Visit a Modern-Day Speakeasy in New York’s Greenwich Village
Employees Only is a gem in New York City. Located in one of New York’s hippest neighborhoods on Hudson Street, it looks unassuming from the outside. You’ll find a forest green awning outside with white block letters that read “EO” and a statue of a tarot card reader in the window, beckoning you inside. Open the door and enter through thick black velveteen curtains to find a quaint, sexy place aglow in red lanterns and candlelight.
The bartenders wear lab coats with the title of “Apprentice” embroidered on them, and they concoct some of the best and most unique drinks in the city, curiously combined with quality liquors and the freshest of ingredients.
Table service is primarily available for dinner, especially on weekends, and if you find yourself in New York on a Sunday night, be sure and stay for the Burlesque show that commences at midnight. You’ll feel a part of the insiders club of people who know about it…. The tassles, hand bells and silken fabrics fit in with the overall mood, and with an elixir or two and great company, it makes for a fantastic evening.
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NYC's Best: Employees Only
This West Village "speakeasy" was a great choice for celebrating a 30th birthday. Hidden behind a neon psychic sign and very intimidating bouncer, Employees Only has an impressive creative cocktail list. I recommend the West Side and the Ginger Smash. Although the menu is limited, the bone marrow poppers and oriecchiette pasta were excellent, and the oysters on the half shell were combined with the candle from our table to serve as a great birthday cake! (Pictures on my blog, Jetset Duet.)
The place is small, and it gets quite crowded at the bar, with a classic West Village feel. Reservations are strongly recommended. Even with a reservation, get there early. A few of our friends had trouble getting in when they met us after dinner.