Amma

4.6
1441 reviews
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Amma, the name means "Mother", is an intimate restaurant and has the same soothing qualities. Opened in 2002 by Anju Sharma, is a gem tucked away on the upper east side of Manhattan, the stylish restaurant evokes images of spices, with its ochre colored walls and sensuous red-orange suede wrap-around banquettes. Art deco chandeliers and pristine linens complete the ambience. In a short period of time, Amma has received numerous accolades from the press. Amma was rated "Two Stars" by Mr. William Grimes of NY Times. At Amma, the wine list is updated on a weekly basis and is carefully chosen from 30 countries from around the world. Amma, shows its guest a different India, so old that it is fresh.
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VG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been many times. Food is consistently excellent. Great wine selection and knowledgeable staff.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic and you can’t beat the prices in NYC. Service is great too. All around great dining experience.

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DO
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amma es un restaurant que siempre recomiendo. Excelente comida, ambiente y servicio. Un clásico

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AA
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Amma. It was the First of Ramzan and our reservation were at 745. Since it was really close to the time for breaking the fast, I had called earlier to put in a order for apps and had told them to have them on the table before we got there. They did just that. which was great.
In addation to that it was the first time my family was going to meet my girlfriend, I had requested a quiter table. In order to accommodate me they even removed a table close to us so we could have a good time. They had also told their wait staff not to bother us when were in a conversation, and the staff follwed it well.
When it came time for the actual meal the service was great. They were very helpful with recommendations. They served us individually even serving our plates. They were Super polite, all of the staff had a smile on their faces.
Amma Means Mother... and I can it was as if I had brought my girlfriend to my moms house for dinner for the first time. For those who want to know I and my family are from Pakistan and I can safely say the Food felt like it was from home.. espically the shrimp. My girlfriend is British and she is a big fan of indian food and even for her this was great and reminded her of UK indian food.
Again thank you Amma Team for making my visit great and soo sooo memorable for my family.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday experience was wonderful!

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SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch course menus are ñerfect for those that wish to try a variety. This is simply my soul resting place.

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Simply wonderful Indian food. We have been to fancier Indian restaurants but the food does not match Amma.

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! I had the Delhi chaat and chicken tikka masala, and mango cheesecake and kulfi trio for dessert... they were delicious as usual... staff is always courteous, helpful and friendly. One of my favorite restaurants to go!

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amma has maintained high levels of food preparation and service for years and shoes no sign of slowing down. The food is subtly spiced and very flavorful.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

THE quality of Amma's food is extraordinary, and the service is impeccable. It is also a place where you can relax and have a quiet conversation without being disturbed by loud talking at neighboring tables. I love the place and would recommend it highly.

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D
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

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DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting and delicious food. Good service and a calm environment at lunchtime.

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Indian food. Each dish seems so unique. They are very helpful if you are vegetarian and even vegan. Worth frequent visits.

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PE
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, friendly staff, helpful recommendations, romantic atmosphere. Our favorite Indian restaurant in NYC!

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Amma many times. This visit was my favorite. We love Indian cuisine and this place is a place that every Indian food lover should try once. We got the tasting menu with the wine flight with each course. Well worth the splurge. Nice to try items that we might not order. The wine parings were great and the Som's description of each was a great addition. Small intimate dinning room. Very attentive staff. Highly recommended.

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BF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

What a treat. Outstanding Indian food and staff. Our dinner lasted a few hours as we were enjoying conversation and the food, and we ended up closing the place. Not once did we feel rushed or hurried, and our waiter guided us through the menu expertly. If they update their decor, I'd give them a fifth star. Definitely going back.

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EG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Normally, any visit to Amma is a delight and I typically always order the same thing (butter chicken) because the flavor is so good and the chicken is so tender. When I was there this week, the chicken was unbelievably tough. I would have sent it back but I was with a guest and I didn't want to make my guest uncomfortable and spoil the meal. I only hope my guest's chicken dish was better. Apart from that the naan was a perfect and delicious as ever, and the mango cheesecake and filter coffee were wonderful.

