21 Club

★★★★☆
New York City restaurant offering dining in the famous 'bar room' or upstairs in a romantic ambiance
  • 21 W 52nd St

    New York, NY 10019

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  • 212-582-7200

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Translation from the German: "Pictures of a Beautiful Time."

After five decades of a succession of very fancier jobs that could be interpreted as a career (spy, analyst, econometrician, banker, consultant, professor, psychologist,et al) it was time to retire and return to a more beautiful time. "21" was our gateway to that time, and holiday shopping was our excuse.

After a morning at Saks, Lord & Taylor, and Hermes, and before an afternoon at Ferragamo and Versace, we passed through the Iron Gate and into that Golden Age of Jack & Charlie's. My wife wore the Strauss XXXXXI "21" Remington scarf (I believe it was the last in the series) and I sported the jockey tie. We were greeted as the long lost sheet that we had become, and with a genuine warmth as if the intervening years were but a few weeks.

We arrived unforgivably early for our reservation, but were promptly seated at Table 9. To our right were three Princeton professors; to our left were three generations of a rather patrician family. My wife relished the opulent grilled trout while I devoured a comforting 21 burger as we enjoyed spotting the three Concorde models adorning the ceiling -- our waiter suggested that a fourth Concorde was just out of view. Naturally, everything was perfect: atmosphere, service, food, and ambiance. I was 26 again, and my wife was (you guessed it) 21. Perhaps it was our waiter who queued our host with my fascination with the toys on the ceiling, for upon our departure we were showered with "21 Club" toys. The 33 newly restored jockeys seemed to wink as we exited the Iron Gate, knowing that we have come home.

There are taller structures than the Empire State Building, but no more recognizable -- and deliverable -- address than "ESB, NYC, USA." Or is there? Hail a cab at Penn Station, say "21," and be delivered to 21 W 52nd St.

To those who have expressed disappointment, I can only offer this advice: treat the staff at 21 as you would wish to be treated. Graciousness begets graciousness; elegant hosts delight in appreciative guests. Treasure the last of the great NYC clubs, as the Stork is now the (Paley) pocket park and the ElMo (El Morocco) is now the CitiGroup Center.

To those who have found the prices rather steep, consider the prices at the Harvard, Yale, and Princeton Clubs (for which I do not qualify) and the Penn Club (for which I do). Their a la carte prices may be lower, but when one adds the amortized annual membership, they are astronomical.

One of the joys of Global Warming (a/k/a Climate Change) is that "21"'s winter dress code no longer requires topcoats and overshoes" Enjoy,

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★★★★★

Translation from the German: "Pictures of a Beautiful Time."

After five decades of a succession of very fancier jobs that could be interpreted as a career (spy, analyst, econometrician, banker, consultant, professor, psychologist,et al) it was time to retire and return to a more beautiful time. "21" was our gateway to that time, and holiday shopping was our excuse.

After a morning at Saks, Lord & Taylor, and Hermes, and before an afternoon at Ferragamo and Versace, we passed through the Iron Gate and into that Golden Age of Jack & Charlie's. My wife wore the Strauss XXXXXI "21" Remington scarf (I believe it was the last in the series) and I sported the jockey tie. We were greeted as the long lost sheet that we had become, and with a genuine warmth as if the intervening years were but a few weeks.

We arrived unforgivably early for our reservation, but were promptly seated at Table 9. To our right were three Princeton professors; to our left were three generations of a rather patrician family. My wife relished the opulent grilled trout while I devoured a comforting 21 burger as we enjoyed spotting the three Concorde models adorning the ceiling -- our waiter suggested that a fourth Concorde was just out of view. Naturally, everything was perfect: atmosphere, service, food, and ambiance. I was 26 again, and my wife was (you guessed it) 21. Perhaps it was our waiter who queued our host with my fascination with the toys on the ceiling, for upon our departure we were showered with "21 Club" toys. The 33 newly restored jockeys seemed to wink as we exited the Iron Gate, knowing that we have come home.

There are taller structures than the Empire State Building, but no more recognizable -- and deliverable -- address than "ESB, NYC, USA." Or is there? Hail a cab at Penn Station, say "21," and be delivered to 21 W 52nd St.

To those who have expressed disappointment, I can only offer this advice: treat the staff at 21 as you would wish to be treated. Graciousness begets graciousness; elegant hosts delight in appreciative guests. Treasure the last of the great NYC clubs, as the Stork is now the (Paley) pocket park and the ElMo (El Morocco) is now the CitiGroup Center.

To those who have found the prices rather steep, consider the prices at the Harvard, Yale, and Princeton Clubs (for which I do not qualify) and the Penn Club (for which I do). Their a la carte prices may be lower, but when one adds the amortized annual membership, they are astronomical.

One of the joys of Global Warming (a/k/a Climate Change) is that "21"'s winter dress code no longer requires topcoats and overshoes" Enjoy,

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"21" is one of my favorite historic clubs in the world - from the moment I see the Jockey's saluting, and step through the 1926 iron gate into this magical era where I am transformed back and celebrate the roaring 1920's in New York City -

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★★★★★

"21" is one of my favorite historic clubs in the world - from the moment I see the Jockey's saluting, and step through the 1926 iron gate into this magical era where I am transformed back and celebrate the roaring 1920's in New York City -

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A classic. Smooth service. Excellent food.

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★★★★★

A classic. Smooth service. Excellent food.

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My friend and I decided to treat ourselves to lunch at 21 club. By Wednesday, it had already been a particularly trying week. We were completely pampered at 21club. They were warm and welcoming from beginning to end and we even received a free drink for making our res online. (Shhh, don't tell our boss :-)

We were delighted when the waiter told us they were featuring a special italian menu. apparently they have some visiting chefs in this week from sicily. Can you say "YUM"! Lobster risotto to die for with big hunks of lobster and the most incredible seven-layer chocolate cake that you have ever experienced. Thanks 21 club, you made the week sooooo much better.

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★★★★★

My friend and I decided to treat ourselves to lunch at 21 club. By Wednesday, it had already been a particularly trying week. We were completely pampered at 21club. They were warm and welcoming from beginning to end and we even received a free drink for making our res online. (Shhh, don't tell our boss :-)

We were delighted when the waiter told us they were featuring a special italian menu. apparently they have some visiting chefs in this week from sicily. Can you say "YUM"! Lobster risotto to die for with big hunks of lobster and the most incredible seven-layer chocolate cake that you have ever experienced. Thanks 21 club, you made the week sooooo much better.

