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Employees Only

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West Village
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510 Hudson St, New York City, NY 10014-2854
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6:00 pm - 4:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 4:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great drinks and vibe in NYC

Employees only is a great place to go for a few cocktails. The bartenders are the main attraction at this great spot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Simone L
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Employees only is a great place to go for a few cocktails. The bartenders are the main attraction at this great spot.

Thank Simone L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my favorite bar in NYC! The tarot card reader at the entrance and the burlesque decor makes it already great to begin with. Then the cocktails are amazing, staff is superfriendly and the kitchen is open till 4 am! Definitely have the steak tartar with truffle capers, which they prepare table side!

Thank Fleur A
Munich, Germany
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I was impressed by the fantastic food! We had the tartar, the spicy prawns and a salad. All recommended. Needless to say, the cocktails rule. Best of all: the atmosphere! So if you are snobbish, cocky or have an attitude please spare us and go somewhere else ;-)

Thank Vangelis A
Miami, Florida
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673 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Great selection of drinks. The oysters were fresh. The cucumber salad was awesome. Black bass was also very good. Service was great.

Thank Albertomiami
Tel Aviv, Israel
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

best service, nice atmosphere, good food and drinks. guarantee fun every evening till 4AM! good place to meet new friends

Thank Efi D
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

A bar/restaurant full of New Yorkers. Loved it. Delicious Food and Great Cocktails. The bar men ready know how to mix a cocktail. The food menu is varied and decent portions

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Must admit I liked the atmosphere. Buzzing with energy and without pretensions. The cocktails are a different matter. Tried 4 cocktails and was vey disappointed. At 15$ I expected well crafted cocktails. Instead they were poorly executed. There seemed to be an unharmonious blend of ingredients treated with very little respect. Flavors out of focus, without a backbone and lacking... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

Title says it all. Recommended by a local who owns a bar. Tried it and have to say the cocktails were good as was the food. But the free side order of douche was off putting. Had 1 drink and an appy and left.

Thank JAG2021
Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Luxurious old world charm of a bygone era ooze out of this Hudson Street bar. A speak easy styled venue with a bar in the front area and a dining area out the back provides a wonderful watering hole in the West Village . The Provencal Cocktail (Lavender-infused Plymouth Gin Stirred with Herbs de Provence-infused French Vermouth & Cointreau) was... More 

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Rockdale, Australia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We started our night at Employee's Only, and only intended to stay for a drink or two and move on. Luckily we snagged seats at the bar, and many drinks and many hours later we still hadn't left. This place just had an excellent vibe, and the cocktails were delicious. Loved spending the night here!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 510 Hudson St, New York City, NY 10014-2854
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > West Village
  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Phone Number: 212-242-3021

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 4:00 am
6:00 pm - 4:00 am
6:00 pm - 4:00 am
6:00 pm - 4:00 am
6:00 pm - 4:00 am
6:00 pm - 4:00 am
6:00 pm - 4:00 am

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West Village
Stretching from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River, the West Village is one of the city’s most coveted addresses. Full of trendy shops, historic taverns, and cozy restaurants set amid 19th century architecture, this neighborhood has a unique old-world feel. You won’t find a more picturesque location in Manhattan. Without the traditional city grid layout, it’s easy to get lost here, but that’s part of the fun as you stroll down elegant narrow streets with beautiful brownstones. When you need a break, you can always stop in at one of the many quaint eateries or cafes to soak in the atmosphere, or head to the western edge of the neighborhood to enjoy magnificent waterfront views while taking a leisurely walk in Hudson River Park.
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