Hg2 : The Hedonist

Employees Only

Its owners created it with a speakeasy-ish vibe in mind and a keep-the-riff-raff-out mentality – but the riff-raff, in this case, is anyone who doesn’t, or never has, slogged behind a bar, hustled for tips, or sweat it out on the line (as the name might suggest).

While they haven’t been able to keep away the throngs of those who have and those who haven’t, Employees Only has managed to do one thing very well – be at once a very cool bar and serve decent, if not sometimes ambitious, fare until the wee hours.

Counter’s Frank Cisneros jokes, “Everyone knows chefs don’t eat; they drink at Employees Only,” but Ralf Kuettel confirmed that it is indeed his favorite spot to snack past the witching hour on such lofty starters as crispy sweetbreads, bacon-wrapped lamb chops, and steak tartare.

510 Hudson Street (Christopher),
West Village,
+1 212 242 3021
Opening Times
daily, 6pm (11am Sat/Sun)-4am
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