Uva Bar, a circular open-air lounge, sits immediately outside Catal Restaurant and is a good place for a quick bite (sans line) or a leisurely cocktail while you watch the crowds go by.
This bar and the adjacent Catal Restaurant 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 platesâ€”mainly appetizers, salads, and a few pasta dishesâ€”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.