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Uva - 31 Reviews - 1486 2nd Ave, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 472-4552


1486 2nd Ave (at Between 77th Street and 78th Street)
New York, NY 10021
(212) 472-4552
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Great place. Cannot wait to return. Pros: Appetizers, Outdoor Seating, Wine List Cons: No reservations


The CON of this place was the definitely the Food. Very small portions for a steep price, although that seems to be the trend in NYC so no complaints directed at this restaur...

Seemed nice, until the food showed up 12/26/2010

The CON of this place was the definitely the Food. Very small portions for a steep price, although that seems to be the trend in NYC so no complaints directed at this restaurant. The Appetizers were definitely not worth mentioning. (the traditional) Bruschetta's were not good. Just some petite particles (not slices) of French bread, laid out with diced tomatoes, maybe sprinkled with some olive oil, but all I could taste was the chilled tomatoes. (so much for the "Best Bruschetta" review - below) Between the two pasta dishes which were ordered, one had a VERY STRONG taste of gorgonzola cheese, which put me off before eating it. I am no professional Chef, but I thought they specialize in perfecting such dishes so that it eases the smell or taste? The other pasta was hard to chew and simply tasted bland. Needless to say my friend and I couldn't even finish them and took them home (which stank up the house of cheese) The PROS were the atmosphere, decent, romantic and fairly quiet. The staff seemed friendly. Pity. more

Great WINE LIST 3/28/2010

this rustic wine bar with old world charm has a great wine list and a romantic cozy feel. I highly recommend trying the Malbec they serve by the glass it is phenomenal! Pros: AMBIANCE more

Great UES Wine Bar 6/30/2009

Great place. Cannot wait to return. Pros: Appetizers, Outdoor Seating, Wine List Cons: No reservations more

Best Bruschetta in the city!! 6/9/2009

mmm I LOVE Uva! The place is dimly lim and romantic. Great wine selection and the food is absolutely delicious! They have probably the best Bruschetta I've had in the city and the pasta is consistently good! The manager and staff are always very accommodating. This place is a gem in the UES! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu Pros: consistent, delicious food..great wine list! Cons: indoor seating can get a bit cramped more

I <3 Uva 2/9/2009

Love this place- neighborhood gem! They have a great wine selection. We ordered the goat cheese bruschetta and the gnocci and it was fantastic. Have also had the baked pasta and eggplant appetizer which are all very good. Usually have fantastic pasta specials. Pretty looking people on staff and great summer date place with patio and sidewalk seating. Pros: wine list, outdoor seating, date spot, wine cellar for large parties Cons: not cheap, at times packed bar more

Fantastic Wine Bar 1/16/2009

I've been to Uva a handful of times and it's really great. They have a nice winelist, excellent if you wish to buy by the bottle. The bruschetta is awesome, particularly the mushroom one. The bread was thick and crunchy and the veggies were very fresh. I have also had the gnocchi with truffle oil and it's out of this world - rich and savory. The prices are reasonable and the ambience is nice. In the spring and summer, I very highly recommend grabbing a friend and getting a spot out on their patio. It's so pleasant. The only drawback is that space is somewhat limited. You can't fit a party bigger than 2 on the patio comfortably. But still, a great spot. Go there! Pros: Great winelist, good prices Cons: tiny patio more

Not so great food at Very high price 8/19/2008

When my friends who have previously recommended a great Italian restuarant raved about UVA, I was excited and anticipated eating great food. The appetizer was pretty ok, but the price was way too high for what it offered. Dinner was the other way around, the price was ok, but the food was not something I would have to go to a restaurant to eat. The worst part of it was paying $3 for a small glass (imagine one of those small freshly squeezed OJ at a diner) of giner ale with no refill. After ice in it, there was hardly any ginger ale. And I had to wait over 30 minutes to get the drink. I would not go here again. Pros: Appetizers Cons: over priced food more

