Amalia

★★★★☆
In 2009, Amalia ceased its culinary operations and became just another Midtown bar, albeit a very attractive one. Our original review follows: Restaurateur Greg Brier brings style and sophistication to new heights with Amalia adjacent to hotelier Vikram Chatwal's Dream Hotel. Executive Chef Ivy Stark offers seasonal Mediterranean-American cuisine at this decadent 7,000-square-foot property comprised of intimate and richly textured enclaves evocative of a Baroque-inspired European palace. A subtle reference to the restaurant's proximity to adjacent Dream Hotel and name of Sigmund Freud's mother, Amalia is the artistic vision of Chris Sheffield and Steve Lewis of SLDesign (Aspen, Marquee, Butter), layering custom hand-painted wall coverings, fabrics and ornate fixtures with striking architectural elements such as leather clad barrel-vaulted ceilings and existing brick and stone wall surfaces.
  • 204 W 55th St

    New York, NY 10019

    Cross street: nr. Seventh Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-245-1234

About Amalia

Hours
LUNCH Daily: 12:00pm-2:30pm DINNER Sun-Mon: 5:00pm-10:00pm Tue-Thu: 5:00pm-11:00pm Fri-Sat: 5:00pm-12:00am

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Please had great ambiance...

Recently, I went over there to meet some friends for drinks and noticed they were closed down?

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★★★★★

Please had great ambiance...

Recently, I went over there to meet some friends for drinks and noticed they were closed down?

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If you're looking to host a corporate get-together in a bar for about 40 people early in the evening, this is ideal. It's central, beautiful and has a nice feel to it. In this economy, you'd think the bartender would be charming the pants off a whole bunch of thirsty ladies. Instead, we got surly, holier-than-thou treatment last night.

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★★★☆☆

If you're looking to host a corporate get-together in a bar for about 40 people early in the evening, this is ideal. It's central, beautiful and has a nice feel to it. In this economy, you'd think the bartender would be charming the pants off a whole bunch of thirsty ladies. Instead, we got surly, holier-than-thou treatment last night.

Pros: Beautifully designed space, warm and inviting

Cons: Mediocre wine selection, bad attitude bartender

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We brought two good friends here who had done us an unexpected significant favor. It was all of our first time at the Amalia , and it was simply marvelous. The service really stood out as top notch. They were attentive but not overbearing. Everything went just as it should have with them carefully watching us and pacing the courses. We never felt rushed. It is a lovely space that is cozy but very relaxing. It is not too formal. The food was just magnificent. I did enjoy the touted flexibility of ordering the number of courses i wanted, and picking exactly what. I got two appetizers, then a main. Most importantly, it was a perfect night out (and we don't get out much). We recommend it highly. Truly.

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★★★★☆

We brought two good friends here who had done us an unexpected significant favor. It was all of our first time at the Amalia , and it was simply marvelous. The service really stood out as top notch. They were attentive but not overbearing. Everything went just as it should have with them carefully watching us and pacing the courses. We never felt rushed. It is a lovely space that is cozy but very relaxing. It is not too formal. The food was just magnificent. I did enjoy the touted flexibility of ordering the number of courses i wanted, and picking exactly what. I got two appetizers, then a main. Most importantly, it was a perfect night out (and we don't get out much). We recommend it highly. Truly.

Pros: food,service

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Amalia's is an outstanding Mediterraen restaurant. I have only eaten lunch here, but I'm sure dinner is just as superb. Try the Moroccan baby carrot salad, it's to die for. Or even the honey roasted lamb sandwich, ummm with some herbs cooked and crusted on the outside of the meat.

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★★★★☆

Amalia's is an outstanding Mediterraen restaurant. I have only eaten lunch here, but I'm sure dinner is just as superb. Try the Moroccan baby carrot salad, it's to die for. Or even the honey roasted lamb sandwich, ummm with some herbs cooked and crusted on the outside of the meat.