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As a young professional, 37 , and avid 20's era antique collector my girlfriend and I were excited to dine at 21 club. We went to the finest clothing stores in NYC, spent a thousand dollars on clothes for us to wear out on her 34th B-day. Entering the restaurant with awesome Suit jacket, elegant dress and designer shoes just bought us a big disappointment. We were approached by the manager named "Shaker" and he was of middle eastern desent.
He was rude and very nasty. He did not consider my pants to be a suit. And after we begged him to let us dine and pled the case that we had planned this birthday dinner for weeks he treated us like Pleblians.
Its obvious that 21 club does not cater to the under 80 crowd. Felt judged that we were not old enough. and I have never been treated so poorly in my entire life.
"SHAKER" should be fired and this club should reconsider its policies. When were rejected from the 21 the security guy outside who deals with the cabs appologized and said that the guy is a racist and if you dont look old and rich they will find something with your attire to send you away. They dont care about the money. They are just snobs! the outside employee also told us that they reject professional athletes all the time. They just want old people and the regulars that grease them for the royal treatment.

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★☆☆☆☆

As a young professional, 37 , and avid 20's era antique collector my girlfriend and I were excited to dine at 21 club. We went to the finest clothing stores in NYC, spent a thousand dollars on clothes for us to wear out on her 34th B-day. Entering the restaurant with awesome Suit jacket, elegant dress and designer shoes just bought us a big disappointment. We were approached by the manager named "Shaker" and he was of middle eastern desent.
He was rude and very nasty. He did not consider my pants to be a suit. And after we begged him to let us dine and pled the case that we had planned this birthday dinner for weeks he treated us like Pleblians.
Its obvious that 21 club does not cater to the under 80 crowd. Felt judged that we were not old enough. and I have never been treated so poorly in my entire life.
"SHAKER" should be fired and this club should reconsider its policies. When were rejected from the 21 the security guy outside who deals with the cabs appologized and said that the guy is a racist and if you dont look old and rich they will find something with your attire to send you away. They dont care about the money. They are just snobs! the outside employee also told us that they reject professional athletes all the time. They just want old people and the regulars that grease them for the royal treatment.

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21, great looking place, owed by the famous orient express wow,right,wrong.they must plant these reviews because plenty goes wrong and right. it looks nic e on the outside but take a look at there dirty kitchen and utensils. the new rating system has got them to clean up, talk about being forced,all that money they make. if you knew the character of the staff etxc you would not let them walk your dog never mind cook your food,they know no boundries.they are their to make money,great reputation carefully crafted, the hand sometimes can be quicker than the eye.great food lots of wow, they have had lots of practice.beautiful rooms alote of great people go there but some famous slime balls have gone their and it rubbed off.the all around quality is the question,including buisness practices. you will have a good time just do not close both eyes.this is all theater but what is'nt these days.if you like just good food and great atmoshere and do not care about the rest,go.alote of people do.

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★★☆☆☆

21, great looking place, owed by the famous orient express wow,right,wrong.they must plant these reviews because plenty goes wrong and right. it looks nic e on the outside but take a look at there dirty kitchen and utensils. the new rating system has got them to clean up, talk about being forced,all that money they make. if you knew the character of the staff etxc you would not let them walk your dog never mind cook your food,they know no boundries.they are their to make money,great reputation carefully crafted, the hand sometimes can be quicker than the eye.great food lots of wow, they have had lots of practice.beautiful rooms alote of great people go there but some famous slime balls have gone their and it rubbed off.the all around quality is the question,including buisness practices. you will have a good time just do not close both eyes.this is all theater but what is'nt these days.if you like just good food and great atmoshere and do not care about the rest,go.alote of people do.

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I've been going to the 21 Club occasionally for the last three years (I don't live in New York), and I have never had a bad experience.

The food is excellent and the service is efficient. When you're there to talk business, you don't want a chatty waiter hovering over you.

I particularly liked the schnitzel - it was a kitchen-sink pile of all the stuff that goes on different regional schnitzels (fried egg, ham, mushroom sauce, etc.).

They really value repeat business. On my mother's SECOND visit they greeted her by name and said "would you like your regular table?"

The toys on the ceiling are gifts from regulars - the airplanes and trucks are from the executives of the companies they represent, and the sports memorabilia are from owners and famous players.

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★★★★★

I've been going to the 21 Club occasionally for the last three years (I don't live in New York), and I have never had a bad experience.

The food is excellent and the service is efficient. When you're there to talk business, you don't want a chatty waiter hovering over you.

I particularly liked the schnitzel - it was a kitchen-sink pile of all the stuff that goes on different regional schnitzels (fried egg, ham, mushroom sauce, etc.).

They really value repeat business. On my mother's SECOND visit they greeted her by name and said "would you like your regular table?"

The toys on the ceiling are gifts from regulars - the airplanes and trucks are from the executives of the companies they represent, and the sports memorabilia are from owners and famous players.

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Our reservation was 7:30pm, had to wait about 20 minutes for our table. The bar room was very interesting with all the hanging automotives and other knick knacks from the ceiling. Not sure what the story is behind that. The sound level was quite high.

The tables were packed very tightly next to each other making getting in and out of your seat a whole spectale of people moving the table for you. There were just so many different servers doing different things (water filling, place setting updating, etc.) in the confined space.

I tried the gazpacho, smoked pork belly and the milk chocolate tart. They were very, very good. The gazpacho was on the salty side for me. My friends tried the grilled calamari and sauteed salmon and finished the meal with the creme brulee and blueberry upside down cake.

All in all, I felt the menu selections under Restaurant Week to be very good. Took a glance at the a la carte menu and it seems to be very over-priced. Would I come back here other than Restaurant Week? No. would I come back for Restaurant Week? Probably not. I've been there, done that.

1
★★★☆☆

Our reservation was 7:30pm, had to wait about 20 minutes for our table. The bar room was very interesting with all the hanging automotives and other knick knacks from the ceiling. Not sure what the story is behind that. The sound level was quite high.

The tables were packed very tightly next to each other making getting in and out of your seat a whole spectale of people moving the table for you. There were just so many different servers doing different things (water filling, place setting updating, etc.) in the confined space.

I tried the gazpacho, smoked pork belly and the milk chocolate tart. They were very, very good. The gazpacho was on the salty side for me. My friends tried the grilled calamari and sauteed salmon and finished the meal with the creme brulee and blueberry upside down cake.

All in all, I felt the menu selections under Restaurant Week to be very good. Took a glance at the a la carte menu and it seems to be very over-priced. Would I come back here other than Restaurant Week? No. would I come back for Restaurant Week? Probably not. I've been there, done that.

Pros: Efficient table service

Cons: Wait time during prime dining hours

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We went as a part of restaurant week, sat in the famous Bar room and to be honest, we didn't *get it*. The place was decorated with toy cars and trucks on the ceiling. I don't know, I really must have missed the point.

Would I go back...no. It was ridiculously overpriced for what we got. I did enjoy the staff in their white jackets and bow ties, though. Also, what restaurant has a Bloomberg terminal in the waiting area?

Either way, the food was tasty, the creme brulee was definitely one of my all time favorites, and the service was attentive to the letter. I liked that they seat you side by side and it was quite conducive for a romantic evening out.

