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246 E. 51st St. (Second Ave.) Send to Phone
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Traditional homemade Indian cuisine in a casually elegant Midtown setting.
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Lunch & Dinner daily
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Reservations suggested

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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 5 reviews

Amma Restaurant Review

: This Midtown Indian restaurant, the name of which means “mother” in many languages, hopes to nurture diners with its comforting subcontinental fare. It may not be a place to find the usual vindaloo dishes, but you may well begin with idly upma (rice and bean cakes, sautéed curry leaves and mustard seeds) or crispy fried spinach chaat with a sprouted mung bean salad. Of the vegetarian items, we enjoy the Bombay bhel puri (rice puffs and chickpea flour noodles with cilantro, red onions, tamarind chutneys and potatoes); the light, flaky pea-stuffed samosa; and cheese-and-chile-stuffed mushrooms. Among the non-vegetarian dishes, we recommend the Sri Lankan-style tandoori-roasted shrimp with a yogurt marinade and Parsi halibut with mint chutney and aromatic lemon-scented rice. Everything tastes freshly made, from the Indian ice cream called kulfi, set in a citrus soup, to a brilliantly colored mango cheesecake. Amma's wine list is considerably in the vanguard, with a good selection of Australian and New Zealand bottlings that go well with this food.

User Ratings & Reviews for Amma
Average rating    5
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One of the best Indian Restaurant
by sbirla on Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:29 am
Firstly, to add some weightage to my review, let me start off by saying that I'm Indian. And I love food, all kinds of food.
I've tried various Indian restaurants in NYC and all over (including India) and Amma is surely amongst my favourite. Their food is fresh, they use their spices correctly and you don't find the same sauce in all dishes like some restaurants do.
Some of the stellar dishes I recommend are: Achari Murg, Dal Tadka, Madras Chicken and all their breads.
I'm quite surprised this isn't in the Top 10 Indian Restaturant list. It surely should be!
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