I don't know why this place doesn't receive more recognition. We dropped in on Saturday after a drink at Cork (hey, on a holiday weekend at 5:00 the place is not crowded!). But we didn't want to eat at Cork - even though people were raving about the food.
The menu of small plates at Bar Pilar is extremely interesting. There were only two of us so we couldn't do justice to the choices. We had the chicken liver pate which was velvety smooth and luscious. I had a beet salad with two kinds of beets, orange slices, feta cheese...I love beets and these were sweet and cooked just past the firm stage. SO had a pan seared (insert lovely thick fish here - I can't remember the fish) on polenta. It was yummy.
A large table of very friendly diners next to us ordered almost the entire menu - and everything we saw coming by looked just delicious, which they confirmed for us. Next time I hope the sweetbreads are still on the menu - they looked fabulous.
The only downer is that we ordered the roasted olives as a starter. While they were tasty, there was so much else that would have been so much better. Had we seen some of the food coming by I think we would have skipped the olives and tried something more exotic.
The wine choices are very limited, but we found a white we liked and it was reasonably priced.
If you want to go to a casual place with a refreshing lack of attitude and inventive, yummy food, I think Bar Pilar is a winner.