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★★★☆☆

We went as a part of restaurant week, sat in the famous Bar room and to be honest, we didn't *get it*. The place was decorated with toy cars and trucks on the ceiling. I don't know, I really must have missed the point.

Would I go back...no. It was ridiculously overpriced for what we got. I did enjoy the staff in their white jackets and bow ties, though. Also, what restaurant has a Bloomberg terminal in the waiting area?

Either way, the food was tasty, the creme brulee was definitely one of my all time favorites, and the service was attentive to the letter. I liked that they seat you side by side and it was quite conducive for a romantic evening out.

Pros: Good creme brulee!

Cons: pricey

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The theme of the decor downstairs is junk. If it weren't for all the uncomfortable people in suit jackets (don't try to take yours off - they will spank you) you might think you were at a TGIFridays at least until you saw the prices. They pack people in at the tables - we were 12 at a round table that would comfortably seat 7 or 8. I don't think they like anyone there. A very unpleasant experience. The restaurant week menu was very limited - none of it looked very appetizing. The salmon on the restaurant week menu was farmed while the salmon on the regular menu was wild caught. Feels like they are trying to drive new business away which should leave them with very few customers as the remaining few look pretty close to the grave.

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★☆☆☆☆

The theme of the decor downstairs is junk. If it weren't for all the uncomfortable people in suit jackets (don't try to take yours off - they will spank you) you might think you were at a TGIFridays at least until you saw the prices. They pack people in at the tables - we were 12 at a round table that would comfortably seat 7 or 8. I don't think they like anyone there. A very unpleasant experience. The restaurant week menu was very limited - none of it looked very appetizing. The salmon on the restaurant week menu was farmed while the salmon on the regular menu was wild caught. Feels like they are trying to drive new business away which should leave them with very few customers as the remaining few look pretty close to the grave.

Pros: Burger was edible, but aught to be for $30

Cons: Miserable service & decor, mediocre food, painful dress code

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This was my fourth dining during the restaurants week.

Food was good but the service was terrible. Contain was okay but the busboy was very rude. Two ladies set next to us. They came before us. She got the bill when she asked for it. When we just finished desserts, the busboy put the bill on our table. It sounded he couldn?t wait to kick us out. I guess they didn?t welcome Asian. I don?t think we will come back again.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was my fourth dining during the restaurants week.

Food was good but the service was terrible. Contain was okay but the busboy was very rude. Two ladies set next to us. They came before us. She got the bill when she asked for it. When we just finished desserts, the busboy put the bill on our table. It sounded he couldn?t wait to kick us out. I guess they didn?t welcome Asian. I don?t think we will come back again.

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A few of my girlfriends and I went to 21 for a friend's 21st birthday. When we got there, everything was all set for us. They food was fantastic, I had the burger to see if all the hype was true and it was delicious. My friend had an amazing time and she enjoyed her dessert. The service was friendly and for the whole experience, the price really was not bad.
Thanks for a good time!

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★★★★☆

A few of my girlfriends and I went to 21 for a friend's 21st birthday. When we got there, everything was all set for us. They food was fantastic, I had the burger to see if all the hype was true and it was delicious. My friend had an amazing time and she enjoyed her dessert. The service was friendly and for the whole experience, the price really was not bad.
Thanks for a good time!

Pros: Accommodating

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From reading all the reviews it seems obvious a lot of the five star reviews are from people associated with the restaurant...Here are a couple things to point out about 21 club....1) there is a lot of history here and the decorations are interesting/original 2) 20% of the staff is incredibly polite (the men by the entrance and barkeep mostly) meanwhile the rest of the staff seems annoyed by your existence 3) during restaurant week, the restaurant makes a clear statement by its lack of quality in food and service that they do not want your cheap business 4) during regular business days expect to pay at least $400 for a decent dinner per person, however, do not expect for them to be overly polite....

This is my first review on Citysearch and I really did go out of my way here so other's do not make the same mistake I did. Save your cash and go someplace where you will feel more welcome.

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★☆☆☆☆

From reading all the reviews it seems obvious a lot of the five star reviews are from people associated with the restaurant...Here are a couple things to point out about 21 club....1) there is a lot of history here and the decorations are interesting/original 2) 20% of the staff is incredibly polite (the men by the entrance and barkeep mostly) meanwhile the rest of the staff seems annoyed by your existence 3) during restaurant week, the restaurant makes a clear statement by its lack of quality in food and service that they do not want your cheap business 4) during regular business days expect to pay at least $400 for a decent dinner per person, however, do not expect for them to be overly polite....

This is my first review on Citysearch and I really did go out of my way here so other's do not make the same mistake I did. Save your cash and go someplace where you will feel more welcome.

Pros: Ambience, free parking, pretty toys in ceiling.

Cons: Service, food, value for your dollar.

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What a fun experience it was here. Good food, great wine, nice conversation. It's family style, so we had a little seafood, shrimp, short ribs (my favorite). And the wine was excellent! The service was very attentive; they noticed details and took care of things. I'd say they discretely hovered.

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★★★★☆

What a fun experience it was here. Good food, great wine, nice conversation. It's family style, so we had a little seafood, shrimp, short ribs (my favorite). And the wine was excellent! The service was very attentive; they noticed details and took care of things. I'd say they discretely hovered.

Pros: service'food

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Years ago I used to eat here with a well known author and we would be seated smack in the middle of the room. The service was excellent and at Christmas they even gave out presents to the regulars. I was given a silk scarf with "21" all over it. I think I still have it. The food is okay, stick to their hamburger, that's the best. A New York landmark but very snooty if you are a nobody.

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★★★☆☆

Years ago I used to eat here with a well known author and we would be seated smack in the middle of the room. The service was excellent and at Christmas they even gave out presents to the regulars. I was given a silk scarf with "21" all over it. I think I still have it. The food is okay, stick to their hamburger, that's the best. A New York landmark but very snooty if you are a nobody.

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I gotta say the 21Club is one of my favorite restaurants. I get the Marinated Octopus Salad , and really, it cannot be beat.

I did go here recently and they have changed the name of some things and they too my favorite wine off the list :( but the salad is still as good.

It is dimly lit so it would make a nice place to go on a date. I would recommend to anyone..

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★★★★☆

I gotta say the 21Club is one of my favorite restaurants. I get the Marinated Octopus Salad , and really, it cannot be beat.

I did go here recently and they have changed the name of some things and they too my favorite wine off the list :( but the salad is still as good.

It is dimly lit so it would make a nice place to go on a date. I would recommend to anyone..

Pros: service,ambiance

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The best restaurant experience i have ever had. I definitely recommend it. I took my husband there for his bday. we had great service. Although it is a very expensive place it is worth the price.

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★★★★★

The best restaurant experience i have ever had. I definitely recommend it. I took my husband there for his bday. we had great service. Although it is a very expensive place it is worth the price.

