year's Eve. Our meal was divine!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Be very clear on what you're ordering here. There are hidden upcharges with some of the dishes. Also there are a various disclaimers all over the menu like: *Minimum $30 per person, share plates are $11.00 and they auto grat 20% on 6 or more. Definitely not 20% service. Very shady feeling.

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N
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Salmon entrees were generous and well prepared. Service was good. Fewer appetizer and entree options than we would have liked. Overall experience very pleasant.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the food very much.

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VB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a good diner here- nothing exceptional but good enough and we were satisfied. Sometimes that is all we are looking for.

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PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A classic of the Upper East Side. Everyone should go at least once for lunch or dinner

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It had been about 10 years that I had not been at this restaurant, what a disappointment. Absolutely no attention from the waiter, the host/manager I’m not sure what his role was, never came around to even ask how we were doing. They say they serve a wild king salmon and when I ordered it being a foodie and restauranteur myself, it was clearly not that. Definitely farm raised so my recommendation is to not order it. Our entrées took way too long and because we were in such a rush to get to our show at the Carlyle Hotel, I would’ve totally expressed all this and then some to the manager. This place used to be really great I think it needs some upkeeping and some major attention.

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F
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

they were so overbooked we never got a table..people were rude and pushy.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Disappointing compared too many other local restaurants

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It was bad on Saturday. The menus were not available right away. The fries were late and the drinks were terrible! Also, it was quite hot in the restaurant. Not happy! Worst experience in my 15 years of going!

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JB
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. We make a reservation here every time we visit NYC. It’s not touristy and seems like more of a locals hangout.

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MB
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We know what to expect: good service, good food and a noisy and fancy ambience. I like to go for all this stuff.

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MS
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love love the atmosphere and the food is always delicious!!!!!

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This is one of my favorite French in the upper east side I have been few times I love the focaccia a must try but the portions of the salads just fail me I would like better portions and presentation I ordered this time the arugula which basically is what I can do at home also I ordered the halibut which was great but again portion and presentation needs improvement

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S
Berlin
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Einfach immer wieder wunderbar! Service und Speisen selbermaßen absolut sehr gut. Immer wieder das schöne Gefühl nach Hause zu kommen!

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LS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the old school New York City feel. Great service and ambiance. I'll be back and recommend to everyone I know. A

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just overall great.

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great, go to Amaranth at least once a week. Manager , Luca, is great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice cozy little place with good service and descent food. Worth going back

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JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food
Fantastic service
Fantastic ambiance

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. Well attended. Thank you!

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R
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Very cozy long hallway sort of space at 7:30 on a very busy Saturday night with local residents, family birthday parties, etc. Drinks were good and wine list adequate. Food was very good, capreze, risotto and halibut. Seated in a small table in the middle of the long aisle we were constantly brushed by with wait staff and patrons headed back to the rest rooms. I would definitely not do that again. Beyond that the noise made it almost impossible to carry on a conversation without shouting. Despite all of that, we'll go back (with better seating) because we liked the food and caught them on a bad night.

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F
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always love this restaurant but last night had the roast chicken which was divine! Every last bite!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 5

They charged me twice for my meal. It is under dispute.

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