From Montauk to Manhattan, incredible dining means great produce, spectacular seafood house-made specialties, impeccable service, unique atmosphere—and countless other enjoyments, of course. Everyone has their special reasons for loving their favorite restaurants—here are 10 reasons to love Erminia on New York’s Upper East Side…
• Amazing Ambience: Lanterns and dark wood set the rustic scene, and the small number of tables and attentive service ensure an intimate night out.
• Love Is in the Air: There’s good reason Erminia landed on the top of the Zagat list of Most Romantic Restaurants in New York City. Don’t be surprised to see engagement rings popping out here and there.
• Roman Holiday: No need to jet overseas, just take a quick jaunt to East 83rd Street to experience the delightfully Old World charms of this eatery that serves Roman-influenced Italian fare.
• The Art of the Artichoke: Artichokes are among the essential elements of Roman-inspired dining, and the Carciofi Alla Giuda, classic Roman-style artichoke hearts sautéed in extra virgin olive oil and garlic, in inspirational indeed.
• Special Surprises: A recent summer night served up the perfect seasonal offering: Asparagi alla parmigiana-Asparagus Parmesan, Mozzarella Burrata with Arugula and Artichokes, Homemade Gnocchi with a fresh sausage based tomato sauce. On another night might find you enjoying Pappardelle con Asparagi, Gamberi e Salsa di Pomodoro. Homemade pappardelle with asparagus tips and shrimps in a fresh cherry tomato sauce.
• Scaloppine Di Vitello Con Carciofi E Funghi: That’s veal scaloppine sautéed with mushrooms, artichokes and rosemary to you and me. That’s also delicious to you and me.
•From the Sea: Whether it’s a classic fettuccine with clams, Scampi Angela or one of the menu’s latest additions—Spedino di Pesce Misto, a palette-pleasing combination of shrimp, scallops and calamari—seafood is elevated to an art form (happily, an edible one).
• Homemade Is Where the Heart Is: You might not want to tell your mom that her homemade pasta just moved into second place on your list, but you may have no choice after trying the Rotolo di Pasta—rolled homemade pasta filled with spinach, ricotta and mozzarella on a bed of tomato sauce of tomato sauce.
• Celebrations Abound: Any occasion feels more special here—even if it’s taking place at the table next to yours. Anniversaries, birthdays—you can even raise a glass to Erminia itself as it celebrates being open since 1982.
• Happy Endings: One word—tiramisu.
Erminia is located at 250 East 83rd Street in Manhattan. For more information, call 212-879-4284 or visit erminiarestaurant.com.