1486 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.767379 -73.959470
Mon-Fri 4pm-2am / Sat 12pm - 2am / Sun 12pm - 1pm / Brunch Sat & Sun 11:30am - 3pm
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Midtown
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!
average – 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.
Good wine list, bad service – 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.
Cozy and fun – 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. :)
Great Food, Great Wine, Poor Service... Still Worthwhile – 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.
Very Bad Service – 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.
The reviewer is correct when they state that the busser cleared the plate earlier then he should have. That (just-hired) busser was in training and now better understands when/when not to clear tables. What happened after that is quite different - that busser was, lets just say, "very harshly scolded" by the client and also called a 'moron'. The manager then went over to appologize for the mistiming of the table clearing but asked the client to treat the staff with common courtesy as the busser is also a human being. Apparently the client interpreted this as "running over and yelling at (them) for complaining". As far as the 'poor' winelist is concerned, we have won several awards of distinction for our wine list, inluding the Award Of Excellence from Wine Spectator, and others by the Michelin Guide.
We hope to see this client again soon so that they can experience what Uva is about. We would gladly welcome them back.
great selection ,ambiance and food to go with. – 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
It's the best! – 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).
Great Food & Service – 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.
Our favorite – 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.
My favorite place in the neighborhood – 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.
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