Sitting Shiva:
A Review of Ruby Lounge

by Tony Phillips

The giant Shiva just inside the copper inlaid mahogany doors puts the East in this swank East Village lounge.

The Scene
But the eastern motif doesn’t stop at the door, owner Jason Castrounis is an interior designer by trade and his sure hand is evident throughout. Antique French colonial settees, hand-blown glass lighting fixtures and velvet drapes all echo various shades of red making for a seductive glow that shows everyone at their best. Chef German Calle’s light Mediterranean tapas menu insures that even if patrons look model thin, they need not go hungry.

The Draw
Getting in on the ground floor is part of the appeal. With a September GQ spread on its way, it’s only a matter of time before the fashionistas descend. So enjoy the Zen while you can. A state-of-the-art sound system pumps progressive to new age, but always at a level that’s conducive to conversation. An extensive wine list and unusual drinks menu boasting red caipirinhas and half a dozen champagne cocktails means you won’t want for the latest libation, while a well-trained waitstaff are helpful without being obtrusive.