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.
New York, NY 10022
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm-10:30pm
Between 2nd & 3rd Ave
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Corporate meetings, weddings, birthday and parties of any kind. Parties of any size.
6 train, 51st Street Station
Private Party Facilities:
Private parties for all
Private Party Contact:
Anju Sharma: (212) 644-8330
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
Amma Ratings and Reviews
A dear friend and I had a magical evening at Amma. We were warmly welcomed. The vegan tasting menu was divine and there was so much food that we had to take some home.
The service was attentive. I’d recommend Amma to anyone who enjoys creative, excellently prepared cuisine.
This was our second visit to Amma. It is a small, tight room. We were greeted very affably. Service is very good. Friendly staff. The host is also the wine steward. I asked for a bottle of Oregon Pinot Gris, which, I said, I'd seen on their online list. He pointed out that wines vary, and suggested a Pinot Gris from Alsace; it was excellent. For appetizers we ordered spinach chat ($7), a crunchy stack of sprouted mung beans; and a trio of chicken, lamb and potato samosas ($9). Both were good. As entrees we ordered Madras chicken ($20) and Apricot stuffed lamb fillets ($25), served with a small dollop of lemon rice. Both entrees had a generous serving of sauce, the chicken a bit more spicy. We also ordered basmati rice.
The wait staff was attentive, friendly, but not intrusive. The dining room got quite loud, and I found the volume a bit irritating. Nonetheless, the food was excellent and the wine, kept cold, paired perfectly, its fruit and minerality a perfect counterpoint to the spice.
Overall, it was a pleasant meal and we enjoyed it greatly. I will go back, and I recommend Amma.
I’ve eaten magnificent Indian food in the best and most famous restaurants in New Delhi , New York and London but Amma is head and shoulders above anything else I have experienced anywhere. Sanjeep guided us through the menu and wine list to the most enjoyable dining experience and his attention to our mostly unspoken wishes was outstandingly perceptive. We can’t wait to return again.
This was our second visit to the restaurant and the food was fantastic. Our first trip here was during restaurant week and they sent out a coupon so we decided to head there once again! I would still come here without the coupon but that was just more of an incentive to go before the year was over.
The overall atmosphere is not very noisy at all (it is easy to think people aren't even in there) so it made room for intimate conversation. The only slight downfall is that it is a little tight towards the back but that is not much a downfall to keep me from being a repeat customer. The staff was very nice and attentive throughout the evening.
The food at Amma is really excellent. It's the best Indian restaurant in Manhattan in my opinion. The quality of the ingredients is top notch. The service is very attentive and fast. I've been a few times and it's usually not too loud however it can sometimes be (not the best acoustics). My friend and I ordered martinis which were on the watery side, but the food is so good we over looked it!
Excellent authentic Indian cuisine , friendly staff great wine selection. Unfortunately, unless they clean up the bathroom and give the Restaurant a fresh coat of paint , not to mention a new rug....... I wouldn’t return. I’m not a snob by any means, but they clearly haven’t freshened this place up sine they opened 16 years ago! Quite a shame considering the food is so very good!?! Come on owner? Fix your Restaurant up!!!
I eat a lot of Indian food including many places in NYC and Amma is OUTSTANDING. It's down the block from my office but never went in until I saw a Zagats list reflecting that it is one of the best Indian restaurants in town. I decided to stop in for the first time about 2 months ago and I have been back multiple times - three times for lunch and once for dinner. Lunch is real food, not an all you can eat buffet of cheap slop. They allowed BYO with reasonable corkage but they also have a reasonable wine list for a small place. I recommend it very highly.
Really good food. Staff is very reserved not overly friendly more formal. There is a long wait for the food because they make it while your waiting. The Tandori was excellent not too dry. The sauces were very good and the typical dish of fried okra is a must. I've eaten at this restaurant many times and it's consistently good. It's not your typical Indian restaurant and is more expensive than most. For 5 people the bill came to around 350.00 we had 2 apps 5 entrees.
Amma never disappoints so we keep returning. Traditional dishes, like somosas and saag are made unique with a little extra spice here and there. The service is consistently attentive, but not overdone. The decor is warm and lovely with pretty lighting and chandelier. Wish the place felt a little less squeezed.
Top of the Indian restaurants in NYC (maybe queen, since Amma means mother)
Food still terr
Service extremely friendly and attentive
Very good wine selection and pairin, especially for an Indian restaurant
Small room sometimes gets a bit tight, but doesn’t interfere with a. Gourmet food experience
Having eaten here a number of times, I find the food consistent and delicious and at excellent prices. My only complaint is that our waiter constantly "pushed" food on us, strongly suggesting we should order this dish or that, even though we responded just as strongly that we didn't want to order additional food. There were four of us for dinner and we all felt uncomfortable about this. My first reaction is that I wouldn't come back again, but my wife reminded me that this was not the case in previous visits to Amma.
Amma is my favorite Indian restaurant in Manhattan for a reason. The food alone is great, however, when you pair that with their house red (I prefer the Pinot), the friendly staff, and relaxing ambiance, it makes it an experience worth coming back to time and time again.
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