About Erminia Ristorante

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.

250 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10020
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:45pm

Cross Street:
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 879-4284

Website:
http://www.erminiaristorante.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering is available.

Public Transit:
4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street.

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

Private Party Contact:
Bruno : (212) 879-4284

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine

Erminia Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (50)
Good for a Date (37)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
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Neighborhood Gem (29)
Special Occasion (27)
Cozy (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Authentic (21)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Notable Wine List (6)
Historic (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Casual (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Fun (2)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Family Style (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Year after year Bruno and his staff expertly serve great food and wine in a beautiful, quiet setting!! Who can ask for anything more??

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Been going there for 10 years now for special occasions. Always perfect.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Yes, it is a very romantic restaurant! For some that alone might be enough, but even if romance is not on your mine Erimina is worth. The visit. The food was expensive but worth the price. Excellent choices and well prepared. The service was attentive without hovering. They were friendly and informative and made the dining experience very pleasurable. Oh, and did I say it was romantic!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Wonderful restaurant, from the ambiance to the food, this was a spectacular dining experience.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2017

For years Erminia has graciously served wonderful food and wine in a quiet, beautiful setting. A wonderful dining experience!!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Food, as always, was fabulous!!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Very cozy and romantic. The entire restaurant has only 12 tables, all candlelit, for a very intimate experience. The service was excellent, the staff very attentive. Although the menu is a bit limited, the food was excellent. Gnocchi in a white truffle sauce....amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Excellent food, service and ambience. Roman food perfetto.
They have a distinct style that they succeed in relaying to the customers.

Highly recommend.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

This is a charming restaurant with excellent food, attentive service and moderate noise level. We especially liked the seared duck and pear salad specials and look forward to returning soon. Our out of town cousins loved it.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Beautiful, small, intimate restaurant. Stocked wine from Puglia-a hidden gem among red wine choices

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Very old world feel. Exceptional service. Lovely evening out with my husband.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This is a remarkable restaurant hidden in the UES. The dining room is small. The service was excellent and all three courses were just outstanding. The setting is cozy and rustic with candles on each table and subdued lighting overall. It is a perfect couples spot. We felt we were in Italy or Spain. Erminia is delightful.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

A lovely addition to the UES. A little too dark but the food was really good. Lots of waiters except when you needed one. I'll have to remember it if I ever have a date again - it could be quite romantic.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Erminia is one of the most charming places to eat in NYC. 13 or so tables. Old world decor and feel and amazing service. It's always a great experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Wonderful food, terrific service, charming decor. Will definitely become a regular.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

very cozy, small room. Very friendly, efficient service. The food was very good, delicious. Really nice.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

We went here for my boyfriend's birthday for the 2nd year and were again very impressed. The restaurant is intimate and we got the feeling that we were in Italy rather than NYC. The servers were very friendly and gave us amazing recommendations. Food was delicious, we've already been spreading the words to friends about this hidden gem. Will definitely be back!

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Historic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Wonderful birthday dinner with impeccable service and delicious food!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 6, 2017

One of the best Caesar Salads ever, the Sole was wonderful, the Vongole was perfect - petite clams in an amazing sauce. Perfect Ravioli and the deserts were incredible. No need to say more. We'll be back.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

You get your money's worth. Food, service and ambiance all in a small setting.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Cozy is an understatement as our waiter literally had to talk above another table to speak with us. Food isn't very good either.

Dining Occasion:Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 26, 2017

This restaurant is a hidden gem! Tiny place with very welcoming service, the menu is a mix of old school Italian dishes and more creative compositions. We will definitely be back here.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great service, nice ambiance, delicious food . Looking forward to going back!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Great little cozy spot out of the way on the UES. Restaurant is tiny, but has great ambiance and outstanding service. Perfect for a romantic dinner. The food is very good and reasonably priced. They did make one mistake on our order, but corrected it swiftly when pointed out to them with no fuss. I would highly recommend.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Located on Manhattan's Tony East Side, Ermina is worth seeking out. The restaurant is small so consider reservations a must. The service is crisp, the food is good, the room is subdued and is rightly called one of Manhattan's premier romantic restaurants. The wine list is pricey, but it is after all the upper East Side of Manhattan. Not particularly easy to get to via public transportation from the West Side but so worthy of your dining dollar.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

This was the perfect place to meet with an old friend i hadn't seen for 2 years. The right mixture of busy and quiet - we could talk. Very good service and the specials were incredibly fresh and delectable - fish and seasonable vegetables.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 18, 2017

I can see why Erminia was voted the most romantic restaurant in NYC. The ambiance was very quant and the atmosphere was quiet enough to hold a conversation.
The food was excellent as was the service.
I would definitely go back there again.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2017

cozy, lovely and worth the cab ride. good food, great service and nice and quiet

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I come here for the atmosphere I stay for the best truffle gnocchi in manhattan. Wonderful gem hidden in the UES. When they know your wine order walking through the door, you might go too much...

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Amazing ambiance, service and most importantly some of the best Italian food I've ever had! You know it's good when the plain pasta with their homemade sauce is addicting 👌🏼

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2017

A neighborhood gem where the food is delicious and the service attentive and always respectful- never rushing you out.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Over and over and over Erminia serves great food graciously, and in a beautiful setting!!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Romantic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in all of NYC!! It has such charm, class and character with an old world feel to it.
The food is always exceptional and delicious.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Historic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We've been here before, and the food and ambience has always been terrific.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Incredible food and service. Will definitely be back.

Dining Occasion:Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Very nice restaurant, very quaint . Great food and great service

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2017

The service was wonderful! The staff was attentive and friendly, very available due to the size of the restaurant and constantly engaged. They offered superb recommendations around both the wine menu and the food menu. Could not recommend more for a traditional Italian feel on a romantic night, or really any night you want amazing Italian.

Dining Occasion:Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

One of our favorite NYC dining spots... great food, fantastic service, friendly, not stuffy, very romantic. We are from out of town and will continue to plan our NYC visit around a dinner at Erminia!

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Outstanding service and great vibe. Oh, and the food is good too. Standouts include Bronzino, and gnocchi will truffles.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Really cozy place, food is fantastic with a great wine list
The staff is really great as well. I have come to Erminas a few times for business meetings as well as for a romantic anniversary with my wife you will not be disapointed

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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