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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
18:00 - 04:00
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Mon - Sat 18:00 - 04:00
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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172 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 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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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 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 

Thank Stealth_Merchant
Boston, Massachusetts
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410 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 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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154 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 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
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 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 20 October 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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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 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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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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
18:00 - 04:00
18:00 - 04:00
18:00 - 04:00
18:00 - 04:00
18:00 - 04:00
18:00 - 04:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: West Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-242-3021

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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 neighbourhood 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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