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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I enjoyed it. It was nice to go to a place with such a heralded history. The wine selection was amazing and this place is known for their unbelievable hamburgers. I also enjoyed learning about the 2-ton door that was triggered with a meat skewer to open. Easy place to get in and out of due to the location also. Great history and a good vibe here. Service was great also. Check it out you won't be disappointed. I'm going back there this winter. Can't wait!

Read the article "One Word I Hate...Prohibition" on Greenfaucet. The guy there did a great review of this place in the Lifestyle section.

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★★★★★

I enjoyed it. It was nice to go to a place with such a heralded history. The wine selection was amazing and this place is known for their unbelievable hamburgers. I also enjoyed learning about the 2-ton door that was triggered with a meat skewer to open. Easy place to get in and out of due to the location also. Great history and a good vibe here. Service was great also. Check it out you won't be disappointed. I'm going back there this winter. Can't wait!

Read the article "One Word I Hate...Prohibition" on Greenfaucet. The guy there did a great review of this place in the Lifestyle section.

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The food was excellant and the staff very efficient. The decor fun to look at just wish you got a little more history about the place from the staff. We were told to try and get a tour of the wine cellar but there was a party there and we were not able to see it. We sat at Humphrey Bogarts table and got a kick out of that!! The wine list is a little lacking for local wines but otherwise would definitely eat there again. It is extremely pricy so bring lots of money!!

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★★★★★

The food was excellant and the staff very efficient. The decor fun to look at just wish you got a little more history about the place from the staff. We were told to try and get a tour of the wine cellar but there was a party there and we were not able to see it. We sat at Humphrey Bogarts table and got a kick out of that!! The wine list is a little lacking for local wines but otherwise would definitely eat there again. It is extremely pricy so bring lots of money!!

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OMG! This place is AWESOME! Nothing in NYC is exactly like it. It's like that warm feeling you have when you are with your family. They are so fancy without being pretentious. They take care of every single guest no matter who you are. This place feels like money, smells like money and makes you feel like you own the world! (Snake hand, You're Fired! - HA HA, yes he eats there) The service is outstanding and the drinks,... be careful because they are REAL! drinks!! (I am from the South and believe me we know what a real drink is.) The food was so delicious and the meats prepared to a T (we also know our meat)! Lastly, the decor is so quality: the materials, the carpeting, artwork,... everthing. I just can't get over how awesome this place is. It's like one of the few old-fashioned, polite places left in NYC. You have to go there once and then you will be HOOKED. Cheers!

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★★★★★

OMG! This place is AWESOME! Nothing in NYC is exactly like it. It's like that warm feeling you have when you are with your family. They are so fancy without being pretentious. They take care of every single guest no matter who you are. This place feels like money, smells like money and makes you feel like you own the world! (Snake hand, You're Fired! - HA HA, yes he eats there) The service is outstanding and the drinks,... be careful because they are REAL! drinks!! (I am from the South and believe me we know what a real drink is.) The food was so delicious and the meats prepared to a T (we also know our meat)! Lastly, the decor is so quality: the materials, the carpeting, artwork,... everthing. I just can't get over how awesome this place is. It's like one of the few old-fashioned, polite places left in NYC. You have to go there once and then you will be HOOKED. Cheers!

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Yes, you must make reservations and this is one of the restaurants on the list for restaurant week and I suggest you hurry up and place a reservation because this place gets packed quickly with all of the celebrities and other political people.

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★★★★☆

Yes, you must make reservations and this is one of the restaurants on the list for restaurant week and I suggest you hurry up and place a reservation because this place gets packed quickly with all of the celebrities and other political people.

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This is New York City at it's BEST!!. Everything on the menue is outstanding. When you come here don't worry about the cost of the food,yea its expensive, but there a lot of other Restaurants in this City that cost more. Yes VIPS do get treated differently, thats because they come here several times a month or even more. If you want do something special in NYC, do it here.
Tipping here is at least 18% and more like 25% .Have lunch or after theater dinner here, you won't get rushed.
Known one time as the most expensive hamburger in NYC(use to be $21.00 now $30.00 there is another place that charges $10.00 more). Steak Tartar and Ceasar salads are perfect to the T!!!!
I took my son here for his 21st birthday for lunch .According to him this was the best gift I could have given him that day .
Reservations are must .

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★★★★★

This is New York City at it's BEST!!. Everything on the menue is outstanding. When you come here don't worry about the cost of the food,yea its expensive, but there a lot of other Restaurants in this City that cost more. Yes VIPS do get treated differently, thats because they come here several times a month or even more. If you want do something special in NYC, do it here.
Tipping here is at least 18% and more like 25% .Have lunch or after theater dinner here, you won't get rushed.
Known one time as the most expensive hamburger in NYC(use to be $21.00 now $30.00 there is another place that charges $10.00 more). Steak Tartar and Ceasar salads are perfect to the T!!!!
I took my son here for his 21st birthday for lunch .According to him this was the best gift I could have given him that day .
Reservations are must .

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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My daughter and I were in NY for her birthday and went to 21 before a show. It was definitely old school. The food was excellent for the price - we had the $40 pre fixe. The lamb appetizier and sea bass entree were delicious. My daughter had the chicken which was tender and juicy. You definitely got the impression that the wait staff was waiting for the after theater crowd. Our waiter was attentive but didn't seem to care that we have a great experience at 21. I'm glad I went - it might be fun to go back later in the evening for a nightcap at the bar. But I doubt I'll go back to eat again - too many other good choices in NYC. We were watching Breakfast at Tiffyany's the other night and my daughter heard "Holly" say she was going to 21! Very cool.

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★★★★☆

My daughter and I were in NY for her birthday and went to 21 before a show. It was definitely old school. The food was excellent for the price - we had the $40 pre fixe. The lamb appetizier and sea bass entree were delicious. My daughter had the chicken which was tender and juicy. You definitely got the impression that the wait staff was waiting for the after theater crowd. Our waiter was attentive but didn't seem to care that we have a great experience at 21. I'm glad I went - it might be fun to go back later in the evening for a nightcap at the bar. But I doubt I'll go back to eat again - too many other good choices in NYC. We were watching Breakfast at Tiffyany's the other night and my daughter heard "Holly" say she was going to 21! Very cool.

Pros: history

Cons: stuffy

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My mother and I took our second annual trip to NY this past September. We decided to do the experience right and took in a Broadway show and a nice dinner. The dinner was more that we expected at a price that was amazing! For $40 we had a fabulous pre-fixe 3-course menu (or they have another larger selection menu available for $70). The food was excellent, but the service was second to none. The head waiter (I heard him say he was the official servicer for 'Upstairs at 21') was actually the key ingredient to our wonderful dining experience. He was the best at everything he did and truly made this 5 star restaurant experience an experience of a lifetime. I recommend this restaurant (specify 'Upstairs at 21') and I promise you will love every minute of it!

