The historic mahogany bar (the full front bar) at CAV dates back to the nineteenth century. Purchased from Irreplaceable Artifacts in 1990, it came with a provenance, showing this bar was originally from Pete’s Tavern – the oldest Tavern in New York.
When Purchased by CAV, the bar was superb aesthetically, but originally, it was not deep enough to provide modern day legroom. That’s because 19th century guests were much shorter!
Thus at tremendous expenditure, the whole top of this antique historic bar was painstakingly lifted off it’s base, and moved forward over it’s base, to give modern guests very confortable legroom. It is now a state of the art bar, and yet retains the hand finished splendid patina of time. Guests have enjoyed drinks at this bar for over 150 years. It is said that O’Henry wrote many parts of his famous Gift of the Magi, at Pete’s Tavern, and probably often sat at this historic bar doing so.
We invite guests to experience the CAV bar any day and to relax in the confortable leather bar seats. CAV is open seven days a week. We invite guests to come after work, for cocktails, martinis, or beers and wines. We have 6 beers on tap served in tall glasses almost a pint. Of course, for Guinness, we use 22 oz Guinness glasses.
In addition to special cocktails and martinis, the bar serves a number of delicious well priced bar appetizers, but guests may also, if they wish, partake of a whole meal at the bar, or at the small confortable lounge.
Promotion in August and September:
We invite businesses to select any night, in which 5 people from their business would like to come for drinks at the CAV bar, after work, between 4pm and 6pm, and CAV would provide a couple appetizers on the house, to go with the first round. This promotion is available at the bar only.
In Summer, we also serve drinks and appetizers (also full meals if you like) al Fresco, in our courtyard.
Bar Menu (also available full menu for those wishing to order it at the Bar)
Mixed drinks of choice
Domestic and Imported bottled beer
6 Beers on tap served in 14 3/4 oz glass
(Guinness in 22 oz glass)
Shrimp and White Bean Bruschetta $4.50
Sauteed White Tiger Shrimp, Roasted Tomatoes and Cannelini White Beans over
Toasted French Baguette
Fries a la CAV (large order) $4
Steak Fries seasoned with Parmesan, Parsley, Togarashi and Olive Oil accompanied with
a Lemon-Horseradish Ketchup
Sesame Tenderloin Skewers
Grilled Sesame Encrusted Tenderloin Skewers with a Soy – Orange Glaze OR Beef Slider of the day
Seared tuna Bhan Mi Sliders or Beef Slider of the day
Togarashi and Kombu Crusted Yellowfin Tuna, Red Curry Aioli, Cilantro and Parsley
Salad, Pickled Vegetables
Coconut Encrusted Shrimp with a Thai Dipping Sauce $5
Goat Cheese Croquettes with Balsamic reduction $4.50
Also full menu available.