Monday, February 8, 2010

V-Bar St Mark's now open at former Tribe space

On Friday night, V-Bar St. Mark's opened on St. Mark's and First Avenue... Looked pretty full to me when I snapped this photo...




Last March, The Villager's Patrick Hedlund reported that Danny Rivera, owner of the Crooked Tree around the corner on St. Mark's, was opening a tapas bar in this space.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Peeking inside the former Tribe space

3 comments:

Melanie said...

They should be giving out free donuts to celebrate.

j. v. said...

There is a lovely - though incorrect - winged lion mural, the symbol of St. Mark, who is the patron saint of Venice. Thus is V-bar, Venice bar?

NB: V-Bar's lion has a blank tablet in his paw. The tablet should always be "pax tibi, Marce, evangelista meus."

History lesson aside, looks like a nice grown up place...

Anonymous said...

Well, the winged lion may be the symbol of St. Mark, but I believe that the origin of "V-Bar" is not Venetian: This is really the second V-Bar. The first is over on the 200 block of Sullivan, near Washington Square. V-Bar started when the owners of Cafe Valdino went their separate ways and, out of that, Enrico Ciotti, a Sardinian, created V-Bar. So the "V" probably refers to "Valdino," even though Ciotti, as a Sardinian, has little nexus with Valdino, and no close nexus with Venice. The menu bears out the Sardinian influence as well, as does the wine list.