By Betty Taylor
Make your next meal a Mediterranean one – and more importantly, a mouthwatering one at that – when you dig in at Amali, Midtown East’s most authentic and healthy hot spot. Amali’s airy, intimate aesthetic is inspired by the pace and poshness of the Mediterranean way of life. Enjoy diet friendly yet delectable items made mostly with vegetables, olive oil, cheese, grains, and fish.
Greece and Italy are known for their healthy and earthy, yet delicious dishes, and Amali offerings include both traditional and modern twists on these historical cuisines. Your scrumptious plates are also sustainable – that’s because they work with local family farms, small scale fishing boats and natural winemakers. Savor your meal while sipping on a glass of wine – the hard part is choosing from a list of over 400 bottles!
With intimate seating in a dining room made up of detailed décor as well as four private dining rooms, you can bring a date, a friend or your whole family. Start your Mediterranean meal with Labneh, made with herbs, chili and toasted garlic or Skordalia, a potato, almond and parsley delicacy. Their fresh seafood is a must try – especially the Spanish Octopus, made with Black Garlic, Frisse, Meyer Lemon, and Little Neck Clams, with orange butter, prosciutto breadcrumbs and marjoram. When you taste the Roasted Sunchokes with Brussels sprouts, almond and feta, or Ancient Grains with green goddess, borlotti beans and sprouts, you’ll think you’re eating dessert instead of your vegetables!
Find your new favorite dish with their Frascatelli pasta, made with calamari, red prawn, king crab and breadcrumb. The Cavatelli, composed of braised lamb, saffron, pecorino, and mint, is also deliriously delightful. Recommended entrées include Cascun Farms Half Chicken with fingerling potatoes, brown butter and herbs and the Black Bass with grilled Treviso, black olives and bagna cauda. You can also share these palatable plates with the Salt Baked Whole Dorade or Happy Valley Farms Dry Aged Ribeye for two. Their desserts are also taken very seriously – don’t miss out on Olive Oil Cake with ricotta gelato, orange and fennel pollen, or the Chocolate, with morello cherry, luxardo cherry, and Chantilly. Make sure to stop by whenever you’re in the area – they offer lunch, brunch and midday menus.
Amali’s extensive wine menu includes picks from Greece, Italy and France, and their creative cocktails, such as the Black Eagle with Hillrock solera cask bourbon, sweet vermouth and black walnut bitters, and La Dolce Vita, made with Bacardi, fig jam, sage and orange bitters, are expertly crafted.
Let’s just say you better get ready to live La Dolce Vita at this authentic Mediterranean inspired eatery.