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Speakeasy disguised as locksmith shop opens in NYC

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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 Facet bar is simply within the enterprise of slinging food and drinks.

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

“I really like the thought of sustaining one thing that’s so visibly previous New York,” restaurateur Massimo Lusardi advised The Publish of the inspiration for launching this spot. “I needed one thing that might seem out of the blue at some point, but hides in plain sight.”

To this point, the New York native says the disguise has labored.

“It’s typically fully missed, because it appears to be like so previous folks don’t even discover it’s new,” stated 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.

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Reservations and walk-ins at the moment are being accepted.
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keys and heels upper east side speakeasy
Inside, the area is much from locksmith-looking.
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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 personal room,” he added. “Stepping by 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 additionally 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 get together,” 25-year-old Andrea Van Melkebeke told The Post, crediting Keys & Heels secret entrance as the rationale she selected it for her shindig throughout COVID’s third wave. “It’s very ’80s-lounge attractive, and we didn’t need to be at a bar with different folks. We had been in a position to hold the listing down, we knew everybody was vaccinated and there have been no strangers.’’ 

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The venue presents bottle service and is out there 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 as a result of 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 can be made online

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

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A number 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.