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The nautical-themed restaurant, bedecked with netting and wood tones, focuses on seafood dishes like olive oil-poached salmon. One standout is the chorizo-stuffed chicken breast, served with a romesco sauce and toasted almonds. It is to die for, the food is excellent.

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★★★★☆

The nautical-themed restaurant, bedecked with netting and wood tones, focuses on seafood dishes like olive oil-poached salmon. One standout is the chorizo-stuffed chicken breast, served with a romesco sauce and toasted almonds. It is to die for, the food is excellent.

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Having read the greatest reviews, we planned our Saturday night there. Disappointed! Far from what the restaurant's website represents! Poor entres menu and highly overpriced. Highly overpriced. Overrated and overpriced.

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★★☆☆☆

Having read the greatest reviews, we planned our Saturday night there. Disappointed! Far from what the restaurant's website represents! Poor entres menu and highly overpriced. Highly overpriced. Overrated and overpriced.

Pros: Service

Cons: Food, overrated decor, highly overpriced

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I've been reading reviews on the restaurant that mangement is posting "fake" reviews. I know that goes on and think it's shameful. Whether that's happened here, I don't know but, trust me, I am a real foodie. So Amalia is located in the aptly named Dream Hotel and one step inside and you are really whisked away into a dream. The decor is modern without being too cold or rigid, incorporating things such as a beautiful mosaic, back-lit stairway. It's truly a beautiful space. My skepticism comes out when places are really beautfiul because the glitz always outweighs the kitchen but, in this case, I though the food was really good! I was getting nervous because of all the negative reviews. Mainly sticking to appetizers as I found them more ineteresting than the entrees, I had the Tausoff Salad, which was a good arugula salad, and the lamb meatballs which were good, but def had a mediterrean touch to it. The cauliflower and apple soup I heard was excellent and the sauce that accompanies the Bistro Frities are really good. My dining companions raved about their tuna, and short rib entrees respectively. In short, I still think the beauty might outweigh the kitchen by a tad bit, but once you get comfortable in here, I don't htink you'll care.

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★★★★☆

I've been reading reviews on the restaurant that mangement is posting "fake" reviews. I know that goes on and think it's shameful. Whether that's happened here, I don't know but, trust me, I am a real foodie. So Amalia is located in the aptly named Dream Hotel and one step inside and you are really whisked away into a dream. The decor is modern without being too cold or rigid, incorporating things such as a beautiful mosaic, back-lit stairway. It's truly a beautiful space. My skepticism comes out when places are really beautfiul because the glitz always outweighs the kitchen but, in this case, I though the food was really good! I was getting nervous because of all the negative reviews. Mainly sticking to appetizers as I found them more ineteresting than the entrees, I had the Tausoff Salad, which was a good arugula salad, and the lamb meatballs which were good, but def had a mediterrean touch to it. The cauliflower and apple soup I heard was excellent and the sauce that accompanies the Bistro Frities are really good. My dining companions raved about their tuna, and short rib entrees respectively. In short, I still think the beauty might outweigh the kitchen by a tad bit, but once you get comfortable in here, I don't htink you'll care.

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This is a good place for a quick dinner after work (Midtown). The food is great, service is a little unpredictable but never bad. I have been there three times for dinner and food has been consistently great. The Chilean Sea Bass is yummy, the crab cake is good as well. I have also been there a few times for drinks, it's not bad.

2
★★★★☆

This is a good place for a quick dinner after work (Midtown). The food is great, service is a little unpredictable but never bad. I have been there three times for dinner and food has been consistently great. The Chilean Sea Bass is yummy, the crab cake is good as well. I have also been there a few times for drinks, it's not bad.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Service is average

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I've been to this spot a couple of times for drinks and always enjoy the decor and the cocktails. Finally had dinner recently and it was absolutely fantastic! The pork tenderloin is to-die-for and the service was great though they did seem to be out of a couple of wines that I was interested in trying. Regardless, it was a great time and I definately plan to return for more!

