Mon, 11am-9pm; Tue-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri, 11am-2am; Sat, 11-9; Sun, closed
4pm-6pm; $5 drink specials
A, C at Chambers St.; R at City Hall; 1, 2, 3 at Chambers St.; E at World Trade Center
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
With a small door leading to a long bar in front, 20/20 can be easy to miss (irony alert!)—but not for the regulars who keep it relatively crowded at all hours. The place looks like a kitsch club: beat-up hardwood floors, a disco ball on the ceiling, a bright neon grafitti mural, stained glass, red and blue strobe lights, and paper records. However, all-day $7 margaritas and $10 lunch specials get as much focus as the night-time dance scene. Latin music and top-40 play round the clock, while chatty women gab with the bartenders and couples dine from the restaurant’s extensive menu. The food is mostly meat, both Latin and traditional American: bbq ribs, chicken tenders, shrimp cocktail, paella. There are no La Esquina–like nuevo Latino ingredients here, either, as the menu is heavy on grilled onions and peppers and hot sauce. All of this, together with the rainbow lights, metal chairs, and red booths, adds to 20/20’s authentic vibe.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.