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88 Impressive

Art Deco looks and refined food and drinks flavor this West Village club car.

510 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014

212-242-3021

http://employeesonlynyc.com

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The lowdown

The name of this railroad cocktail bar plays on the notion that the staff has more fun, and the clientele gets off on an insider’s feel without the labor. Deco details of terraced lighting around the pressed-tin ceiling and overhead luggage racks in the elevated dining room are of a piece with the dapper service and drinks. Bartenders with anachronistic parted hair and suited in white chef’s jackets prepare Golden Age renditions of classics, and shake and muddle fresh ingredients for the throat-tickling Ginger Smash, fragrant strawberry Fraise Sauvage, and the Hemingway Daiquiri, which has a smoothness that’s often missing from grapefruit-tinged cocktails. An abundance of single malts, tequilas, and even ryes gleam from the bar shelves, but a few bottled beers are available for die-hards. Seating is scarce on the weekends, when a polished crowd with flickers of downtown style fills the room, and a pat ‘80s soundtrack throws the general conceit to the wind.

What you need to know

Insider Tips Get a reading from the front-entrance psychic at least once.

Recommended DishesBone-marrow poppers; bacon-wrapped lamb chops; caviar board.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!