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★★★★★

My mother and I took our second annual trip to NY this past September. We decided to do the experience right and took in a Broadway show and a nice dinner. The dinner was more that we expected at a price that was amazing! For $40 we had a fabulous pre-fixe 3-course menu (or they have another larger selection menu available for $70). The food was excellent, but the service was second to none. The head waiter (I heard him say he was the official servicer for 'Upstairs at 21') was actually the key ingredient to our wonderful dining experience. He was the best at everything he did and truly made this 5 star restaurant experience an experience of a lifetime. I recommend this restaurant (specify 'Upstairs at 21') and I promise you will love every minute of it!

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I finally had the opportunity to dine at the famous 21 club and was midly impressed. The restuarnt itself is unqiue and had great service, but the food was average. Started with a seared scallop appetizer that was simple, yet delicious and filet mignon which was cooked well. Nothing terrible about the food, but yet nothing to rave about. This is a place to visit if your looking for a little piece of history of the city.

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★★★★☆

I finally had the opportunity to dine at the famous 21 club and was midly impressed. The restuarnt itself is unqiue and had great service, but the food was average. Started with a seared scallop appetizer that was simple, yet delicious and filet mignon which was cooked well. Nothing terrible about the food, but yet nothing to rave about. This is a place to visit if your looking for a little piece of history of the city.

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This is one of the best restaurants in New York. The history, the atmosphere, the ambiance alone make it worth dining here. But their food is incredible and amazing, and the service is second to none. Nothing else to say - it's excellent and you must go.

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★★★★★

This is one of the best restaurants in New York. The history, the atmosphere, the ambiance alone make it worth dining here. But their food is incredible and amazing, and the service is second to none. Nothing else to say - it's excellent and you must go.

Pros: you must go!

Cons: Nothing!

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After 2 years of being in midtown, my boyfriend and I went to the 21 Club to celebrate our anniversary. The decor of the restaurant was okay, the staff was attentive and courteous and the food... the crab cake was to die for. I really enjoyed my shrimp dish, but bf said he's had better steak. Overall it was a good experience, maybe not the most romantic setting. I would recommend it to both NYC locals and tourists especially since it's near the theater district.

2
★★★★☆

After 2 years of being in midtown, my boyfriend and I went to the 21 Club to celebrate our anniversary. The decor of the restaurant was okay, the staff was attentive and courteous and the food... the crab cake was to die for. I really enjoyed my shrimp dish, but bf said he's had better steak. Overall it was a good experience, maybe not the most romantic setting. I would recommend it to both NYC locals and tourists especially since it's near the theater district.

Pros: attentive staff, crab cake!

Cons: not the most romantic setting

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Our first visit to NYC - Gotta see "21"! If you are a die-hard movie/entertainment fan like me, you have GOT to experience the "21 Club". But, please, check out its history on the Internet before you go, so you will understand this special place. You will know why there are toys hanging from the ceiling in the bar room and why there are miniature jockeys lining the building above the famous entrance, and all about the secret door to the wine cellar! That said, we had a Friday night pre-theater meal that was elegant and absolutely DELICIOUS! The service was exceptional, as well. The seating is cozy, neighborly, let's face it - close! Especially if you are seated along the wall in the bar room, which we chose when making reservations because it is the one with all the history. However, on this - our first trip to NYC - we found the New Yorkers we met to be friendly and full of fun. Honest!! We were seated next to a lovely couple from Long Island - friendly, educated, world-wise, great conversationalists. We ordered from the $40 pp Pre Fixe Menu and the Roast Chicken and Grilled Flat Iron Steak arrived beautifully arranged and twice as delicious!! The desserts - creme brulee, fudge tart, lemon cake w/ raspberry sauce - were all yummy!! Our friendly neighbor, and the waiter too, recommended a glass of Riesling as I am very particular about my wine and like it very sweet. The waiter was happy to bring me a "taste" so that I could decide for myself if I wanted it. It was spot-on perfect!! Our entire "21" experience was awesome and will be remembered always.

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★★★★★

Our first visit to NYC - Gotta see "21"! If you are a die-hard movie/entertainment fan like me, you have GOT to experience the "21 Club". But, please, check out its history on the Internet before you go, so you will understand this special place. You will know why there are toys hanging from the ceiling in the bar room and why there are miniature jockeys lining the building above the famous entrance, and all about the secret door to the wine cellar! That said, we had a Friday night pre-theater meal that was elegant and absolutely DELICIOUS! The service was exceptional, as well. The seating is cozy, neighborly, let's face it - close! Especially if you are seated along the wall in the bar room, which we chose when making reservations because it is the one with all the history. However, on this - our first trip to NYC - we found the New Yorkers we met to be friendly and full of fun. Honest!! We were seated next to a lovely couple from Long Island - friendly, educated, world-wise, great conversationalists. We ordered from the $40 pp Pre Fixe Menu and the Roast Chicken and Grilled Flat Iron Steak arrived beautifully arranged and twice as delicious!! The desserts - creme brulee, fudge tart, lemon cake w/ raspberry sauce - were all yummy!! Our friendly neighbor, and the waiter too, recommended a glass of Riesling as I am very particular about my wine and like it very sweet. The waiter was happy to bring me a "taste" so that I could decide for myself if I wanted it. It was spot-on perfect!! Our entire "21" experience was awesome and will be remembered always.

Pros: history, location, sophisticated, fine dining, fine service

Cons: close seating - didn't bother us, but some may not like it - also, a bit noisy.

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I took my boyfriend here to celebrate his birthday before the theater. It was a great experience from the time we walked into the restaurant. The staff was great, waiter was attentive, but not intrusive and meal was superb. We selected the pricer of the two pre-theater dinners because there were more options on that menu, and I am glad we did. We also opted for the upstairs dining room for a more romatic setting. Would definitely reccommend!

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★★★★★

I took my boyfriend here to celebrate his birthday before the theater. It was a great experience from the time we walked into the restaurant. The staff was great, waiter was attentive, but not intrusive and meal was superb. We selected the pricer of the two pre-theater dinners because there were more options on that menu, and I am glad we did. We also opted for the upstairs dining room for a more romatic setting. Would definitely reccommend!

Pros: Great location, great food

Cons: N/A

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I came here for restaurant week for lunch and enjoyed the experience. The service is very professional, perhaps a bit too professional; meaning a tad on the detached side. Perhaps this was the Restaurant Week crowd?s effect on the wait staff. The tartar app was great, as was the salad. The entrees were a bit of a miss ? not bad, just not life changing. The desserts were A++. Nice wine list.

21 Club is one of those places you should visit at least once. It?s old school to the tee; jacket and tie, veteran maitre?d, bathroom attendant, ect. It?s exactly what you expect a hoity toity restaurant to be, and when you?re in the mood for that, it?s the place to go.

2
★★★★☆

I came here for restaurant week for lunch and enjoyed the experience. The service is very professional, perhaps a bit too professional; meaning a tad on the detached side. Perhaps this was the Restaurant Week crowd?s effect on the wait staff. The tartar app was great, as was the salad. The entrees were a bit of a miss ? not bad, just not life changing. The desserts were A++. Nice wine list.

