Employees Only. Location: West Village. West 10th St. and Hudson St. Scene: Fireplace. Loungey. Standing Room. Food: Bone Marrow Poppers. Bacon Wrapped Lamb Chops. Roasted Chicken.
- Mussel & Squid: Roasted Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette, Fennel & Polenta Fritter
- Whole Rainbow Trout: Smoked Trout and Frisee Salad (above)
- West Side: Charbay Meyer Lemon Vodka, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice and Fresh Mint (above)
- Amelia: Luksusowa Potato Vodka & St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Pureed Blackberries and Fresh Lemon Juice
Employees Only is the unmarked speakeasy in the West Village serving up some of the tastiest cocktail concoctions in the city. Not to mention it was recently named “Best Cocktail Bar in the World” by Tales of the Cocktails in July. To find the unmarked spot, look for the neon “Psychic” sign in the window (yes, he’s available inside), a bouncer and a line post 10:30 p.m. Once inside, be sure to keep your eyes on the mixologists in white “lab coats” as they shake your drink into deliciousness that isn’t too sweet. Unfortunately, the area around the bar gets pretty crowded. It’s like you’re stuck in a subway car during rush hour. Luckily, our reserved dinner table saved the night allowing us to sit and enjoy our cocktails and company. The Whole Rainbow Trout came with a unique frisee salad including apples and smoked trout that was so good I wanted to order five more plates of it! Get the table-side steak tartar for an entertaining show as you watch your server mix in: shallots, truffle oil, sea salt, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. I was happily surprised by the food at this cocktail bar and highly recommend making a reservation – especially if you want to relax and savor the drinks. The staff is overly helpful and considerate and they really know how to keep your glasses full! Cheers!
*** P.S. Late-night dinner menu available from 12 a.m. – 3:30 a.m.