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Employees Only

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West Village
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510 Hudson St, New York City, NY 10014-2854
+1 212-242-3021
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 4:00 am
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Newport Beach, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to bring business clients. Nice mix of people and great atmosphere. We just stayed in the bar for a liquid dinner. It was 3 to 4 people deep to try and get a drink. There is only 1 bathroom for the bar area and that was a big bummer.

Thank doribme
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in unannounced with a friend and the staff made a real effort to make a table free for us. It was mainly diners at that stage but both the security guard AND hostess made a point of not letting us leave and making sure we were seated right away. Cocktails we fantastic and service as you would expect. When... More 

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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Doesn't get any better than EO the West Village "speakeasy". I had the Manhattan and my wife had the French Martini. In fact it's the only thing she wanted for her birthday. Saturday night is crowded and you'll probably have to wait but it'll be worth it.

Thank Greg B
Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

Imagine this: an aspiring bartender visiting this bar and ended up meeting and getting served drinks from the guy who inspired his dreams of being a bartender. That is exactly what happened to one of my good friends when we visited this bar in November. The lead bartender Steve Schneider was supposedly in Singapore. After lining up for about half... More 

Thank Iris L
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

Had a great evening with colleagues. The bar tenders were very friendly and helped select the right drinks for us based on our different preferences. It's very crowded but it actually didn't bother us. When we wanted to leave we discovered that our jackets and back we're gone and were informed that the staff had put them in the back... More 

Thank Lekkim
Las Vegas, Nevada
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

I happened to check out Employees Only last night, and from entering the thick velvet curtains, I instantly became enamored by this hip, fun speakeasy! The bar was super packed, and after my first drink, I knew exactly why. The bartenders were enthusiastic, all were helping each other out, and the drinks were delicious. I've never seen so many bartenders... More 

Thank Brian M
Fairfield, Connecticut
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173 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

From the hostess, to the waitress to the drink and food everything was absolutely top notch. Our Manhattans were some of the best we've had. The bone marrow poppers were out of this world. And my black bass was mouthwatering good. We were treated like rock stars with a complimentary dessert at the end. Fantastic experience.

Thank russian33
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Second time in New York, second time at Employees Only. Try get a seat at the bar - arrive early stay late - don't forget your ID. The cocktails here are really amazing - the bartenders are proper mixologists but they don't don't suffer fools gladly so if you're going to ask them something make sure it's something they haven't... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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422 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Great place. Best cocktails in NYC along with Clover Club in Brooklyn. Pretty simple. Would have given 4.5 stars if it was an option just because the air of absurdly overstated self-importance of the bartenders. They are great bartenders, many of us have seen them in the documentary Hey Bartender, but a bit less chip on the shoulder might be... More 

Thank David P
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30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

The title says it all, really. The drink-menu are varied and the range is great. All the seats in the bar fills up fast, but don't get fooled by the "Reserved" signs sitting on the tables, cause we asked to sit (party of four) without reservation, and it actually worked. Once at our table, we ordered drinks which I would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, International
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions
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
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: +1 212-242-3021

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Staying in West Village

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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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