Amaranth

4.6
662 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Amaranth is located just off Madison Ave on 62nd St , between Fifth Ave and Madison Ave, 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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vipSandyA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS AS ALWAYS. THE WAIT STAFF ARE ALWAYS HELPFUL AND EXTREMELY FRIENDLY. I ALWAYS ENJOY DINING HERE.

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JoaquinC
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida, servicio muy amable

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vipHappygirl
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a wonderful experience- in the era of covid -very clean-
Attentive service - varied selection of menu items for all tastes -
Save room for dessert -

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shelleyh
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was very attentive, but the food was just mediocre. Overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very slow service

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vipKennethQ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was looking for a restaurant in the 60's to meet a friend for dinner, and had passed Amaranth many times and finally had an excuse to drop in. The place was bustling as usual even for a 7:00 reservation for three. Like many restaurants in NYC, Amaranth has expanded out into the side street, most likely doubling the number of seats pre-pandemic. We shared a Fritto Mediterraneo, which was excellent. Of the three main-courses; chicken paillard, mussels, and Risotto with vegetables, only the mussels was disappointing. When our wait staff, Mirabella (who was excellent) asked if were enjoying our meals, my husband was honest and fair. It appeared that the mussels had been sitting under a heat lamp too long and the top half of the mussels had dried out; however, the bottom haft and sauce were very good. Also, for a restaurant of this quality they served frozen French fries that you would expect from a diner. Mirabella, to her credit, was honest about the fries, saying their potato delivery came up short and this was all that was available and apologized for the mussels. We didn't ask for any compensation, but she took upon herself to speak to the manager and arranged to have our dessert plus another dessert comped. This is an indication of good management responding to a fair and honest review. Bravo. We will definitely make a return trip.

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vipNancyG
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice lunch and atmosphere!

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vipnewjerseyguy
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience excellent food wonderful people. One of my favorite city places

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vipJacobM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We will not he returning here. My girlfriend’s chicken was undercooked, which represents a safety hazard. We were rushed the entire evening because evidently the kitchen closes early without prior notice. The chicken Milanese costs $35 but was burnt and was served with only chopped lettuce and tomatoes over it. This is diner quality at borderline fine dining prices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not great. Sorry. I don’t know what happens.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent dinner

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Brigitte
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was a disappointing experience in all regards The only positive thing was the young woman who seated us: polite and accommodating
We ordered Margaritas to start which took some time and they were terrible… a far cry from what it should be, an incompetent bartender !!!!
So was our waiter. He was in a daze, not focused … terrible
Good slow and mediocre
We will never go back again and sorry to have wasted time and money there

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vipNYCFoodie
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and fun ambience. A perfect place for both casual and special event dining. Highly recommend.

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vipJlobaton
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

It has been the worst restaurant we have visited in NYC. the food is bad and the dishes are scarce. It took 55 minutes to bring the food and the restaurant was empty. the bill was very expensive of 33 dlls for a salad and the meat and rice was not the best. 4 years ago we were here and it had been spectacular. Now I know why it is no longer among the best places. not recommendable

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vipDCVisitor
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely ambiance. Friendly. Not as organized as they are capable of.

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Ritab
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always superb, the service is extremely friendly, the ambiance is comfortable.
It’s my always reliable place to go to!

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vipLeslie
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A wonderful neighborhood as well as go to restaurant.............

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vipNana
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Prices were way too high for what we got, portions weren’t very generous, food was just average, indoors was VERY warm (no air conditioning), 1 ceiling fan wasn’t working and in general the experience doesn’t justify the insanely high prices! We won’t be back very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food ,service, ambiance… love it there! Been there everyday!

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vipDiner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

One of the most over-priced and under-whelming dining experiences I’ve had. Started with the restaurant docking us $25 each for the tiny glass of champagne that greeted us at the table and that we assumed was complimentary (we mentioned in our reservation that we were celebrating a wedding). Octopus carpaccio with tiny slivers of octopus at $45. Watermelon salad with feta at $32. Fries for $12 - that never got to our table and yet appeared on our bill. And service? Non existent. Good luck flagging a waiter. Loud noise from the many Upper East Side (older) patrons. Might have been salvageable if the food was exceptional - but no better than your neighborhood bistro, folks. AVOID!

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vipstephenw
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this place for after-theatre. The food is eclectic French/Italian. The service is great. The buzz and the crowd are always fun.

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Athena
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Still preferring to eat outside, when possible. Tables outside were under a canopied area, but due to the recent heavy rain, there was leaking from the tent top onto the table and chairs so we had to switch out location and chairs to be dry. Also, without a platform on the street, the tables were slightly askew and your feet were in a bit of water. Wait staff was accommodating to move us, but the ambiance is definitely not very charming outside, as compared to inside. Food was as expected, good but not brilliant, but solid. Nice evening, all in all.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Generally very good —food was outstanding -ambience a bit dated now! I have.been a customer for 20years

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jhbnyc
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amaranth is wonderful and always excellent food/service!!

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LisaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! I would highly recommend the Chilean Sea Bass.

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vipCarsonK
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I think Amaranth may have had it’s day. The food was just ok. The service pleasant but often distracted. The atmosphere feels tarnished .

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I was so excited to go here after seeing a friend rave about it on Instagram, however, that’s not what we experienced. I thought the overall level of attentive service wasn’t on par with the price point and location. My husband enjoyed his meal, but mine was very disappointing- a salad of two olives, two tiny slivers of orange, one cut-cut-in-half cherry tomato and shaved octopus for $30?! Not worth it at all. Sadly, we won’t be back or recommending this place to others. 😬

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood spot! Great seating and ambiance. Love their pasta and lobster dish!

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vipCynthiaO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food , relaxing atmosphere & friendly service, great for lunch and dinner .

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vipAmeliaM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We sat inside and it was extremely hot.

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vipmt9lives
New York Area
227 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good great excellent
good wine choices by the glass
our meal was really delicous Mussels & Lobster Salad
Entire dinner was great

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vipArchie
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very overpriced

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vipEvanA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Had an excellent time at Amaranth last night. The food was delicious, the ambiance very lively. Only thing that might need work on is maybe more staff, but it is understandable given the times we are in post covid. Will definitely be returning.

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Jdgreek
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good except for the birthday singing with loud music disrupted the ambiance

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vipnew2nyc
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice place to have lunch-we both had salads, but they have a large and varied menu.
The restaurant was very quiet at 12:30 ,but an hour later became more crowded and a little noisy.
There are lots of options for outdoor dining, if weather permits..

the service was very fast and attentive ...

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vipGastronome
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Very slow service outside, possibly due to large number of diners.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I ordered the gazpacho soup to start and the steak tartare as a main course. The gazpacho had good flavor but was very watery. The steak tartare was prepared to my spice preference, which I appreciated. However, it was room temperature at best, almost warm. No bueno.
My partner had the halibut and it was ok. The meal was pricy and not good value. We were disappointed and will not be back.

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vipHeleneH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It would be nice for the kitchen to split the salad instead of us waiting for another plate to be brought 10 minutes later. I love Amaranth because it is located 3 blacks from me and i hope that I can be better treated in the future. Thank you

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GeorgeC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Splendid - was great

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vipJenny
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Excellent fish. I had the Halibut and my friend had the Branzino. Both were amazing and fresh. Great atmosphere for dinner. Expansive outdoor area.

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Amaranth is rated 4.6 stars by 662 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.