I apologize if I saw you on Saturday. Â Why? Â Because most likely I rambled on about my phenomenal dinner on Friday.
My boyfriend and I decided to check out Uva on Friday night on the Upper East Side. Â Walking into the restaurant, you knew this was a great date spot – small tables, intimate lighting, rustic decor. Â In fact, I think the whole city knew it was a great date spot since we waited for a half-hour to be seated. Â Uva only takes reservations for larger groups, so if planning on Uva for a date night keep this in mind (read: might not make the best first date since you’ll have uncomfortable conversation in a doorway).
It was too crowded at the bar to get a pre-dinner drink, so we waited in the heated doorway outside. Â As we waited, everyone coming out told us the wait was worth it – and it certainly was.
We started our meal with a glass of wine – glasses were about $9 and bottles started at $25. Â The waiter brought out 4 slices of bread for us, and I was content dipping it in olive oil until our appetizer came out. Â Now I thought I had ordered mozzarella covered in prosciutto, but apparently, the waiter misheard me and I received eggplant stuffed with ricotta in a tomato sauce. In the dim lighting, I couldn’t see the difference and could not remember if my mozz dish had ricotta and tomato sauce or if this was the wrong thing. Â Once I took a bite and realized it was eggplant, I flagged down the waiter and he was convinced I ordered melanze – not mozzarella. I lived in Florence, I know my pronunciation isn’t that off. Â Anyway, I’m not telling you all this to complain, Â but just that you know it’s a good sign when what you order isn’t what is expected and it is still good. Â The sauce was incredible and we wiped the plate clean with our bread. Â The eggplant and ricotta was also delicious – even Chad liked the ricotta and he’s not the biggest fan.
For dinner, we each went with a gnocchi dish and I sampled both – beet gnocchi is a gorganzola sauce with yellow tomatoes and spinach and ricotta gnocchi in a chive and truffle sauce. Â If you like truffles, this was the perfect dish for you, as there was a strong truffle aftertaste. Â The gorganzola dish was good too, and I liked alternating every few bites with the truffle dish (yes, Chad, I stole lots of bites when you weren’t looking). Â The gorganzola dish didn’t have as strong of a flavor, so it almost was like eating a palate cleanser in between bites of the truffle pasta. Â The truffle sauce was such an overwhelming flavor, so I’m glad the gorgonzola could calm down my tastebuds a bit. Â Both were so delicious and the gnocchi wasn’t nearly as heavy as the traditional potato pasta. Â Our waiter was kind enough to offer more bread, so we dipped this in our sauces to clean our plates. Â Needless to say we left in a food coma.
Overall, I’m in love with Uva Wine Bar and am looking forward to my next trip back. Â There’s so much on the menu I want to try – but I have a feeling I’ll be ordering a dish of gnocchi in a truffle sauce all to myself!The Basics Name: Uva Wine Bar Location: 1486 Second Avenue (between Â 77th and 78th Streets) Who to Bring: Date, Parents Price: $$$ Pastas start at $18 Overall: I got the wrong dish and I still loved it. 5 Stars.