Employees Only

Bars, Cocktail bars West Village
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Cosmopolitan (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

The Cosmo at Employees Only, mixed by bartender Steve Schneider

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A fortune teller greets patrons at this comfortably-worn reproduction of a prohibition speakeasy. There’s a rousing scene in front, a mix of diehard regulars and industry types who jockey for the attentions of the chef-coat–clad barkeeps. Of all of the city’s craft cocktail joints Employees Only is among the most populist, with enough nerd-baiting tipples on the menu to please aficionados without alienating everyone else. Easy sipping libations include the floral Provencal, a silky blend of lavender-infused gin, vermouth steeped with herbs de Provence and Cointreau. More seasoned drinkers can call for a Hi-Octane Fix, made with aged rum and scotch, Cocchi di Torino vermouth, Grand Marnier and bitters. Chef Julia Jaksic turns out tasty bar snacks; stick around until closing time and they’ll set you up with a gratis bowl of chicken soup before sending you packing.

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Venue name: Employees Only
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Address: 510 Hudson St
New York
10014
Cross street: between Christopher and W 10th Sts
Opening hours: Daily 6pm–4am
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, Disc, MC, V, DC
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Jillian Anthony
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My dad, who's lived in LA his whole life, doesn't much like New York, but damn does he love Employees Only. You'll recognize it by its neon "Psychic" sign outside (and the real psychic giving tarot card readings inside). Step inside for a joint that's always bumping and has a bit of a 1920s, prohibition-era vibe. There's a whole secret menu you should look up before you head in, but the staples are just dandy as well. Try a classic like a sazerac or old-fashioned, because they really do it right. Dishes are rather small but delicious, like bone marrow, gnocchi and steak tartare. You can often find people wrapped around each other and dancing in their seats by the end of the night. 

Wherewendygoes

After some St. Paddys day fun, we ended up @ Employees Only. "How can I not have heard of this place????!!!" Is want came to mind as I walked into a psychic reading on the way to the bar. This place was packed & I can see why there was a line outside. A great environment with dim lites, little tables & drink galore!!! Every drink on the menu will you change your mind about the drink you had just made up your mind to order. Reason to come back??? ..to try them all!!! A nice mixed crowds of locals, near by workers & tourist that were in on the secret of this spot. Best thing of all...this spot is just TWO blocks away from my job??? Can you say this will be my new after work spot???? See you there!!!!

Xtina_Caruso

This place is a New York City staple, however it still manages to keep itself decently under wraps. The cocktails never disappoint, and neither do the cute bartenders ;-) The place is small, so be prepared to get cozy. It's very intimate with a fireplace and beautiful dark oak and rustic finishes. I recommend bringing a date or a single friend... there's music and by the end of the night it's a lively scene! 

@bellafranchi

Because Life isn't complete in New York without hitting up Employees Only. Do yourself a favor and make reservations (you can thank me later) for this hot spot because if you don't you might not be able to get in. Go through the door and say hello to the psychic reading customers futures. After that order a cocktail because they are all so delicious. Start with some yummy Bone Marrow Poppers and Bacon Wrapped Lamb Chops with Salsa Verde. Are you full yet?? Make sure to get the Seared Rib-Eye with Potato Gratin. Yumm!! Enjoy.