Amali Mediterranean Restaurant

Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. (photo from AmaliNYC.com)
Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. (photo from AmaliNYC.com)

My recent venture to Amali Mediterranean Restaurant reminded me that dining out in New York City is always enjoyable. That is especially so if you enjoy the food and are delighted with the entire “restaurant” experience. The other evening was one of those nights. I met a friend at Amali, located at 115 E. 60th Street– the whole “experience” was great.

The spirit of Amali’s cuisine is inspired by the Mediterranean way of life. Their fare emphasizes vegetables, olive oil, cheese, grains, and fish. They present a menu that reflects the historical cuisines of Greece, Italy, France, and Spain.

 



With a wine list offering about 400 selections, Amali has been described as “daring” by The New York Times and as “one of the best Mediterranean selections in Midtown” by New York Magazine. Amali states that “they are committed to working with family farms and small-scale fishing boats and with natural winemakers.” Everything that I experienced during my dining experience reflected these choices.

Here are some photos reflecting my impressions of this delightful restaurant.

Exterior view of Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Exterior view of Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Entrance to Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Entrance to Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Here is the inside of the restaurant, which I found very warm, cozy, and comfortable.

Bar seating at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Bar seating at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Dining area at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Dining area at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

So what to order?

I chose the Grilled Lemon Chicken with New Potatoes and Caramelized Lemon Jus. It was fabulous and prepared just right, from the chicken to the potatoes. It was great!

Pretzeled bread with whipped butter with pepper, olive oil, and salt on top arrived first. The combination of those flavorings and spices on the bread pretzel was marvelous!

Pretzelized bread at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Pretzelized bread at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Whipped butter, olive oil and spices for the hot, fresh pretzelized bread at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Whipped butter, olive oil, and spices for the hot, fresh pretzelized bread at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

The Grilled Lemon Chicken.

Grilled lemon chicken with vegetables at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Grilled lemon chicken with vegetables at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

And, of course, there was a delicious cup of fresh, hot coffee to end a lovely evening.

Fresh hot coffee at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Fresh hot coffee at Amali Mediterranean Restaurant. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.


 



I definitely recommend Amali if you’re in the Midtown area. It won’t disappoint!

Before you go, here’s one of my favorite Mediterranean Chicken recipes.

Sora’s Lemon Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.
3. Place chicken breasts in an oven-safe baking dish and pour the olive oil mixture over them, making sure they are coated well.
4. Add the chicken broth to the dish and arrange the lemon slices around the chicken.
5. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
6. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear.
7. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.

Enjoy!

Amali Mediterranean Restaurant

115 E 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 339-8363

Menu: amalinyc.com

Reservations: opentable.comresy.com

Readers may also enjoy our reviews of Balade Lebanese RestaurantBG at Fifth in Bergdorf GoodmanLokal Mediterranean RestaurantCathédrale French RestaurantNice MatinOceans New York,  Edgar’s Cafe, and Via Quadronna Off Madison.

 

 

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