Erminia Ristorante

4.8
1027 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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

ERMINIA WILL BE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU AND CELEBRATE YOUR NEW YEAR WITH US
WE WILL HAVE 3 SEATINGS
5 pm to 7 pm for $100 7pm to 9pm for $125 9.15 to close for $125 PLEASE NOTE CANCELLATION MUST BE MADE 48 HOURS BEFORE OR WE WILL CHARGE $100 PER PERSON.... WE WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY HEALTHY 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1027 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was on a Saturday night. Very busy and loud!!
Food was disappointing compared to my previous visits. I had veal I would stick to pasta if I go back

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s
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Crowded loud rushed

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JR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Won’t be my last. Already planning to propose there.

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K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Erminia. It is one restaurant where you can truly relax and enjoy great food. The staff and service are excellent. In one way it feels like you are going back in time to a quieter gentler era and on the other hand the food is very fresh, current and delicious. One of our favorites!

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Welcoming attentive and helpful staff. Cosy feel, but enough space. Highly recommended

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RC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

For an intimate sized room, we were surprised to be seated next to a table for a large group. They were quite exuberant, which didn't really go with the "romantic" ambiance the restaurant is known for. It also made conversation with my companion very difficult. I cannot fault the food or service, it just wasn't the experience I was expecting.

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PY
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, wine and service.

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D
Tulsa
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint and very good food. Serve CR was great too

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RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This is a true hidden gem! Tucked away amongst the brownstones on the Upper East side this authentic Italian restaurant creates visions of dining in an old Roman farmhouse. The food was amazing....can't wait to return

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply put it’s the best restaurant in New York and the best Italian I’ve ever been to. Having visited Italy myself and being from the UK and often visiting the USA, hands down the best food and most hospitable staff I have ever come across. We visit often and will be back at Christmas.

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b
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect dining experience from start to finish.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I proposed to my future wife! They were awesome. Tell no one about this place. Too special to share.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I had dinner on our first date over a decade ago. We have continued to go back periodically over the years. Have NEVER been disappointed there. Very romantic, great for couples. Excellent food. Service is amazing, extremely attentive.

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j
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erminia is a neighborhood gem worth traveling to. The service is warm and friendly and the ambiance is romantic and intimate. A great place for a special occasion or just a nice quiet dinner over conversation. A shared appetizer and two entrees with drinks came out to about $100 excluding tip. I highly recommend the pastas and the sides are great for sharing.

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d
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond Excellent!

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P
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

A Little spot of Italy in New York neighborhood...old school meal,just like the italians “nonas”.

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AP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Erminia is a very small neighborhood Italian restaurant well-known for its romantic candle-lit ambiance. It's a great place for date or special occasion.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuve una cena maravillosa a la luz de las velas. La comida fue sensacional y el servicio espléndido. Si se quiere personalizado, pregunte por Pepe, el maitre. Fue una noche inolvidable, de seguro volveremos.


jacques ergas

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Erminia ! The wait staff is excellent and the food is fantastic ! We have dined there multiple times over the past five years !

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F
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

wonderful little gem on upper East side with great ambiance, service, and food. Have been many times before but not in last 2 years. Food and service very good....shared the burrata, and octopus and I had Halibut special and my wife the veal chop. While Erminia does not offer hard liquor, they have a good reasonably priced wine list. Will definitely visit again.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredibly cute and intimate restaurant! I had such a fantastic time here with my boyfriend, and the service was perfect. The food came appropriately fast, and every dish was exquisitely made. Definitely will be coming back here again!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely! It was great

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been here several times
always lives up to expectations
great food and service
lovely room that sets the mood

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GT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place. It is welcoming, has high quality cuisine and it's quiet enough to talk normally!

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j
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been coming here for years and the food never disappoints. The service is attentive and it's a romantic atmosphere. We brought some Italian friends visiting from Italy a few years ago and they still remember it fondly. The only caveat is that it is a very small space. If you happen to go when there is a larger party (like the party of 10 that was there when we went), it can feel a bit cramped and a little loud. They have also added music--granted it was at a low volume--but it just added to the general noise . It would have been better without it. Still, we'd go back in a heartbeat. It's terrific food and a great spot.

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MW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Staff attentive but not too much. Lovely, intimate space.

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SG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food here. Everything is so well cooked. Portions are just right. Service does not rush you. This restaurant is nice and quiet so you can enjoy the conversation.

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CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely tucked away secret spot. Had a lovely anniversary dinner here. Service is superb. The staff knows their pairings very well and even brought out our appetizer in two bowls after mentioning we'd share. Can get noisy as I can imagine couples/friends/neighborhood people frequent here. Would return. Slightly pricey for what you get. Tho you do get privacy and a nice candle-lit table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening celebrating our 30th anniversary. Romantic ambience and attentive service. Food was excellent!

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CE
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate space, great food, excellent service, and ideal ambiance. We were the last table on a Saturday night, and we did not feel rushed in the slightest. Feels like you are eating in a home more so than in a restaurant, in a good way.

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RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance,service and food were excellent . The music was appropriate for the occasion

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AN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance. Love this place!

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Phoenix
54 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing wrong with Erminia is that they do not serve any drinks other than wine and beer.

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m
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent but the food was nothing special.

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PW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming neighborhood place, even romantic. Some of the staff has been there for decades. They are careful, very Italian and not stuffy. Best for family and friends. Reasonably priced wine list with interesting Italian wines. The specials were fairly priced.

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WJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We have not visited Erminia for at least 25 years and our dinner on Monday evening made it clear that we have been missing out on a gem. The excellent yet utterly unpretentious food, welcoming service, gently lit woody ambiance and intimate, conversational acoustic environment made us feel immediately at home - or should I say back at home. We will return, certainly and frequently.

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A spectacular dinner served in a quiet, cozy setting by a wonderful, friendly staff. From the wine to the appetizers to an exquisite seafood risotto and the napoleon its cloys light pastry cream and flaky pastry, it was a night to remember from beginning to end. We will be going back again and again and again. Bravo Erminia!

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JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful romantic restaurant . The menu has several choices. Our meals were delicious and will definitely return .

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HR
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service,and setting. Will transport you to Roma. Try the orecchiette, and don’t miss the Dover Sole.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy and romantic restaurant! Food is delicious! Service is great! It is a perfect spot for any special occasion.

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