Thoroughly unremarkable 6/27/2008

I have no great complaints with UVA, but neither is there anything in particular to recommend it. The highlight is the wine list, and I particularly appreciated the large selection of wines by the glass. The food is decent if not outstanding. The ricotta gnocci was pretty good but the veal ragout was disappointing. The dining room is loud, particularly close to the bar, and the service staff give the appearance of being constantly in a rush, though the service itself can be quite slow. For the money we didn't feel cheated, but neither will we rush back. Pros: wine list Cons: noisy, slow service more

great wine bar! 6/19/2008

I love uva. The atmosphere in all four sections is wonderful. The sidewalk cafe is quiet and great for people watching. The back garden is quiet and romantic. The main floor is loud but festive. The downstairs is cozy. I love all of their food selections- bruschetta is delicious, cheese plates are perfect, and the salads and pasta are delectable. My only complaint is that they took the Bonarda wine off the menu. When I asked the waiter last night if they still had it and it was just not on the menu, he said, "No, that was a special." Weird, because I have been coming here consistently for 3 years and had the Bonarda every time. Not what I would consider a "special." Bring back the Bonarda! Pros: ambience, cheese plate more

average 6/14/2008

Celebrated a friend's birthday, the staff was very accomodating because we had people who were unable to make dinner but came out for the afterparty. Food was great, service was terrific, and the place got packed as the evening went along. Definitely great to share, since their portions are nice, and a solid Italian restaurant that is great for larger parties. more

Good wine list, bad service 5/5/2008

I went there with my wife because of the nice reviews, but I have to say nothing special. The wine bar itself is a really cute space... the wine selection is good but it takes 25 minutes from the time you order to actually receive your wine. Our server had big attitude and she was really slow! The food was ok but its not worth it to go back because I am pretty sure that I can find better wine bars in the city. Pros: wine selection Cons: service, food more

Cozy and fun 3/27/2008

Despite a blind date at Uva that more or less was the worst date I've ever been on in my 30 years of living, I really, really liked this place. It's small and cozy, but not too small, the decor is welcoming, the wine fab and the people that work there are busy and attentive. I had a bunch of different cheeses with my wine, all of which were great as well. Thumbs up. I'll be back, only next time with my friends. :) Pros: Everything a wine bar should be Cons: Tiny bathrooms more

Great Food, Great Wine, Poor Service... Still Worthwhile 10/19/2007

My friend and I went to Uva the other night for dinner. We were seated within 10 minutes on a crowded Wednesday night around 9pm, which made me happy... wish it had been outside but the place was full. We had a great corner table in the back... Loved the ambience here though... very dimly lit with small red candles on each table. Very romantic for a date... I'll come back for that sometime. Anyway, we drank a really great bottle of wine (my friend had been there a few times before) that only cost $28... really can't beat that! Started out the meal with the Stracchino bruschetta (a Soft, Creamy, Young Cheese with Grape Tomatoes and Chives), which was light and refreshing, although not the best bruschetta I've ever had (THAT would be at Divine Bar). My friend had the Polenta Tartufata... polenta with black truffle sauce filled with robiola cheese -- one of the best appetizers I've had in months -- and it was WAY better than the polenta I had last week at 'Inoteca. For main dishes we both had the braised boneless short ribs, which was truly delicious, and came with a 'rosemary cake'. I don't even know what that was but I loved it. Afterwards, we had a 3-cheese plate that was enjoyable but not great... we just needed some more food. Desserts were just okay... my friend had the strawberries with mascarpone cream and I had something else that was pretty boring, as well as a glass of 12-yr port. Dessert was unnecessary, as neither of us were too impressed. The one drawback of the night was the service, which constantly left us looking around for our waitress. She was never around and forgot to get us things we asked for multiple times -- water, bread (twice), and a dessert. Unacceptable. The Sommalier was good at his job, though. I will revisit Uva soon with a girl for a date. Pros: Great Food, Excellent Wine, Fantastic Value, Relaxed Ambience Cons: Really Poor Service, Weak Desserts more

Very Bad Service 10/12/2007

Just used to be a favorite spot of me and my friends, not anymore. Last time we went the service was horrible, I have never seen anything like it in all the years I've lived in NYC. The busboy bumped into me and other patrons several times without apologizing. Then he picks up the plate my friend is eating off while she has a fork of food in her mouth. We get him to put it down and he takes her bread plate away with her bread on it. When we complained to the manager there was no response. Instead 5 minutes later he comes running over and yells at us for complaining and then struts away. The people sitting next to us along with overselves were shocked. I will never go here again. Also, poor winelist, VERO across the street and a more educated winelist and knowledgable & well-trianed staff. Pros: Very cheap. Cons: Very bad service. more

great selection ,ambiance and food to go with. 9/25/2007

my wife and i are wine lovers , we have tried different places not only in the upper east side but seems hat we return to this place again and again my wife forthyeth birthday is coming up and the downstairs private rooms is a perfect spot for our small group of friends , we had the pleasure to experience it before and was a success that's why we will go back Pros: the whole experience Cons: hard to find a seat in the garden that we love more

