Peer into Ebanos Crossing, the new lounge and restaurant from Justin Shapiro and mixologist Phil Ward from NYC's Mayahuel. Taking over the expansive former Pho Citi space, the dark environs transformed into the Downtown den started soft serving last Thursday, with a slew of creatively composed cocktails and a tightly edited menu of small bites.
The concept comes from a river crossing at the Rio Grande in Texas, where bootleggers would import hooch during the Prohibition, hence the stone wall entrance, stark red-accented furniture, and Speakeasy-esque appointments, though it all sort of results in a typical clubby vibe, DJ booth and all. Happy hour runs from Tuesday to Friday, 5-8 p.m., which is a boon for office workers and local residents. Saturday revelry starts at 7 p.m., with all days closing at 2 a.m.
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