Erminia Ristorante

4.8
982 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 982 People Are Saying
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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
16 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
58 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
29 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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OT
Washington DC
5 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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b
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service and the food was excellent. It was a much smaller space than we expected but it was a great atmosphere

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G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, and ambience. A truly pleasurable meal

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very intimate dining experience with only about 12 tables. Everything was delicious and I look forward to returning. Best for a date night or special occasion.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. This small, quiet restaurant is great for couples and romantic dates. I liked the pace food was served, but we waited for 30 minutes until our waiter asked us about dessert. By then, we were already tired of waiting and wanted to go home.

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MZ
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian Cuisine in a very charming setting! Not inexpensive but we went for a wedding anniversary and it was worth every penny. Very good service and the owner is a charm.

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EP
London
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go, beautiful!! Great for romantic dates, special occasions and the food was incredible!! The people were super nice, I loved it!!!
Would definitely go back!!

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite go-to spots for special occasions. It's tiny but simply can't be beaten. Excellent food and service. We've never been disappointed on any level.

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B
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruno and his staff consistently serve great food in an intimate, beautiful setting!!

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m
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant! The food is superb. My husband and I shared 4 appetzers and each was delicous! This is not a place to bring a large crowd. Space is limited but perfect for a couple. The staff was extremely attentive. If you have a chance to enjoy a meal here or just a few appetizers, it's definitely worth it!

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LW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere and great service!

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P
Charlotte
54 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Italian restaurant anywhere. We have been going here for over 8 years now and love it every single time.

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l
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great in every way food ambience service ...a find on the Upper East Side

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TJ
Phoenix
62 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! We came in from AZ to celebrate our anniversary. I was told to find a romantic restaurant in NYC. After extensive on- line searches, i came across the site, read the reviews and decided this was the place. It had it all, since it was intimate, romantic and had great food. The ambiance was wonderful and the staff was friendly and fun, but not intrusive. Pepe allowed us to eat our dinner at a leisurely pace and enjoy the terrific food. (We normally eat in the midtown area, so this was a bit different.)

We both had salads; mine with exceptionally fresh mozzarella. My wife's entree was shrimp scampi, which she said was the best ever. I had fork-tender veal with just the right sides to compliment it. We had a problem in choosing dessert (they all sounded wonderful), but did try the tartufo which was a perfect ending for a perfect meal.

We are looking forward to returning.

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N
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are excellent at Erminia's; our second visit this year and we enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

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PM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very sweet, intimate and romantic place, with wonderful authentic food. Great service by very seasoned staff, including the owner. Chef is first rate, price (especially for the upper east side) is very reasonable. Very much recommended for a dinner where you can talk to your companion, take a date, anniversary, or just a wonderful night out.

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B
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years I've written great things about Bruno and his restaurant. I'm happy to say that nothing has changed; still, great food, wine and service in a beautiful setting!!

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RW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful! Pepe and his staff make you feel that you’re a guest in their home for a fabulous meal.

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D
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great for personal event. Not for businees event. Quaint with nice ambiance. Wonderful food.

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NR
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is really high quality. AND the quantity is certainly enough for people who like to eat. Great atmosphere..very old -school.
Feels like Italy to me!

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Erminias for our wedding anniversary. I was looking for a romantic restaurant with great food and that’s just what we found. The place is small, only 11 tables, with a romantic ambiance. The food was delicious, the service was fabulous and the wine list was perfect. We will definitely be back soon

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KT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love to come here. We live an hour away and it’s worth the trip.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal as always!

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ZW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my wife's birthday and had an excellent time! The food was great, the staff was very pleasant, and the atmosphere is very intimate

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D
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
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
Dined on July 11, 2018
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
19 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
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
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming

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JP
1 review
Dined 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
6 reviews
Dined 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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