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Mel's hiring Barback in New York, NY

Mel's hiring Barback in New York, NY

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Full Time • Hourly (Based on Experience) plus tips
Expires: Feb 14, 2022

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Required Years of Experience

2 years

Job Details
Unlike the traditional role of ‘Barback’- Bar Support staff at Mel's are not just tasked with stocking, grabbing ice and replenishing glassware. While these are a part of your duties, you will also learn and be responsible for espresso based drinks, and the production of necessary mise en place for the program- including the creation of batches and tinctures and learning about draft cocktail systems. You must work with a warm, knowledgeable & noticeably appreciative demeanor. This position is designed for individuals that are eager to learn and grow professionally and is an integral part of our restaurant’s success.

At Mel's we value our employees and are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming work culture. We believe in a ‘whole house’ mentality and we expect all departments (Pastry, Savory, Dining Room, and Facilities) to support and motivate each other to achieve our goal of guest satisfaction. As an employee, you will interact with all of these departments regularly and should be able to communicate effectively and respectfully with your co-workers & managers.

'The Pizzeria at 8510' is anticipated to open in late January 2022.

This is a full time position and requires flexible schedule availability: including nights, weekends and lunches. The restaurant will be closed for Thankskgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Our restaurants offer access to insurance enrollments (must maintain 25 hours per week), no cost life insurance, a short term disability policy, an Employee Assistance Program (with access to free mental health counseling), 40% dining discounts at group restaurants, referral bonuses, and more!

  • Must have 2 years + experience in a fast paced cocktail-centric environment as a
  • Bartender, BarBack and/or Barista
  • Must be able to lift & a carry at least 50 pounds
  • Must be comfortable with repetitive motions (such as shaking cocktails, bending & standing)
  • Must have working knowledge of classic and modern cocktails
  • Must have working knowledge of liquors: how they are made, brands, regional specifics
  • Must have full schedule availability
  • Must be able to take constructive criticisms and work well in a team dynamic

  • Be warm, knowledgeable and noticeably appreciative
  • Accommodate guests by making each individual feel welcome
  • Act professional and accommodating and always maintain composure
  • Identify and report problems to management immediately
  • Be aware of service flow, dining timing, and adjust for each guest’s individual needs
  • Implement and follow steps of service

Compensation Details

Compensation: Hourly (Based on Experience) plus tips

Benefits & Perks: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off, Commuter Benefits, Dining Discounts, Wellness Program

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There are oddly few neighborhood restaurants on the far west side of Manhattan. We’ve worked in the neighborhood for years, and we’ve never had a pizzeria nearby. Mel's is meant to be the neighborhood spot we’ve always wanted: the go-to destination for parents who live in the area, tech workers at Chelsea Market, and off-duty restaurant folks.

A casual pizzeria restaurant, it will serve antipasti in oversize bowls, pizzas, and a showstopper protein special each night all cooked in the wood-fired oven.


Jeff Katz and James Kent were introduced by a mutual friend in late 2017. They gambled on each other and partnered to open a pair of restaurants and a cocktail bar in the landmark Art Deco building at 70 Pine Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. Crown Shy, the first of those restaurants, opened in March of 2019 and earned a Michelin star less than a year later. After many months of pandemic-related delays, the duo opened SAGA and Overstory in the building’s tiered spire.

In the summer of 2021, Kent and Katz partnered with Melissa Rodriguez (former Executive Chef of Del Posto) to take over the restaurant space at 85 Tenth Avenue. In early 2022, they plan to open three concepts there: a fine-dining Italian restaurant, a pizza restaurant, and a cocktail bar.

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