1486 2nd Ave. [2nd ave. btw 77th & 78th]
New York, NY
Should you try? Yes, and make sure to get the Truffle Gnocchi
Uva offers good Italian food, cheese, cured meats, and wine at a reasonable price. Some dishes are better than others, but overall I’ve enjoyed my meals both times I’ve went. I would consider Uva similar to Bianca in NoHo.
The dish to get here is the Gnocchi di Ricotta (home made ricotta gnocchi in a creamy black truffle and chive sauce; $18). The gnocchi itself is incredibly light and fluffy, while the sauce is creamy and has a hint of truffle oil. The other dishes are solid and ~$20.
They do take reservations, which I highly recommend taking advantage of, and it’s a good place for date night.
Some notes on other dishes:
- Polpettine di Vitello (Mini veal meatballs cooked in a savory tomato sauce, served with grilled ciabatta bread; $9): The meatballs had good flavor, but they were a bit overcooked.
- Mozzarella in Camicia (Mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto baked with tomato sauce and savory bread crumbs; $12): I really enjoyed this appetizer, mixing the saltiness from the mozzarella and prosciutto with the acidity and sweetness of the tomato sauce.
- Polpaccio D’agnello (Braised lamb shank in its own cooking sauce served with a white polenta cake; $21): The lamb was incredibly tender and fell off the bone, but the white polenta cake had no flavor.
- Petto D’anatra (Pan seared breast of duck in a thyme sauce served with sauteed chanterelle mushrooms, spinach & fingerling potatoes; $22): Good dish overall, and I remember the thyme having a strong flavor.
- Carpaccio di Manzo (Beef carpaccio with pickled wild mushrooms, baby arugula and shaved parmigiano cheese; $12): Personally not a fan of beef carpaccio, but thought this was a simple and fresh dish.
- Hazelnut Dessert: Think this may have been a special, but it was incredibly rich and chocolatey.