Amaranth

4.6
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510 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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WA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere service and food

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Staff don’t really care about service and are rude

JB
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

A
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Service was top notch and the atmosphere - nice and cozy! Totally recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a family meal!

NY
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun night and the owner is great Paola. I enjoyed it

AM
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as the food was,it has gotten even better. And it showed. Monday night the place was packed. Loved it.

AJ
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! I ordered the veal and mushrooms with lemon sauce - outstanding. My friend ordered the Dover sole and loved it. The ambiance is always lovely and the service is top notch.
AJS

CS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

slow moving server - slow to order, slow to get bread, water, but main meal came out fine and fast.

a
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

The knows knows that the eastside don’t know or care if the food is good at the clubhouse.

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection

L
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A solid neighborhood restaurant

F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent , easy and chic! I always forget what a great place Amaranth is. It's definitely a neighborhood restaurant but even for an early dinner it had an attractive, chic crowd AND the food was wonderful!

R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come to Amaranth when we visit New York. They never disappoint.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Service was ok. My ravioli was very mediocre. My husband’s chicken dish was good, service was ok but not very attentive. A little pricey for the food, service and experience. Would not take a trip back there

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I just didn’t find the food worthy of the prices

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for a nice time, nice location, nice restaurant with delicious food, this is it! Curry jumbo shrimp with couscous was divine. My date had the baby chicken with roasted mustard and I wanted to eat his as well! We had a nice bottle of wine that the waiter recommended and he was on point with his recommendation. For dessert we had tiramisu and cheesecake and it was a party in our mouths! The chef there knows what he is doing 100%! Bravo!!!

LJ
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite neighborhood restaurant!
Professional and courteous staff.......delicious food.......thoughtful menus all provide an enjoyable evening.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We will not be back. Did not like the pasta, nor the risotto. The halibut was nothing special. Over priced!

MK
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. One of our go to restaurants every time we are in NY. LOVE IT!

OT
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My Haddock was superb. My wife ‘s seared Tuna was excellent, but was served over
lentil mush (not really edible).. so between the two average 2 and 5 = 3. Service was good, not great... on a slow night.
Overall, I think there are many better places in NYC for the price point.

SF
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very good food and a really nice neighborhood restaurant. The noise level is usually beyond what is comfortable, but our last experience was considerably flawed by the VERY loud noise of a party of about 14 who stood around having cocktails before being seated. The restaurant should not have allowed them to treat the restaurant as a private dining room.

SM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in NYC! Food is amazing and the staff is very attentive

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Overpriced and small portions

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

food and service was good but they could use a face lift. also the airconditioning was poor do to the open front windows.

M
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch as we do each time we visit NYC. The setting is lovely; we sat near the open window and it was relaxing. Good service and our food (rigatoni bolognese and one of the salads) was just fine.

MT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A regular stop on our trips to New York, love the neighborhood atmosphere.

n
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious luncheon -nice ambiance, and excellent service.very good place for two old friends to enjoy good salads,risotto, special desserts...

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent, the ambiance is fine, though marred by the over-the-top Birthday routine. My only complaint is that is is rated as $$ and it is a much more expensive menu than that, the desserts particularly seem over priced. This was not a big surprise given the location and the menu, but still, Open Table, the price rating is an easy thing to get right.

LG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Noise level was excessive. For this reason alone I would seriously have to reconsider ever returning. Expensive meal with one of our number unable to finish the dish. Very mediocre service. Deserts were very nice.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

could not hear my guest speak -- had to shout --- not very enjoyable!

OD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Terribly overpriced for the quality of the food and the service is not of the greatest !

n
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants when we go to NYC. Food and service always top notch.

MM
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A little gem in the UES that I love to visit on every trip to NY.

D
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always everything was impeccable. The shaved baby artichoke and avocado salad is the best. The broiled soft shell crab special was amazing. Service as always was great.

M
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was incredible- crab salad was off the charts!

SR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

consistently good food. upmarket crowd, great European flare.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Servicio lento
Comida promedio
Falta decoración.

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NY
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I love the food and atmosphere here. My only complaint is that once the food was served, they sort of forgot about us. We were waiting close to 30 minutes after asking for the check.

a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always fabulous. We were able to sit outside in the shade and enjoyed a fabulous lunch and a beautiful bottle of champagne.