Erminia Ristorante

4.8
945 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
Reviews from verified diners
945 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
84%
Very Good
13%
Good
2%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.9
ambience
4.5
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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D
New York Area
103 reviews
2.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

NOT ROMANTIC BUT RUSHED. I have never been this critical but we sat at 7:00 and dinner was finished at 7:40, I kid you not
Too bad food was outstanding

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DB
Birmingham
2 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treating our granddaughter to a trip to New York for her high school graduation present. She actually said dinner at Erminia was her favorite thing we did!!

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PJ
New York Area
17 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved dinner at Erminia and can’t believe I hadn’t been there prior. The decor is very sweet, service excellent and the food was absolutely delicious. It was a bit loud for being such a small intimate setting but it did not detract from the experience. Can’t wait to return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming

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JP
1 review
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great romantic place, my wife and I celebrated our 20 years anniversary with a trip to Manhattan and this is the place I wanted to visit and have a special dinner for the occasion...we will be back!

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Y
New York Area
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went to Erminia for a date night and even on a Monday, 9 out of the maybe 12 tables were occupied. Despite its obvious popularity, the ambiance is quiet and romantic. The food was really exceptional - I had the artichokes and a gorgeous ribeye special, and my boyfriend had grilled octopus and lamb shanks. Service was courteous and helpful but not overbearing. One of the nicest, most romantic restaurants I’ve been to in a long time!

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RF
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not my first time here, but as always the service and food here is outstanding. The ambience is wonderful and romantic. Absolutely love it and will continue coming here.

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B
Charleston
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time my bride and I visited Erminia. We came on our first anniversary at the recommendation of a close friend. We visited again the past Saturday night (6/30/18) for a late celebration of my wife's birthday. There are many things that aren't quite the same the second time you experience them; however, the second dining experience at Erminia was equally as good if not better than our first visit. The romantic ambiance is magnificent and probably only surpassed by the incredible service and most amazing food. The staff is incredible and makes you feel like family. The food is indescribable for this Southern boy! We may live in South Carolina, but every time we visit NYC, we will dine at Erminia. Even if you live on the West Side or down in Soho, make the effort to visit this wonderful restaurant!!!

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l
New York Area
34 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply a great place to have a quiet dinner with excellent service and food...

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LD
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This cosy Roman Italian restaurant features roasted artichokes as an appetizer and they did not disappoint. Nor did my veal scallopini with a generous accompaniment of a vegetable, sauteed mushrooms , and perfectly roasted potatoes. The sauce was sublime! The atmosphere invites one to linger over a delicious tirimisu and expresso. The experience was quite lovely.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Outstanding service, amazing food, and a truly romantic atmosphere.

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j
New York Area
90 reviews
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

my first visit to this neighborhood gem. it is small, perhaps a dozen tables. The food and service was excellent. I am surprised this restaurant is not better known. The only negative was the couple seated at the next table who couldn't keep the hands and mouths off each other.

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Miami
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance, the service and the food!!! Charming, romantic restaurant.

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B
New York Area
51 reviews
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No surprises; great food, wine, service, and atmosphere!! Bruno took the night off, still, the staff maintains a high, wonderful standard!!

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DM
1 review
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised with this wonderful restaurant.
Very small but somehow it really works. Great staff,ambiance
And food. This will be a place I will always go to.

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NY
New York Area
79 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate romantic setting, attentive gracious service, outstanding food, a gem!

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LM
1 review
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erminia was every bit as expected and then some. The food was outstanding, wait staff amiable and attentive, and the atmosphere simply lovely. If you are looking for a quiet, romantic setting with delicious authentic Italian food, you will not be disappointed. Don't hesitate to go!

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f
New York Area
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to Erminia once or twice before, years ago, but had forgotten how lovely it was just in terms of decor; it is magical as soon as you step inside. This time I took two teenagers, a brother and a sister, to dinner there. They knew how good it was (and teenagers aren't always easy to please). I had what were possibly the best soft shell crabs that I had ever eaten. Everything, food and service and ambiance, was as good as could be desired.

