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Speakeasy disguised as a locksmith opens in NYC

Come to have your key copied, stay for the $22 cocktail.

But don’t actually bring any problems with locks to Keys & Heels, because despite the convincing weathered locksmith and shoe repair front, this Upper East Side bar is only in the business of slinging food and drink.

The limited dining menu includes $12 pigs in a blanket, $20 salmon tartare, and $12 homemade focaccia, and there’s also a full bar limited wine selection and three beer options for $9, and ends with the bottle service offer ($175 to $425).

“I love the idea of ​​preserving something that is so visibly old New York,” restaurateur Massimo Lusardi told The Post of the inspiration for launching this spot. “I wanted something that might one day appear out of the blue but hide in plain sight.”

So far, says the New York native, the disguise has worked.

“It’s often completely overlooked because it seems like old people don’t even notice it’s new,” said Lusardi, who also opened Italian restaurants Uva and Uva Next Door, both located next to Keys & Heels on the Second Avenue is located between 77th and 78th streets.

Keys and Heels Upper East Side Speakeasy
Reservations and walk-ins are now being accepted.
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Keys and Heels Upper East Side Speakeasy
Inside, the room looks anything but chatty.
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Keys and Heels Upper East Side Speakeasy
There is no key copy machine in sight in the speakeasy.
Melissa Hom

“I also wanted it to be about privacy and for the whole space to feel like a private room,” he added. “Going through one thing and into another really transports you and leaves room for the unpredictable.”

The privacy aspect proved to be good not only for creating an intimate vibe and aesthetic – but also for making Keys & Heels a prime spot for semi-secret private holiday parties throughout the Omicron COVID-19 twist this winter NYC reigned.

“We chose the party because of the space,” Andrea Van Melkebeke, 25, told the Post, citing Keys & Heels’ secret entrance as the reason she chose it for her shindig during the third wave of COVID. “It’s very ’80s lounge sexy, and we didn’t want to be in a bar with other people. We were able to keep the list down, we knew everyone was vaccinated and there were no strangers.”

Keys and Heels Upper East Side Speakeasy
The venue offers bottle service and is available for private parties.
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Keys and Heels Upper East Side Speakeasy
Not really a place to get heel taps.
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Keys and Heels Upper East Side Speakeasy
Massimo is also behind two Italian restaurants on the same block.
Melissa Hom

Keys & Heels originally planned to open to the public in December, but due to the ongoing pandemic, the official opening was pushed back to March. Walk-ins are now welcome on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm until late, and limited reservations are also available made online.

Those in need of an affordable cobbler can expect to be severely disappointed, but those looking for a “quirky yet sophisticated lounge” with a “flirty and seductive vibe” full of velvet, fringes, and industrial accents are sure to find what they’re looking for, according to a press release.

Keys and Heels Upper East Side Speakeasy
Some of the food offerings at Keys & Heels.
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Keys and Heels Upper East Side Speakeasy
The bar is open from 18:00 until late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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Keys and Heels Upper East Side Speakeasy
Massimo Lusardi, the founder of Keys & Heels.
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Keys & Heels is located at 1488 2nd Avenue in Manhattan.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/01/speakeasy-disguised-as-locksmith-shop-opens-in-nyc/ Speakeasy disguised as a locksmith opens in NYC

DUSTIN JONES

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