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Erminia Ristorante - Permanently Closed

4.8
4.8
1225 Reviews
$50 and over
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:45pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 879-4284

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available.

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Bruno : (212) 879-4284

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street.

  • Additional

    Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 1,225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. UE

    UESfoodie

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant. Service, food, ambiance all amazing! Sad to see it close.
  2. J

    John

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Sorry this is their penultimate evening of service at this location as food, service and restaurant decor/ambience are very enjoyable. Look forward to their next iteration.
  3. GE

    GailE

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful dining experience!!
  4. SC

    ShaunC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed Erminia Ristorante! The atmosphere was great and very romantic. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and welcoming!
  5. CG

    CliffordG

    New York Area

    166 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    166 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On Tuesday, December 24, 2019, my wife and I had dinner there. It was excellent. We had the appetizer of the octopus salad. We had branzino. It was a special. Very moist. My wife had the berry Zaba. I had a cannoli. The service was also excellent. The room was quiet. The food was balanced.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing restaurant and the perfect place to ask my girlfriend for her hand in marriage! Quiet and intimate, with amazing staff and wonderful food. Thank you
  7. DA

    DanA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We so enjoyed this fabulous restaurant. It was one of the highpoints of our New York visit. Nothing could have been better?
  8. ES

    ErikS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Highly recommended... amazing food and ambience with high quality service.
  9. NY

    NYCdweller

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Perfect romantic evening spot!
  10. c

    chasda

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sad to hear it is closing, hurry up and dine before they say good bye. Excellent food, service and atmosphere.
  11. w

    wootwoot

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was magical. Wonderful restaurant, staff and food!
  12. NN

    NinaN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yes!!! Amazing quaint Italian ambiance and wonderful food. Intimate!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for an intimídate birthday dinner with my fiancé. VERY IMPRESSED. Food was delicious. Service impecable. Would highly recommend!!
  14. RG

    RachelG

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Erminia. The food is delicious. You definitely want a reservation - it's very tiny.
  15. C

    Consigliere

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    While the items we ordered were fairly good, the service at the beginning of the early evening dinner, despite being a very small and intimate dining room, seemed a little disjointed with the several of the attending wait staffers and maitre d's forgetting requested items. The grilled octopus was a bit mushy missing that crispiness on the outside and the while the fettuccine bolognese had the spicy tang the pasta was a bit too al dente. We'll give Erimina another go soon too see it improves to the level its raters have given it.
  16. FW

    FredW

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent Filet of Sole, Veal Milanese and Pumpkin Ravioli. Appetizers and salads likewise delicious. Small quiet restaurant conducive to conversation. Service very good and not rushed. I will definitely return.
  17. MM

    MichelinMan

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As is always the case, an awesome dining experience.
  18. TS

    TedS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places. Warm, welcoming atmosphere, terrific service, romantic ambience, nice menu and wine list and good food.
  19. f

    friend87

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Erminia three or four times over the years. It's a restaurant that I have reserved for special occasions with someone else and don't just go to because it happens to be in my neighborhood (which it is). It is absolutely charming, which its tiny size contributes to, and it is marked by attentive service--never snobby despite some well-known clientele--and superior food. Highly recommended.
  20. M

    Matt

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Longtime guest, first review. I get to check 5 stars a lot, but rarely for ‘Value’ Look no further than the wine list. Dinner was 10/10 as always.
  21. b

    bobby

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience from start to finish.
  22. JS

    JimS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there. Definitely will return. And soon!
  23. d

    donaldc

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food. Felt rushed to give up table after about 90 minutes
  24. NT

    NTB444

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Erminia is a gem, TINY and charming, food is amazing and if you would like something that is not on the menu they gladly accommodate. The place is a treasure!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very special gem of a place. Felt transported into a luscious, intimate place in Italy, with incredibly delicious food...
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great
  27. DI

    DavidI

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delight ambience, delicious food welcoming service
  28. g

    ginnigurl

    E. Tennessee

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have visited from Tennessee each time we go to New York, and we love the intimate size, along with great food and service. Highly recommend!
  29. GP

    GraziellaP

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious cute space with authentic Italian vibes and decor. Food was amazing, albeit a little expensive. Great time!
  30. CC

    CoreyC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt like in was in Italy from the moment I walked in. The staff were great. The food was delicious. Great selection of wine. A little in the expensive side. A whole bronzino was $40. Other than that. Perfection
  31. DB

    DanielleB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the ambiance of this restaurant. It's small and quiet. The service is exceptional and you feel like a dinner guest in Italy. The food is very yummy- the pastas are delicious and the wine is good, too!
  32. e

    erniev65

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this little gem on the upper east side of New York. Great Italian food and the personal service is always first rate. It's easy to get to by subway. A must to experience when in New York!
  33. a

    agib

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lovely little place that feels different than your typical night out in the neighborhood.
  34. A

    Angus

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as always. They also serve Terra Di Tufi which I can’t find anywhere else.
  35. J

    Jman1969

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Erminia did not disappoint. Great food served by an incredible staff in a quiet, romantic setting. Erminia is truly a gem on the Upper East Side.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprisingly beautiful and great food - such a gem!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Best meatballs I have ever had!
  38. T

    Texaswilly

    Atlanta

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small and romantic setting. Limited number of tables makes for personal service by all. My family enjoyed the entire experience. Food was excellent with the pasta tasting fresh and hand made. Cooked to perfection (I hate overcooked pasta, no problem here). Jose did a great job along with everybody else there, I wish I had learned the names of all of them because they deserve recognition for running such a unique place. Would visit over and over if we lived in Manhattan.
  39. EW

    EvanW

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, the candle lit room is incredible for a romantic evening. The staff is incredible and accommodating.
  40. SA

    ScottA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Erminias was fabulous as always. Every time I go to NY, it is on the list. Hard to find anything better.

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Erminia Ristorante - Permanently Closed is rated 4.8 stars by 1225 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:45pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 879-4284

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available.

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Bruno : (212) 879-4284

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