Ernesto's East Ristorante

4.7
31 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Ernesto's East has been serving the Glen Head community for nearly two decades with outstanding Italian cuisine, excellent service and an incredible wine selection. We have tons of specials that roll out each week, some of our favorites are the Tortellini Ernesto, cream based and diced pancetta, sea salt cured Pork Chop, on the grill or Milanese, Grilled Sea Bass with sautéed Shitake mushrooms, Spanish onions & asparagus to mention a few. We have a local following that spans generations, some from our original location in Bayside, Queens some 35 years ago! We are a small restaurant, but treat each and every guest like family, and have a reputation for excellence from the kitchen to your plate, every time! We do private parties and events for before-dinner service from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The minimum guest count is 12 and the maximum guest count is 35. Please call the restaurant to set up your party today.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipEdwardR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute you walk into this outstanding restaurant you feel welcomed and know you will be experiencing a delicious meal. Try anything on the menu and you'll be happy with its presentation, taste and value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Ernesto’s . Everything was excellent , quality, preparation and service were great. We were a party of 3 and everyone thought their meal was delicious. We will go back!

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herbm
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Actually, it was a family get-together. G andG live an hour away and we united with child and grands.
Always great food and service. Always a pleasant end to a reunion.

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Doug
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great meal, veal melted in my mouth, nice small restaurant

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viprachaelk
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always GREAT!!! Food is amazing, and staff so acomodating.

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MargieT
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely fantastic. Will be back next week

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vipLenLaw
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Based on the reviews I was really looking forward to our dinner but was somewhat disappointed. The food was good but nothing special. Baked clams were really good, as was the veal Branco. However, linguini with white clam sauce was virtually cold and tasteless. Another negative was being rushed through the meal. I’ll chalk it up to an off night and may go back.
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vipseektravel
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 7 and celebrating. The food was delicious and everyone was very happy with the service. This is a great gem in the community of Glen Head.

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vipSavlex
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious high-quality food. Specializes in a variety of perfectly prepared veal chops.

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vipseektravel
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming and a gem for the community of Glen Head. Large selection on menu with daily specials . We were a party of 3 and all our meals were delicious. The service was very attentive. Highly recommended.

BM
vipBlondeMom
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and love the staff! One of my very favorite dining places.

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TerryN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining at Ernesto’s and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our appetizer was the mussels in a delicious broth, definitely worthy of sopping the bread in. We all had different dishes, which we all loved. My son had the sea bass which he raved about. He gave me a taste and I’ve already decided that this is the next dish I’m having when we return. I had the sole oprincipessa and it was delicious and my husband had the veal Ernesto that was very tasty as well. The service was great and the owner stopped by to see how we were doing-I always think this is a nice touch. If you haven’t dined here yet, I definitely suggest that you do. You won’t be disappointed!

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JosephC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were a party of 4 and ordered Fried Calamari and a Stuffed Artichoke for aps. For dinner the order was a Grilled Pork Chop with sautéed mushrooms, onions and sweet & hot peppers, Chicken Sorrentino & two orders of Veal Cutlet Milanese. Desert Homemade Cheese Cake. All food was top of the line. We also had a great Italian bottle of wine and a bottle of Prosecco, both recommendations by Dylan and both were a hit. Have eaten at this restaurant many times over the years and it never disappoints.

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vipEileenLI
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Ordered Chicken Principessa. Menu states chicken breast sautéed.. was served two fried cutlets with sauce and two peas. Very disappointing.. not a lot of choices for healthy eating. Won’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Ernesto’s was a local gem up until Ernesto’s passing. Dylan and his staff have done a wonderful job honoring Ernesto’s legacy with their friendly service, outstanding food (the same chef remained) and reasonable prices. The new owner, Dylan, is a gem and appreciates his customers. You can’t go wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The food at Ernesto’s east was good but the service was horrible. We had to ask numerous times for the menues and after 1/2 hour we received the menues. We didn’t seem to have a particular wait staff so everything was very disorganized. We also had to ask numerous times to get the check. Overall a very unpleasant experience and very disappointed.

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vipscotth
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

the food was very tasty, but 2 of the 4 entrees came out with sauce and toppings that we wanted removed. the service was a bit confused.

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NorthShoreFoodie
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The owner Dylan was attentive and kind. His wine recommendation was delicious and gave us a complimentary aperitif after dinner.
As it was our first time dining at Ernesto’s, we were pleasantly surprised and will be returning sometime soon to enjoy another lovely meal.

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vipPaulB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must go restaurant. The entire evening was perfect in every way. Sensational food with very warm and appreciative owner, Dylan.
Kudos!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great gem right in Glen Head. Wonderful norther Italian. Especially enjoyed the stuffed, baked artichoke. They had a talented musician playing which only added to the ambience.

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FredJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dylan is an engratiating host; his care given to each guest makes you want to come back. Food was great! We are going a Tuesday night whichwe believe is, Music Night. Try it.

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Karsa
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Because of covid, it’s been a while for us, but Ernesto’s hasn’t missed a beat. The food was delicious as always, happy to make adjustments (Shrimp Fra Diavolo over sautéed broccoli rabe was a hit!) and Dylan went above and beyond to insure a sweet celebration for my daughters birthday. It was good to be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with the owner, who called on the phone earlier in the day to check on our dining needs - I had mentioned I am vegan and he wanted to make sure that I had options I’d be happy with. Great service and really good food -we will definitely return. Five stars!!

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vipLeonardD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dylan is an excellent owner and host. Food was served hot and delicious . Don’t pass this one by

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little restaurant. Been here over a dozen times and the food never disappoints! A must try!

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viprobertar
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dylan, the owner, was super nice and very welcoming. Restaurant has a a nice small atmosphere with good food and great staff. Will definitely go back.

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vipSiobhanB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad experience here. This place truly offers a great selection from the menu and I was so glad to find out that they were able to retain the same chef they’ve had for years pre pandemic. All good things about Ernestos

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vipSusanD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience3

We’ve been here previously. A new, young owner took over about 1-1/2 years ago, but kept the same menu and chef. Service was a bit spotty -the waiter hardly waited for us to sit before asking for our drink order and spouting off the specials in breakneck speed, and then we had to wait a long time for the appetizer and meal to arrive. But the food was delicious, and worth the wait. We were thrilled, and decided this was going to be a new ‘favorite’ place — until the owner Dylan had the absolute GALL to come over while we were barely halfway through our dessert and ask us to LEAVE because the next reservation had arrived and was waiting for their table.... WHAT?! When he saw the looks on our faces, he immediately said “I f—ked up; I should have never said that”. My husband reminded him that he will learn with time, but that was terrible business practice, especially since the length of time we were there was no fault of ours..... and that he would never see us again. To add insult to injury, I had to return to the restaurant with my receipt for a refund of the dessert charges which we had been told would be ‘on the house’..... To pay over $200 for a meal and be essentially ‘thrown out’ was beyond wrong.

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vipFoodie66
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was excellent... the service was spotty. In the beginning they were great then they kind of forgot about us and then it got a bit better...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute gem of a restaurant, in center of town. Cannot go wrong - food is top notch. Great service as well.

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viprachaelk
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a hidden gem this is. If you love an old world classic family Italian restaurant atmosphere with amazing food this is your place. The staff could not be nicer and the service was great. The menu was diverse and they had an array of specials as well. The manager Dillon could not have been more personable and gracious. We are adding it to our list of staple places to go for Italian. Not pretentious, just down to earth and and delicious.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ernesto's East Ristorante using the Order Online button. Ernesto's East Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (516) 671-7828.

Ernesto's East Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.