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MA
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been many times and the food is just great. The sauces are excellent and the food quality terrific. The staff is gracious and attentive. We had a great time and highly recommend Amma.

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CA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! We ordered a lamb dish ...fresh and nicely seasoned, in a rich sauce! Highly recommend.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For 2 , the table and space given was congested . Food and service was good, i would recommend others to try it.

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t
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a restaurant to enjoy — the food, the ambiance and the service. We ordered way too much but enjoyed it all from appetizers to deserts. The food was not chili pepper hot but it was so tasty that, spice lovers though we all were, we didn’t mind at all. We started with a complimentary appetizer or amuse-bouche that foretold the pleasures to come. The spinach chat with sprouted mung bean salad was exceptional. I never eat samosas (vegetarian selection) but loved theirs. The shrimp curry, lamb vindaloo, and beet kofta were great. Gulag jamun and rasmalai rounded off a very satisfying evening. The waiters were helpful but not hovering. On a Monday night, the place was calm. We would definitely go back.

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m
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food, the service, the ambiance...everything is great. This is one of my very favorite restaurants in the city

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n
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most of our dishes were excellent. Most outstanding was the service, particularly from the manager/part-owner. From seeing us on the street looking lost to allowing us to divide our bill the way we requested, he was extremely professional and welcoming.

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HM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We chose the tasting menu, which is definitely worth it. Food was excellent, interesting and well served.

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We found the food and service to be lovely. Each of our dishes were flavorful- the 3 types of rice (I especially enjoyed the mint rice), the wonderful vegetables smothered in an interesting sauce, and the subtle rosemary bread.

The staff were particularly attentive, even filling my water glass repeatedly, which I appreciated.

Though the entrance to the restaurant requires you passing the mailboxes of the residents that live in the building, the actual dinning room was warm and charming.

It's an enjoyable, cozy find in our sometimes sterile, oversized city.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. Nice ambiance. Service a little slow.

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n
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family has had a lot of Indian food over the years and this was easily one of the best ever. Small, intimate place with outstanding service and butter chicken (Tikki Masala) as good as it gets. Strongly recommend. Little hard to find and small on the inside, but well worth it once you are there.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was wonderful; I highly recommend this Indian “gem” in NY. Can’t wait till next time!

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f
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I’ve had better Indian food at all-you-can eat buffets for $12.95 per person.

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EH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The ambience is excellent, the wait staff dedicated and friendly, and the menu is glorious— such fine balance in the spices and tastes. A wonderful dining experience.

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Simply wonderful Indian cuisine. The service is always perfect.

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GM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serves was excellent and very attentive. Also the wait staff assisted us to make our food choices. Food was delicious. Lastly, we were in a big rush to make it to see a Broadway show and they helped us to get to the musical in time!! We will definitely go back!!

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CK
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST INDIAN FOOD!!!! Yum. The servers are very helpful and always cheerful. A really great night. Thank you!!

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

Excellent food and attentive service

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JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the better Indian meals I've had in New York City.

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MK
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Amma. Our server helped us select dishes from an outstanding menu and paired our selections with a wonderful wine. Our exceptional dining experience was so enhanced by the warm and gracious service we received. Their signature gin martini was the best I've ever had in the city. We look forward to returning on our next trip.

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GB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Amma several times and each time it has been fabulous. We are a different kind of diner. We are long time vegetarians and rather than look at the menu, we ask our waiter to bring us food as if we were guests at their home rather than purchasing food from them. The only stipulation is that the food not be spicy...We always have a great meal. Amma has a great wine list which is unusual for an Indian Restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The desserts were incredibly delicious. We are both looking forward to coming back ASAP.

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AU
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious and service and drinks were great but I was a little disappointed with how small the portions were. Also I was disappointed with the small amount of nan we got. It was cut up and there were like 3 pieces. I left hungry.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, authentic. Spotty service, slow on water, ignored for a while.

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