Setting and Atmosphere
Uva Bar, a circular open-air lounge, sits immediately outside the restaurant and is a good place for a quick bite (sans line) or a leisurely cocktail while you watch the crowds go by. inside is an elegant art Deco-inspired restaurant with hardwood floors, spacious dining areas, and fine accoutrements. There are two fireplaces and a large central bar; a narrow balcony with tables wraps around the entire top floor.
Tapas, marinated Mediterranean-olive plate, and various small plates outside at the bar; rotisserie chicken in a sweet garlic au jus reduction and bone-in new York steak with barnaise sauce inside.
A huge and very tasty plate of paella with bay scallops, clams, mussels, shrimp, chicken, chorizo sausage, saffron rice, and garlic aioli; a Moroccan-inspired lamb shank with olive potatoes and lemon confit.
Catal (and the adjacent Uva Bar) are a Patina group pairing, one in a chain of eateries operated by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal. Despite overblown descriptions, the menu is pretty straightforward. the small plates, mainly appetizers, salads, and a few pasta dishes are better than the rest of the menu and a real value for the money. When the weather cooperates, Uva is the better of the two venues. Be cautious when ordering some of the more complex or unusual offerings, including the duck and rabbit: they can be very inconsistent and terribly fatty. Side dishes shine though. Price notwithstanding, this is a very adult experience.
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