Employees Only

Top choice bar

in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

This divine cocktail bar, tucked behind a discreet green awning on Hudson St, is a world-beater. Ace mixologists shake up crazy libations like the Ginger Smash, and the wood-rich art deco space makes everyone feel glamorous. Open until 3:30am, the kitchen plays its part, too, producing delights such as bone-marrow poppers and spicy shrimp on polenta (mains $27 to $31).

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