Erminia Ristorante

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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.
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Orlando
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls night out, lovely evening with friends and food was fabulous.

T
Houston
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Thus place is renowned for its ambiance, but the Caesar, Filet of Sole in lemon & caper sauce, and angel hair pasta in olive oil sauce were all world class.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a date and was not disappointed. The ambiance was so nice, very quiet, dim lights. Very romantic and the food was delicious. My lady friend loved every second of it and the service was superb

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my older teens, and we had a blast, but ideal for couples.

SW
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely service, very good food, and a very special atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with one of my best friends and on a date. Perfect for both. A romantic, dark, cozy restaurant that has some of the best food.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely dining experience.
Will return on my next trip to NYC.

JT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an anniversary dinner with my wife and everything was perfect. The staff (Bruno and Juan) were very professional and welcoming. The food and wine were beyond delicious. But the best feature about this restaurant is its atmosphere. It feels like you're in a small wooden cabin in the woods, lighten by a few bulbs and candles. You will need a reservation for this place, as we did. Every table was reserved by the time we got there (including ours, of course). The only thing that could improve is the music they play. Most of the night it was OK, but then it suddenly changed to pop hits, which broke the atmosphere a bit.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic. It was our anniversary. Food is excellent and made from scratch 👌🏻 exactly the way it should be!

PM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Erminia and don;t forget those yummy specials!!

AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Civilized dining experience. The homemade cannolis were a poem!

T
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dine by candlelight in this dimly lit restaurant on the upper east side. Attentive service, nice reasonably priced selection of wines but no liquor if you’re a martini kind of guy. Ample choice of apps and mains. Non hip, mature clientele.

c
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely! Fresh true Italian food. A hidden gem.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here twice and both times have been next level amazing. Food is exquisite, service is old school professional, ambience is romantic. All in all one of my favourite places in NY!

J
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wine was great. Ambience was nice, intimate and romantic. However, what I really came for was the food - I surprised my boyfriend with an intimate birthday dinner, however, the main meal kind of fell flat for me. My boyfriends dish tasted good but mine (it was a special that day - a spaghetti with a spicy sauce and lobster/jumbo shrimps) - the sauce was not spicy and was completely lacking in flavor as was the lobster. I wanted to treat us to a nice and fancy dinner , since this is out of my spending budget, but I was disappointed to have paid $35 for a dish that did not meet such high expectations. Overall the vibe of the place was great and the service was on par but I think the food needs to amped up to the next level or prices changed.

B
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruno and his staff consistently serve wonderful food and wine in a lovely, warm setting.

f
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner - romantic and quiet. Excellent service, delicious food, good wine, small romantic spot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went here on our honeymoon. It was the most romantic restaurant I’ve ever been too! It is a must! I loved everything about it!

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been wanting to try this place for a while ever since I finally discovered it recently after living on the UES for almost 10 years. It was amazing! The food was insane. I cannot wait to go back. I was with people who are VERY hard to impress and have a thousand favorite Italian spots but they were ecstatic with the food. 5 stars all the way! Also the staff is amazing!

VL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a find! It's a tiny spot tucked in from the corner. Very unassuming sign so you might walk past it. Once inside it is very charming. Host and staff are lovely. Good prices on wine list. Food is excellent.

f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food at reasonable prices. If you’re trying to escape the loud noise that is part of the ambience of so many places these days, this is the ideal spot!

GI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and setting.

HR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cozy dining on great food and service!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Super cute place but it is very small. Food was amazing no complaints. Very cute ambiance but definitely wouldn’t recommend for a party more than 2.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb. Great food, ambiance and service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and especially loved (in addition to the meal itself) the fact that we were able to sit and sit without being pressured to order or, once we did, to eat quickly. The table was ours for the evening and it was a special one indeed—such a beautiful and cozy gem.

C
Naples
81 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely, quiet dinner - our last in a 4-day long vacation in New York. The subdued intimacy of this very small restaurant allowed us to unwind and enjoy ourselves tremendously.
The menu is not extensive, but the quality of the food, at some of the most reasonable prices we saw during our stay, and the hospitality of the service staff were both welcome and truly appreciated.

r
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I stumbled onto Erminia's with my wife about 7yrs ago and instantly fell in love with this place. It's a small charming European style restaurant near my Comic Strip comedy club. Reservations are a must since there are only 11 tables. If no reservation, give it a try anyway. That's how I first found it. It's a very romantic place that's dimly lit and the food is phenomenal. There's a nice wine list with prices that will suit all budgets including by the glass selections. The service has always been friendly and attentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most romantic dinner ever

AW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our engagement night, it has a been our favourite go to dining spot in NYC for 2 years now and we are never disappointed, simply put the best Italian in the US.

r
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary dinner

j
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erminia is amazing, as always. The most romantic restaurant in UES, I think, and the food and service are outstanding. Just like in Italy.

V
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in an intimate and charming atmosphere

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish. A real treat!

a
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tables were a little too close. Only one route to the rest room

B
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Month after month, year after year Bruno and his attentive staff serve wonderful food and wine. Never anything less than terrific!!

SG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was great here. One of our party had the steak and really enjoyed it. Pasta with vongole also excellent. Service is properly paced and they don’t rush you. This is a great place for dinner with friends as noise level is low.

S
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been going for 30 plus years. Superb!!!
It’s one of the best restaurants in NY.

CS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place would recommend to anyone for a special occasion or romantic dinner

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