Amaranth

4.7
595 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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vipBeth
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad food, bad service and not enough outdoor heaters.

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vipJanK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it excellent food and service a wonderful place!

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vipMarianV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Birthday—wonderful place that did an amazing job!

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sfeater
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 31, 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
19 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Nice outside seating! Wonderful service!

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vipJohn
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 22, 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.

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vipcutomer1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Place has sure slipped. Sure times are tough for restaurants during Covid restrictions, but I expected far more from an old standby. Fish was greasy and overcooked. Prices seem 50% higher than just a few years ago. For $44/platter (plus extras for sides) I expect a really memorable dining experience. The only thing memorable this time was the exorbitant bill.

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vipRobinK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location and personnel! Love it here! Have been many times and they never disappoint!

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vipAngel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch with friends. Near the park and near art galleries. Great service. Excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service on Valentine’s Day. Exceptional food and dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Service was slow, we frequently had to waive someone down. Cuisine was average at best in terms of taste and flavor (quite bland), though the presentation and portion sizes were decent. The prices relative to the food quality was not aligned (for the same price, you can have much better cuisine with better service at other establishments within close vicinity). I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant for others unless you were primarily focused on the ambiance and were indifferent about food quality, service, or relative prices for the combined experience.

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vipMaryanneS
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My very favorite dining for romantic delicious French Italian cuisine with a fabulous wine list. A must dine!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. The outdoor setup could not be more comfortable on a freezing day.

Our group is vegetarian. There’s a not a huge variety but everything that did cater to us was fantastic in taste.

The service and ambience (outdoors) was super!!

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vipTraveler
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A lovely place to dine outside with heaters. The staff is attentive and pleasant.....food isn’t great. ....just ok.

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Jkonyc
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delish. outdoor dining felt safe. could have had more heaters, but tolerable with jkt, scarf and hat! :)

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Jr2169
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Their focaccia pizza pie is a must for a starter. I had the tuna with lentils which was a real treat. We were outside and cold, but the heaters helped.

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viplivddream
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We have eaten at this restaurant probably a dozen times (last July 2020), and I always considered it a favorite go-to with friends in our neighborhood. But this last experience was disappointing, maybe the cold weather, or kitchen fatigue.

I also understand the financial pressure restaurants have due to COVID, but $18 for an affogato?! It was not even very good as the espresso was very cold by the time it was served. Serving it in a martini glass is not a reason to charge cocktail prices, way higher than the prices charged for their standard desserts. And there was no prior warning about the charge. We would have passed if their charge for the item had been disclosed, which it should have been as it was so out of line with the regular menu desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amaranth is always delicious and the outdoor dining was awesome - I felt very safe sotting at a stand alone 2 top and was very warm with The heat lamp.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.
Great food.
Well designed outdoor space.

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vipMaryanneS
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!!!

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vipAmarsaomars
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a good choise

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vipVinnieVanDareOIII
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A very enjoyable dinner sitting outside on a beautiful fall evening. There was a vibe, which I’ve missed terribly since COVID started. Food was great. I had the NY Strip and it was cooked perfectly with well done fries. The soups were delish. And the appetizers were also excellent. A singer came by and sang a Sinatra song along with some other tunes. People were conversing some. I dare to say it was the type of evening that didn’t make you think of what’s going on today.

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MICHAELK
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My guest and I had a lovely lunch. Everything was perfect: the food and the service were great. My guest said that he had had a "wonderful" lunch, and I concur. I shall definitely return for another great meal at Amaranth, when indoor dining once again returns to NYC.

With best wishes,

Michael Kiesel

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Service was excellent & ambience too. We got the artichoke and avo app very small portion overpriced for $27. Wild salmon as a main extremely salty and greasy, asparagus were raw. Ravioli pasta nothing special was very decent. Last time I came at amaranth was 5 years ago and remembered the food

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vipParis
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Dined outdoors. Service was not as good as it should have been. Very pricey for what you get. Outdoor area very nicely set up.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Lovely ambience .. the worst rack of lamb that I have ever eaten .

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vipMike
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always what we enjoy at Amaranth is the regularity and the constancy in the quality of the food they serve not tomention theperfect service

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vipNYer
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, excellent service

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vipAbbeyS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has the Tina Nicoise as usual. Love their salads and the bread is delicious. A lot of birthdays happening around us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great ambiance!

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santi
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Reception not very helpful to get you a table. I would have liked a better treatment. When you talk to receptionist is as though he is doing a favor and instead I would have liked to feel special and thankful that I chose to have dinner at Amaranth.
The waiters are excellent, amazing treatment and food excellent.
I would have like a better Malbec wine. Suggestion: Catena Zapata, DV Catena, Trapiche Medalla, Rutini.

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EllenM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent. As the temp drops and it is darker, earlier you need more heat lamps and brighter (or more) candle light on each table.

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vipSBH1
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, it is expensive, but the Veal and Dover Sole were delicious, the wait staff excellent, the outdoor space lovely with tables well space. A much needed night out during COVID couldn’t have been better.

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MichaelG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going out with the wife, and sat in the outdoor seating area. The food was great, I recommend the zucchini garzpacho which was amazing. Everything was fantastic, and we look forward to heading back.

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MichelleN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a very enjoyable outdoor dinner. Food was excellent but a little pricey. Loved the singer but felt that walking around with a bag looking for $$ was a bit tacky.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Amaranth was very good but jt was much fancier and much more expensive than expected.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

To say the food is mediocre and tastes exactly like deli food would be too generous. Greens were old, salad lacked flavor, entree is just what I used to eat on campus when I had no money. Very disappointing:(

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful

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Amaranth is rated 4.7 stars by 595 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 reservations at the moment.