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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.
New York, NY 10022
Mediterranean, Greek, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch - Monday - Friday (12 pm - 3 pm)
Brunch - Saturday & Sunday (11:30 pm - 3 pm)
Dinner - Monday - Saturday (5:30 - 10:30 pm) Sunday (5:30 - 10:00 pm)
Between Lexington and Park Avenues
$31 to $50
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We can host private events on site in one of our three private dining rooms. We have catered off premise events at the Hearst Castle, Freedom Tower and the Greek Embassy. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There is a private parking lot located across the street.
N, R, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to Lexington Avenue - 59th Street.
F train to Lexington Avenue - 63rd Street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Amali offers multiple private dining rooms that highlight seasonal and sustainable ingredients from local farms. Our extensive wine list offers over 400 selections with an emphasis on organic and biodynamic wines.
Our private rooms can accommodate parties up to 100 people.
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Amali offers several distinct private dining rooms that can accommodate parties from 10 to 150 people. Please submit a request and our Event Coordinator will contact you as soon as possible.
Amali Ratings and Reviews
Popped in for a quick lunch. My salad was over cooked and a strange blend of flavours, my partner's salad looked like an accident and she said I tasted unappetising. We ordered a side of broccoli which arrived burnt and hard. A very strange menu cooked poorly.
Small restaurants, noisy and not very great for special event. Food portions were tiny and over priced. Fish was over cooked and pasta was mediocre certainly not worth a $28 tag. Croquettes were delicious but that’s about the only standout. Waitress and service were very friendly. Certainly underperformed expectations.
Ambience was the key to this restaurant. The décor was interesting and the layout was nice with the back room.
The service was not on par for the prices they charged. Our waiter seemed nervous, raw and lacked the ability to communicate effectively with us.
The best part of the food was the garlic and potato appetizer. The main courses were bland and lacked character.
The wine list was large but expensive even for NY and it hit many areas in France and Italy.
The value of the experience was sub par.
This was our second time visiting Amali. We had heard about their great Sommelier "Frankie" who waives corkage for unusual wines that can't be purchased retail, so we returned and were excited to bring a nice wine from our cellar (a G. Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru from 2005). However, Frankie was anything by friendly. I would say she was gruff, and after picking up our bottle to open it, returned to tell us that we would have to pay the $35 corkage because our wine didn't qualify. I am always very happy to pay corkage, but she was condescending and rude. (And she was wrong--I checked on Wine Searcher and this wine/vintage is not available anywhere in the US.) Because she was so rude, we didn't engage with her after that. She must have recognized that she'd been rude because at the end of our meal she came by to say that she'd decided to waive our corkage. That was too little too late. On the positive side, the food was excellent. Blistered shishitos were exactly as advertised and corn agnolotti was incredible. Also, as reviewed elsewhere, the bricked chicken was amazing, and my wife's halibut was perfectly prepared. I will still recommend the restaurant, but with reservations. Maybe Frankie just had a bad night, but her attitude really set a pall over our experience.
Amali was wonderful. The cocktails were delicious, the service friendly, the decor warm and inviting and cosy, and the food outstanding. We had between the 3 of us: drinks: red wine, white wine, a spicy tequila cocktail, a bourbon cocktail; apps: pita with a yummy spicy dip, cauliflower and potato fritters, roasted broccoli (awesome); entrees: a seafood bouillabaisse, a whole fish baked in salt (big enough for 2-3 people); desserts: strawberry shortcake, and some kind of chocolate icecream ball thing. The desserts were average, but everything else was excellent, especially the broccoli, the fish, and the spicy dip app. I wish our server had told us the salt fish which was marked as MP was $100 (we didn't think to ask) - and I guess it's ok if you're splitting it 2-3 ways but it was a bit of a sticker shock. That said, we had a great meal and I'd go back when I'm rich.
The service was horrifying, kept getting interrupted and waiter was rude and inappropriate. The food was terrible and expensive--got serviced eggs in shakshuka that were essentially soup. When I sent back, they gave them back to me still heavily uncooked. Inedible.