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GB
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurant in the city, if not the most. The food is great, and the place is magical. It is on the expensive scale but not outrages. And totally worth it.

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PO
1 review
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erminia was fantastic. Lovely dinner, great ambiance, excellent staff. Try the Truffle Gnocchi.

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PW
New York Area
4 reviews
4.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Years ago we moved a few blocks away and forgot about this gem. It is charming, romantic, and a lovely spot for a quiet evening. The staff is excellent and has been there for years.

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MA
1 review
1.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The ambience is lovely: small, brick and wood interior with soft lighting, and quiet enough for conversation without needed to whisper. However, if you’re not a ‘regular’ expect to be treated as a second-class guest. With only a dozen tables, an ample service staff and the owner on site, one would expect the service to be spot-on. But never have I seen a staff more adept at avoiding eye contact and ignoring customers that, by proximity, they are forced to pass constantly. It’s a shame that this lovely jewel of a restaurant is “not open to the public!”

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b
New York Area
40 reviews
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted at the door with a smile.
Seated immediately.
Bread basket arrived within a minute.
Drinks followed without delay.
Waiter was most cordial and very knowledgeable about the preparation of the selections.
Food was absolutely fabulous from start to finish.
Could not have asked for a nicer dining experience.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined here for our 1st anniversary and we enjoyed it tremendously. The atmosphere was quiet and intimate. The food and delicious and the service was excellent as well. They even went to the market and got my wife’s favorite flowers that I requested and had them on our table while we ate. This is a wonderful restaurant. I would highly recommend it.

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JC
1 review
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely amazing. The proportions are just perfect and the service is outstanding! My italian favorite restaurant.

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T
New York Area
11 reviews
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection from the opening of the door.....staff, food, ambiance all something special and memorable

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J
1 review
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great little place with dim lighting and candles throughout the place. Food is a bit expensive but very tasty. If you have a special dinner this is a great place for a date. Waitstaff was great and there was no problem throughout the night.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in town!

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l
New York Area
33 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great...friendly, competent service, excellent food...I think it is the best Italian restaurant in the area....

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M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary! It was a beautiful romantic experience! The ambiance is cozy and the place has a super-attentive staff!! Food was just divine! 😊

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ML
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

THe place is very small, but has a great feeling of not being in NYC. It seems to have staff that have been working there for years. Which shows it is a great place to be and to eat at. The staff was wonderful in allowing me to wait for my date. The service is very professional.
The only complaint is when the shave off the fresh parmesan cheese it goes all over the table. Not a big deal, thought it would be little more perfect.
Glad I went and would go again.

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TX
Washington DC
6 reviews
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The suggestions made to us were right on and even though the place was full we had attention when needed and were left alone to enjoy at other times. Food was very good. The atmosphere was romantic and comfortable. The prices were very reasonable for the food, service and neighborhood. A very enjoyable evening.

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AW
New York Area
15 reviews
4.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Reservation handled professionally. Lovely space. Excellent service. Food very good but portions too small for the price.

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R
Calgary
72 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were on a special trip to New York for my 50th birthday. I had read an article about local gems on the upper east side and decided to book Erminia. It was fabulous! The restaurant is small and cozy with a very personal feel. The food was delicious and the service exceptional. A wonderful find for a special occasion!

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MR
New York Area
20 reviews
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this very special restaurant. The food was fresh and delicious. The service was excellent and the ambiance wonderful. Will definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing top to bottom!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love them!

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p
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Haven’t been here in many years it was delicious then and delicious now

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AW
1 review
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as usual cannot be between in NYC, accommodated both my requests for a specific table and flowers to be brought to the table. Amazing service with lovely people.

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SO
1 review
5.0Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and atmosphere were fantastic. It was our 20th anniversary and they put a little candle on the desert we ordered. Our wine and water glasses were never empty...they really took care of us. I ordered one of the specials....loved it!

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