Xunta Tapas Bar Is Toppled

Photo: Youngna Park

Eater relays the sad news that Xunta has closed. BlackBook editor Chris Mohney has it exactly right — the bar served tapas that were beyond mediocre, and after over two decades in business it smelled like the gallows of a conquistador ship in the grips of a dysentery attack, but that wasn’t the point — it’s one of those places (like that other East Village fixture, Sala) where most every twentysomething or thirtysomething New Yorker has been for a birthday or a random good time at some point. The new owner had better crack a window, especially if they’re installing fro-yo machines or somesuch — it’s going to take a while to air this place out and to get out the ghosts of sangria-sloshed freshmen.