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“Hidden Gem...Step back in time!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Employees Only

Employees Only
510 Hudson St, New York City, NY 10014-2854 (Manhattan)
212-242-3021
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Ranked #306 of 11,599 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem...Step back in time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

While waiting for dinner reservations for another restaurant, we accidentally came across Employees Only and were SO impressed and excited with our find!

When you walk in you're not even sure what you're walking in to as the entrance after the main door is blocked with heavy curtains. Once you open the curtains you're taken back in time to a speakeasy ambiance and atmosphere....we loved it!

The food menu did look delicious, but we had already made other plans we were excited about, otherwise we would have stayed there. At the bar we enjoyed delicious wine and found the bartenders to be knowledgeable and very friendly.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Highland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Ebullient service and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Loved EO from the hidden (somewhat) speakeasy entrance to the big friendly doorman to the staff inside--to the excellent appetizers, entrees--I had the salmon--to the very end with a shared dessert. The decor was meticulously done with great attention to detail. Great atmosphere.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Best steak tartare in town, if not the world!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Wonderful staff; our server Lesley was absolutely fantastic, and a credit to the place. Robert at the door was equally charming. Menu was limited but what they do, they do well. The owner apparently owns a butchers so the meat dishes are great, the particular stand out for us was the steak tartare. Incredible cocktails, for which this place is rightfully renowned. Go early as it gets rammed.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Great place. Needs more seating.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Great welcome at the door.This bar is thoughtfully well-designed and clearly a lot of work went into it. The lighting is spot on. The bar staff are fast, friendly, and attentive. Their drinks are absolutely excellent.
There is a restaurant in the back section. We just had one drink... and would have had many more if there had been anywhere to sit. I have no interest in standing to drink cocktails so with regret, we left after one. The seating problem could be fixed with a slight layout change, which I'd love to see. (hence Bar Scene score: average)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“What a gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This is the kind of cocktail bar you hope to find when visiting New York - not a brand and not a chain, no pretentious designer stuff here. We thought we were walking past a dodgy psychic reading shop and it was only when a guy opened the door we realised it might be a bar.

The staff were great and listened to our likes and dislikes so that the recommendations were too good - how to exercise some restraint in here? Difficult!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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