Amali

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Amali is a farm driven Mediterranean restaurant on the border of Midtown East and the Upper East Side. Amali’s menu focuses on Italian and Greek dishes and offers an award winning wine list with over 400 selections called “one of the best wine lists in Midtown” (New York Magazine).

Since its opening in 2011, Amali has received critical praise for its cuisine and sustainable practices from The New York Times, The Obama White House, James Beard House, Eater and virtually every major wine publication. Amali’s sister restaurants include Il Cantinori, Periyali and Calissa in the Hamptons.
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Sun 5:30PM - 6:45PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Mon - Thu 5:30PM - 6:15PM 8:15PM - 9:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:30PM - 6:45PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM

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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious the restaurant is a great quiet beautiful spot and the staff is kind andctogughtful

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with a friend. The Manager was very nice and let us try a few different wines since they had a variety of Greek wines we were not familiar with. The menu had a nice variety but some of the food was underwhelming for the price.

t
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

charming place with excellent food and friendly service.

c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My scallops were delicious. My friend's Brick Chicken was dry.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Average food slow service. Ordered 5:40 told waiter theater at 7. No mains course until 6:30.

SK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar staff and really attentive service without being intrusive - the bar bench suited our gathering perfectly - thank you

GP
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food, good service, too loud! They need to find a way to make the restaurant a bit less noisy.

b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Relative to prior visits, the food was disappointing. May have been an off-early evening in the kitchen. The octopus appetizer was modest, very modest in fact, and the plating wasn't particularly attractive. Everything is relative, and our prior visits were always exceptional.

l
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice food, good service.very pleasant welcome. Our quiet table got a little noisy as more people came in. Small portions at bigger-plate prices.

AR
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and lovely service. Very nice evening.

M
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

One of the worst values I’ve ever experienced, which is saying a lot since I’ve been dining in Manhattan for 23 years. $38 for two normal sized scallops? Really obnoxious and an insult to their customers intelligence.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall nice, well appointed place with neutral decor. Food and service was good but not exceptional.
I found it to be grossly overpriced with a fairly small portion of Mahi-Mahi costing $44.00

R
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theatre meal. Very generous portions. Excellent. Terrifically attentive service.

G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Dinner before theater.

DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service was very professional. We went on a quiet Sunday night. Unfortunately a party of 8 younger diners, probably in the mid to late 20's were drinking, laughing, screaming and howling. They were incredibly disruptive to the few tables that were seated nearby. We almost left before ordering. We asked the manager to help and he was reluctant at first. He said they should calm down soon. It unfortunately got worse and thankfully the manager did ask them to act more appropriately. That lull only lasted for a little while but we were grateful for his attempt.

I would like to come back for mid week lunch, the menu is larger. So yes I would recommend it, as long as that crowd doesn't show up again.

SN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Ribeye steak was super fatty and very expensive-$58!

4
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fabulous maître ‘d called Sukki, raised our expectations... a shared octopus appetiser could have been delicious if the octopus had been fresh!
We ordered two seafood entrees, mine the catch of the day was well cooked and fresh but not outstanding, and my partners delicate scallop dish were overwhelmed by way too much chilli.
Disappointing.

PC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant many times and this visit was extremely disappointing. The service was slow and indifferent. My main course was sea scallops, a dish I have had before at this restaurant, and it consisted of two scallops sitting on some roasted corn. This was more appropriate for an appetizer portion. I asked the waiter about this and he shrugged and told me that this is what the kitchen sent out, nothing to be done.
What will be done is that I will not return to this place again.

TW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Second visit. Cozy ambiance. Food was a bit bland given the restaurant’s descriptions. Service was slow and unengaged in our dining experience.

JM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quaint, charming, cozy atmosphere with excellent service. The steak entree and chicken under the brick were both AMAZING! The restaurant was crowded enough to have a good buzz but not so noisy that we couldn't have good conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was really, really good and so was service. We will be back!

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

our servers are more sanguine than we were about our ability to make a 7pm curtain (the restaurant doesn't serve dinner till 5:30pm), and we had to wait 15 minutes just to order and then in the end had no time for dessert or coffee. but the place is small and pleasant and the food quite, quite good. the fact that they offer a discount to members of 59E59 Theaters is an added bonus. we were 4 and had wine or cocktail, no appetizers, 4 mains and 1 side dish. bill before discount: $200. the night before, at a favorite mediterranean restaurant near Lincoln Center, our bill had been the same (though we may have shared a dessert), but we were only 3 that night. so there's that. and Amali's pasta sauces were deeper and more complex.

