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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
6:00 pm - 4:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 4:00 am
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Stealth_Merchant
Boston, Massachusetts
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292 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 

Thank Remy M
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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146 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

I love speakeasy bars but this is definitive not one of the. Placed in NYC Village, it's an un hidden bat, not really big but focused in the details. Great products, friendly staff and... Cocktails. Don't miss it.

Thank thecharlesP
Miami Beach, Florida
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Its busy, so don't expect a quiet drink. The ambiance, the service, the DRINKS!! amazing. I wish I wasn't tipsy, I would've had more drinks. Defiantly returning!

Thank larnskeet
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Employees Only is a bustling speakeasy. It was packed when we were there on a Sunday night. The atmosphere at Employees Only was not your prohibition speakeasy - it was much brighter inside, with tables straight out of a 1950's diner. It had the feeling of your typical bar scene once you were inside. The drink menu seemed pretty good,... More 

Thank FamilyTravelerLB
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

I love this place and never fails to deliver, I've recommended it to everyone I know who goes to nyc , thankfully they never go keeping it local

Thank neillio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Always wanted to be here as i heard a lot about this place so just one sunday evening i was there.Cocktails are really amazing to try especially the Manhattan they make is worth trying Food we didn't try so can't say about that. Fun Vibe and super busy scenario is saying much about this place.GREAT WORK

Thank Navneet K
Newbury Park, California, USA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We were on our way to another restaurant when we found Employees Only. You would never know it is there without either the guy outside getting people to come in or hearing about it. Everything is behind a curtain so from the street all you see is the psychic reading sign and the red curtain. There is a psychic set... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

A fabulous atmosphere, very trendy (minimal signage outside). First, you'll likely need a reservation or you're not even getting past the polite but firm gentleman at the door. He was turning people away as we approached and they were clearly disappointed. Fortunately, we did have reservations and I can see why they were bummed. You first meet a psychic in... 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
Bar, American, International
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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