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About Amma

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.

246 E. 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Indian, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm-10:30pm

Cross Street:
Between 2nd & 3rd Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 644-8330

Website:
http://www.ammanyc.com/

Catering:
Corporate meetings, weddings, birthday and parties of any kind. Parties of any size.

Public Transit:
6 train, 51st Street Station

Private Party Facilities:
Private parties for all

Private Party Contact:
Anju Sharma: (212) 644-8330

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Amma Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Good for a Date (13)
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Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
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Neighborhood Gem (9)
Cozy (8)
Spicy (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Casual (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vegan (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Fun (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Many of the usual things but if you go with the waiters suggestions you'll find some new and interesting flavor combinations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Very good Indian food, in a quiet place with excellent and attentive service. Hard to beat such value for price in Mid Town, especially on the East Side.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amma is our new favorite Indian restaurant in New York. The variety of regions within India represented on the menu is unusual, with North and South Indian dishes and even some Nepalese dishes. And every dish we ordered was executed to perfection. The bel puri and iddli were just like the ones our Indian friends' mothers make at home. Chicken xacutti was excellent as well, and a stewed lamb that was not the typical rogan josh was so tender you only needed a piece of naan to eat it. Although we came in for lunch seeking South Indian dosa, they had none that day--and it didn't matter a bit because the dishes we chose were all top notch. The banquettes are a little worn, but the food is spot on, the service is friendly and timely, and the opportunity to explore regional Indian cooking was great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Food was outstanding. Extensive wine list, Indian beer, and drinks.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

As a dhesi, I was astounded by how wonderful this food was!!!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I believe Zagat's review assessment of the food for this restaurant is overstated.....they give it a 25....I think it is at best a 22. Good food but note extraordinary food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Has been my favorite Indian restaurant in NYC for years!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

As always we were very impressed by the creativity in the food, and the warm welcoming service at Amma.

Our favorite Indian restaurant in New Yo4k.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very attentive service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place and food is amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food and service were great - Ambience was average, but I’d come back for the food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food very ordinary and not spicy enough. Madras tastes heavily of coconut. Tables very close together. Head waiter acts and dresses like he’s running a funeral parlour. Lighten up and smile!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The hype for this place was greater than the experience. Food was okay, nothing spectacular. Nice and quaint for a quick lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Ammazing! Best Indian food in NYC. And a decent wine list to boot.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent Food. We ordered the tasting menu and it was so much fun!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Some of the best Indian food I've had on three continents. Beetroot kofta is excellent and unique.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was fantastic. Service was very attentive. Will definitely go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Average food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

My daughter and I loved the meal. We took advantage of the tasting menu, which provides a great overview of the Indian food available.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Whenever I come to NYC I go to Amma, best Indian restaurant ever! The food is amazing and the staff is kind and nice!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Exquisite service. Wonderful food. Intimate atmosphere. Great wine choices.

Tags: Spicy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our first time at Amma was excellent. We had the vegetarian tasting menu, and it was striking how varied and delicious it was. Service is wonderful.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great meal. Quiet and cozy. Excellent food— really great. And the service was spot one. Instant favorite!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent food and servicie, I would definitely recommend Amma to my friends.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was great, service was better. Sommelier was awkwardly hilarious. We really enjoyed this place.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great Indian food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Amma is one of the better Indian restaurants in NYC. Food and service were both very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food here is outstanding. I had the grilled lamb chops and the baby eggplant. Both were phenomenal. I also had the garlic nan-which was just OK. I barely tasted the garlic and it was on the dry side. My friend had the saag paneer and loved it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very good experience overall. Service was terrific, food very good. Dining area is quite small and people waiting at front door can be a distraction. Overall very good

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food! The service was awesome and recommendations were really great! Would go back again. Make sure to check this one out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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