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Amma - 136 Reviews - 246 E 51st St 2, New York, NY - Business Dining Reviews - Phone (212) 644-8330


246 E 51st St 2 (at nr. Second Ave.)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 644-8330
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Amma - New York, NY
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Amma - New York, NY
Amma - New York, NY
Amma - New York, NY
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I went here last night and was pleased to see that they still had a Restaurant Week menu. The atmosphere is amazing, the waiting staff was very fun and friendly and the food was G...


This place is just bad. I was taken here on a date so I don't know about the pricing, but the food is not very good at all. I'm Indian so I know what good Indian food should tas...

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Best I've had 9/15/2006

I've been to that strip on 3rd st in the East Village where all those really cheap Indian restaurants are and it was ok. The best I've had is at a place called Amma. It's a small, neatly decorated place but I had this really delicious lamb dish with apricots and nuts in some sort of creamy sauce. It's really the best Indian food I've had in NYC. Also, they offer a wine pairing menu where each course has a wine to match its flavoring. It's a bit pricey, but very very good. more
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Owner Message

  • "I wanted to try Indian food I've never tasted" - Ask Gael, New York Magazine October 6th 2003

    "Amma, an Indian restaurant with a difference" - Eric Asimov, N.Y. Times Sep 27th 2002

    "Clean your plates anyway" - New York Magazine, May 13th 2002

    "Amma tastefully fills the gap between Curry Row-style cheap eats and pricey Indian fusion" - Time Out New York? 2003 Eating and Drinking Guide

    "Eat to make your Mother Proud" - Arthur J Pais? India Abroad, October 18th 2002

    "Mama's food never had it so good" - J. Walman? Our Town, October 24th 2002


  • The Scene
    A discerning crowd of mostly families comes here expecting--and receiving--food that's a cut above. The small, peaceful dining room is peach-colored with handsome fabric art and a general air of spotlessness. The hovering service staff describe everything in detail. Dishes are served individually, rather than family-style.

    The Food
    The clean-flavored, delicate version of Indian cuisine served here is impressively tasty; several discrete notches above the average decent neighborhood establishment. Spinach chaat--peppery, batter-fried leaves topped with zingy mung sprouts--makes a terrific starter; so does a trio of small, subtle samosas. Tandoor-grilled lamb chops are incredibly juicy and savory, and a pear chutney sets them off terrifically. Kararee bhindi--crisp, tangy okra and onion salad--is memorably pungent. Madras chicken and the tomatoey Malabar salmon are standard, while desserts are a must-try, particularly the fluffy housemade mango cheesecake and kulfi in citrus soup.

  • 6/1/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 12pm-2:45pm; 5pm-10:30pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, Diner's Club, American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown East, Midtown