Restaurants , Italian Upper East Side
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Despite a menu filled with smartly conceived Northern Italian dishes, an enviable wine list and a stylish, Sicilian drawing room decor, the dominant feature of Uva is noise. Packed with Upper East Siders on first dates, Uva reverberates with energy—but not necessarily the kind you’d want. And that’s a pity, considering the menu—with main courses such as ricotta gnocchi with black truffles, excellent pork tenderloin and sea scallops wrapped in speck—deserves the kind of attention virtually impossible amid the din.

Venue name: Uva
Address: 1486 Second Ave
New York
Cross street: at 77th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–1am; Fri, Sat noon–2am
Transport: Subway: 6 to 77th St
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V ($30 minimum)
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Maria M

Uva is the perfect restaurant for a number of occasions - date night, girls night out, family dinners, etc. Its loud and cozy ambiance makes it a popular spot for weekends, so definitely make a reservation well in advance if you can. The food is amazing and the service is fantastic. You can sit inside in the main dining room or outside in the small courtyar dining area - both spots are great! All of the waiters and waitresses were incredibly helpful from ordering wine to deciding on what desserts to get. The only downfall of this place is how tight and narrow it is - you feel like you're stepping on diners' toes just trying to get to the bathroom. But the fact that it gets so crowded is clearly a strong indication of how great this place is!!


Make a reservation ahead of time and you won't be disappointed! I started out with a meat and cheese plate that was well presented and tasted just as great. There's not a lot of room at the bar if you're waiting for a table but the mixed drinks the make are awesome. Wine selection is huge. I recommend it if you're looking for something light. Presentation and flavor is the cornerstone of their business. Gamberoni Grigliati (jumbo shrimp with vegetables) was my choice.