I've never been to Spain so it is fair for me to say I don't know what a "real" Tapas bar should be like. I've been to one highly rated restaurant in NYC that is self-proclaimed to be a Tapas restaurant, and that may be my best reference point. Many places offer a Tapas menu that generally consists of "small plates" of more or less creative preparations that may or may not be Spanish dishes.
With that said, I'll say that I liked Mission Bar and Tapas and enjoyed the food. The atmosphere was a good funky. The lighting was dim but bright enough to see the remnants of an old storefront's tin ceiling. While fabric was hung by the front door to help protect from the cold drafts from outside, those drafts still worked their way half-way back through the restaurant to our table, especially when the poorly supervised child of a family seated by the door kept going in and out the door.
All the beers on tap were craft beers. We started with an Atwater Vanilla Java Porter ($6/16 oz.) and a Jack D'or Pretty Things Saison ($6/16 oz.). The porter was not overly sweet and the saison had a good amount of hops.
For appetizers we ordered the Bacon Wrapped, Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates ($8) and a Sweet Potato Tortilla Espanola with Sage Almond Butter ($5). There were six stuffed dates skewered on toothpicks and sprinkled with, according to the menu, ground almonds. But the nuts tasted more like walnuts. In any event, the bacon was fully cooked and the flavor of the blue cheese came through with the sweetness of the dates.
The Sweet Potato Tortilla was like a wedge of sweet potato pie. It was full of flavor and spices including a bit of ginger I believe. It also had a very nice crust.
We decided to share one of the three available Paellas for two. We chose the Valencia ($21) with chicken, chorizo, and shrimp, made with callasparra rice, vegetable broth, saffron, and peas. There was not much flavor from the saffron, but the overall flavor of the dish was quite enjoyable. The texture was not as soupy as we had expected, it was more of a stew consistency.
Service was friendly and efficient. The food was prepared and delivered more quickly than I had anticipated, but that was not an issue. We are likely to return to try a few other dishes on what appears to be a very interesting looking menu. And yes it is true that they DO NOT have a phone.