Amali

4.4
1057 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 1057 People Are Saying
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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BN
New York Area
15 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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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c
New York Area
7 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.

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OT
New York Area
260 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...

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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

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MM
New York Area
5 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.

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J
Minneapolis
118 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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EM
New York Area
54 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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RM
New York Area
228 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A first visit, and once we adjusted to the small and leg-cramped tables for two, we had a very enjoyable dinner. Both the scallop ceviche, with just a hint of chili spiciness, and the tuna crudo, were excellent appetizers, well portioned. Branzino was nicely deboned and served with fennel and a tasty but not overtaking salmoriglio/basil sauce. The special skate dish was nicely done with a bed of faro and chopped vegetable salad. Service was excellent, and the wine steward was very helpful with the selection of a very flavorful assyrtiko.
A great find for us, plan to return.

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PB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, reliably great business lunch destination. Thank you

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AR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous gem! Warm and attentive staff. Exquisite food. Extensive and eclectic wine list. Relaxed ambiance conducive equally conducive to quiet dinner or lively conversation. One of my favorite go-to's.

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BS
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The setting, lighting, service and food -- all exceeded expectations. Low key and not intrusive. Love it.

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a lovely dining experience! I went there with my mom on a Wednesday night. We got there a few minutes before our reservation, and we were seated right away. We never had to wait for the staff to clear our plates, and the warm feta starter was incredible! We couldn't stop talking about it! My only wish is that our Montauk catch came with vegetables a bit more refined than peas and garbanzo beans. It was a pricey dish that sat on a bed of kind of lackluster beans. Otherwise, a delightful place to bring my mom who was visiting from out of town.

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SZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing but the service was adequate at best. Told the waiter we were gluten free and he failed to mention the appetizer we ordered was on bread. Had to ask numerous times for such things as salt and oilive oil for the table. Waited 20 minutes for an expresso and to top the night off I recieved the wrong bill.

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b
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Maybe a touch overpriced but probably not given the sustainability stuff. Great dining area with space to breathe and enjoy the food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always an interesting menu, delicious food beautifully served. Service is very friendly and competent.

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ME
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s seafood is nice, the lunch menu doesn’t have a lot of variety, but service is great

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SP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The decor and location of this restaurant are ideal for midtown business. It is expensive for the level of cuisine. The service is mediocre and food nothing to rave about although it is alright. 200 plus tip for lunch for two. 1 buratta 1 octopus 1 fish 1 pasta 2 drinks 2 cappuccino 2 deserts

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef knows food and his kitchen, no question.

Pork chop isd as good a restaurant test as how good they can make a chicken.. and my prok was just great.
And the polenta cake that came with it, was the best polenta by flavor and texture i ever tasted.

Highly recommendable. all dishes in a group of 7 were very well received and appreciated.

Sommelier is very knowlegable and unpretentious, makes you very comfortable disregarding your personal wine expertise.

Michelin start quality all around, at reasonable price.

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F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling to NYC and seeing family. Stayed in midtown so this was close to hotel. Fantastic fresh fish.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender (Matt) made some delicious cocktails
Waiter (Masha) great service and very friendly
Kitchen (dishes)on point and fresh ingredients.

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JL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding experience by any measure except the noise level, which made conversation--even at a table for two--difficult.

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NY
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always pleasant and very tasty food
We will be back

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l
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere, good food, big portions, and well located on 60th St. between our garage and our theater. No wonder we come here so often.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Low key and cozy. Salmon and scallops were terrific.

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AN
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic find on east 60th street off Park. Absolutely delicious and charming

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