246 E 51st St Frnt 2, New York, NY 10022
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Indian, Middle Eastern
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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05/27/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have celiac disease so that means I cannot eat any food that has gluten (wheat, rye, barley, soy sauce, etc). I had always loved Amma's lunch menu, but was nervous about explaining my restrictions. They were so accommodating and made substitutions for the naan bread and made sure that everything was just perfect. They even tried to give my friend a free appetizer!
08/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We went to Amma thinking it would be a jewel we can visit on a regular basis. We ordered some okra and chicken tikka masala with naan and basmati rice. The okra came in the style of shoe string fries and tasted like grass. Most Indian restaurants have chicken tikka masala as their signature dish, however, Amma's tasted like the chicken was raw and had a foul smell to it.
We spoke to the Manager who stared at us and made absolutely no attempt to bring an alternate dish or apologize for the food.
We strongly advise to stay away from this unpleasant restaurant with no concept of customer service. There are many many good Indian restaurants in the city to don't waste your money at Amma. They're also quite pricey and not at all worth it!
02/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We made a reservation at Amma during Restaurant Week. That said, we knew going into it not to have high expectations....boy, were we blown away by not only the food but the stellar, attentive service!
We started with the Tomato Rasam and Mughlai Chicken Shorba soups. The tomato soup had a wonderful afterburn and a terrific layering of flavors. The chicken soup was good, but lacked any real flavor other than chicken.
We chose the Cochin Crab Cakes (chef spices and ginger infused golden crusted patties) and Kesari Malai Tikka (chicken breast in saffron yogurt marination) appetizers and both were just wonderful. The crab cakes were light and packed with crab flavor and the malai chicken had a nice delicate flavor.
For our main course, we chose Stuffed Chicken Breast (garam masala, paneer onion tomato sauce) and Tandoori Lamb Chops (ginger garlic yogurt marination); both were served with naan, raita, Manchurian cauliflower and jackfruit biryani. The raita was fantastic! I really enjoyed the subtle spicing of the chicken and while I did not prefer the lamb (I just don't really like the flavor of some of the gamier meats) my beau declared it delicious. The other standout was the Manchurian cauliflower...we are always trying to come up with new and interesting preparations for cauliflower and this one was amazing!
We finished our meal with a trio of Kulfi and the mango cheesecake. I am a self-declared cheesecake connoisseur and the mango cheesecake was divine. The Kulfis were good as well, there was a trio of original (pistachio) flavor, strawberry and mango. While the fruit flavors were nice, I really loved the pistachio best.
We paired our meal with the optional wine flight which included a white, a red and a dessert wine. The staff was unfailingly gracious and attentive, and we truly felt as though we were their top priority. I would highly recommend Amma for great upscale Indian food.
01/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
went there today for lunch for restaurant week and the food was seriously AMAZING! I don't usually write reviews but the food was just that good. Me and the bf decided to take full advantage of restaurant week and this was the 3rd restaurant we tried and it was undoubtedly the best. Whoever posted saying that the food wasn't outstanding must've ordered the wrong thing or caught them on an off day b/c the food was soo flavorful...not to mention they didn't skimp on the portions like most restaurants do for restaurant week. Everything from the soup to the dessert was wonderful and its a steal at 24.07 for 4 course meal. If you're going to try any restaurant for restaurant week--go here!! btw, you must try the chili shrimp appetizer, sea bass main course, and chicken soup! sooo goood
01/21/2009Provided by Citysearch -
the food is awesome. the wine service is very attentive. the way the wine person choose the wine for you feels like he is taking care of you..doesnot feel like he is trying to sell hi wine.. he recommended a very good reserve wine for us. thanks to him..
11/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
yesterday, we 4 friends planned to go to dine at Amma restaurent. place is little small. the food is little different from what other indian restaurent serve. the wine selection and the wine service was above the expectation. above all we had a good time. sometimes when it gets little busy then the service might be little slow however it is a small place, so considering that its worthit to visit atleast once.
11/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Read rave reviews and picked this place for dinner with colleagues. Smallest restaurant I have ever been to. They could not give decent table for a modest party of 6. Service was all talk and no substance. Even talk was gibberish and very hard to understand in loud cramped sitting environment. They had only 1 bottle of the wine of our choice. The next alternatives recommended were twice our original cost. We were told that our wine was not available - and the waiter didn't know what we were drinking - uh?
They tried hard to wrap bad food in fancy package (crow in peacock feather comes to mind). We ordered tasting menu. Lot of quantity, no quality - I felt sick in the restaurant and 2 more courses were yet to arrive.
When the bill arrived, it had standard print - recommended gratuity 18%, but it had 20% applied to it. The quality of food and service were competing very hard with each other to under perform each other. I should have known this to be a trap when I was asked to provide credit card information at the time of reservation - shackles, they wanted to make sure I did not slip out.
To be avoided under all circumstances.