IJ
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Extremely slow service, very expensive for small portions. I order the $38 scallops and got 2 scallops

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special birthday for very special friends —. We have dined several times at Amalfi -quality always.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Portions were small. I got very sick from the Burrata. We asked if the Burrata was fermented because it tasted a little strange and was very liquid. I was told that that was not and that it was supposed to taste that way. So I ate it like a fool ! I got a very bad upset stomach!
No birthday cake was offered.

CF
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta was freshly made & marvelous! Everything tasted fresh and felt healthy. Deliciously light, yet decadently satisfying.

BN
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ambiance is lovely. I found the waitstaff to be pretentious- when I ordered a glass of Pinot Grigio, I was told they didn’t carry it - so I asked what he would recommend that was similar, he said we don’t have any similar- we wouldn’t serve it —- We both had the kale salad (tasteless) and tagliatelle bolognese - which was just okay - portion quite small - and all in all, pretty pricey-
So I wouldn’t rush back - it is near 59e59 theater so convenient for that - otherwise, no reason to return

M
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It's an interesting space. We ate outside, so it felt like alfresco dining. The dishes were mediocre in taste and presentation. They could step it up a notch and make a special place to dine.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was overpriced, we had the scallops with sand, the fish was badly cooked, the pasta was overlooked...
On top of everything the server would not leave us along and was constantly around us. The only nice thing about this place was the host. Never again

OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We (party of 2) arrived on time and were given a table that was constantly being bumped over by servers. We asked for a change and they reluctantly agreed. Other parties of 2 that arrived later were given much better tables that accommodated 4 persons. To be fair the food was very good and so was the service by the waiters.

JA
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

My family and I had gone to Amali for Mother's Day brunch. I would not recommend it at all. It wasn't too crowded so there was no reason for the service to be as abominably slow as it was. We waited an hour and 15 min for eggs! Our waitress rarely came to our table--twice I had to ask a busperson to find our waitress. When she did come to the table, she was so surly--in fact when she asked how I like my eggs, she left in the middle of my sentence. I and two others ordered the Eggs Shakshuka. The description of chili and cumin in the dish I thought could be quite spicy, and I asked our waitress if it was indeed spicy. She said that it had some spice but was quite mild. When I tried it, my mouth lit on fire. I could only take a few bites. The two others who ordered it, who enjoy spicy food felt that it was even too hot for them and they ate about half. I didn't want to order another dish since it took so long for these to come out. Additionally, they brought out 3 dishes and then we waited about 15 min more for the eggs. I think our waitress must have heard us complaining (not that she came over) and she came with 2 desserts which she said the manager comped us.
All in all, it was a very unpleasant dining experience, and one in which I won't redo.

c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not heard of Amali before, but was visiting NY and staying nearby at the Loews. I had a very nice dinner ... creative Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring fresh ingredients. Nice calm ambiance and helpful service. Will return.

OT
New York Area
269 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A nice place, gets a bit busy and noisy, but overall pleasant enough. Service was a bit erratic. ..we were served food that we did not order. But we weren't charged for it either. All in all just so-so...

l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice to find a place in midtown with simple good fresh food where you can actually talk. Best chicken under a brick that I’ve had in a long time. Comes with crispy potatoes. Salad was light and fresh. Service was excellent, staff friendly

MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

If you like salt on your food (I mean A LOT of salt) this is your place. I eat in New York regularly and this is the worst restaurant I’ve been to in 10 years. We had to send back two dishes that were inedible. I spent nearly $200 for two people for a really bad dinner. I think this may be the the worst value in NYC. The staff was friendly but inept. That’s all I can say. I’ll never go back.

J
Minneapolis
121 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fresh fish and seafood were wonderful. Not a spot you’d find unless looking for it.

MK
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant and attentive wait staff. Chicken on brick was moist on the inside, perfect crispness on outside. Potatoes were especially good. Nice corner seat at early hour so it was quiet for us, cant say it would be later in the evening.

JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The place is nice. Food is nice. Ambiance is nice. All fine nothing extraordinary

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, convivial space, and so many choices that it was hard to only pick a few. Amali is not cheap, but it's because the ingredients are responsibly sourced and sustainable, and that makes them taste all the better.

EM
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A charming quiet spot for a delightful meal. I started with the beets and hummus salad, a fresh beginning. I then had the Berkshire pork chop with a polenta cake and applesauce, quite tasty. The meal was completed with a special feta cheesecake.
I’ll definitely return.

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