Erminia Ristorante

4.8
1011 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Erminia, opened in 1982, is New York City’s most romantic restaurant. Obtaining some of the Zagat Survey’s most highly rated scores for food, service and décor each year, the Roman influenced Italian food is second to none on the Upper East Side. Forbes Magazine twice selected Erminia as its number one Top Pick for food. Most diners agree that the original concoctions prepared here will win the hearts of all those who come to experience the fare. The Swiss Alps cabin-like atmosphere accents the rustic feel at Erminia.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:45pm
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Phone number
(212) 879-4284
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Private events can be held at the restaurant for up to 30 guests.
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Private party contact
Bruno : (212) 879-4284
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Catering
Off-site catering is available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
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Public transit
4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street.
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 1011 People Are Saying
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AP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Erminia is a very small neighborhood Italian restaurant well-known for its romantic candle-lit ambiance. It's a great place for date or special occasion.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuve una cena maravillosa a la luz de las velas. La comida fue sensacional y el servicio espléndido. Si se quiere personalizado, pregunte por Pepe, el maitre. Fue una noche inolvidable, de seguro volveremos.


jacques ergas

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Erminia ! The wait staff is excellent and the food is fantastic ! We have dined there multiple times over the past five years !

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F
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

wonderful little gem on upper East side with great ambiance, service, and food. Have been many times before but not in last 2 years. Food and service very good....shared the burrata, and octopus and I had Halibut special and my wife the veal chop. While Erminia does not offer hard liquor, they have a good reasonably priced wine list. Will definitely visit again.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredibly cute and intimate restaurant! I had such a fantastic time here with my boyfriend, and the service was perfect. The food came appropriately fast, and every dish was exquisitely made. Definitely will be coming back here again!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely! It was great

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been here several times
always lives up to expectations
great food and service
lovely room that sets the mood

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GT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place. It is welcoming, has high quality cuisine and it's quiet enough to talk normally!

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j
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been coming here for years and the food never disappoints. The service is attentive and it's a romantic atmosphere. We brought some Italian friends visiting from Italy a few years ago and they still remember it fondly. The only caveat is that it is a very small space. If you happen to go when there is a larger party (like the party of 10 that was there when we went), it can feel a bit cramped and a little loud. They have also added music--granted it was at a low volume--but it just added to the general noise . It would have been better without it. Still, we'd go back in a heartbeat. It's terrific food and a great spot.

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MW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Staff attentive but not too much. Lovely, intimate space.

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SG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food here. Everything is so well cooked. Portions are just right. Service does not rush you. This restaurant is nice and quiet so you can enjoy the conversation.

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CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely tucked away secret spot. Had a lovely anniversary dinner here. Service is superb. The staff knows their pairings very well and even brought out our appetizer in two bowls after mentioning we'd share. Can get noisy as I can imagine couples/friends/neighborhood people frequent here. Would return. Slightly pricey for what you get. Tho you do get privacy and a nice candle-lit table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening celebrating our 30th anniversary. Romantic ambience and attentive service. Food was excellent!

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CE
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate space, great food, excellent service, and ideal ambiance. We were the last table on a Saturday night, and we did not feel rushed in the slightest. Feels like you are eating in a home more so than in a restaurant, in a good way.

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RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance,service and food were excellent . The music was appropriate for the occasion

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance. Love this place!

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Phoenix
53 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing wrong with Erminia is that they do not serve any drinks other than wine and beer.

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m
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent but the food was nothing special.

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PW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming neighborhood place, even romantic. Some of the staff has been there for decades. They are careful, very Italian and not stuffy. Best for family and friends. Reasonably priced wine list with interesting Italian wines. The specials were fairly priced.

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WJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We have not visited Erminia for at least 25 years and our dinner on Monday evening made it clear that we have been missing out on a gem. The excellent yet utterly unpretentious food, welcoming service, gently lit woody ambiance and intimate, conversational acoustic environment made us feel immediately at home - or should I say back at home. We will return, certainly and frequently.

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A spectacular dinner served in a quiet, cozy setting by a wonderful, friendly staff. From the wine to the appetizers to an exquisite seafood risotto and the napoleon its cloys light pastry cream and flaky pastry, it was a night to remember from beginning to end. We will be going back again and again and again. Bravo Erminia!

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JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful romantic restaurant . The menu has several choices. Our meals were delicious and will definitely return .

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HR
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service,and setting. Will transport you to Roma. Try the orecchiette, and don’t miss the Dover Sole.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy and romantic restaurant! Food is delicious! Service is great! It is a perfect spot for any special occasion.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food

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JF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic old world Italian ambiance and food with wonderful service.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had our one year anniversary dinner at Erminia, and we enjoyed it tremendously! Service was prompt, atmosphere was right, very romantic, and the food was superb. A wonderful experience to celebrate a wonderful occasion. 10/10

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Roman cuisine!
Thank you to the staff and owner for making an exception and allowing us to celebrate a NYC honors bravery medal in our casual clothes.
♥️

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E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to go here for a long time and this was a special occasion. The ambiance was charming,
it was perfect. It was quiet so we could actually talk to each other and hear the response. The wine
list was amazing, but my favorite was not on it and they told me not to worry they had it.
The menu was a problem...we wanted everything! The gnocchi with a truffle cream sauce
must be eaten one by one slowly, it is so amazing. At that point, you think that nothing could
be better but the entree was this incredibly flavored grilled shrimp, crunchy mushrooms and
an arugula salad. We were so satisfied there was no room for dessert.

We can't wait to go again.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Cute, very intimate space so even though there were only 30 people it was noisier than expected. The service was fantastic, my husbands meal was excellent

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I first came to Erminia about 25 years ago. I keep it ONLY for when I want to take a person who's exceptionally important to me, so they realize how much they mean to me.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Romantic. Great service. Good
Food. Cheesecake was heavenly!!

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SH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious and lovely. We went pre-Cafe Carlyle and had such an exceptional meal. Was delightful to return to a neighborhood find and be still charming.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyable meal in a cozy, relaxed room. Will go back!

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O
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was average, but the ambience was wonderful and the service excellent. Prices were reasonable.

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j
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. Had fresh made pasta special. The room is very small with table close togethr

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Roman Italian food in a small and romantic environment. The food is consistently excellent.

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B
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years Bruno and his staff serve great food and wine in a lovely setting. We visit whenever we can!

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DL
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience. I wanted an affogatto but they didn’t have vanilla ice cream so the owner sent someone to the store to get some so I could have my affogatto. Amazing!

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LC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice meal here. Started off with the artichoke appetizer which I would highly recommend.

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