Posts tagged "upper east side"
It seems as though I’ve been spending a lot of time on the UES lately, and in keeping with that tradition tonight I tried the food at Southern Hospitality (@BBQNYC) on 77th and 2nd. My friend Tom and I decided we had a craving for ribs (it’s the Fourth of July after all!) and he suggested Southern Hospitality. I eat ribs once a year and it’s usually the Fourth of July. I can barely justify it to myself, but BBQ chicken and BBQ tofu just doesn’t hold a candle to BBQ ribs.
I have a vague memory of walking into this establishment once late at night back when I was in college and immediately thinking, “what a sh*thole!” and being relieved when my friend said we should go somewhere else. Needless to say, I didn’t have much hope for the food.
We sat outside which was quite nice and I’m extremely pleased to say that I thought the food was quite good (dare I even admit that I enjoyed it a bit more than the BBQ at Dinosaur BBQ?). I had the half-ribs/half-chicken combo and only made it through the ribs before asking for the chicken to be packed up to-go.
With the perfect seating, perfect weather, great company, and tasty food, this was a perfect way to end the 2nd day of the July Fourth weekend.
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.