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Employees Only

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West Village
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510 Hudson St, New York City, NY 10014-2854
6:00 pm - 4:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 4:00 am
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Miami Beach, Florida
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Bryan R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is fabulous place. Trendy and lively atmosphere. Food was delicious and "Tufahija" desert is must. Above all we were impressed with staff. Everyone made us feel welcomed and special. Dana was outstanding. We planed to go to different bars after dinner but end up staying entire night no one wanted to leave this fun place.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reykjavik, Iceland
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place makes magic when it comes to cocktails and atmosphere! me and my wife went there twice. Great Cocktails and service, we are definitely going back when in NYC!

Thank Patrick H
Denver, Colorado
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun little hidden spot with no sign outside the door. Always loved this concept. Had a cocktail and some oysters to boot. Great precursor before venturing out for dinner!

Thank elisepeterson
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I've been wanting to try Employees Only for a long time, and every chance I have to stop by, there is a long wait. This time, my friend and I were able to get in relatively quickly - and we were just stopping in for drinks. We went on a a Wednesday night, and it was so crowded that we... 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
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: 212-242-3021

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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