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Amma

4.5
1284 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm-10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 644-8330
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Private parties for all
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Private party contact
Anju Sharma: (212) 644-8330
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Catering
Corporate meetings, weddings, birthday and parties of any kind. Parties of any size.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd & 3rd Ave
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Public transit
6 train, 51st Street Station
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 1284 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
food
4.5
service
4.0
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Very attentive service!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place and food is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0
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.

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Blonkey (Birmingham)
2.0
Dined on December 14, 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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Maggi (New York Area)
3.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0
Dined on December 6, 2017

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

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MichaelW (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on December 6, 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.

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Alexis (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on December 6, 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.

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vipMiaNYC (New York Area)
5.0
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!

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