Amazing food and customer service. My husband and I dined at Amma for my birthday and were very well taken care of by the staff. We were served a house appetizer as well as one that we ordered. I had the Butter Chicken and my husband had the Lamb Chops. Both dishes were outstanding! Even better than the food was the customer service. We never once had to ask for anything, the staff was very observant and could anticipate our every need. They also surprised me with singing happy birthday and giving me a mango cheesecake on the house. I would definately recommend this place! It is a little bit spendy, but well worth it.
If your in the mood for good food and lots of spice, check this place out. Although a little pricy, considering everything I was more than satisfied. The service is extremely friendly, and don't be afraid to ask for reccomendations. I had the colossal spiced halibut which was absolutely delicious. Only thing is the place is a little small, and the decorations are a bit cheesy, considering I am Indian and more than qualified to be ridiculing this type of thing. In addition, if you are walking to fast along this street you could possible miss it, b/c there only a small sign and stairs that leaf to a porch where the small sign is located.
09/29/2007Provided by Citysearch -
overhyped overpriced overcrowed
dont understand whats the fuss is about amma?? i went there n had the worst experience. had to wait 45 even we had reservations. i brought a special friend who had to stand as no chair was available. very cramped place. loud noise - i cant say its a fine dining experience as we cudnt even hear each other. we were sitting in the aisle where waiters are walking every minute n their plates n arms almost touch u as there is no room. food is way too expensive n the portions are too small - i have never experienced anything like this. we had tasting menu but didnt enjoy the food at all. other fine indian restaurants have much more flavorful food. i would never be back - they ruined my evening. food has no taste. please take my sincere advice and try some other restaurant. dont waste your money here.
07/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My boyfriend and I had anniversary dinner reservations. On the day of the dinner, the restaurant called and left us a message informing us that they decided to rent the space out to a private party, but that we could stop by for lunch instead. This was simply tactless and rude, and made us scramble to find a last-minute dinner reservation - not exactly what you want to be doing on your anniversary! There are other amazing Indian restaurants in the city - we've dined at many of them - so we will take our patronage to them instead - as they have always honored our reservations and have treated us with great kindness.
01/31/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We have visited this restaurant couple of times now. But our latest visit was totally disappointing to say the least. We had made reservations for Xmas day dinner and we had our 5 yr old with us. We needed a earlier time, so we called and they gave us a 7:00 p.m. table. When we arrived at the restaurant, they didn't have any table for us and the staff behaved very rudely with us as if we were walk-ins. They asked us to come back at 9:30 if we need a table, as if there is no other place in NYC !! And then they offered a table in the aisle with a high chair for 5 year old in the aisle where they carry hot plates almost every minute !! I don't need to eat their food that badly, I guess.
But the whole thing was handled very badly and the manager should have diffused the situation, but she ignored us completely and we left the place. We then went to Diwan and the restaurant was almost empty and we enjoyed our Xmas dinner there. Needless to say, we will never return to Amma.
12/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The food is fantastic. Unlike many Indian restaurants where fusion means - changing the entire flavor of the indian dish - here at Amma they maintain the flavor as it is. If I think back, there wasnt any item that I havent had before, but never in this combination or format. They have done a great job in creating the great combination of different dishes into each of their dishes. The ambiance is great and relaxing. Good setting for a date.
What I did not enjoy is the fact that the tasting menu which covers almost all of their entire menu into one 6 course dinner, cannot be ordered after 930pm. Their explanation was valid that it will take 2 hrs to eat that and since they close around 11pm, they didnt want to rush us through the courses.
Someone wanting to experience indian food has to try the tasting menu, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Make sure you reach there early (around 7pm) and eat slow for 2 to 3 hrs, enjoying each course. If not your going feel like a bubble... all night.
Expensive in comparison to other indian restaurants. A dinner for 2 ended up to be around $130. Tasting menu for 2 with wine will end up to be around $150-$160.
The manager was kinda rude. But the others are gr8.
11/08/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Have ordered dinner for delivery from here and was very satisfied. the chicken curry I had was very flavorful and the rice was fluffy. The lamb, garlic, and vegetable naan were all hot, fresh, and fluffy. The only downside to the meal was that I felt very thirsty shortly after the meal, probably due to the strong spices and all.
06/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Having heard so much from family and friends in Westchester county. We finally made it to Amma.
The day we made the reservation was a Wine pairing dinner evening It was love at first sight. The food was exellent. The choice of wines were stunning. The staff did a wonderful job in explaing each course with the wine pairing.The place was packed with wine pundits, who seemed to be so regulars at the restaurant. We just love this place
05/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I am Indian, and I have tried many Indian places in NY. I went to Amma after a friend recommended it. The food was absolutely horrible! And their prices are very high - they actually think that they can get away with charging such prices for such terrible food and service! There are much better places in NY with better prices. We actually gave 10% tip (which we have never done despite mediocre food and service), because we felt totally ripped off. In fact, while leaving the place we saw two people looking at the menu, and I couldn't help telling them that the food was horrible.