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Best martinis in the West Village

Hi,
We're going to be hanging out in the WV tomorrow night. Do you know anywhere where we can get some really great martinis? We'd love to grab a bite to eat at the same place. Thank you.

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  1. Try Employees Only. Great food and the martinis are equally precise. Nothing like a dirty martini and terrific steak tartare.

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    1. re: JungMann

      I thought Employees Only closed or was closing. Is that true?

      1. re: jackieparis

        No, I've never heard that. I think it closed recently due to the W Village flooding, but it was a short closing and is open now.

        1. re: jackieparis

          You may have heard that they were opening up another bar, which is true. But there is no intention of closing down EO anytime soon.

      2. Absolutely 4th. Nice, comfy, loungy place. And half price during happy hour.

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          1. re: RussianGirl

            They closed a while ago. I think it's now a game store.

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            1. No food, but I like Little Branch.

              1. It's gotten to be a bit crowded, pretentious and generally dreadful, but Pegu still makes one of the best, classically mixed martinis in town, with pretty decent bar nibbles to boot.

                If you go a little bit further east, where W. 3rd becomes Great Jones, and want a more low key scene, Five Points makes good, interesting flavored martinis (very herbal, generally) and has a full dinner menu. There's nothing too crazy, there, foodwise, but everything is solid.

                I think Employee's Only is a good suggestion, as well.

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                1. re: cimui

                  I'll have to try Five Points because I just don't like Pegu. If I'm paying $13 for a drink, I'd like it to consist of more than 4 sips of gin! They totally put the "tini" in mar-tini (ooh, bad morning pun!). That's why EO is one of my favorite places in the city. Not only are the drinks well-made, they come in normal-to-large glassware.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    >>they totally put the "tini" in mar-tini (ooh, bad morning pun!).

                    *grin* That was pretty good, actually.

                    I didn't realize the glasses were much smaller than at other places! Maybe they recognize that I'm a lush and give me the regular sized ones.