Amaranth

4.5
495 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
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
37 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

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

MK
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overpriced and small portions

d
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

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
50 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

n
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

OD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

D
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon was incredible- crab salad was off the charts!

SR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

consistently good food. upmarket crowd, great European flare.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Servicio lento
Comida promedio
Falta decoración.

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NY
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LF
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This restaurant is a favorite of my mother in law, but I can’t understand why. I’ve been several times, but won’t go back by choice. The place needs a “face lift” badly as it is tired inside. The service was lacking, even though the restaurant was mostly empty when we went. The tuna tartare was so bland I had to add pepper and lemon to give it some flavor. They forgot My salad and brought it together with the main which was not what I wanted. Resting on their reputation and location

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

They made us wait 20m for our table

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent outdoor seating,great location and vibe. Impeccable service,cleanliness and fresh delicious food. Very warm and friendly staff. Amaranth respects and accommodates reservations,plus tries their best to seat without a reservation.

BK
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Brauer said their experience was as wonderful as always!
Bernadette (Assistant to the Brauers)

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, lovely to be able to sit outside and civilized!
We will return

L
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Service was amazing, delicious food. Four of us enjoyed every minute. We pick different restaurants often and this is now in top of our list. Can’t wait to go back. Very relaxing atmosphere.

KD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another delicious meal at Amaranth. Bolognese, lobster risotto, ravioli, and fritto misto were
all tasty. More intimate restaurant with tables closer together. Noise level does not hinder conversation.

F
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s always delicious and such attractive dining guests... a neighborhood favorite!
When soft shell crabs are in season...must try!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner before Mother’s Day

CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food l, service is great,ambiance. Very small appetizer portion. I love the meal. Will be back

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food, great service, lovely ambiance.

PS
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

When I made the reservation I asked for a candle to be on the dessert since it was a birthday celebration, I called to repeat the request the day of the reservation and again when I got there and was shown to the table. No candle was placed in the cake - very disappointing service.

l
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

We arrived for lunch on a Monday and it was packed. The noise level was bad but just got worse. The restaurant plays terribly loud canned music everytime they celebrate a birthday and this happened three times. It was impossible to have a conversation. We will never return.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites! Highly recommend for various occasions. A neighborhood gem!

CM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best Salmon ever loved the crust

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