Keys & Heels, located on the UES, has a secret past its storefront façade just waiting to be unlocked—and we’re here to spill the scoop!
Behind the glowing neon sign and incredibly believable “since 1971” banner is NYC’s snazziest new speakeasy utterly disguised in plain sight. And the only thing they’re fixing here for you is a drink!
This Thursday-Sunday hotspot opened up this past March, and is already destined to be the cocktail destination of the season.
Push past swanky velvet curtains and enter into an intimate, dimly-lit lounge that will whisk you away. Take a seat at one of their adorable tables or comfy couches and peruse a menu full of tongue in cheek cocktails and an array of light bites we’re still dreaming about.
For our first round, we started with two very popular creations: Keys Spritz Bomb & Late Night Lover.
Try your hand at mixology when you order the Keys Spritz Bomb that comes served in a dual spout dispenser that you can pour yourself! Made with ALB Vodka, guava nectar, Starlino Apertivo and prosecco, it’s sure to go down sweetly.
And when they say Late Night Lover, they’re not kidding! This baby—which is their take on an espresso martini—will keep you ready to party all night long thanks to the deliciously silky espresso and whiskey combination.
Beyond drinks, if there’s one thing we cannot let you leave without trying, it’s their Homemade Focaccia! Dip it in their warm ricotta and honey and you’ll never stop thinking about it. We also tasted their Salmon Tartare Cones that were the perfect flavorful bite. The food menu goes on to include everything from Mini Tacos to Pigs in a Blanket.
Beyond the unforgettable fare, the service here was everything a customer could ask for. While you make friends with the amicable servers and bartenders, be sure to take in the eclectic little design details such as the disco ball in the corner of the room or the framed heel hanging on the wall.
Though walk-ins are welcome, your best bet is to book a reservation when they’re released on Tuesday at noon for the following weekend.
And make sure to stay up to date on their Instagram as they post all the necessary information regarding any special events, like an upcoming magic show set to take place in the space.