21 Club is one of those places you should visit at least once. It?s old school to the tee; jacket and tie, veteran maitre?d, bathroom attendant, ect. It?s exactly what you expect a hoity toity restaurant to be, and when you?re in the mood for that, it?s the place to go.

Pros: It?s sophisticated air

Cons: It?s sophisticated air - it's not for everyone.

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My wife and I went to 21 Club during resturant week. It was the fist time we have been there, and I have to say that we were both very impressed. The setting is excellent, elegant in style and it has a very relaxing atmosphere. The service was among the best we have experienced in NY, the staff were very attentive and always seem to be there when you needed something. The food was excellent, we ate from the resturant week menu and for $35 per head, we both felt the quality, flavor and presentation were top notch. The only downside would be the prices on the normal menu, quite expensive. That aside we would definately recommend a visit.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I went to 21 Club during resturant week. It was the fist time we have been there, and I have to say that we were both very impressed. The setting is excellent, elegant in style and it has a very relaxing atmosphere. The service was among the best we have experienced in NY, the staff were very attentive and always seem to be there when you needed something. The food was excellent, we ate from the resturant week menu and for $35 per head, we both felt the quality, flavor and presentation were top notch. The only downside would be the prices on the normal menu, quite expensive. That aside we would definately recommend a visit.

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I went to the 21 Club with a girlfriend last night for Restaurant Week and we had a lovely time. I have heard and read about this place since I was little and I was slightly intimidated when I first entered. But everyone on the staff from the Hosts to the Coat-Check Girl to the Waiters to the Bathroom Attendants were extremely courteous and made us feel at ease. We had one less person than we had reserved for, but they gave us no problem and seated us promptly. For appetizers my friend had the Fried Oysters which she said were nice but a little too battered for her taste. I had the Caesar Salad which was good and plentiful. We shared our entrees which included a Mushroom Risotto with white asparagus and truffle oil (quite good) and the seafood dish, which was Shrimp, Scallop and Monkfish on saffron rice.This was also quite tasty, however there was literally one shrimp, one scallop and one small piece of fish. We were not sure if we would be satiated with that portion, but between the bread, appetizers, entrees and dessert, we were actually stuffed when we left. Speaking of dessert, we shared 2, including the Creme Brulee w/ fresh berries (yummy but could have been warmer) and chocolate mousse (also yummy but could have lighter and fluffier). So overall we had a lovely experience and it was very cool dining at a place that I considered to be reserved for the elite. And they warmly invited us back for the next Restaurant Week in July. Maybe I'll bring my boyfriend for my next visit!

2
★★★★☆

I went to the 21 Club with a girlfriend last night for Restaurant Week and we had a lovely time. I have heard and read about this place since I was little and I was slightly intimidated when I first entered. But everyone on the staff from the Hosts to the Coat-Check Girl to the Waiters to the Bathroom Attendants were extremely courteous and made us feel at ease. We had one less person than we had reserved for, but they gave us no problem and seated us promptly. For appetizers my friend had the Fried Oysters which she said were nice but a little too battered for her taste. I had the Caesar Salad which was good and plentiful. We shared our entrees which included a Mushroom Risotto with white asparagus and truffle oil (quite good) and the seafood dish, which was Shrimp, Scallop and Monkfish on saffron rice.This was also quite tasty, however there was literally one shrimp, one scallop and one small piece of fish. We were not sure if we would be satiated with that portion, but between the bread, appetizers, entrees and dessert, we were actually stuffed when we left. Speaking of dessert, we shared 2, including the Creme Brulee w/ fresh berries (yummy but could have been warmer) and chocolate mousse (also yummy but could have lighter and fluffier). So overall we had a lovely experience and it was very cool dining at a place that I considered to be reserved for the elite. And they warmly invited us back for the next Restaurant Week in July. Maybe I'll bring my boyfriend for my next visit!

Pros: Old-School Charm, Good Food, Nice Service

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great service! great oysters till the last two, thank god i tasted the rotteness that my date smelled immediately, so as to dispose of it before swallowing it, or perhaps i wouldn't be around to write this. it was beyond a bad one. i have been nursing a bad viral sore throat for 2 days from it, so my doc says. sit by the firelplace if you can for a nightcap.

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★★★☆☆

great service! great oysters till the last two, thank god i tasted the rotteness that my date smelled immediately, so as to dispose of it before swallowing it, or perhaps i wouldn't be around to write this. it was beyond a bad one. i have been nursing a bad viral sore throat for 2 days from it, so my doc says. sit by the firelplace if you can for a nightcap.

Pros: funky decor, classic

Cons: bad oyster that i still had to pay for

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I have to admit that, after taking a gander around the place after being seated, I thought, "What's with all the tchotchkes? Is this just a seriously overpriced Chili's?" Thankfully, the answer was "no." Menu items ranged from $12 - $46 and included such delicious dishes as Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with local apples and lemon-coriander cream, Wood-Fired Veal Chop with truffle-scented beans and roasted quince, and even an Osetra Caviar Service. However, my boyfriend and I sensibly opted for the Pre-Theatre Prix Fixe dinner for $38/person: Caesar Salad followed by Grilled Salmon and Crème Brûlée for me and Pork Tenderloin and Chocolate-Pistachio Mousse for him.

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★★★★☆

I have to admit that, after taking a gander around the place after being seated, I thought, "What's with all the tchotchkes? Is this just a seriously overpriced Chili's?" Thankfully, the answer was "no." Menu items ranged from $12 - $46 and included such delicious dishes as Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with local apples and lemon-coriander cream, Wood-Fired Veal Chop with truffle-scented beans and roasted quince, and even an Osetra Caviar Service. However, my boyfriend and I sensibly opted for the Pre-Theatre Prix Fixe dinner for $38/person: Caesar Salad followed by Grilled Salmon and Crème Brûlée for me and Pork Tenderloin and Chocolate-Pistachio Mousse for him.

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For the price and quality of the food we got, I would not dine here again. As a steakhouse, I'd say that 21 is average at best. As a tourist attraction, I'd say it's above average - past reviewers are correct in saying there is a great deal of wonderful history here. However, it takes ages to get seated (even with a reservation), and the waiters don't seem very knowledgeable about the menu (or receptive to questions). Oh - and the past few reviews posted here seem to all be from the same person/group. Kind of fishy!

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★★★☆☆

For the price and quality of the food we got, I would not dine here again. As a steakhouse, I'd say that 21 is average at best. As a tourist attraction, I'd say it's above average - past reviewers are correct in saying there is a great deal of wonderful history here. However, it takes ages to get seated (even with a reservation), and the waiters don't seem very knowledgeable about the menu (or receptive to questions). Oh - and the past few reviews posted here seem to all be from the same person/group. Kind of fishy!

