About Erminia Ristorante
New York, NY 10020
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 : (212) 879-4284
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
This restaurant is one of the most quaint and romantic areas on the upper Eastside. We chose to go the weekend before Valentine's Day to celebrate the special occasion. Everything was incredibly wonderful. The only thing that I would need to make mention of is that the bread basket was left a bit wanting. (Flacky cracker type instead of a good hearty dipping bread that you usually see in a fine Italian restaurant like this )
Supposedly "real" Rome-style food and "romantic" (for which it has some sort of award). The food is not particularly good Italian food even by NYC (or any other major US metro area), let alone how one can eat in Rome. Lots of cream sauces, limited wine list, and supposedly Jerusalem artichokes that appeared to be just small tough domestic artichokes that were nearly impossible to chew. The ambiance is nice and so are the people running the place, but given how many really good Italian restaurants exist in NYC I cannot fathom why anyone would go out of their way to eat here. I wish I could have given a better review, but there you have it.
My boyfriend and I were in NY for business for only 24 hours. This was the only restaurant we had time to go to. It was quiet, intimate and candle-lit. Very authentic. There were only 10 tables in the restaurant, and the tables were quite small so you sit very close next to your dinner guest. Both server and host had adorable Italian accents. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was romantic. I would recommend for a date night, anniversary, or engagement.
Gosh, we had a really unfortunate experience at Erminia Ristorante.
My boyfriend had heard great things about the restaurant from friends in Milan, Italy so we were excited to go.
The host was really wonderful and the food was great but we had the worst waiter ever. He brought the bread but not the olive oil which is no sin by any means but the waiter was so rude when we requested it.
As my boyfriend picked up his last bite of food and was about to CHEW, the waiter cleared his plate. The waiter then proceed to bring the bill (which was not requested for) within seconds of that. After he dropped the bill, he returned twice, within three minutes of dropping the check, to see if the payment was within the check presenter.
This was really a horrid experience.
The waiter really let this place down.
We went to diner at Erminia, loved the high quality food, the cozy atmosphere and the small number of tables. Very much quiet, excellent service, short but good wine list, but the food is what shines there. Very high quality ingredients prepared in a masterful way, great taste ! and the price tag does not break the bank account.
Enthusiastically recommended !
Food was great. Good portions. My boyfriend had the special---Bronzino. They brought the whole fish on the table to show him after it was cooked, then back to the kitchen to fillet, sauce was delicious. I had the octopus from appetizer , that was delicious too! Very tender, served with cherry tomato. The amount of octopus was very little compared to other fancy restaurant. This octopus salad only had 4-6 pieces. I also had the eggplant from the appetizer section for dinner. This was ordinary, I ate half since it wasn't that great. The waiter service was good. They can use a little bit of education on glutten free menu. We asked several times if there are glutten free dessert. Waiter answered with hesitation and mentioned few items that are not glutten free. My boyfriend caught cream brullee on what he recited and asked if it's glutten free. Waiter then decided that it was.
I was pleasantly surprised when I took my colleagues to dinner here. First of all Bruno, the owner , is Italian and has deep roots here.
He is gracious and makes you feel comfortable.
I also liked the menu. The meatballs were just as good as my moms , who is also from Italy. The Bucatini was fab, as well as my colleagues lasagna.
The ambiance is quiet and relaxed. It is small and quaint . Real candles!
I hope to visit again soon!
The food was very disappointing. The meatball appetizer and bolognese were both far too salty and the bucatini was watered down, and overall pretty flavorless.
I went to this restaurant on a recommendation from a friend. Unfortunately, I did not have the same experience she did - not sure if the chef has since changed, but I definitely would not recommend it to others.
Got there at 7:30 New Year's Eve. Was seated promptly. Restaurant was decorated. Service was nice.
Was told that there was no more veal, ordered shrimp scampi that had no butter, garlic or spices and wasn't even broiled. Filet of soul was very good and the chocolate desert was excellent.
Not going back
I had an excellent experience at Erminia. I brought my girlfriend for our one year anniversary. The food and wine were amazing. The service was perfect. Nothing was rushed, and the wait for food was perfectly timed. The atmosphere is great for small groups or dates. My compliments to the chefs, managers, and hosts/wait staff. 10 out of 10 all around.
My wife and I enjoyed our evening at Erminia with another couple. The restaurant lives up to its excellent reputation with professional service that accompanied a fine Italian meal. I was surprised that there was no bar, just wine or Peroni Beer; and I was also surprised by the very small and cozy size of the restaurant. Just a dozen tables or so, made for intimate conversation and very personalized service. Erminia is a very special place ...
Although Erminia is in my neighborhood it was the first time I was there, but not the last. Absolutely make reservations in advance. Although the restaurant was small, the noise level was low and the well orchestrated movement of the staff added to the charm. Delicious food, especially the grilled artichokes and wonderful wine. The staff including the manager were very interested in their guests having a wonderful experience. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Our second time for dinner. Greeted and seated right away. Eggplant appetizer, Gnocchi and Ravioli for pasta, Milenese for my wife and Lamb shank for me. Ricotta cheesecake with espresso/cappuccino for dessert. Everything was excellent except the risotto was salty, only miss, 9/10 on food & service.
Unfortunately, our experience at Erminia Ristorante was not at all what we had anticipated. We were excited to try this restaurant for a special date night as we had read that it was "cozy" and "romantic". However, after making a reservation well in advance and showing up on time, it became clear that the only table they had available and were willing to offer us was a large round table, set for four people, in the center of the restaurant and immediately in front of the door. Basically, this meant that we would be sitting far apart from each other and that every time the door opened a gust of wind would come in and we would have new patrons standing over our table waiting to be seated. Not at all the romantic evening we had in mind! After some deliberation we decided to leave and spare ourselves the awkwardness of this unpleasant arrangement. So, while I can't comment on the food, I can say that I would not recommend this spot on the basis of the seating arrangements and lack of consideration we received.
Erminia is a true Gem!!! You would love having dinner here. So quaint and wonderful atmosphere. The bolognese was absolutely wonderful. Their ricotta balls were melt in your mouth yumminess!!! You have to experience Erminia's and truly have fantastic Italian cuisine.
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