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246 E. 51st St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Second Ave.
By freestylegourmand on 6/4/2011
The service was decent. We ordered lamb chops which were only OK. The meat was extremely lean and somewhat tough, the sauces are completely non-inspiring. The samosas (we ordered vegetarian and non-vegetarian) were delicate, both the pastry and the filling were good, but again the sauces were not good. The butter chicken was good, but nothing to write home about. The only memorable dish was the eggplant which seemed to have a sesame sauce. The basmati rice wasn't very aromatic. It was just an OK experience. The food lacks inspiration. A good option for someone who wants to try Indian food, but isn't passionate about flavor.
Fit for a Maharaja!
By ywwan on 11/12/2005
This is a divine little Indian fusion restaurant. Every dish I have had at Amma is a delicious and creative variation of familiar Indian dishes. What I love best is that the vegetarian dishes are as varied and tasty as the non-vegetarian dishes, which means I can go with my vegetarian friends and not feel as if I am sticking them with one choice of entree. The tasting menu (which can also be vegetarian) is a terrific way to try a bite of all their best dishes and the air conditioning there is rather cold so its much better to be served one course at a time rather than ordering ala carte and having everything come at once. The best dishes in my view have to be the manchurian cauliflower, the shrimp and the deep fried okra. They have a very nice wine selection as well. The decor is nice but not over the top but the food is fit for a maharaja!
The naan will melt in your mouth!!
By Rachel456 on 12/24/2004
Having never visited India, Amma served the best Indian food I've ever tasted! I recommend trying the lamb stuffed with apricots, and the naan will melt in your mouth! The decor creates the perfect tone for the restaurant, and the servers are very kind and attentive (without disrupting your nice meal).
By FreeRange on 11/15/2004
It used to be so easy to get a table at this sweet little spot, with outstanding food, attentive (but never overbearing) service and a soothing soundtrack and lighting system... Even though its tougher since it received glowing reviews from the NYT, NY Magazine, New Yorker, Zagats etc., its still definitely worth planning ahead to visit! I'd like to suggest something, but everything is wonderful.
Putting the mmmm in Amma
By NYFoodie53 on 6/24/2004
Amma seems undistinguished from the street, but once you enter you find yourself in a perfect cool orange oasis, with soothing music, great service and spectacular food. It is surprisingly empty at lunch given its wonderful lunch specials (it may be one of the only places in Midtown East to get a wonderful dosai or other South Indian specialities) and how close it is to all those offices. All the better for me!
By Jason2004 on 5/6/2004
Colleagues suggested Amma giving it a reputation of creative and explosive flavor. My wife and I completely agree. The vegetarian tasting menu paired with the wine brought out a "taste explosion." I was especially fond of the crunchy spinach fritter appetizer. We've traveled throughout India multiple times experimenting with the local dives followed by the posh 5 star restaurants. Amma fits amongst the finest we've ever had.
By maryboyer on 12/10/2003
We went there for my birthday and it turned out perfect. The food, wine and service were topnotch. Every dish I tasted was a culinary adventure. Exotic, colorful, and delicious cuisine. Highly recommended!
Mumbai Bhel in NYC!
By mangosteen on 12/6/2003
On holiday in New York recently we went to this delightful little Indian restaurant with friends. My friends mother had an unusual dietary restriction and the servers were most helpful in picking out the dishes for us keeping in mind this restriction. The piece de resistance for me a mumbaite was the "absolutely authentic" Bombay Bhelpuri crisp and airy with just the right mix of the tangy and spicy chutnies it was the winner of the evening!!
Amma- lovely food, lovely people
By columbiakid on 11/18/2003
Absolutely fantastic place- the tasting menu is simply gorgeous, but you'd better take it slow, as every course trumps the one before it, and there are many! The Cauliflower is a sumptuous delight (don't be afraid to ask Chef Sevir what the secret ingredients are), the tandoori shimp tenderly melts in your mouth, and the lamb- oh, the lamb- it might as well be fois gras... (the deserts are an entirely different chapter of your dining career- so simple, but so good...refinement at it's best). They will be sure to take care of you too- a truly admirable staff.
By NYCBoy2Go on 11/14/2003
My meal at Amma has taken the lead as the all-time favorite culinary event. With friends I spent 3+ hours celebrating the tasting menu. The food and wine pairings were mind-blowingly perfect! I recommend the seven course tasting menu ; it's a journey into Indian cuisine. Everything from the Bhel Puri, Spinach Chaat, the crispy okra to the addictive mango cheesecake was perfect in taste and progression. Try Amma - it is a magical restaurant."
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