5/07/2012 04:10:00 PM

6 Reasons You Should Care About St. Vincent, Opening in the Mission

St. Vincent
The old Heart Wine Bar in the Mission gets a second life tonight with the opening of St. Vincent, a casual new 65-seat, wine-centric tavern serving affordable, progressive New American gastropub fare. With all the new restaurants poised to open this month, why should you care?

1. The wine, stupid. David Lynch, last seen posing James Bond-style on the cover of San Francisco magazine, is a big-deal wine guy. Since making his mark at Babbo, Spotted Pig and other NYC hot-spots, Lynch drew the admiration of vino lovers as the wine director at Quince and Cotogna. At St. Vincent, the bottle list will consist of a market list of 100 bottles priced under $100 (all available by the bottle or half-bottle) as well as a reserve list that will rival the city’s best cellars.

2. The Bar Tartine lineage. This is the house that Bar Tartine built. Well sort of. As consultant chef in the early stages, former Bar Tartine (and 30 Under 30 honoree) Christopher Kronner set the stage for the menu. Now actually executing the New American menu (a combo of small plates and a few entrees) is Bill Niles, who worked under both Kronner and current Bar Tartine chef Nick Balla. Even the fresh bread comes directly from Tartine, making it one of the lucky few that gets to serve the legendary loaves.

3. The Bitchin' Beer. As if an impossibly well-priced, well-thought-out wine menu weren't enough, the team has tapped certified cicerone Sayre Piotrkowski (formerly of Monk’s Kettle) to oversee the hyper-local beer-on-draft program.

4. The Seating. The look and feel of the space treads the same This Old House reclaimed-wood vibe, featuring a new glass- and wine-storage container fashioned from table tops (repurposed from Heart) and the zinc-topped bar still dominates the narrow space, but the dining room now boasts more sit-down dining and a newly built full kitchen to handle the cooking tasks.

5. The Mission 'Hood. Anchoring a stretch of Valencia Street that includes Dosa, Beretta, Rice Broker and Range as nearby neighbors, the restaurant is located at ground zero for night out in the Mission. Capture the evening's festivities with an old-timey-looking Polaroid courtesy of Photobooth located across the street.

6. Cabs. Because it’s located on one of those rare streets in San Francisco where you can actually hail a cab, diners can drink to their hearts' content and still find a safe way home.

 St. Vincent, closed Sundays. 1270 Valencia St., 415-285-1200.

Check out the menu below.


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