Amaranth

4.7
634 reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Amaranth is located just off Madison Ave on 62nd St , between Fifth Ave and Madison Ave, in the heart of the most famous shopping strip of the Upper East Side of Manhattan and few steps from Central Park.
We credit our success to a very honest approach to Mediterranean cuisine: a fusion of original Italian food and French food, great hospitality and the highest quality of ingredients that we use in our recipes. A large portion of specialty items that we serve are imported from Italy and France.
Our famous Focaccia Robiola, our super fresh and tasty Seafood, creative Pasta and perfectly al dente Risotto, have attracted a dedicated fan base of New Yorkers, Europeans and celebrities, who are looking for a home away from home.
Our Mediterranean Bistro has a really charming terrace during the warm season, where you can taste our delicious food or enjoy a cocktail (try our famous Frozen Cosmo!) before dinner.

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What 634 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCynthiaO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food , relaxing atmosphere & friendly service, great for lunch and dinner .

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vipAmeliaM
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We sat inside and it was extremely hot.

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vipmt9lives
New York Area
225 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good great excellent
good wine choices by the glass
our meal was really delicous Mussels & Lobster Salad
Entire dinner was great

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vipArchie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very overpriced

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vipEvanA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Had an excellent time at Amaranth last night. The food was delicious, the ambiance very lively. Only thing that might need work on is maybe more staff, but it is understandable given the times we are in post covid. Will definitely be returning.

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Jdgreek
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good except for the birthday singing with loud music disrupted the ambiance

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vipnew2nyc
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice place to have lunch-we both had salads, but they have a large and varied menu.
The restaurant was very quiet at 12:30 ,but an hour later became more crowded and a little noisy.
There are lots of options for outdoor dining, if weather permits..

the service was very fast and attentive ...

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vipGastronome
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Very slow service outside, possibly due to large number of diners.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I ordered the gazpacho soup to start and the steak tartare as a main course. The gazpacho had good flavor but was very watery. The steak tartare was prepared to my spice preference, which I appreciated. However, it was room temperature at best, almost warm. No bueno.
My partner had the halibut and it was ok. The meal was pricy and not good value. We were disappointed and will not be back.

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vipHeleneH
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It would be nice for the kitchen to split the salad instead of us waiting for another plate to be brought 10 minutes later. I love Amaranth because it is located 3 blacks from me and i hope that I can be better treated in the future. Thank you

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GeorgeC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Splendid - was great

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vipJenny
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Excellent fish. I had the Halibut and my friend had the Branzino. Both were amazing and fresh. Great atmosphere for dinner. Expansive outdoor area.

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JaniceL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was delicious… Service was awful! Had to ask for a menu, had to find a staff member to order a 2nd drink, had to flag down someone to bring our check. Everything service related was a struggle and it made for a very unpleasant dining experience! Have had such nice experiences at the restaurant before but tonight was just awful!

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vipCorgiwoman
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun - Vibrant - Happy place. Get place to celebrate a Birthday.

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vipCarlS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food coupled with great service. Well-spaced seating, too.

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vipCathy
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening here. Outdoor table on a beautiful night. The food was superb, as always. Wait staff was very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening as always!!

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Patricia
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

An overpriced and poorly made chicken salad. The chicken was so dry and you will think that for 35 dlls you will get something decent. It was awful and I am never coming back.

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vipSuzJM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, little overpriced on some items.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the place a lot One of my favorites in NY

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LindaB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Both my friend & I only ordered salads due to a time crunch.
I look forward to returning when I can enjoy a full meal and then
have a better idea of their cuisine. Lovely restaurant, very nice
staff & ambience. Also look forward to outdoor dining. As
with all restaurants in this area, pricey but expected as such.

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vipChkleo
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food excellent, very NYC

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful!

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vipLisaS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Wonderful menu, kind and speedy service, and general ambience good.
Recommend with confidence- although pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only problem was that they did not have my Open Table reservation. Luckily they had a spare table.

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vipUpreastgirl
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Will never go back. I live in the neighborhood and have dined here several times. The table we requested and confirmed an hour before we arrived was newly occupied by another reservation. They brought out another one so it worked out. The service was bad. Only one waiter servicing half of the outside tables, ie about 12-15 tables. We were constantly having to flag him down which was not relaxing. Then, it then started to pour and my friend went inside to pay the check. While she waited, the waiters were busy moving tables inside and were unsympathetically bumping into her with the tables and chairs. No one seemed to care. The crowd is pretentious. Twice i was interrupted by two self-centered women who were separately were trying to check themselves in. A guy standing next to me was shocked that neither were part of
My group. It was so rude. The food was good but it is too chaotic to go back again.

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Opsala
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious meal from start to finish! We kept it to a light lunch, but all very tasty and great service.

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sfeater
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Second time I've eaten there in two weeks and the food was excellent again. I had the steak tartare and it was perfect. My friend had some salmon and she enjoyed it as well. Service was good. Highly recommend!

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MICHAELK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always terrific at this restaurant, and I like the ambiance as well. The maitre d' is always welcoming and gives me a good table always. I like the people who eat here as well. It is also in a great location for just about anything you would be doig in the Big Apple. I return to this restaurant whenever I have a guest or two.

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vipBillyd
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Limited menu from normal.
Tomatoes were not very good. Branzino. Was fab.

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vipADCurry
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! Excellent food, service, ambience. And one of the best places in NYC to celebrate a birthday.

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vipMumpers1
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Frazzled service. Not enough servers. Very slow

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Clinton
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding ragu

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vipBeth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad food, bad service and not enough outdoor heaters.

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vipJanK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it excellent food and service a wonderful place!

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vipMarianV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Amaranth was amazing. We celebrated my son’s birthday.

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vipCmrestreviews
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday—wonderful place that did an amazing job!

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sfeater
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My lobster ravioli was excellent and my friend liked her omelet. Atmosphere was pleasant and service was good and not overbearing. I live close by and am happy to have this restaurant in my neighborhood.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Nice outside seating! Wonderful service!

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John
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amaranth has very good food and service. The staff is congenial and capable. The wine list is outstanding, with an excellent selection of both French and Italian Reds, an unusually wide selection of half-bottles and very fair pricing. The ambience is pleasant.

FAQs

Amaranth is rated 4.7 stars by 634 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.