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Speakeasy disguised as locksmith shop opens in NYC

Come to get your key copied, keep for the $22 cocktail. 

However really don’t carry any lock-related points to Keys & Heels as a result of, regardless of the convincing weathered locksmith and shoe restore entrance, this Higher East Aspect bar is barely within the enterprise of slinging food and drinks.

The restricted meals choices embody $12 pigs in a blanket, $20 salmon tartare cones and $12 selfmade focaccia, and there’s additionally a full bar. The drinks menu is fronted by the two-part checklist of home cocktails ($18 to $22), adopted by a restricted collection of wine and three $9 beer choices, and completed with the bottle service choices ($175 to $425).

“I like the concept of sustaining one thing that’s so visibly outdated New York,” restaurateur Massimo Lusardi informed The Submit of the inspiration for launching this spot. “I needed one thing that might seem out of the blue in the future, but hides in plain sight.”

Thus far, the New York native says the disguise has labored.

“It’s usually fully missed, because it appears to be like so outdated individuals don’t even discover it’s new,” mentioned Lusardi, who additionally launched the Italian eating places Uva and Uva Subsequent Door, each situated adjoining to Keys & Heels on Second Avenue between 77th and 78th streets.

Reservations and walk-ins at the moment are being accepted.
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Inside, the area is much from locksmith-looking.
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keys and heels upper east side speakeasy
No key copying tools in sight on the speakeasy.
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“I additionally needed it to be about privateness and making the entire area really feel like a non-public room,” he added. “Stepping by means of one factor and into one other actually transports you and permits room for the unpredictable.”

The privateness side proved not solely good for creating an intimate environment and aesthetic — but in addition for making Keys & Heels a chief location for semi-secret personal vacation bashes in the course of the Omicron COVID-19 variant’s reign over NYC this winter. 

“It was due to the area we determined to have the celebration,” 25-year-old Andrea Van Melkebeke informed The Submit, crediting Keys & Heels secret entrance as the rationale she selected it for her shindig throughout COVID’s third wave. “It’s very ’80s-lounge horny, and we didn’t wish to be at a bar with different individuals. We had been in a position to preserve the checklist down, we knew everybody was vaccinated and there have been no strangers.’’ 

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The venue presents bottle service and is offered for personal events.
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keys and heels upper east side speakeasy
Not really a spot to get faucets added to your heels.
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keys and heels upper east side speakeasy
Massimo can also be behind two Italian eating places on the identical block.
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Keys & Heels had initially deliberate to open to the general public in December, however because of the ongoing pandemic pushed its official opening to March. Stroll-ins at the moment are welcome Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. till late, and restricted reservations will also be made online

These in want of an reasonably priced cobbler can get able to be badly dissatisfied, however anybody looking for a “whimsical but subtle lounge” with a “flirtatious and seductive environment” stuffed with velvet, fringe, and industrial accents will certainly discover it, based on a press launch. 

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A few of the meals choices at Keys & Heels.
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The bar is open from 6 p.m. till late Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
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Massimo Lusardi, the founding father of Keys & Heels.
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Keys & Heels is situated at 1488 2nd Ave. in Manhattan.

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