I have been to this place before since it is very well located for visits to the wonderful theatre at 59 East59th st. It is small and the food is very good. I usually have the chicken under the brick which is moist and tasty. It is not as crisp as it used to be and frankly I would like to see it more spiced withperhaps some hot pepper or mustard , more diavolo. But that is just my preference. Our waitress was lovely,friendly and eager to help. The hostess,on the other hand,was sullen, and unfriendly and tried to place us in the midst of four other tables when the others were empty.
This was my 4th time at Amali. The first 3 times I’ve had an incredible food experience. This 4th time I was very underwhelmed by the food. The chicken was very mediocre; the other 3 times it was amazing. Seems like there was a lot less effort put into the preparation. Even the eggplant side was pretty sub-par.. wasn’t very good and didn’t go well with the chicken. The broccoli rabe or whatever greens came with the chicken in the past was much better.
Summer corn agnolotti good but also sub-par. Not very special, not something I’d be excited to order again .. flavor was fine.. and the dish was super super small. The spaghetti is amazing (would highly recommend) and leaves you full as if you’ve had a full meal. The agnolotti was more of a heavy snack in comparison to the spaghetti I had here.
I didn’t leave with that usual feeling of “wow that was a great meal” so was slightly upset that I spent $50 on a meal that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy as much as my other visits.
I've had dinner here a number of times. Food and service are wonderful. Wine list is well-thought out. Yesterday was first time at lunch. Requested a quiet table for a business lunch, and had the entire, sunny back room to ourselves. Food was fabulous, and the day manager is a gem.
Friends had told me that Amali was a special place and I wanted to find out. Also, it seemed like a fine site for my girlfriend's birthday dinner.
The restaurant did not disappoint.
The food was excellent. Our shared vegetable croquets were a tasty and surprisingly substantial appetizer. My girlfriend raved about her squid ink pasta dish, and I was completely satisfied with my halibut entree.
The service was attentive but not overbearing. The ambiance was understatedly tasteful and the noise level quite low.
We thanked our waitress for a wonderful experience and said we would return.
It was my first time--and a good find!
Tasty Mediterranean food, service, food pricing, ambience - all get high marks.
One sour note was the (to me) excessively high priced wine list, which was extensive, but
VERY few whites under $60--not in keeping with a laid back neighborhood restaurant.
2 of 3 main courses undercooked (raw!). One of these was cold, as well. Both sent back, both came back still undercooked. Noise level extremely high. Wait service tried very hard to make us comforatable and, I believe, did all they could with the kitchen. The two dishes were not eaten and were taken off of the bill.
Amali is a neighborhood gem that provides its clients with an outstanding cuisine that is accompanied by excellent service. I would encourage management to be aware the noise level of its music, as the louder it is, the loader the client get to hear one another.
Unfortunately, our evening there did not end well. The octopus and salad were average but cooked properly. My branzino was filleted but had so many bones (5) in my first few bites I had to call over manager. He tried to explain that it is difficult to fillet branzino. We eat branzino all the time and never pick bones out of every piece. My husband's chicken was red at joints and manager explained it is normal for their particular chickens but fine to eat. ( frozen young chickens according to my google search stay blood red in joints but not too appetizing )We asked if the duck would take long , and after being assured it wouldn't, my husband ate the chicken. 20 mins later no duck and told by lovely waitress at least 10 more mins. We finished our wine and left. Grabbed a cupcake at Sprinkles on Lexington and went home. Manager made no attempt to talk with us as leaving and no accommodation made on bill other than not charging for returned branzino. Overall, not well run and poorly presented food. It's NYC , we can eat much better!!!
The menu looked lovely although on the expensive side, so I expected a fine dining experience, but the noise level was so loud, conversation was nearly impossible. We may as well have eaten at the pub next door.
I started with a small glass of a very nice Sancerre, priced at $20. For my appetizer I ordered "Skordalia Dip" described as "garlic, potato, almonds, grilled pita". I asked for raw vegetables instead of pita and was served 4 slices of cucumber, atop a slice of old brown edged iceberg lettuce, (for which I was charged extra). The dip was inedible and in retrospect, I should have sent it back. It tasted like pure ground garlic mixed with copious amounts of salt. Thankfully, my entree was very good. Roasted chicken under a brick / well seasoned and cooked very well. A saving grace.
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