Amma

4.4
1599 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian
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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vipShootingstar
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Authentic. Very well served and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place all around. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Amma is one of our fav restaurants- Thursday lunch was an aberration (hopefully)

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Picadillo
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The inside is a bit tired looking and we decided to eat outside which is adequate. Service was a bit underwhelming and the wait for our food bordered on the excessive. The food was tasty though. If we lived nearby we might return but the whole experience didn't seem worth the special trip to get there.

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matti
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious, great value, great service. One of my all time faves.

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vipSaimes
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely ambience & good service. My hubby and I had the lunch specials, he had the chicken tikka and I had the Goan fish curry. Both were delicious and great value! Will def be back here

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Addie
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and staff was so friendly! Will definitely be back

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SujoyB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great especially Anna’s Jackfruit dish was very flavorful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great owners. Really put love into the food. Would return

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AliT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amma is on of my favorite Indian restaurants in the city. The food is outstanding and the ambience inside the restaurant is perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The tables in the street seemed atrractive until trucks passed and the natural dirt and insects from NY streets started coming out. Servicié slow, food delicious, well cooked. Will go back and sit in the inside.

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Paul725
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was wonderful, the service good and they were very attentive! I will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, the owner was present all time and get into details. The tandoori chicken the best.

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VBG811
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

We sat outdoors … possibly no fault of Amma but place stinks of sewer.

Portion size very small even for a NYC Restaurant week!

Shrimp was dunked in tomato ketchup and Kheer had rice that was badly undercooked. Even naan was sub-par!.

Been to many other Indian restaurants over last 15 years in NYC / NJ .. and I never rated something so low.. may be the place lost it’s Mojo..

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PAUL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Simply marvelous cooking served in a lovely room.

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JonathanG
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Excellent food, but very slow and unresponsive service. Music was annoyingly loud.

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LizD
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I chose Amma for a post lockdown reunion. We both love Indian food so it seemed like a good choice. And it truly was! A lovely, quiet place with excellent food and warm attentive staff, we loved every minute of our long lunch. The prices were very fair for creative turns on some of my favorite dishes as well as dishes I've never had before. A long thoughtful discussion about the heat level of the vindaloo, ended with me opting to try the eggplant instead. However I was given a small dish of the vindaloo sauce just to taste! Plans were made for me to have that, mixed with a plain curry next time. And there will surely be a next time. In fact, my friend and I are reserving the amazing looking tasting menu for a birthday dinner. Give yourself a treat, lunch, dinner or tastings, you can't go wrong with Amma!

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vipDandL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

I don’t know where the other reviewers have been eating, but we found Amma to be average at best. If this is considered the best Indian restaurant in New York City, or even midtown, the reviewers need to expand their experience with Indian food. Do not get the tasting menu. It is just a collection of some of the most commonly ordered dishes, many of them served on the same plate at the same time. And definitely do not get the wine pairing. The “pairing“ consisted of a small glass of champagne that had to be stretched over the first two dishes, a single glass of white wine that had to cover the next four(!) dishes, a red wine for the next-to-last dish, and a sauterne served with ice cream. Service was adequate, but nothing special, and very informal. (A woman who appeared to be the wife of the owner looked like she had just come in from the beach (Bermuda shorts, untucked beach shirt, flip-flops.) The dining room was (how do we say this?) “very tired”. I am positive that a diner can find better Indian food in a much more appealing setting elsewhere.

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vipMukul
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perhaps the best Indian restaurant in town. Never lets us down. Outstanding personalised service.

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JoanneK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate inside at a table for four. Nicely air conditioned. Everyone was respectful of our space & conversation was quiet—even at the table for 7. Could barely hear them. Given the delicious food, we were all busy eating!

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RitaI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amma is delicious. My second time there and I really enjoyed the lunch special.

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Monica
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Had lunch there before heading to the MET. Restaurant seating is looking old and worn, I ordered the chaat which was ok, and the chicken biryani, the chicken pieces were very dried so I picked all those out. Very disappointing and over priced.

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JoshuaA
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

We have dined at Amma multiple times over multiple years and have been pleased with our experience. The food is creatively prepared, well presented and of an appropriate quantity. This time was no exception. However, they have added tables outside, which have almost doubled their seating capacity. Together with what appears to be a brisk takeout business, their kitchen has become seriously overextended. We waited over an hour and a half for our entrees to arrive and one turned out to be incorrect. Our experience was not unique since several other patrons made similar comments at the time. Whether this was due to staff shortages or poor planning, the issue will need to be corrected.

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SabineG
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Different from the regular Indian fare. Loved it!

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JOSEPHM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and even reasonably priced given the location. A long time restaurant here and the owner and staff are always pleasant and efficient.

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Foodie101
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food great options
Great service
Recommend for weeknight or weekend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place has steeply declined however they have kept their crazy prices. They now cater to drink college kids. I wouldn’t bother unless you’re in that demo.

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vipMMFoxDC
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful ambiance outdoor on patio - Amma did a good job to make the space inviting, clean, nicely lit and good background music. Food delicious - lots of interesting dishes, especially the paratha ww breads and Peshawar naan. Wine list exceptional with many superb values (Kerner under $50 in NYC!)

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Sylvie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There was ample outdoor seating, and the option to choose a lunch menu or items from their regular menu. If you are really hungry, I suggest using the regular menu. But the food in the lunch menu was delicious and portions fine for those of us that prefer light lunches. Service was very good, and not at all rushed.

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IngridB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is the best Indian in Manhattan, always a favorite in my family. The food is outstanding and the service is friendly and attentive. What more could you want?!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Isle of Man
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Amma’s. The food is exceptional. Perfectly spiced. A very good menu for vegetarians and meat eaters. Look forward to our next visit.

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Kevin
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered a lamb curry dish for the first time here and it was very delicious. Chicken TikkaMasala, Saag Paneer and Vegetable JalFraizee were delicious too. The crispy okra converted another okra hater to okra eater! Garlic Nan was loved by everyone too. Good food made for a good family event.

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Philips
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and friendly, first NY restaurant visit since COVID. Will definitely make a return trip.

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roque
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excelente la calidad de los alimentos como siempre en AMMA, sinembargo las instalaciones exteriores por la pandemia no son tan bonitas y acogedoras como el interior del restaurante. El servicio tambien ha bajado un poco

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JohnS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent and unobtrusive service. It's a favorite spot.

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vipMissMoore
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After fifteen desolate months it was good to be back , welcomed back , the lay out so so different , the food and the kindness just the same.

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vipJppp
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience1

Outdoor seating was covered but the smoke from the hookah bar next door was not nice. So nothing against the restaurant.

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MariaV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

UN family favorite!

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PDXIT
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Was given the option of sitting indoors or outdoors. Chose indoors. After a while, noticed an employee sleeping across two chairs and snoring loudly. Not only was it unprofessional but also unhygienic during Covid times. The owner/manager tried to justify it several ways before letting us sit outside to continue dining. Food and service were average at best. Still tipped 25% due to Covid times.

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vipJamesD
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is our forth time, and we brought another couple to have a greater
variety of appetizers and main courses. I find the meat and vegetables
well seasoned and wonderfully crisp. We also order a wide selection of
the breads to eat on their own or sop up the sauces.

FAQs

Amma does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Amma also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 644-8330.

Amma is rated 4.4 stars by 1599 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.