About Erminia Ristorante

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.

250 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10020
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:45pm

Cross Street:
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 879-4284

Website:
http://www.erminiaristorante.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering is available.

Public Transit:
4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street.

Private Party Facilities:
Private events can be held at the restaurant for up to 30 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Bruno : (212) 879-4284

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine

Erminia Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Special Occasion (24)
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Cozy (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Authentic (12)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (4)
Casual (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Perfect as always. Great food, service, and wine!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was great, decor was cozy and service was excellent! I will be back

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

This was the place that I went on my first date 3 years ago. Friday night was the evening we celebrated my proposal. Ambiance is perfect. It's a Charming place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 5 days ago

If you’re looking for classic, “cozy by the fire” romance with extremely attentive service, this is the place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing experience; the food and service were great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

It is our special
place. Old school, gracious service and a quiet gem in a sea of NY foodie hype.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The Food, Service, and Overall Experience were fantastic I would highly recommend

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and great service. I have been here a few times and have recommended it to a few people and they have all enjoyed the experience. A perfect spot for a special date.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Second visit, love this place! The food is delicious, hearty Italian.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Definitely a 10 in every way!!!!!!!!! A jewel that will assure a very special intimate evening..... service was incredible and welcoming!! Looking forward to returning!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Another enjoyable dinner at Erminia Ristorante. Service was prompt and courteous. The food was prepared very well. I have nothing but good things to say about this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

In a word, spectacular. Warm, friendly service, great food, great atmosphere, great dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The restaurant was romantic and the perfect setting for a valentines date with my girlfriend. The staff was welcoming and personable, and we felt very valued. The food was delicious - both of our meals (veal and chicken) were great and I would also highly recommend the octopus appetizer and crème brûlée for dessert! Everything tasted fresh and authentic, and the restaurant itself was brilliantly decorated. Loved it, highly recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Always wanted to eat here and about a month ago we did, and it was delightful. We brought our daughter and her friend back about a week ago, and it was a different experience.

The lasagna was overcooked and salty. The clams oreganata were filled with breading and salty. They brought my wife the wrong dish and when they finally brought out her bolognese, it was over salted, nothing like the first time we had it here. Everybody was done with their main course by the time hers arrived. They didn't so much as offer to take the item off the bill for the inconvenience or offer desserts or after dinner drinks for the table.

You would have thought the host was an amateur, though we know he has been here for years.
To top it off they started shutting off the interior lights while we were still exiting the dining room.
Just a warning Erminia has good nights and some very bad nights...

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vip
 (Montana)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very solid Italian food in a nice room. Not at the "foodie" level but very enjoyable. Some of the tables are very close together, so it's tough to have a private conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

this was one of the most beautiful restaurants I've ever been to! We had such a wonderful experience. Best atmosphere I've ever had dining, and incredible food. would love to come back!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were in town for one night only and decided to check out this tiny Upper East restaurant. Food was quite good, but service was slow and restaurant is super cramped. Only one tiny bathroom which could have been on an airplane.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Predictable and uninteresting. A cliche of what used to be considered Italian food. The salad and burrata were quite good, everything else, from the glass of red wine to the pasta, was not up to par. I don't like to give a bad review, but this was a disappointment.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Food and service are consistently excellent. Staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and able to give good suggestions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

I have been there a number of times and The food and service has always been good. It also has a charming cozy atmosphere that is quite romantic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Food, service, ambiance, wine, all very good for a small “cosy” neighborhood restaurant.
Have and will return!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great friendly staff with great pasta. House tiramisu could be a little better.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I love Erminia, such a romantic oasis! I have a feeling the chef or menu have changed, but it was still good. We don't live in NYC so do not go often, but always enjoy the atmosphere, nice service and food.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The place is tiny but very pretty. You are greeted nicely, but the staff seems in a hurry to remove plates even though the place was only a quarter filled. Also, there was not enough space between the appetizer and the main dish. I felt rushed. My main dish was delicious and a good-sized portion. The appetizer was quite small. I do not seem why they need to charge $52 for their least expensive wine when the same bottle can be bought for around $15. I would go back if their wine prices were more reasonable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

As good as it gets - excellent food; friendly, attentive and unpretentious service.
Ambiance feels cozy and homey - similar to restaurants I’ve dined in in Italy. After one visit, it’s become one of my favorite restaurants in NY. I look forward to going back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Lovely old world ambience and delicious food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Cozy atmosphere. Perfect for conversation. Food was very good and service also very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Erminia has become our favorite place for a date in Manhattan. It's like a little UES secret. Love this joint. If it's not on the menu they just make it anyway.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Love Erminia!! We spent NYE 2018 at Erminia and it was an all-around fantastic experience. The menu was delicious - there were four of us and we had the tuna tartare and scallops to start, then we had the veal ravioli and gnocchi, and for our entrees we had the filet mignon , veal scallopini, and Dover sole - Evertyhing Was Delicious!! Service was super-friendly, attentive and we’ve always loved the cozy, quaint Erminia atmosphere. We went to Erminia for the first in time in 1990 after getting engaged and have been going back for the reliable, consistent and all-around great experience. Thanks Erminia!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing and a must do experience!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fabulous food, attentive service, lovely Italian wine. Don’t miss this place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Year’s Eve. The food was delicious and service impeccable.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

An old fashion quiet place where the food, the people and the atmosphere is superb. This is what a restaurant should be like!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful meal and ambiance. Had a pre- show dinner with tight schedule, wish we could have lingered.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food. Great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always an enjoyable experience. Lovely atmosphere, delicious choices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I had always wanted to go to Erminia's. I decided it was finally time, so I chose to go here for a pre-Christmas dinner with some friends. It turns out they had also always wanted to go here but never had. The dinner was fabulous and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We shared dishes and everything was phenomenal from the bucatini, veal scallopini, to the desserts. Enjoyed every bite with great service that never interrupted our conversation. Italian food as it should be, bringing us back to Italy once again. Highly recommended!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Erminia is a tiny Italian restaurant with great food and great service. The space is really small, only about 15 tables. The lighting is very dim and each table has a candle. The food was delicious and the service was attentive but not overbearing. We had the meatball appetizer and baked clam appetizer. Both were delicious, but especially the meatball. For entrees we had the truffle gnochi and short rib pasta special. Delicious. I would recommend this place for a romantic date or nice night with a friend.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Absolutely delicious! The entire staff was so friendly & everything from the Prosecco to the food was delicious! We celebrated my husbsnd’s birthday there & it was so cozy & romantic! Dining by candlelight was so nice. You won’t be sorry you came to eat here!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic
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