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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by SF on 09/20/2012
This is perhaps the least customer accommodating restaurant I have come across in my 20+ years in the city. They think they are doing you a favor to have you eat there. Really incredibly off-putting attitude, and "dicey" behavior when it comes to reservations and billing at the end of the meal. In an earlier visit a month ago, the food was fine, but nothing to write home about. (I also note on that occasion, though they deigned to seat my friend and myself, ie they accepted the Savored reservation then, but "forgot" to apply the agreed upon discount. They corrected this, but you have to watch these guys as they seem a bit shady, like they are from Naples or something. There are many, many fine Italian restaurants in NYC, and this one, though slightly above average, is really an incredible disappointment with poor service and frankly really non-customer friendly attitudes. Trust me, this place is not worth the aggravation for food that is not over the top better than just so many authentic Italian restaurants in the city. Management/ownership of this restaurant should reassess how poorly they interact with customers.
Posted by Roberta on 10/09/2011
Went here some time ago, and decided to give it another try. It is a stone's throw from the extensive Second Ave. construction chaos. The tables are so close together that customers from another table interjected into our conversation. As a couple, we shared an appetizer (three teeny tiny artichokes for $16), and then had main courses (not looking for huge portions, but these were skimpy at best; did not order lobster), and shared a dessert and three glasses of wine (between the two of us- very pricy wine list), and with tax and tip it was well over $200. It hardly seemed worth it. For that kind of money we expect something somewhat special, and not to still be hungry after the meal. On an frustrating note, some patrons appeared to receive preferential service-- they must have been on expense accounts. Good luck with staying in business, Erminia. We will not return.
Posted by Elisa Seidman on 12/18/2010
We came here with our good friends who were also celebrating their anniversary. The whole evening couldn't have been more perfect. From beginning to end, appetizers, the pasta we shared and our entrees and desserts...the food was fantastic, the service more than attentive. We look forward to returning. Don't miss this jewel!
Posted by curlygirl on 11/14/2010
This place is billed as the most romantic restaurant in NYC. Nonsense! It is tine, the tables are crammed together, it's noisy and smokes pours out of the kitchen into the dining room. Although the food is very good, the prices are insane. $14 for a tasting-sized glass of wine? $60 for Lobster Fra Diavolo at a time when the price of lobster is at an almost-all-time low? And entrees come with no accompaniments whatsoever. Don't believe the hype - there are better values at restaurants all over the city.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/13/2010
Well executed, classic Italian
Posted by italianstallion on 08/10/2010
My girlfriend and I dined here last night and it was an experience that was quite memorable. The food was on another level quality wise, the service was exceptional, and the ambiance was nothing short of romantic. You pay for what you get here, and I'd pay for it all over again. Fantastic find.
Posted by Not Impressed on 07/31/2010
I'm quite easy to please when it comes to food so for me give Erminia such a bad review is saying a lot. The salmon was overcooked and charred; the crab pasta special was drenched in some sort of white, cheesy, tasteless sauce that could have come out of a jar. Not impressed at all and for the price I'd rather go to Babbo even if i have to wait hours for a seat - same price, but a universal difference in quality, ambiance and flavor.