Erminia Ristorante

4.8
929 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • 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
What 929 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.9
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

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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1.0Dined on June 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Best Italian food in town!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Amazing top to bottom!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Love them!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

A must go! Beautiful ambiance. The food is spectacular and the hosts will make you feel welcome. There's nothing like this place in the Upper East Side. Best for a romantic evening without feeling too stuffy. You will not be dissapointed.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Amazing experience!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We took my son and his wife here for his birthday. The restaurant is charming, small, beautiful ambiance, The service was perfect, and the waitstaff charming.
Now, for the food - amazing, delicious, perfectly seasoned. We all lived our meals.
When I made the reservation I mentioned it was my son's birthday, never thinking they would remember. The waiter brought out an amazing piece of Tiramasu with a lit birthday candle!
We sang happy birthday, quietly, and then the other diners began wishing him a happy birthday. So how is Erminia? Perfect!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

This restaurant is good for all of the above!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

We have been going to Erminia’s for years and have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding, and the chef was very accommodating when we asked for a dish not currently on the menu. Our server, Pepe, made our party of six feel welcome and at home. Erminia’s is the perfect place for that special dining experience, be it for a romantic dinner or a special occasion with family and friends.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Without a doubt the most romantic little restaurant in NYC and the food is fantastic.
It will be everybody's favorite, as it is mine now.
And the service is excellent. And so is the value.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Day in, day out Bruno and his staff, with great attentiveness and warmth, serve great food and wine in a beautiful setting!!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We arrived a bit early for our 5:30 reservation so were able to choose a quiet table for the four of us. Service was great, food excellent and small intimate size a wonderful place to catch up with friends without bustle and noise from a crowd.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Wonderful food and caring and personal service! It was really enjoyable. We had a late reservation but were not rushed. Dying to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This was such a special evening! The food was excellent. They split on two plates the salad and appetizer (meatballs which were so good). But the atmosphere is why you must go- it’s so tiny and perfectly romantic lit by candles. LOVED IT! Wr always try new places when we come to New York because there are so many fun places to go BUT this will be a repeat. Very very special.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

very cosy small restaurant serving great italian food

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Excellent food with attentive service

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very cozy!! Very nice ambiance, service and food!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

It’s just the best. Our favorite in New York City. And that is quite a feat.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had an amazing time at Erminia. Beautiful place, both inside and outside. Greeted when we arrived, they took care our jackets, made some jokes and sat us down. The feeling was very authentic.

The food was great, service was great. This is a quite place but great for a date.

I would really recommend this for couples on date night.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food, service and ambiance were all exceptional. Came with my gf for a date night, and it felt really romantic

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