Cons: SO slow to be seated, expensive

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I had the most gracious experience in planning an event with the 21 Club. I was planning on a small dinner in a private room at the 21 Club but I had no idea what goes into planning an event but I picked the right place because they knew exactly what to do. My dinner started out as a 10 person dinner that ended up growing to 30 people but they were able to pull off a miracle for me. The room was great, the food amazing and the lady that I worked with was such a pleasure and really walked me through the process and told me everything I needed to do. They pay attention to every detail so I did not have to and that was a good thing because this could have been an embarrassing disaster if my clients did not have a place to sit. A million Thanks to the 21 Club for making me look so good.

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★★★★★

I had the most gracious experience in planning an event with the 21 Club. I was planning on a small dinner in a private room at the 21 Club but I had no idea what goes into planning an event but I picked the right place because they knew exactly what to do. My dinner started out as a 10 person dinner that ended up growing to 30 people but they were able to pull off a miracle for me. The room was great, the food amazing and the lady that I worked with was such a pleasure and really walked me through the process and told me everything I needed to do. They pay attention to every detail so I did not have to and that was a good thing because this could have been an embarrassing disaster if my clients did not have a place to sit. A million Thanks to the 21 Club for making me look so good.

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As usual, the "21" Club lives up to its high standards and excellence. Everyone was impressed with the dinner and how it was organized. I explained I could not take much of the credit as my private dining sales manager had a great deal to do with the success. Everything from the cocktails and appetizers to the dinner and the wines were outstanding.

Everything was perfect! All our guests were very pleased with the evening. Thanks to the staff for helping create a sucessful event.

Be assured we will be back soon!

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★★★★★

As usual, the "21" Club lives up to its high standards and excellence. Everyone was impressed with the dinner and how it was organized. I explained I could not take much of the credit as my private dining sales manager had a great deal to do with the success. Everything from the cocktails and appetizers to the dinner and the wines were outstanding.

Everything was perfect! All our guests were very pleased with the evening. Thanks to the staff for helping create a sucessful event.

Be assured we will be back soon!

Pros: Great Location, Beautiful Rooms, Wonderful Food and Service

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I must say that the 21 Club is a gorgeous location for second weddings. They have so many rooms and are so easy to work with. I was planning my wedding at a really busy time in my life and did not have the time to really focus on the wedding but Thank Goodness for my planner at the 21 who made it all so easy. She took care of every detail from planning the menu, ordering the Jazz Trio, and even the Flowers and Linens we were in the Jack Room which was just absolutely the most perfect room for a small dinner. Everything was just perfect from the decor to the food, service and everything that I am planning on having every big anniversary with the 21 Club.

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★★★★★

I must say that the 21 Club is a gorgeous location for second weddings. They have so many rooms and are so easy to work with. I was planning my wedding at a really busy time in my life and did not have the time to really focus on the wedding but Thank Goodness for my planner at the 21 who made it all so easy. She took care of every detail from planning the menu, ordering the Jazz Trio, and even the Flowers and Linens we were in the Jack Room which was just absolutely the most perfect room for a small dinner. Everything was just perfect from the decor to the food, service and everything that I am planning on having every big anniversary with the 21 Club.

Pros: curtious staff, beautiful decor, great experience overall

Cons: n/a

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21 Club was such a wonderful venue. I am new at my company and my boss asked that I plan a very important client dinner, I was so afraid that I would loose my job if everything was not perfect. The 21 Club Event Managers made planning this very high level event so easy and I really came out looking like a star for picking such a wonderful location. They were attentive and took care of every detail for me, the room was beautiful, the staff was professional and experienced, the food was excellent the Filet Mignon melted in my mouth. My boss was so happy when almost every one of his guests called just to thank him for such a wonderful and memorable evening. I would just like to send a BIG THANK YOU to everyone at the 21 for making me look like the worlds best planner.

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★★★★★

21 Club was such a wonderful venue. I am new at my company and my boss asked that I plan a very important client dinner, I was so afraid that I would loose my job if everything was not perfect. The 21 Club Event Managers made planning this very high level event so easy and I really came out looking like a star for picking such a wonderful location. They were attentive and took care of every detail for me, the room was beautiful, the staff was professional and experienced, the food was excellent the Filet Mignon melted in my mouth. My boss was so happy when almost every one of his guests called just to thank him for such a wonderful and memorable evening. I would just like to send a BIG THANK YOU to everyone at the 21 for making me look like the worlds best planner.

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The service at 21 is extraordinary. We had 6:00 reservations in order to make it to an 8:00 curtain time. The waiters and maitre d both made note of our theater time, and ensured that we were not late. The food was great--the price fixe is an excellent value--and the atmosphere is so charming. You can really feel the history of the place. I loved the old-school feel and would definitely go back. The salmon was delicous!

2
★★★★☆

The service at 21 is extraordinary. We had 6:00 reservations in order to make it to an 8:00 curtain time. The waiters and maitre d both made note of our theater time, and ensured that we were not late. The food was great--the price fixe is an excellent value--and the atmosphere is so charming. You can really feel the history of the place. I loved the old-school feel and would definitely go back. The salmon was delicous!

Pros: service, food, prompt seating

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Sure it was on Secks (ugh Citysearch content blockers) and the City and its one of the most famous restaurants in the area, but the food was very disappointing during Restaurant Week. My burger was flat, my companion's steak and lamb shank left something to be desired. Its quite nice here, but not worth the visit unless you're willing to spend good money for less than stellar food.

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★★☆☆☆

Sure it was on Secks (ugh Citysearch content blockers) and the City and its one of the most famous restaurants in the area, but the food was very disappointing during Restaurant Week. My burger was flat, my companion's steak and lamb shank left something to be desired. Its quite nice here, but not worth the visit unless you're willing to spend good money for less than stellar food.

Pros: Desserts

Cons: Service, Price, Food

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A friend came into town. Dinner would be "21", "Le Cirque" or "Elaine's". Unfortunately I chose "21". I ordered a seafood dish but was served with a very tender beef dish which I had inquired about earlier. Rather than disrupt the evening, I said nothing. With appetizers and drinks the bill came to $200 before my generous $50 tip. The maitre'd "accidentally" kicked my chair, saying nothing. I guess I had failed to tip the right person earlier. My friend enjoyed the evening unaware of my concerns. Silence is golden but now I'm happy to have the opportunity to express my disappointment to anyone who might consider dining at "21". Perhaps the wrong order was intentional? How childish. In the restaurant business, food is entertainment. The atmosphere was pleasant but these problems will prevent me from returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

A friend came into town. Dinner would be "21", "Le Cirque" or "Elaine's". Unfortunately I chose "21". I ordered a seafood dish but was served with a very tender beef dish which I had inquired about earlier. Rather than disrupt the evening, I said nothing. With appetizers and drinks the bill came to $200 before my generous $50 tip. The maitre'd "accidentally" kicked my chair, saying nothing. I guess I had failed to tip the right person earlier. My friend enjoyed the evening unaware of my concerns. Silence is golden but now I'm happy to have the opportunity to express my disappointment to anyone who might consider dining at "21". Perhaps the wrong order was intentional? How childish. In the restaurant business, food is entertainment. The atmosphere was pleasant but these problems will prevent me from returning.