2
★★★★☆

I've been to this spot a couple of times for drinks and always enjoy the decor and the cocktails. Finally had dinner recently and it was absolutely fantastic! The pork tenderloin is to-die-for and the service was great though they did seem to be out of a couple of wines that I was interested in trying. Regardless, it was a great time and I definately plan to return for more!

Pros: atmosphere, food, cocktails, DJ downstairs

Cons: very busy servers, crowded

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The service and kitchen need to be re-worked here. Food came out in the wrong order and was cold when it got to us. We had to send entrees back because the meat was raw (in one case) and simply cold (in the other). We are pretty sure they just stuck the plates under a warmer and didn't even try to re-cook or re-do the dishes. When they came back, they were still bad and the steak was unedible and rubbery. We sent it back a second time and just decided to leave. This is not a restaurant for New Yorkers -- leave it to the tourists staying at the Dream Hotel. Oh, and don't believe the phony reviews that the management is leaving on CitySearch -- if it reads like an ad, not a real experience, it is!

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★☆☆☆☆

The service and kitchen need to be re-worked here. Food came out in the wrong order and was cold when it got to us. We had to send entrees back because the meat was raw (in one case) and simply cold (in the other). We are pretty sure they just stuck the plates under a warmer and didn't even try to re-cook or re-do the dishes. When they came back, they were still bad and the steak was unedible and rubbery. We sent it back a second time and just decided to leave. This is not a restaurant for New Yorkers -- leave it to the tourists staying at the Dream Hotel. Oh, and don't believe the phony reviews that the management is leaving on CitySearch -- if it reads like an ad, not a real experience, it is!

Pros: None I can think of

Cons: Bad, cold food served with bad, cold service

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Read many interesting write-ups on this place in recent months so wife and i decided to investigate. I must say the place is incredibly beautiful and a bit intimidating at first but the staff made us feel relaxed and comfortable. The crab appetizer was very good and my sliced steak over marinaded red peppers and greens was superb. The service is good though a little laid-back. The wine list is pretty extensive but our waiter led us to a bottle of Borolo that we enjoyed so much, we slipped desserts and ordered a second botlle and a cheese plate. Definitely will be back again and bring some friends. Check out the downstairs...cool wine cellar vibe with low lighting and chandeliers.

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★★★★☆

Read many interesting write-ups on this place in recent months so wife and i decided to investigate. I must say the place is incredibly beautiful and a bit intimidating at first but the staff made us feel relaxed and comfortable. The crab appetizer was very good and my sliced steak over marinaded red peppers and greens was superb. The service is good though a little laid-back. The wine list is pretty extensive but our waiter led us to a bottle of Borolo that we enjoyed so much, we slipped desserts and ordered a second botlle and a cheese plate. Definitely will be back again and bring some friends. Check out the downstairs...cool wine cellar vibe with low lighting and chandeliers.

Pros: Unique Quality Food and Service, Great looking space

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Upon walking into this restaurant, you get the sense immediately that you're in for a real experience. Cozy yet uber-chic, with a really intimate bar that is conducive to conversation. Bartenders really know how to mix a cocktail here.....very special.

The food is amazingly good.....the calamari is to die for and the lamb meatballs are decadently delish!! Wine selection is interesting and varied.....something for everyone and every mood.

What's great about this restaurant is it's the perfect place for dinner for two OR a night out with bunch of friends....the space and ambience really lends itself to both.

I will come here again and again!

2
★★★★★

Upon walking into this restaurant, you get the sense immediately that you're in for a real experience. Cozy yet uber-chic, with a really intimate bar that is conducive to conversation. Bartenders really know how to mix a cocktail here.....very special.

The food is amazingly good.....the calamari is to die for and the lamb meatballs are decadently delish!! Wine selection is interesting and varied.....something for everyone and every mood.

What's great about this restaurant is it's the perfect place for dinner for two OR a night out with bunch of friends....the space and ambience really lends itself to both.

