Amma

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1491 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Amma, the name means "Mother", is an intimate restaurant and has the same soothing qualities. Opened in 2002 by Anju Sharma, is a gem tucked away on the upper east side of Manhattan, the stylish restaurant evokes images of spices, with its ochre colored walls and sensuous red-orange suede wrap-around banquettes. Art deco chandeliers and pristine linens complete the ambience. In a short period of time, Amma has received numerous accolades from the press. Amma was rated "Two Stars" by Mr. William Grimes of NY Times. At Amma, the wine list is updated on a weekly basis and is carefully chosen from 30 countries from around the world. Amma, shows its guest a different India, so old that it is fresh.
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RS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Our waiter was very patient and courteous with us as we had minimal knowledge of Indian cuisine. He suggestions were quite delectable and thus we totally enjoyed our meal.

S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Excellent food and service. Very helpful sommelier. We had prawn curry and sea bass. Both dishes were superbly done. The service was meticulous. Will go again!

G
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great service and lunch specials are very reasonably priced. My favorites are the chili shrimp appetizer and chicken tikka masala. I thought I was too full for dessert but managed to eat these. 😁🍍🍰

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience4

The food was okay! The food requires a little bit of salt and more flavor. The service was good when you sit down but when you walk in you don’t know where to go.

SC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

i love Amma! Consistently great service, food and ambiance. Definitely will recommend to anyone looking for authentic Indian food.

SC
Melbourne / VIC
97 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant! The staff are friendly and attentive. The sommelier is excellent, pairing wine with spicy lamb vindaloo is not easy! The food was excellent and inventive. We had a splendid evening!

s
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Attentive service and good quality/flavorful food. however lunch service took over an hour but would return for dinner

A
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!!!

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A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a party of sic and had the dinner sample. It was an awesome experience full of flavor!!

G
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, as always. Service is sublime. A true gem in Midtown.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good service and the food was amazing. We had the vegetarian tasting menu for 2 and wow!! Very tasty and seriously filling. Came out at a good pace, nice drinks and the service was perfect. Very friendly and we will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Northern Indian food and awesome service

JD
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I like amma. I go there pretty often but this time I felt the lamb chops a bit chewy and under cooked whereas the bones were completely charred. I did mention well done but wasn’t happy with the meat almost close to medium rare.

MF
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We really enjoyed Amma - we loved the idea of an Indian "tasting course" with wine pairings to make it feel like a special occasion and it really delivered. Our only complaint was that we got so full halfway through! The sommelier was especially great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant, consistent and delicious food, same as since 18 years ago that I was there for the first time

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I’ve been visiting this restaurant for business lunch for many years now. The food always impresses my guests, many of whom start visiting this place on their own after their first meal and even start going there with their guests! I like the food there. Every time my family has gone with me for dinner, they loved it.

a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant and think their biryani is the best I've ever tasted.

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amma is my favorite restaurant in NY. I love the food, the people are very friendly, and it is a nice place to have a business or casual lunch/dinner.

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic authentic food with very friendly service. Attractive small room. Noise level was perfect and not too loud. We loved this restaurant!

PD
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!
Fresh, well cooked and delicious.
Service was great

t
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent Indian restaurant. The decor is tasteful. The service is careful. The food is an exploration of flavors and textures. You don’t need to yell to be heard. Highly recommend.

NV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

The server presented the restaurant week fixed price menu like it was the only alternative and didn't mention that we could order from the regular menu. The restaurant week menu was overpriced for the food offered.

TC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was very professional and very polished. Loved the soft music and the food was amazing!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Trip to NYC

SG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Dependable good Indian food, no frills or fancy. Extensive wine list & a very knowledgeable sommelier.

JS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific Indian food with great service and quaint & romantic ambiance. Good for date-night or business dinner.

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely restaurant with warm service and THE BEST Indian food in Midtown.

JR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and incredible wine list. Fancy enough for a special occasion or business dinner but neighbor-hoody enough to bring kids, eat alone, or pickup takeout - we saw all of the above. Will definitely be back!

SS
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The ambiance and service were excellent. The food was very good, but not quite excellent. Still we would definitely eat there again.

R
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Wonderful food!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second trip to Amma. This time we did the Chef’s tasting and it was Fantastic!!! If you love Indian food (or even if you’ve never tried it) this restaurant is a must when in NYC!

m
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service identifies this gem of a restaurant. Attentive service and delicious food options (they know what to recommend you!). I am a fan of this place

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

The dessert we ordered was spoiled and instead of taking it off the bill they pushed a different dessert and charged us for it!!

They also never checked in to see how our meal was going and then left us until we called them over even though we had been done eating with utensils down and leaning back for over ten minutes.

SG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amma is our favorite restaurant in New York. Its food is among the very best Indian restaurants in the City and I can say, having visited India in February, that its food rivals the very best I had in India as well. Its cuisine is both imaginative and traditional. The tandoori breads arrive HOT-- like they should. And you must have the spinach chaat as it is the signature dish at Amma. But it is our favorite not only because of the food but because of the warm service we are the beneficiaries of every time we dine there. The waitstaff is attentive without being overly so. The sommeliers always suggest something delicious to drink. In sum, Amma gets it right. Don't walk, run to Amma for a meal that will leave you very happy you did!

r
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food is tasty and the service is good. I would recommend it to others.

y
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Food and service are still great but the physical plant is looking shabby. Dirty/stained chair coverings and a grungy restroom diminish the experience.

RT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb menu and wine selections, food was delicious, service outstanding.

BL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Best Indian Restaurant in NYC! Make sure you try the butter chicken and special Cauliflower!

HM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food is excellent, value fine, service a bit sluggish

CF
Wilmington
38 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when we walked in. The decor is a bit dated and the seats aren’t very comfortable, but the service and food blow those things out of the water! What a great find for delicious Indian food! I haven’t had better butter chicken in years. A good selection of wine as well to pair with whatever you decide to eat. I would definitely recommend it and would go again. Thank you to the very kind and attentive staff!!