Pros: atmosphere, good food

Cons: wrong order served, rudeness, overpriced

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I went with a group of 10 to 21 club last night to try it for Restaurant week was very dissapointed. During Restaurant Week eateriers offer $35 three-course dinners, which compared to their normal prices would be a bargain. Instead, we recieved mediorce assemblyline food, and overpriced drinks. The only options were lamb shank (which tasted like it was a frozen dinner) burger (which tasted way too gamey) and a chicken that I was told was unimpressive. We had waiters who brought us out bottles of sparkiling water which no one ordered which came to $50. The waiters seemed annoyed we all ordered the restaurant week menu and were going to cut into their tips. I will not be going back and wouldn't recommend it. From what I hear the whole restaurant week is a dissapointment wherever you go.

1
★★☆☆☆

I went with a group of 10 to 21 club last night to try it for Restaurant week was very dissapointed. During Restaurant Week eateriers offer $35 three-course dinners, which compared to their normal prices would be a bargain. Instead, we recieved mediorce assemblyline food, and overpriced drinks. The only options were lamb shank (which tasted like it was a frozen dinner) burger (which tasted way too gamey) and a chicken that I was told was unimpressive. We had waiters who brought us out bottles of sparkiling water which no one ordered which came to $50. The waiters seemed annoyed we all ordered the restaurant week menu and were going to cut into their tips. I will not be going back and wouldn't recommend it. From what I hear the whole restaurant week is a dissapointment wherever you go.

Pros: setting

Cons: price, food, waiters

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A real NYC Classic, The Maitre D' is rude and lucky he has a job there he needs to be in the back washing dishes! When you pay top $$$ you need to have someone who knows how to handle people, this is a Classic place not a Tandoori fast food place in Queens!

I go often but now just to the bar because the bartenders are the best and pour a great drink

2
★★★★★

A real NYC Classic, The Maitre D' is rude and lucky he has a job there he needs to be in the back washing dishes! When you pay top $$$ you need to have someone who knows how to handle people, this is a Classic place not a Tandoori fast food place in Queens!

I go often but now just to the bar because the bartenders are the best and pour a great drink

Pros: bartenders, classic joint, great pour

Cons: Maitre D', Maitre D', Maitre D'

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I've been living in NYC almost my whole life yet I've never gone to 21 Club. Now I know why: below average and inconsistent! Although the restaurant has a fairly good NYC feel to it, the rest should never be representative of NYC. The veal chop I had was flavorful albeit overdone, and my wife's poached lobster was bland. What really bugged me is that the diner next to me, who ordered the veal chop as well, got a portion 2-2.5 times thicker! For $40-50 per entree, this was not a good value at all. Living in NYC, the sticker price did not shock us, but certainly if you're traveling in from out of town, there are much better places to get a true NYC ambience. The only thing "recommended" about this place is the sommelier, who was knowledgeable and friendly.

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★★★☆☆

I've been living in NYC almost my whole life yet I've never gone to 21 Club. Now I know why: below average and inconsistent! Although the restaurant has a fairly good NYC feel to it, the rest should never be representative of NYC. The veal chop I had was flavorful albeit overdone, and my wife's poached lobster was bland. What really bugged me is that the diner next to me, who ordered the veal chop as well, got a portion 2-2.5 times thicker! For $40-50 per entree, this was not a good value at all. Living in NYC, the sticker price did not shock us, but certainly if you're traveling in from out of town, there are much better places to get a true NYC ambience. The only thing "recommended" about this place is the sommelier, who was knowledgeable and friendly.

Pros: NYC Tradition, Sommelier

Cons: Food, Food, Value

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Wow! Last night my boyfriend and I dined at 21 Club for his 21st birthday. It was definitely a night neither of us will either forget. The staff at 21 did everything and anything to make sure the night was memorable from the champagne that was waiting for us when we arrived to the candle they put in his dessert. I even had it arranged that after dinner we went downstairs to see the wine cellar which was remarkable. I highly recommended 21 Club. Obviously it was pricey but I feel that it was worth every penny. I'll definitely be going back to 21.

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★★★★★

Wow! Last night my boyfriend and I dined at 21 Club for his 21st birthday. It was definitely a night neither of us will either forget. The staff at 21 did everything and anything to make sure the night was memorable from the champagne that was waiting for us when we arrived to the candle they put in his dessert. I even had it arranged that after dinner we went downstairs to see the wine cellar which was remarkable. I highly recommended 21 Club. Obviously it was pricey but I feel that it was worth every penny. I'll definitely be going back to 21.

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I have to admit I was worried that 21 Club was an overrated tourist trap. But from the moment we entered the door, we were treated like an A-list guest. The service was impeccable, the food outstanding, and the atmosphere was like no other! Although we did not have theater tix, we did the prix fixe menu and it was amazing. The unique seating arrangements lent themselves to getting to know your neighbors and some fun conversations. Would definitely go again!

2
★★★★★

I have to admit I was worried that 21 Club was an overrated tourist trap. But from the moment we entered the door, we were treated like an A-list guest. The service was impeccable, the food outstanding, and the atmosphere was like no other! Although we did not have theater tix, we did the prix fixe menu and it was amazing. The unique seating arrangements lent themselves to getting to know your neighbors and some fun conversations. Would definitely go again!

Pros: service, location

Cons: price

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We had tickets to Wicked and wanted some place special and the 21 Club was it. The food was fabulous although it was very strange that they served silver spoons with the caviar. Nonetheless, the seafood was awesome as were the souffles for dessert! The waiters even reminded us of when we needed to leave to make the show! Terrific food, ambiance & service - don't miss it!!!!

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★★★★★

We had tickets to Wicked and wanted some place special and the 21 Club was it. The food was fabulous although it was very strange that they served silver spoons with the caviar. Nonetheless, the seafood was awesome as were the souffles for dessert! The waiters even reminded us of when we needed to leave to make the show! Terrific food, ambiance & service - don't miss it!!!!

Pros: Close to the theaters, Awesome seafood, Fantastic Service

Cons: Not for kids

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I've eaten at many restaurants in Manhattan, and dinner at the 21 Club was one of the best dining experiences I've had. Fantastic food, extremely friendly and prompt service, great atmosphere and one of the best wine lists in the city. Keep up the good work - I'll definitely be back.

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I've eaten at many restaurants in Manhattan, and dinner at the 21 Club was one of the best dining experiences I've had. Fantastic food, extremely friendly and prompt service, great atmosphere and one of the best wine lists in the city. Keep up the good work - I'll definitely be back.

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This former speakeasy from the '20s is still going strong, thanks to its professional service, compelling customers, and choice wine list; yes it's true, even after all this time it's still a premier see-and-be-seen spot. Chef John…

 

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