Amali

4.4
1000 reviews
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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 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.
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Sun 11:00AM - 11:45AM 1:30PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:45PM - 10:15PM
Mon - Thu 1:15PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:45PM - 10:15PM
Fri 1:15PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 6:45PM 8:45PM - 10:15PM
Sat 11:00AM - 11:45AM 1:30PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 5:30PM - 6:45PM 8:45PM - 10:15PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.6

The food at Amali is both interesting and delicious, which makes it stand out from the rest of the overpriced stuff in the neighborhood.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1000 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Octopus appetizer was tender and delicious! I ordered farm raised beef filet mignon which costs $65. it is really great and delicious but a little expensive. Overall, the staffs are really kind and the restaurant is cozy and nice. Location is also good because the restaurant is close to the R train and Bloomingdale's.

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RS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT QUALITY FOOD. ATTENTIVE SERVICE! Great Lunch

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JS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Intimate and relaxed. Fresh ingredients, delicious food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food! I can’t recommend Amali enough!

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately they didn’t have gluten free pasta..

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New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

good food and a lot of buzz. Crowded and noisy place with good service. Good choice in the neighborhood.

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A
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took me brother to Amali for a birthday lunch. The food was outstanding. Loved the luxuriously rustic feel. Service was excellent.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Meh. Food was delivered cold. Service was inattentive. All specials had prices disclosed other than the one I chose which was 50% more than most of the entrees. Location was convenient for after dinner event but I would not otherwise go back.

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TL
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I hate to write anything negative but the evening proved to be a little disappointing and expensive. Whilst I like the venue, the service and the appetizers the main courses just failed to hit the spot. Both the Pork Belly and Steak were both chewy and very fatty.

I am all about giving a place a second chance and hope my next visit (next week for an event) proves better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. However, it was difficult to talk in the beginning since the noise level made it hard to carry on a conversation. Once many of the patrons left, we had no trouble hearing.

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B
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The little gem of the UES. Charming place, engaged service, special food.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a last minute early reservation before a play on a Saturday night because the restaurant was right around the corner from the theater. Nice ambiance and a very friendly staff greeted us and we were seated immediately. We ordered the bolognase and the chicken, both of which were delicious. A word of warning, the pasta dish was small, as a first plate might be. The chicken was more than a generous portion. For dessert we asked for an affogato, though it wasn't specifically on the menu, but they were able to do that for us. We were very happy from start to finish, and look forward to coming back in the future.

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LP
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nothing specifically wrong with Amali. But the food is not at the level it should be for NY. Ingredient quality is good but the dishes are a bit dull and not executed that well considering the price point.

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j
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a MLK early evening when we met so was not too crowded. We has the burrata, Bolognese and brussel sprouts, and the semifredo and all were tasty. There could have been more done with the burrata.

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G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We were treated poorly.The service was just awful.We left after not being served our main course for close to a half hour after our appetizers. When the food finally came it was cold.Unacceptable.Our server did not seem to have a clue.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, nice wine list, cool space. Will be back, potentially with a group for a private room.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lamb chop, rare, perfectly cooked.

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TW
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Salad perfectly fresh and dressed. Entrees could not have been better and beautifully presented. Excellent value.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the cozy downtown vibe for a Midtown/UES location. Food was fantastic! The pita dipped in whipped feta with chili oil was a great starter. Also ordered the beet salad with hummus. Highly recommend the Branzino with olives, very tasty. Will definitely be returning!

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TP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, but too much oil on main course.

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ED
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This turned out to be a really nice place! It's a really nice environment, great for a date, the service was perfect, and the food was interesting and delish. The wine was great too. I'd definitely go there again, and totally on a date.

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MG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had brunch with a friend I have not seen for several months.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was good. Would go again but maybe on a slower day.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We were a party of two; after cocktails (which came separately to the table, kinda strange) we waited one hour for our entree which never arrived. Paid check and left hungry.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice combination of music without being too loud. Food was perfectly prepared and there are many options that are gluten free friendly.

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

No ball drop live on NYE and no DJ at 11:30pm as described. Ruined my NYE celebration. Service was not attentive and not happy. When I asked about menu suggestions, the guy was not happy to explain about it and said “Everything is good”. We waited a while for wine refills and beer ordering. Bad experience overall!

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing NYE dinner, service was fantastic. Great bar menu and they accommodated our table of 6 perfectly! Real gem on E 60th Street that combines a warm, cozy, elegant atmosphere with delicious food. The staff couldn’t be any nicer!

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Looked like a nice, casual spot for a quick brunch, but very slow and inattentive service.

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LO
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It is New York. Amali was pleasant, but for an average dinner restaurant, grossly overpriced. The waiter was indifferent, the atmosphere average and I would not recommend it when there are so many other places to eat around Central Park South.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding!!! My husband and I go into the city regularly and this was our all time favorite dining experience. Amali is a gem.

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DR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing meal with guests from out of town. We got the salt baked fish and were so happy with that decision—and all our food choices. The service was awesome as well!

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KL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant has a small menu and by 7:30 pm (7 pm reservation), they had run out of one of the entree items.

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BC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I brought my board to Amali for a group dinner in Fall 2017 and everyone was satisfied with the service and very pleased with the food (apps - Greek salad, dips; entrees - beef and salmon with vegetable sides; donuts for dessert). Wine was also lovely. Ordering beforehand worked out very well for us as we didn't have to spend time looking at the menu or waiting that long for service. The only issue was that I received an email cancellation the night before the dinner and the printed menu for our group had several mistakes. Both were resolved and were not a big deal. I returned a year later for date night and was again pleased by the service and quality of the food. We got to try the octopus (grilled perfectly!), branzino (cleaned the plate), broccolli and what I thought was the star of the night, the melizana dip. Some restaurants will skimp on the pita, but not Amali. We were given so much pita to go with the delicious eggplant dip, which was so rich and flavorful. Compliments to the wonderful team at Amali.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The menu was too limited to be a good choice for a business lunch and the ambience at the holiday time was decidedly lacking. Plus the "MP" steak price was outrageous for the size of the portion. Why don't servers tell the customer if something is twice the price of anything else on the menu even if the price isn't listed?

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

No me gusto

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NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Liked the ambiance - quiet even when the dining room was full. Wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. Good selection of food for foodies, not so much for tender palates.

In the neighborhood frequently so have every expectation that I will be back.

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CB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We are die hard New Yorkers and have had some of the best meals in Manhattan — and then there’s Amali. It is one of the worst restaurants with ridiculously high prices for very bad food. Server offered nothing; just attitude. Food arrived cold - tasteless and not appealing. Server could not get our custom orders correct. Cocktails were small pours and the wine pour was also skimpy.

All in all, we would suggest NOT going to Amali. There are fabulous Mediterranean restaurants in NYC. Less expensive, better quality, better everything.

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K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my new favorites - such fantastic food! Great service, very pleasant ambiance for many occasions. Highly recommend

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing!

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Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were five for dinner. Salads were fresh and tasty. Berkshire pork chop was outstanding as was the chicken under a brick. Both moist and tender and tasty. Scallops were reported to be dry. Sides were inventive and flavorful. Nothing was too spicy. Chocolate dessert was to die for. Melt in your mouth ......

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