I first heard of Uva when an ex-boyfriend of mine recently moved into an apartment around the corner from the intimate Upper East Side establishment.  So when I declined his offer to grab a drink there after work one day (no, it wasn’t like that), I always kept it in the back of my mind and it seemed like the perfect place to grab dinner and wine on Friday night with my friend Lindsay, who happened to know the bartender.

The place was packed, dimly lit and full of energy.  We sat at the bar where she ordered a vodka and soda (standard, she said), and I ordered the red wine sangria (really tasty!).  Upon viewing the menu, I decided to go for the Strozzapreti Integrali (whole wheat penne with tomatoes and melted mozzarella) and Lindsay opted for a variation of Pasta Bolognese.  Both were delicious and worth the price tag (I usually can’t justify spending $17 on pasta).  

Uva would probably make a great date spot for grabbing wine or dinner.  I think it’s definitely worth of a return trip.  If you’re ever in the neighborhood, you should definitely check it out.