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Uva Wine Bar & Restaurant - 34 Reviews - 1486 2nd Ave A, New York, NY - Italian Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 256-9598

Uva Wine Bar & Restaurant

1486 2nd Ave A (at Between 77th Street and 78th Street)
New York, NY 10021
(212) 256-9598
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Uva Wine Bar & Restaurant - New York, NY
Uva Wine Bar & Restaurant - New York, NY
Uva Wine Bar & Restaurant - New York, NY
Uva Wine Bar & Restaurant - New York, NY
Uva Wine Bar & Restaurant - New York, NY
Uva Wine Bar & Restaurant - New York, NY


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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.

Editorial review from Citysearch 11/15/2015

To go here is something we really enjoy as a family. The foods suit our tastebuds and the serving time is not that bad at all. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 10/12/2015

Great food to go along with a great wine. Yum. I recommend this place! more

This is some good Italian! 1/8/2012

The food is as elegant as the picture. Not only delicious, but large portions. Perfect for a date. I don't know if i agree with the guy that said the Bruschetta was not good, I thought it was on spot. Pros: null Cons: null more

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

The CON of this place was the definitely the Food. more

Love the cheese plate 9/8/2010

This place is close to my apt and is usually packed. I went in with my girlfriend one night and although we had to wait and were a little cramped at the bar until we were seated, we actually had a great dinner here. We shared a cheese plate, a bottle of wine. I had the short ribs and she had the duck (both really good). I have been there a few times since and tried some other things, but my staple is the short ribs for now. 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! 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

Great Wine Bar and Restaurant 11/3/2008

This is a nice place to go for a glass of wine and a bite to eat. The service is friendly and professional, and the vibe is good. It is quieter on weeknights and early in the evenings. Weekends can get crowded, so best to arrive early. It is usually pretty lively here. 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. 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

Pros: the whole experience Cons: hard to find a seat in the garden that we love more
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Voted #1 Best Wine Bar In The City - FULL Menu Served Until 2AM Everynight!

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  • Uva Wine Bar & Restaurant has been voted the #1 Wine Bar in the city. We offer a wide variety of international wine & Italian food. We offer brunch on Saturday & Sunday and meatball Monday special. We have a private room that can accommodate a party up to 25 people and the entire restaurant can be reserved during the afternoon, depending on the day. Please check out our menu and come in to see us!


  • 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...

  • 10/25/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 4pm-2am / Sat 12pm - 2am / Sun 12pm - 1pm / Brunch Sat & Sun 11:30am - 3pm
  • Payments:

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

    Upper East Side, Midtown