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0.5 miles from St. Patrick's Cathedral
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having nearby appointments over a two-day stay, we invited family to dine with us at Amata on E. 56th St in Midtown. Selected mainly by reviews on Yelp and Tripadvisor, we made a reservation and went about our NYC appointments. Hungry, we arrived at Amata...and were met by the very amiable host Christopher. After some fun with Chris at the bar we were seated in the cozy and nicely-appointed dining room. The staff quickly and easily took drink orders, brought water and fresh bread and olive oil. Our relaxed and professional waiter took our appetizer orders and answered questions and went over the evening’s specials. We are frequent visitors to the Arthur Avenue Italian restaurants and, while the food there is almost always good we sometimes feel rushed, and also become part of the hustle and bustle in that old neighborhood in The Bronx. Not so at Amata, where we were relaxed and never felt like we had to move on because they wanted to seat other patrons as the dining room filled up. The appetizers, clams casino and calamari, were delicious and were savored by our family group. Our entrees were delicious and covered items like the house-made cavatelli, paccheri, tagliolini and my veal piccata special that was the best veal I have had in ages. Plates arrived and were removed in an unobtrusive way by friendly staff who enhanced the whole meal. Desserts and cappuccinos and lattes were enjoyed by all and the staff was quite happy we enjoyed our dinner at Amata so much. We were shown to the door by Chris, and I wasn’t at all surprised to discover later that Chris is a member of a well-known family of NYC restauranteurs, some of whom are close friends from The Bronx. Small world. By all means, have a meal in this great, cozy, nicely-appointed white linen Italian ristorante. Your host Chris and his staff and especially their chef Enzo know how to make you feel at home while you enjoy your excellent meal.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed August 1, 2022

This is our second time dining at Amata. We've been spending several nights a month in the city and Amata is the best Italian restaurant we have found. Being Italian , we tend to be hard to please. We had the fried meatballs with peppers....Excellent! Reminded me of my childhood . We also had the clams oreganata - also delicious! For entrees I had the lemon infused pasta with asparagus and tomatoe - just loved it. My husband had the ravioli with mushroom sauce. Of course I had to have some of that. It was decadent but not over the top with this sauce . Umm Umm good! This is a very nice restaurant with comfortable seating , well spaced tables, White table cloths and beautiful wood floors. A great find. And prices are reasonable.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022

My husband and I just stayed in NYC for a month of medical treatment/mini vacation/work from apartment. Amata became our favorite local spot. Chris D and team were kind, welcoming and funny. We loved eating at the bar and the other clients were also so...much fun. Back n CT and will be coming back for this most amazing restaurant!!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed November 22, 2019

What a great find. Amata is delicious. The menu has a number of things on it which are unusual, which makes it a fun evening. If you don't see what you like, they will make it for you. The tables are well spaced so that...the noise level is low (despite the dining room being full) and conversations are private. Prices are fair. Service can get busy, but not so much as to be annoying. I am in a wheelchair and there is ample room to maneuver around. I am looking forward to my next visit.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 31, 2019 via mobile

Amata is a delicious Italian restaurant. It’s a Midtown gem of the neighborhood! The ambiance is good, the food delightful and the service outstanding!!! I’m sure I’ll go again.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 11, 2019

Amata came recommended and we were not disappointed .First class service and food from start to finish . They couldn’t have been more helpful. Food we chose was the “Double pork chops” and the “Chicken Martini”. Great choice . Highlight was definitely the “ Pistachio...Ice Cream wrapped in White Chocolate. Long way to come from Scotland but would come again to Amata.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 12, 2019 via mobile

My friends and I enjoyed our first time at Amata’s. It had more of a neighborhood feel than a tourist trap. Love the cocktail menu, great variety. Nice choices on the food menu. I thought they were reasonably priced. Very good service.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2019

Our visit to Amata was based on a friend's recommendation and that was spot on. Instead of ridiculous NYC prices for hohum food, we found our new favorite. The service - simply superb, reasonable prices, and great food were our experience. It made our Saturday...night. I had the fettucine with wild boar ragu...omg I want more!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019

My wife planned a very small gathering of close friends and family for appetizers and drinks with family remaining for dinner. The staff was amazing, from bar tender to waiters, our every need was met and the food was delicious. Linguine with white clam sauce,...broccoli Rabe and all manner of Italian delights flowed from the kitchen.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 9, 2019 via mobile

The service, the staff, the atmosphere and the food was incredible! Thanks to Chris and his team for an incredible birthday experience Highly recommend!

Date of visit: March 2019
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AmataN4, Owner at Amata, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! Looking forward to your next visit!

Reviewed March 5, 2019

This is my most favorite restaurant. I have eaten at Amata many times so I finally feel compelled to share my accolades. The atmosphere is elegant, warm and comfortable. From the moment you walk in you are treated superbly. And then the food! Just absolutely...delicious and you will not leave hungry. The portions are large and their veal parmigiana is one of the best dishes I've ever had. Amata thruly delivers and yes they have their act together. And then there is Olga behind the bar!!!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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AmataN4, Owner at Amata, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2019

Hi there, thank you for the fantastic review! It makes us so happy to hear that our guests love coming back for more. We'll see you again soon!

Reviewed January 8, 2019 via mobile

A good Italian restaurant serving the classics (parmigiana...eggplant, chicken or veal), mozzarella caprese, meatballs, and fried calamari with sautéed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and arugula in a mildly sweet, tasty, non-red sauce (a standout). The pappardelle with crab, peas and tomato was also a very good...dish. The atmosphere is warm, not frenetic and so pleasantly low key. The host and waitstaff are professional, accommodating and attentive, but not intrusive. The food and atmosphere are more old-school Italian, and dinner is relaxing, not rushed, and not a scene. We enjoyed our leisurely evening at Amata and will definitely return.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

I have dined at Amata for lunch and dinner several times over the past two years. Lunch yesterday was super tasty as always. The shrimp fra diavolo was cooked to perfection and spicy. Seating on the veranda also makes for a very pleasant and refreshing...experience.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

Amata is the perfect place when you have diners with varying Italian preferences. The Southern Rigatoni alla bolognese was perfect for one my colleagues while I preferred the light, delicate calamari salad which melted in your mouth. If you like pistachio, the tartufo was excellent.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Reminded me of an old time Neapolitan restaurant, dark wood with white table cloths. We enjoyed veal and eggplant parmigiana. Pasta was cooked perfectly.

Date of visit: July 2018
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