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About Permanently Closed - Amber Kips Bay

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - New York's Favorite Neighborhood Pan-Asian Restaurant serving Sushi and Asian Cuisine.

We turn the art of eating, whether by yourself or with a group of friends into an experience which will never be forgotten. The decor, friendly staff together with our cuisine is what has made us a beloved favorite.

Our delicious cuisine combines the bold flavors of Asia with delicate french essences. Our menu is served family style which creates a magical experience.

381 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Asian, Japanese, Chinese

Hours of Operation:
Lunch - Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm


Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm


Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 27th and 28th Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 686-6388

Website:
http://www.amberkips.com/

Catering:
We are flexible in accommodating any venue. Please call the restaurant and ask for Tian for more information.

Public Transit:
6 train to 28th Street

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Amber Kips Bay - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.8

service

3.7

ambience

3.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (170)
Neighborhood Gem (129)
Vibrant Bar Scene (105)
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Hot Spot (87)
Fit for Foodies (85)
Romantic (49)
Special Occasion (49)
Great for Lunch (43)
Late-night Find (32)
Notable Wine List (18)
Scenic View (9)
Casual (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Spicy (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Good food and nice ambiance in a location crowded with competition. The service was a little disappointing, especially given that there were very few patrons when I went, but I would still recommend it overall.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

This was an OK Chinese meal. The Dim Sum sampler was good enough and the Flounder Clay Pot was unusual and tasty.

Other dinner's recommendations to sit upstairs is a "must do". While I enjoyed my meal, it was nothing special warranting a return visit.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Food was good and always consistent. My only compliant is the waitress accidentally poured water into my beer glass ( still half a glass of beer left). She was lovely and apologized and then brought me another beer. She charged me for the other beer! I didn't realize it until I left but I was pretty angry about that.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Amber is a delightful restaurant. All of its locations are good, but I like the decor of this particular one and there is a great ambiance in the space as well. Also, the staff are friendly, the prices are great and the food is really good. I've been to a lot of thai places, but Amber keeps me coming back over and over again.

Tags: Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Food is good. Make sure you sit upstairs. It is much more pleasant. Also, make sure they check in your reservation. Twice when I have come, they have marked me as a no-show even though I told them I had a reservation.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

We live in the neighborhood and hadn't been to Amber for a while. We always liked it, so we decided to come in. There was some sort of rowdy party going on at the bar while we ate. I don't think they should have seated anyone downstairs. My husband and I could barely hear each other speak. He kept getting bumped by rowdy college kids.

It wasn't their fault really, but they shouldn't have had dinner guests sitting there. I will come back and try again because their staff is so nice and friendly and the food is good, but will ask to be seated upstairs.

Amber should also be very proud of their staff. Few restaurants have such nice people working for them.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 15, 2017

appetizers were good. sushi was okay. pink lady roll was fishy.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

What a wonderful find! The food was delicious and presented beautifully. The setting was fabulous with exposed brick walls, and the service was very attentive. A perfect night out!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Everything was fine. Nothing was amazing. It was really, really cold though

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

The sushi was excellent. The waiter was a bit slow and brought the food out before the cocktails we ordered which was a little weird. We also had very drunk and rowdy group sit next to us which made it not as pleasant, but that's not the restaurant's fault.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

We spent one evening of our New York trip here. Selected and booked the place based on both hotel recommendation and internet. When we arrived, we were a bit sceptical - but this was washed away by the friendly service and the nice food ... we for sure can recommend this place !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2016

The food was very good,but the waitress seemed overwhelmed

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Come for the drinks. Food's fairly mediocre.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on September 26, 2016

Service wa

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2016

My lunch date arrived about 15 minutes before me. She wasn't offered a drink or anything. Once we sat down, everything was fine.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2016

This is a good spot for a lunch on weekdays if you are near the Grammercy Park area. I always get a sushi mixed platter lunch and a friend loves the spicy tuna and avocado salad. The staff are super nice.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2016

Very good sushi!! Very good sushi!! Very good sushi!! Very good sushi!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Not as good as other Amber restaurants because of limited lunch menu and not all choices available. Staff not very friendly or accomodating.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2016

Food was ok. When I asked for sugar they bought out packages of Dunkin doughnuts sugar packs.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2016

Sushi was perfectly fine. Service was very slow. It was in the right place at the right time. Would return if I was in need of sushi in kips bay again, but wouldn't go out of my way.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2015

Nice surprise for lunch. Nice quality Asian food, good service, good value in a spacious upstairs

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2015

Having eaten in Amber before, I knew there was a very high noise level, especially during "happy hour", so because our reservation was for 6:30, I requested the quietest table upstairs, and that's what I got. That is until a very cute an exuberant party of 6 or 8 young women (couldn't tell because they kept coming and going!) sat down.

The food and service were excellent. I told the waitress we were in no hurry, so she let us finish our drinks before coming over for our orders. She was very sweet and informative. We both enjoyed our drinks and dinner very much, but truly, this place is not for people who want to have a conversation during dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2013

If you're in the mid-20s, East side, Amber Kipsbay is a great lunch spot to take a client, when you are on a budget, not trying to impress with bells and whistles on a first time lunch . I was a little leery of the decor, as the entrance makes the restaurant seem really narrow and small, and the front tables looking out on 3rd seemed a little noisy, but the upstairs is spacious and pleasant. The wine list and menu had a generous range of selections and we were both delighted with the Sauvigon Blanc, Duck roll appetizer and Green Curry entree we chose.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2013

Another scrumptious meal at Amber, same menu as Amber at 3rd Avenue@ 80th Street. Unfortunately, the dining room of the Kips Bay branch is reached by a long steep staircase. The room itself is rather dark.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 13, 2013

I prefer them for delivery.......

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2013

Excellent food and service a hidden gem

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2013

Amber was busy but good. The service and the food was good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2013

I love Amber and their Ocean Roll.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2013

Every dish was terrific and beautifully presented!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2012

Great space, great ambiance, romantic - food and service were good, not outstanding.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2012

This is my sushi spot of choice whenever I am in the area and it never fails me!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2012

Excellent decor and really tasty food! Have been there twice and would absolutely recommend it to everyone who is into pan-Asian cuisine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on October 7, 2012

Every piece of sushi was great
The fish was fresh and the selection made by Amber's was the best!!!
The room upstairs really is charming and quiet (at least on a Sunday night)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2012

Asian with some very cool fusions. The service was spot on...a fun place with excellent food and full bar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 6, 2012

went with 6 people and everyone had a delicious meal. The menu is very varied so it appealed to everyone in our party.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2012

Fantastic food, service and decor. I had a group of 13 and the food came out very well and fast. I would definitely go to this restaurant again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2012

Abrupt service, things floating in my water glass, and asked to wait at least an hour while the health dept did an inspection.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2012

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2012

Very good meal, with very good service, but the noise level was extreme

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 (London)·Dined on March 30, 2012

This restaurant had a noise level that was off the charts, but we were willing to put up with it as the appetizers we had were absolutely sensational (chunky-chunky-chunky, chicken satay, fried dumplings, filet mignon lettuce leaves). But we were disappointed with the entrees (green curry with chicken, pineapple fried rice, beef with basil and pad thai). The pieces of chicken and beef were cut so large and flat, almost like a scallopini - either do a chunk or a julienne strip. These pieces were very cumbersome and hard to manage, especially with just a fork or chopsticks. The seasoning was bland - we asked for regular hot seasoning, not very hot, but we got no seasononing at all.

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