Amma is the Hindi word for “mother,” and if you let Mom take care of you—there’s a seven-course tasting menu for $50 per person—you’ll thank her later. The courteous waitstaff will help you sort out the à la carte menu. You might try crisp fried okra or bhel puri, a lighter interpretation of the classic street food. Thick, buttery tandoor-grilled lamb chops are perfectly complemented by pear chutney. Bread and rice cost extra: Order a side of nicely charred nan to scoop up the tangy sauce of the tender chicken tikka masala. Cut the apron strings? Never.
246 E 51st St
|Cross street:||between Second and Third Aves|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon–2:45pm, 5–10:15pm|
|Transport:||Subway: E to Lexington Ave–53rd St, 6 to 51st St|
|Price:||Average main course: $28. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|