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510 Hudson St., nr. W. 10th St. (West Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-242-3021 | www.employeesonlynyc.com
RESERVATIONSRecommended; call to book 10:00am-5:00pm
PRICE (COCKTAILS; DINNER PLATES; LATE NIGHT)USD 15-16; USD 16-45; USD 13-21
SIGNATURE DRINKGinger Smash
BARYes - a long, Deco-style curved bar
FOOD SERVED?Yes - a full menu of apps and mains
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAYChristopher St.-Sheridan Sq. (1)
This hidden bar is open secret numero uno among the Prohibition-era-obsessed imbibers of Manhattan. Don’t let the gypsy-like fortuneteller at the entrance throw you: your palm will soon be busy cradling a cold glass of something strong, not being prodded by a tarot card wielding mystic. Even though the speakeasy trend has abated a bit, this place endures thanks to its atmospheric retro décor (think mahogany walls, soft sepia lighting, an Art Deco bar, and tin ceilings) and its old-school cocktails, which are expertly crafted with touches of scented gin and vermouth. But beware: rousingly innovative originals like the Ginger Smash and EO Gimlet can pack quite a punch.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Though the crowd now dresses down, we’d still keep it stylishly casual with a smart low-cut top, dark slacks or a skirt, and fun heels.
GO HERE WITH
A few friends; a date; yourself
Hip Downtowners, cocktail connoisseurs, a fair few in-the-know tourists, and lovers of the speakeasy scene.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s all about class here, from the gracious and attentive service to the meticulously restored ‘20s décor.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Bizarrely enough, there’s one toilet for the entire bar. Also, due to its popularity, the bar is crowded all week long, not just on weekends. (We suggest stopping by right after work hours to avoid the late night crowds.)
GOOD TO KNOW
In true speakeasy fashion, there is no sign outside. Instead, discover the “hidden” entrance by looking for the neon “Psychic” sign in the window. Though there’s a full dinner menu, the real star is the Serbian charcuterie platter–it’s recommended by pretty much everyone who’s tried it. There’s also a great prix fixe pre-theater menu for USD 45. This bar is the sister of Macao Trading Co. in Tribeca.
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