I will come here again and again!

Pros: Ambience, Cuisine, Service

Cons: NONE

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We went to Amalia when it first opened and had a wonderful meal, and looked forward to our second visit last night. What a disappointment! The staff seemed like they were comatose it took forever for everything, getting the menu, getting the wine, getting our order taken, and getting our food. Not only were they slow, they weren't particularly friendly about it. The food lacked the vibrance that it had on our first visit, the whole place just seemed tired (not to mention empty). Very sad for such a new establishment, this one will not last long.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Amalia when it first opened and had a wonderful meal, and looked forward to our second visit last night. What a disappointment! The staff seemed like they were comatose it took forever for everything, getting the menu, getting the wine, getting our order taken, and getting our food. Not only were they slow, they weren't particularly friendly about it. The food lacked the vibrance that it had on our first visit, the whole place just seemed tired (not to mention empty). Very sad for such a new establishment, this one will not last long.

Pros: Close to theatres

Cons: Very poor service, lackluster food

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My wife and I went here on the strength of good reviews and were disappointed. It's very stylish, but the music is loud and obnoxious and the staff are not very competent. Our appetizer arrived beore our bread or wine. Then the entrees came out before we were even half way through the appetizer - they took them away and kept them warm, and needless to say the result was not very good. The calamari was tasty, but small portioned. The sea bass was oleaginous and swamped in a pungent sauce that hid the fish flavor (perhaps to the good). The smoked pork chop was good, but the bed of vegetables was oily and mushy. The chocolate dessert recommended by the waitress was over-sweet and heavy.

All in all, at these prices you would do much better at Park Avenue Cafe or Nice Matin, and the sea bass is much better at Harbor Lights in Norwalk, CT.

Don't believe the hype on this one.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife and I went here on the strength of good reviews and were disappointed. It's very stylish, but the music is loud and obnoxious and the staff are not very competent. Our appetizer arrived beore our bread or wine. Then the entrees came out before we were even half way through the appetizer - they took them away and kept them warm, and needless to say the result was not very good. The calamari was tasty, but small portioned. The sea bass was oleaginous and swamped in a pungent sauce that hid the fish flavor (perhaps to the good). The smoked pork chop was good, but the bed of vegetables was oily and mushy. The chocolate dessert recommended by the waitress was over-sweet and heavy.

All in all, at these prices you would do much better at Park Avenue Cafe or Nice Matin, and the sea bass is much better at Harbor Lights in Norwalk, CT.

Don't believe the hype on this one.

Pros: stylish

Cons: poor value, not very well done food

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We ate at Amalia on 7/1707 at 530pm just prior to a show. The resturant is in an excellent location near several theaters. The atmosphere was romantic with a candle on the table. The music was not blaring but had a nice techno beat. The food was excellent. The swordfish was some of the best I have ever had. It was very tender as they have some type of procedure that makes it softer than it normally is. My wife's porkchop was also outstanding. The service was efficient and attentive as they knew we had a show at 7pm. I would say the prices are moderate and worth the price of the food.

2
★★★★★

We ate at Amalia on 7/1707 at 530pm just prior to a show. The resturant is in an excellent location near several theaters. The atmosphere was romantic with a candle on the table. The music was not blaring but had a nice techno beat. The food was excellent. The swordfish was some of the best I have ever had. It was very tender as they have some type of procedure that makes it softer than it normally is. My wife's porkchop was also outstanding. The service was efficient and attentive as they knew we had a show at 7pm. I would say the prices are moderate and worth the price of the food.

Pros: Food and ambience

Cons: None

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So I went here for my 29th birthday and found the decor to be looovely, the food yummmmy, and wait staff... not so much! First we watied eons for our sommalier, then we waited eons for our bottles of wine - so long that we asked our waitress WHERE the wine was... then we got the wine set on the table, but the sommalier was MIA and we couldn't open the bottles with our hands so we waited again. In fairness, after speaking with the GM, we were offered a free bottle of bubbly - and the food IS amazing - and the decor IS lovely - so I will be back. And hoping for stronger service... but back nonetheless.

