Thursday, July 21, 2016

Employees Only {Spoilers included}

Something I like to do is pre-birthday hangouts with people who can't make the entire festivities. My friend Mac and I had been thinking of going to Employees Only, the secret bar/restaurant for years and years. What better time than now!

Spoilers on a Secret Restaurant ahead!

As you all know by now, NYC was taken over by all these fancy secret bars in the past half decade. Some of them are so popular that you might not even realize it's supposed to be a secret. Beauty and Essex is definitely one such place.

I digress.

Employees Only is on a stretch of land called Hudson Ave. which was always too far west for me to care about or venture to. So imagine my surprise when I discovered the restaurant was hidden there. 

Mac and I knew that there would be a bouncer denying entry if you either didn't look the part (hello, tourists in white sneakers and fannypacks) or if you didn't have some sort of reservation. They're also pretty strict on seating, you must be ordering dinner if you book a table. 

When we finally walked in it was a bit of a let down, there's a psychic table immediately in front of you to keep up with the idea that they place is only a Psychic business. Then immediately to your right, you want into what looks like it could've been a tiny clothing store at one point but was now a dimly lit (not very impressive) bar. 

It was also really confusing to figure out who we speak to once we walk in to be seated. There were several people waiting for a seat and the hostess was on her phone or something who knows. All I know is that we were two seconds from walking out when she finally got to us.

I had made a reservation with the full knowledge that we'd have to eat dinner - she tried to sit us in a tiny corner but we preferred to sit you know - where all the other dinner guests were.

After we were seated, the server came over to us...eventually. I was really in a sour mood. Not to mention the couples to our left and to our right. One was on their first date - so that conversation was obnoxious. The other table had these really loud seemingly teenagers talking at the top of their voices.

Then the food arrived and ok, fine, it was probably the most delicious handmade pasta I've had in a very long time. And isn't that the point really? That the food is good?

I left knowing I will never go back or recommend the place to anyone, bu
t I had a great time catching up with an old friend and some wildly delicious pasta.



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4 comments:

  1. I'm glad the food was so good, but sorry that it was a poor experience. No matter how good the food is, terrible service will make me not go back. :( Hopefully next time you go out you will get great food and great service!

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    1. Right?!?! And it's so lame because I reeeeeally wanted to go to this place for ever. ugh.

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  2. So nice to hear from you again! Ugh, I hate places where rudeness seems to be part of the "experience." No, thank you! At least your food was good! I've been in such withdrawals from NY Italian food (TX does great bbq, but not so much Italian).

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    1. Ahhh!!! Hi Small!! I'm so glad you're still around. I'm here to stay this time (i know this because i've gone so far down the rabbit hole of blogging that there is no way out LOL!) Didn't realize you were in TX! Very cool!!

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