510 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Christopher St.
By jochutch on 9/26/2005
All of the dishes I've tried here are excellent, though they seem to be changing frequently. The drinks change as well, but just like the food, they are always thoughtfully prepared and incredible. The service is great and the chef is talented beyond words. Not overpriced, but if you have some extra $$ to spend, you will not be disappointed.
By rte76 on 4/25/2007
EO has become more popular over the past year or so and the weekends have become somewhat of a zoo. This is a fantastic place to meet friends for a drink (some of the coolest bartenders in town and they have pretty interesting moustaches) or have brunch/dinner (great menu). I would recommend going during the week to avoid the mess and the doorman, who is probably the only downfall of the place. Surprisingly, management has not realized what he does or says to customers entering the restaurant. Frankly, he is a very mean spirited person and on several occasions has grabbed a few girls. Other than that, this place is pretty legit but you have been warned about the doorman.
By Charlotte14 on 5/24/2007
When we first arrived the outside garden was empty, yet the waitress was infuriated that 3 of the 6 of us were running 15 minutes late. I guess we were taking up a table for the phantom people she would have rather served. We immediately ordered a round of drinks and an appetizer. When everyone arrived we ordered an $80 bottle of champagne. As we were about to toast, the waitress comes over, interrupting us and asks us for our order. We asked for some time and she quipped "you know you have a time limit and didn't some of you arrive here late". We were all shocked when we realized she was being dead serious. We then ordered 2 cheese platters, 2 specialty platters, 2 flat breads, other appetizers, a lamb chop entree, and 2 desserts. On top of the champagne we each had 3-4 rounds of cocktails. So if our sweetheart of a waitress lost the attitude and the stop watch and did the math maybe she could have figured out we were spending plenty of money. Place was adorable, food and drinks were good, as for the service - MUCH to be desired.
By anthony_vincent on 6/8/2007
I used to be a regular at EO and would frequent the place about 2-3x a week. Didn't have a problem getting past the doorman on weekdays. On the weekend if I brought more than 1 guest, then it was a different story. The place has been getting overly crowded, which makes it tougher for people to get in. On these occasions, the doorman would usually make it difficult for my guests. Tian (door man) is unprofessional, short tempered, ill-mannered, and portrays a bad image for the bar. I have spoken to Henry about this problem, but they choose to turn a blind eye. Having been in the bar business, management should understand that regulars are a bars lifeline, long after the popularity factor goes away. I understand that they are going for an air of exclusivity, but they could do much better than by having a prick regulate the door of this small joint. Other than that, the place is great. Good food, good drinks, good atmosphere inside. Chicken noodle soup at the end of the night is a good nightcap. Too many other places in NY to spend your money.
By troisetoilemichelin on 7/29/2007
My god! such a bad service is rare in the industry. I reserved a table and was told i had t wait for 30 min although i arrived 10 min late. the barmans were more occupied showing off rather than serving people and lost 20 min waiting to get served...doorman was an absolute joke. it can't be that difficult to be nice with people. i will not go back.
By legallady on 2/8/2009
If you are a giant d-bag who enjoys extremely crowded bars with expensive drinks and bad service then definitely check out Employees Only because you will fit right in. If you actually want to enjoy your evening, you probably want to keep looking.
By devondjones on 3/12/2009
This bar sells itself as an after work hangout, but acts like some pretentious meatpacker club. The door staff is incredibly rude, and the service inside is positively wretched. If you want good drinks but not to be treated horridly, go to one of the many other top notch bars in the area.
By darlingc on 6/17/2009
Surprised by the other reviews, but it's clearly not for everyone. And why should it be? This is NYC, the customer is not always right and not everyone should get in easily. A speakeasy created for & by the service industry, if you happen to appreciate a dimlit, lowkey but stylish atmosphere with excellent food that's not trying too hard- this is the place. With a true top shelf, mustachioed barbacks and a last call ritual that includes Tom Waits & complimentary chicken soup passed out like communion, you never know who's gracing the next barstool. The crowd is as eclectic as the city itself, and unsurprisingly- pedestrians and wannabes might have more complaints than artists and jetsetters. My new favorite spot.
By willyc on 9/5/2009
Used to be a great spot for drinks and dinner. Now, service is spotty at best. Pass.
By andybailer on 11/18/2009
Employees Only is definitely known for its award-winning cocktails and aperitifs, but it also serves up some delicious meals, like orecchiette (a sausage-filled pasta). It is reasonably priced and the decor evokes a feeling of 1920's prohibition-era, because I believe the place was originally a hidden speakeasy.