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★★★★☆

So I went here for my 29th birthday and found the decor to be looovely, the food yummmmy, and wait staff... not so much! First we watied eons for our sommalier, then we waited eons for our bottles of wine - so long that we asked our waitress WHERE the wine was... then we got the wine set on the table, but the sommalier was MIA and we couldn't open the bottles with our hands so we waited again. In fairness, after speaking with the GM, we were offered a free bottle of bubbly - and the food IS amazing - and the decor IS lovely - so I will be back. And hoping for stronger service... but back nonetheless.

Pros: amazing food, decor really sets a nice nyc-chic-mood, good background music, location (few places in midtown are sweet like this)

Cons: hit-or-miss service

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What a great discovery! I made reservations here for a friend's baby shower. They gave us a nice table with a few extra seats for the presents. While I would not say it is a great spot for kids, we had 3 two-year-olds with us, and the hostesses and staff were very accomodating. You must try the eggplant and goat cheese lasagna for appetizer and the warm caramel center chocolate tart!!!

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★★★★☆

What a great discovery! I made reservations here for a friend's baby shower. They gave us a nice table with a few extra seats for the presents. While I would not say it is a great spot for kids, we had 3 two-year-olds with us, and the hostesses and staff were very accomodating. You must try the eggplant and goat cheese lasagna for appetizer and the warm caramel center chocolate tart!!!

Pros: The warm caramel center chocolate cake, decorations

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I recently had the pleasure to dine at Amalia and what a memorable evening it was. Upon my entrance, my senses were greeted by the intensity of wonderful aromas and breathtaking design elements. I was surprised to find the restaurant filled to capacity early on a Thursday evening. Everyone from the host who greeted me to bartender who mixed my first cocktail set the tone for a special evening. I had the Shrimp Fideau (spelling?) which was an amazing paella-style dish wth toasted pasta, clams and mussels. My friend had the Stuffed Sea Bass that was equally delicious as well as beautifully presented. The desserts were equally impressive. I had a Chocolat Tart with a salted caramel center that I strongly encourage everyone to try, especially if you love chocolate. Otherwise, I reccomend the Pear Tatin as well. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgable without being stiff and stuffy as some might expect. He encouraged us to have after dinner drinks in the lounge downstairs called D'OR. The lounge is like some secret cavernous club that is very easy to get comfortable in , stay way too long, and drink way too much. Very, very cool! I am very excited to see a place like this in the area. I will definitely be back soon.

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★★★★★

I recently had the pleasure to dine at Amalia and what a memorable evening it was. Upon my entrance, my senses were greeted by the intensity of wonderful aromas and breathtaking design elements. I was surprised to find the restaurant filled to capacity early on a Thursday evening. Everyone from the host who greeted me to bartender who mixed my first cocktail set the tone for a special evening. I had the Shrimp Fideau (spelling?) which was an amazing paella-style dish wth toasted pasta, clams and mussels. My friend had the Stuffed Sea Bass that was equally delicious as well as beautifully presented. The desserts were equally impressive. I had a Chocolat Tart with a salted caramel center that I strongly encourage everyone to try, especially if you love chocolate. Otherwise, I reccomend the Pear Tatin as well. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgable without being stiff and stuffy as some might expect. He encouraged us to have after dinner drinks in the lounge downstairs called D'OR. The lounge is like some secret cavernous club that is very easy to get comfortable in , stay way too long, and drink way too much. Very, very cool! I am very excited to see a place like this in the area. I will definitely be back soon.

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Amalia is named for Sigmund Freud's mother, and one can imagine her son would have a field day analyzing the competing textures and patterns flowing through the two-story space. Glass-ensconsed beams, baroque paintingsā€¦

 

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