Amma

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1530 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian

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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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C
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food at Amma is of the highest level and we are enjoying trying all the delicious dishes on the menu.

BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience1

a lot of hype for not a lot of greatness. Service on Valentine’s Day was not good. Table was worst in the restaurant and shouldn’t have even placed a table at the door, where the door hit my chair everytime it opened. Food was good but dessert to “share” was literally a single bite. Embarrassing especially on V day. Maybe they couldn’t handle the busy holiday. Just not great.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. A real gem. We had the variety of samosas, a special chicken appetizer and salmon, chicken makani and lamb vindaloo with various naans. All wonderful.

FF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, very fresh homemade taste.

BB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of the two best Indian restaurants in which I have eaten. (The other one is in London). The spices are artfully blended to produce subtle flavor combinations. Everything I and my wife have had has been excellent.

JD
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I think thatAmma has THE Best Indian food in New York City. I got Goa shrimp for an appetizer. It was phenomenal. And then I got tandoori lamb chops done perfectly and extraordinaire. I also got baby eggplant as a side. For bread I got paratha. The food and service are outstanding at Amma.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Chicken tikka was delicious but the daal makhani was not. Place kind of small. We didn’t get the best table in the house. It was just ok.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Amma. The wine steward was both well informed and charming. Our paired tasting menu was superb! The wait staff provided just the right amount of attention throughout our dining time.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enter into gentle quietness, lovely graciousness. Prepare for culinary surprises that will amaze your palate, a knowledgeable Sommalier who will introduce wonderful wines you probably never heard of. Leave happy, looking forward to coming back.

OT
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff, really good food, restaurant week meant we got a smashing deal, and just made us feel good after our dinner. Highly recommend for quality, flavorful Indian food.

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amma is my absolute favorite Indian restaurant in New York City! It is family owned and the service is impeccable not to mention the cuisine is delectable and has been consistently delicious every single time! I cannot recommend Amma enough.

j
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was good. Food mediocre and expensive.

CS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our office loves to come here for special occasions (staff birthday, etc.). This time we were here during Restaurant Week, and enjoyed the prix fixe offerings. Everyone got something different and we all sampled everything. Particular standouts were the chili mushroom, the chicken tikka masala, and the mixed vegetables. Oh, and the desserts -the carrot pudding was the biggest hit. Amma is worth it - go!

P
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Tasting Menu. Creative, delightful presentation and exquisite flavors.

AH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, kind and efficient staff with nice, quiet ambience. I will go back next trip to NYC!

FM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t beat the $50 tasting menu at Amma! We were able to try so many delicious things and definitely overate. The plate of naan was a feast for the eyes! We will definitely be coming back.

D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Would go back and also recommend to others

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I visited Amma for the first time last week and were very impressed by the food which was incredibly flavorful and nuanced. The menu has amazing range and we cannot wait to go back.

PN
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amma is always great as well as the impeccable service. Best Indian food in NYC !

o
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We took a friend there for a big birthday, and it was fabulous. Beautiful intimate setting, welcoming staff, fantastic food!!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food

GB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Indian Restaurants anywhere. Where else would you find a wine sommelier?
Great food.

MD
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best indian restaurante in the world for me. The samosas are amazing

LW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This cozy little Indian restaurant is conveniently located in Midtown. Please note there is really no waiting area so time your arrival accordingly. Service was excellent, attentive and we were not rushed even though it was a busy Saturday night. The food was good, not the best Indian I ever had but it was very tasty.

I would return to the restaurant if I was in the area again.

a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amma is far and away my favorite Indian restaurant in NYC. The food is absolutely wonderful.

s
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

amazing find... the food is delicious and at an incredible value. Very much recommended

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a wonderful time! I find this restaurant simple and elegant with good attention to detail and very good food

GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Been coming here for 10+ yrs, and always a treat with great staff and service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! We got the three course lunch special. Nice to try three different food items.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved the food and the restaurant. We will return.

L
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Mediocre Indian foods in Manhattan. At best OK. Most yummy thing is the Okra. Very good. The samosas were heavy, tasteless- not good. Lamb chops were palatable at best. All in all just OK

k
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food

LH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Highly recommend. Staff extremely friendly and care about what you want and how to make dinner a great experience.

LL
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I had the Dum Aloo and found it tasty and satisfying. We appreciated that a sommelier was available to help pair wine with our meal. A great meal in very pleasant surroundings. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys Indian food.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best indian food in midtown

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and the service were amazing, second to none. However, the noise level was intolerable

RK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service - felt very authentic. Slightly on the expensive side but without a doubt the most fantastic Indian food I've had in NYC. Definitely will return.

DL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fabulous food and service

F
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people that own and run this restaurant do such a nice job. Service is fantastic. Food is out of this world. Always try and come here when in NYC

RS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our waiter was very patient and courteous with us as we had minimal knowledge of Indian cuisine. He suggestions were quite delectable and thus we totally enjoyed our meal.