Amma, that's the sweet little restaurant that opened in 2002 on East 51st Street. The pale mustard walls and salmon-coral banquettes are inviting, an improvement on the usual brass, dark wood and beads. And though the menu is largely familiar, Amma, taking a cue from Indian-fusion restaurants like Tamarind, serves main courses on individual plates, with nan, rice and vegetables, rather than family style.The service is genial, and the rosewater lassi actually tastes and smells of rosewater.......
Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert.
ABOUT The Founder
Owner, Anju Sharma, a New Yorker by the way of Old Delhi, wanted to share something Indian and yet new in New York City. Memories of the foods she had eaten in the kitchens of her mother and that of her mother-in-law, remained fresh in her mind long after the demise of these two women. To honor them, and to bring back an honest setting where food could be savored and celebrated, she thought of opening Amma (mother,in several of the Sub Continental languages). Amma celebrates mothers all over by remembering them by its name. It would be dishonest to say the food at Amma is cooked in the style of mothers from India.
The recipes are based on what has been enjoyed in the kitchens of mothers, and are translated with respect for home cooking, and, made to work and compliment a restaurant environment.
Anju Sharma spent great time in collecting her thoughts about the ambience. The colors for the walls, the fabrics for the chairs and banquettes as also the light fixtures, all reflect her desire to create a space that has the signature of a mother and a home. A mother of two kids (daughter Anu and son Raju), she had learned early on that both food and a home were about much more than what meets the eye.
At Amma, she has brought a team of professionals to assist her in sharing her vision of creating a unique space, manageable in size and able to give the feeling of a lavish private dining space. One could easily fathom being in a lavish home whilst dining at Amma. The chefs and front of the house staff, labor to ensure the shared vision of the team is never compromised. Customers that take time to come to Amma, find here, a setting that is is equal measure about food, setting and sensibilities.