Word got out on a bulletin board the other day that Employees Only was acquiring the old Marylous space on 21 West 9th Street near Sixth Avenue. EO bartender and co-owner Jason Kosmas tells us more: Its going to be much more of a restaurant than a bar. Think of the difference between Lucky Strike and Balthazar.
The new place, which is still unnamed, will aim for a forties feeling preRat Pack, very Humphrey Bogart. The kind of place that says, steak, chops, seafood on the window. The menu will likely be a little more complex than that; it's possible Chanterelle veteran Keith Harry will take over the kitchen. In the meantime, Kosmos and partner Dushan Zaric have even invented the places signature cocktail, The New Yorker, a rye Collins with a float of red wine, for that tanniny touch. And what could be more New York than that?