Iconic Upper East Side restaurant Amaranth continues to thrive – even after 15 years in the business. Owners Paola Pedrignani and Francois Marchand, who recently marked the Mediterranean Bistro’s Anniversary with a glamorous celebration for over 500 of their most loyal customers, attribute its long-running success to “staying true to their Mediterranean roots and never compromising on quality.”
Located just off Madison Avenue on 62nd Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, Amaranth offers a fusion of original Italian food and French food, with a large portion of specialty items imported directly from Italy and France. “We’re renowned for our classics, like our famous Focaccia Robiola, baked in our brick oven and served with Robiola cheese – there would be an outcry if we took this off the menu! But we also constantly evolve,” says owner Francois Marchand. Other fixtures on the menu include the Steak Tartare, which is prepared in front of customers to ensure freshness and the right balance of spices, and the Octopus Carpaccio – fresh, quality seafood from the Mediterranean served on a bed of greens.
There are also a number of healthy, light choices served with the highest quality ingredients – like the Whole Maine Lobster Salad, served with radicchio, endive, arugula, cremini mushrooms and citrus vinaigrette. The Pan Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops with mushrooms, braised leeks and lemon white wine sauce always impresses. Amaranth’s pastas are homemade and are available whole wheat and gluten free. The dessert menu is hard to resist – from the Mille Feuille Napolean with mixed berries and crème anglaise to the Cantucci al Vin Santo – a homemade biscotti served with Vin Santo Wine for dipping.
Amaranth is named after the deep red-rose colored flowers of the Amaranth plant, owner Paola Pedrignani says. “The deep, wine red color is warm and welcoming – we thought it represents the way our restaurant feels brilliantly.” Customers come to Amaranth for the full dining experience – excellent service, elegant décor, and the casual, home-away-from-home feel.
The restaurant’s charm has attracted a dedicated fan base of New Yorkers, Europeans, and celebrity clientele including the late Joan Rivers, Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom, former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy, and many more. Regular visitors, Kevin O’Sullivan and partner Jim, who held the first New York State same-sex marriage at Amaranth on October 6, 2011, say they hold Amaranth in very high regard for “terrific service and wonderful food”. “It holds a very special place in our hearts – our wedding was one of the happiest days of our lives and the restaurant always reminds of that day,” says O’Sullivan.
The restaurant has a charming terrace in the warmer months, perfect for cocktails and small tasting plates, and an ambient, glowing dining room for the colder months. Amaranth boasts an excellent cocktail list, including the famous Frozen Cosmo, and a well-balanced wine list featuring French, Italian and American wines to suit any price range.
Amaranth is also the perfect place to hold private parties and special celebrations. The team can organize private sit-down dinners and cocktail parties, with a special menu personalized by the chef. Amaranth staff love celebrating birthdays with customers. With sparkler candles and delicious Valona Chocolate Cake, a birthday celebration at Amaranth will always be an unforgettable one.
Affordable and fabulous. Oh the Focaccia Robiola. Good Service. Great bar.
For more information visit www.amaranthrestaurant.com/
Open 7 days per week from 12pm to Midnight. Delivery available daily from 12pm to 10pm.
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Amaranth is located just off Madison Avenue on 62nd Street , between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, 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.
Amaranth, with its well balanced wine list, is the perfect choice for a fine dining experience as well as for a casual meal with the entire family, or a special celebration
We are open 7 days a week from noon to midnight.
Appetizer $7 to $13
Main Course $15 to $27
Dessert $7 to $9
All major credit cards accepted
Try our Focaccia Robiola, baked in our brick oven, filled with fresh Robiola cheese, marinated tomato and drizzled with white truffle oil; our sushi quality Seafood such as Octopus Carpaccio or the Grilled Whole Fish of the Day, or try one of our Main Course Salads, perfect for a light, healthy and satisfying lunch, like the Amaranth Salad, with Chicken Breast, Romaine, Roasted Tomato, Organic Hard Boiled Eggs, Feta Cheese and Olives.
Our Steak Tartare has lots of fans. It is prepared right in front of you to guarantee the freshness and the right quantity of spices.
Most of our Pastas are homemade and prepared daily.
If it is possible, our chef tries to find organic and always the freshest ingredients.
Our Prosciutto di Parma is imported with the bone, to ensure the full flavor of this Italian delicacy. our Buffalo Mozzarella comes from Naples fresh every week.
We constantly try to give you the best we can find on the market.
Sample Dinner Menu
Soup of the Day
Tomato a la Provencale
Vine Ripe Tomato, Kalamata Olives, Red Onion, Basil, Oregano, Lemon Juice and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sesame and Soy Sauce Dressing
Endives with a Roquefort Cheese
Napoleon of Eggplant
Buffalo Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato
Baby Artichokes with Avocado and Parmigiano
Organic Arugula Salad
Shaved Pecorino Toscano di Pienza
Fried Tiger Shrimp, Calamari and Zucchini
Frisee’, Cucumber and Cherry Tomato and Basil
Prosciutto di Parma
Radicchio, Watercress, Endive, Cremini Mushrooms and Citrus Vinaigrette
Straccetti di Vitello
Super-Thin Pounded Sliced Veal, Served with Arugula and shaved Parmigiano
Served with Tricolore Salad and Lemon Wedge
Prepared to your taste and served with French Fries
Braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potato
Roasted Baby Chicken
Served with Mashed Potato, Spinach and Mustard Seed Sauce
Grilled Dry Aged Sirloin Steak
Served with Organic Mixed Greens or Fries and Peppercorn Sauce
Mille Feuille Napoleon with Mixed Berries
Served with Créme Anglaise
The Chef suggests it with a glass of Port
Fresh Fruit Salad
Drizzled with Grand Marnier and Mint
With Valona Chocolate Hot Fudge and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
The Chef suggests it with a glass of Grappa
Perfectly Caramelized Apple Tarte Served with Vanilla Ice Cream
The Chef suggests it with a glass of Calvados
The Chef suggests it with a glass of Limoncello
Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake
Served with Whipped Cream
The Chef suggests it with a glass of Cognac VSOP
Cantucci al Vin Santo
Homemade Biscotti served with Vin Santo Wine for dipping
Selection of Ice Creams and Sorbets
Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream
Lemon, Passion Fruit, Raspberry, Coconut and Blood Orange Sorbets
Lemon Sorbet with Absolut Vodka and Mint
Blood Orange Sorbet with Champagne
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