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.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:45pm
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Off-site catering is available.
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 : 2128794284x
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Erminia Restaurant is happy to announce that we will be open for LUNCH as well as DINNER on Valentine's Day starting at 12:00. We look forward to having you!
Erminia Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
We had 7:30 reservations for 4 on Friday ...
We had 7:30 reservations for 4 on Friday. Greeted warmly and given a choice of the few empty tables which filled up quickly. Although a little cozy the noise level was non existent.
On the outside, the one story building seems to be a European style home. The inside continued the European atmosphere. The hosts and wait staff were warm and professional.
The food was perfectly presented and cooked to perfection. The Italian Ripasso was very nice and we'll priced for NYC.
Dessert was very good, especially the Italian Cheese cake.
Our first time won't be our last. I highly recommend it.
I chose Erminia based on a Google search ...
I chose Erminia based on a Google search - romantic Italian - as I wanted a special restaurant for my loved one's birthday and Erminia did not disappoint. Food was good, service attentive without making us feel rushed. I had the special chicken stuffed with proscuitto and cheese which was delicious as I strayed from my usual branzino : )
Highly recommend for that special evening.
Service, food and ambiance were great. ...
Service, food and ambiance were great. They made my wife's birthday a memorable event. The restaurant is very intimate. They might have the best veal chop in the city. Mine was delicious and unbelievably tender. Would definitely go back.
Ermina is what any truly good Italian re ...
Ermina is what any truly good Italian restaurant should be, but very rarely is. It's a smallish space one could call "intimate." Which is usually a way of saying "cramped and uncomfortable." But it's not. It's a warm, quiet if not large space with used bricks on the walls and starched tablecloths with long tapers burning on the tables. The servers wear what servers should wear in a fine space...suits. They smile warmly but speak softly, moving with grace and finesse among the close tables ensuring that every guest feels like precisely that...a guest.
The kitchen is excellent and the cooking is exceptionally good. So far so good. A gracious and professional staff. A charming room. A kitchen that turns out a very reasonable amount of unreasonably good dishes with fine-tuned consistency. So what makes Erminia exceptional, not merely high quality, in city of high-quality dining? The ingredients. Every ingredient is the best of the best, no compromise expected or given. Any vegetable will be fresh and of the highest quality available, anywhere at any price. The meats and fish are not just the best available but but are served only in that narrow window that is the peak of freshness and flavor. One assumes occasionally the owners sit in the back thinking, "Should I cut a corner? Should I order second best? Would anyone notice? Would anyone care?" That answer is no. And no. And yes. And yes. What goes into the kitchen before it comes out of the kitchen is what moves Erminia from the level of "really good" to the truly exceptional.
I think when you go to Erminia, you have ...
I think when you go to Erminia, you have to keep in mind the whole experience and not only the food.
the food did not unfortunately meet my expectation.
Erminia is a time capsule that takes you out of the busy NYC into a small neighborhood in Rome.
Will revisit again for sure.
I didn't expect this place to be so poor ...
I didn't expect this place to be so poor, the min I entered I felt I came in to a furnace it was so hot. I had to ask them to bring the Ac to comfort level in hot summer day.
The worst thing was I ended up having hair in my food. The min I had it I couldn't stand the place more than 5 min and left my dinner in between
Service part wasn't even nice considering the kind of place it is, servers have an edge of ego
Came here to celebrate our one year anniversary after reading all the wonderful reviews. We were not disappointed. The restaurant is small and has about twelve tables total, and you are met with standing candles and romantic lighting. The food itself was well prepared and not astronomically priced. Wine selection was good. Overall we had very enjoyable experience and will certainly come again.
This is a small restaurant tucked away on a side street. The interior is a bit like a rustic Italian cabin, but there's nothing rustic about the food, though not high-falutin' either which to me is a plus. Just really delicious Italian fare--fresh ingredients, well-combined in perfect portion sizes. And I loved that the noise level was quiet enough to speak softly and still be heard. We will be back.
I made a Dinner reservation for our 25th ...
I made a Dinner reservation for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I'm not from the area and took a chance on this place after much searching. I was NOT disappointed. This place is a gem. Great ambience, food, and service. I was very pleased.
best of the best of the best
I've read the review - moved to NY from Tokyo where they have their fair share of excellent restaurants - food quality, service, and ambiance. Erminia by far takes it to a new level - the service was perfect, the food was amazing, the ambiance - as good as it gets. Call it a 'neighborhood gem' if you will - it's world class. Best of best.
Third visit; still impressed
The gnocchi with truffles were sublime. The veal was very good. Chicken with sausage: simple and wonderful. Good wine. Excellent service. As I have stated in two prior reviews, this is one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever eaten at. Look forward to my next visit to NY in March.
This was our second visit in two months and we can now say that our first meal was not a fluke. The food here is consistently excellent. This is an outstanding Italian restaurant with excellent food, ingredients and service. We will back again soon.
An Upper East Side oasis
Is a small, quiet, friendly, intimate Italian restaurant hard to find on the UES? For us, not any more! Erminia was made to order for clients seeking a peaceful haven for fine dining and tranquil conversation. This exquisite little place will become a favorite for us, worth a trip from NJ.
Average Food - Cute Restaurant - Average Service
I went here for NYE and was able to order off the regular menu. Food was decent - not phenomenal. I was surprised that one of the bus boys removed my plate before my date finished her meal completely - completely inappropriate for a restaurant that is catering to being higher class. Lastly, the flatware and stemware were not up to par -- would recommend they upgrade to higher quality crystal wine glasses and better silverware. Lastly, the balloons on the ceiling were really cheesy and tacky -- I would prefer that they be removed or not used in the future.
Special Occasion Restaurant
Romantic and cozy, this small Italian restaurant is perfect for a special occasion. My husband and I celebrated our 34th anniversary here. Service was attentive and food was very good. Roman artichokes for appetizer, housemade pasta with Bolognese sauce, veal chop, and delicious tiramisu for dessert. No rushing or hurrying you out the door, very relaxing dinner.
Very bad experience for an NYC Italian r ...
Very bad experience for an NYC Italian restaurant. The pasta was not homemade. I could've made a better barilla pasta at home. The melanzane was watery. The tiramisu was not. The waiters were rude to their clients in Italian (unfortunately we understand Italian). They tried to convince us that an espresso was a decaf when it was in fact not. It's too bad because we were excited about the romantic setting.
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