It's the best! 9/13/2007

One of the best restaurant experiences ever every time I go! Everyone is so friendly. My favorite dishes are the shrimp appetizer and the gnocchi. Be sure to leave room for dessert! If their million-layer crepes dessert is the special, order it! The music is always great and I love the lighting. You may have to wait a little while on busy nights, but the experience is worth is. Once you've ordered a glass of wine at the bar the time will go by quickly. I recommend their South African Glen Carlou (I think it's spelled something like that). Pros: great food, great ambience, great service, what more can you ask for?! Cons: could have to wait for a table, but it's definitely worth it! more

Great Food & Service 6/22/2007

I would highly recommend this place. The food, atmosphere, and service are top-notch. Sitting in the garden on a nice night is the way to go. Pros: food, ambience, service more

Our favorite 4/3/2007

This is my girlfriend & my favorite neighborhood spot. It's perfect for a date & she loves it for a night out with the her friends. Great wine, amazing antipasto misto (for two) and one of the few restaurants that makes you feel like you've left the UES. Pros: Great atmosphere; outdoor garden (with heat lamps in winter) Cons: Crowded, no reservations; Brunch could be improved more

My favorite place in the neighborhood 1/22/2007

My boyfriend and I go to Uva all the time. In addition to the amazing wine list, Uva has incredible entrees, but frequently, we'll go for a light dinner consisting of their Antipasto Misto platter and a plate of three or four cheeses. We brought friends who'd just come back from a year in Italy, and even they were impressed by the selection of Italian wines and cheeses, many of which you'll never see on a menu outside of Italy. Pros: Great food, great wine, wonderful atmosphere more

Absolutely, dizzyingly delicious ... even if it is a bit pretentious! 1/12/2007

Excellent wine, solid service, delicious food (gnocchi with truffles? pistachio panna cotta?), and a very relaxing atmosphere make this a true UES keeper! How many restaurants/wine bars can boast a garden patio AND a wine cellar-inspired lower level? If you go to Uva, prepare to relax and be pampered. They have a phenomenal wine selection (including some very reasonable bottles), an eclectic menu, and a definite and unique feel. I took my parents there and now they must go every time they come to visit! Pros: Reasonably priced, extensive wine selection, consistently delicious Cons: Consistently pretentious, sometimes slow service more
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  • Inside Uva Restaurant, rustic wooden tables meet chandeliers and velvet drapes for a chic, yet, cozy feeling for New York locals wanting more than just a slice of pizza.

    This Italian rustic restaurant and bar prepares an authentic and uncommon menu perfect for a full meal, delicious appetizers to pair with one of our notable wine selections, expertly chosen with glass and bottle selections for every price range. You can also stop in for a late-night dining experience.

    Uva Restaurant serves delicious Italian favorites like bruschetta for starters or Emilian-style foccacia with your choice of spread and cured meats. Our menu ranges with various savory items from pasta dishes to grilled meats. Make your reservation today and enjoy an authentic Italian meal with friends or family.

    Celebrate your birhtday or hold a corporate meeting at Uva Restaurant for a private party function.


  • The Scene
    Sister to Lusardi's restaurant, this warm-hued and rustic Italian bar and restaurant hosts Upper East Siders looking for an intimate experience. Dimly lit by electric candelabras and chandeliers, couples cozy up and friends order another bottle from a comprehensive list. A rear patio, framed by brick, dainty fencing and flower boxes, invites patrons to sit at petite green tables during nice weather.

    The Draw
    The diverse wine list, touted by the house for its grape varietals, entices with over 120 Italian and American bottles--like Sicilian red Nero D'Avola--and 30 choices by the glass, including Venetian Valpollicella and the Brunello di Montalcino, Terre di Bo. Libations are easily paired with cheese plates, antipastas or the classic Italian menu of standards with a few creative touches. The salad of red beets, fava beans, and goat cheese is served with mache in a cheese basket, while crepes are stuffed with radicchio, walnuts and Asiago cheese.

  • 10/24/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 5pm-2am Sat-Sun 12pm-3am
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Upper East Side