21 Club

4.6
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4207 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
In line with the recently announced city-wide and state mandates, '21' Club is temporarily closed. The safety and well being of our guests and associates is our highest priority. We wish to thank our valued guests for their understanding and continued loyalty. We look forward to welcoming you back to '21' in due course.

Attentive service, fine American cuisine, a Grand Award-winning wine list and unique, historical surroundings set ‘21’ apart. Once a glamorous speakeasy, today is one of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City. In addition to our two restaurants, the Bar Room and 'Upstairs', this four-story townhouse features ten private party rooms ideal for celebrations, meetings and banquets, including the legendary Prohibition-era Wine Cellar.

DRESS CODE: No jeans or sneakers. Jackets are necessary for gentlemen. Kindly note that shorts & flip-flops are not permitted.

Note: The Pre-Theatre menu will not be available November 5 - December 31, 2020.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience2

We were served our appetizers and then told the kitchen had to close for two hours because the health inspector arrived. Very odd. We had a show and couldn’t wait two hours so we left without enough time to get food somewhere else. Took too long for them to let us know and to get our check after that. The host said it happens once a year and they can’t control it, then the waiter said it happens twice a year so it was all very strange. Usually a delicious meal and great service but not this time. Was really looking forward to a special date night celebration that was ruined.

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Clovernookwilly
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

21 is a classic restaurant.....veteran employees serve classic American food. Most people there at lunch were expense account business executives, but nevertheless, its worth your while to go.

Try the Baked Alaska for dessert......fantastic.

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vipprm8
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food and service in years. This is a must for any foodie. Ask to sit with John Tello

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Responded on 20 March 2020

Hi, Thank you for giving your feedback about your experience at 21. We look forward to having you dine with us again in the near future.

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vipHenryD
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

'21' is always such a delight. Great food and exceptional service.

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Responded on 20 March 2020

Hi Henry, Thank you for giving your feedback about your experience at 21. We look forward to having you dine with us again in the near future.

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vipKJKJ
Charlotte
93 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lots of expensive good restaurants in Manhattan. Few that you actually can’t wait to return to. Excellent lunch.

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Responded on 20 March 2020

Hi, Thank you for giving your feedback about your experience at 21. We look forward to having you dine with us again in the near future.

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vipMaryP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were entertaining business associates and your staff made it a magical evening.

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Responded on 20 March 2020

Hi Mary, Thank you for giving your feedback about your experience at 21. We look forward to having you dine with us again in the near future.

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TommyRocker
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I was expecting a mediocre experience considering the 21 club has been around for so long and doesn’t seem to be in a native New Yorker’s top 10 list for restaurants. I was pleasantly surprised with the Prix Fix and the service made the dining experience pleasurable.

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NoreenR
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was really lovely. The service was impeccable and of course it’s an iconic NY restaurant so the overall vibe is unique and special.

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BrianR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Special Anniversary dinner with my wife while in Manhattan from central Florida. Could not have been more pleased. The service and meals and dessert and drinks were amazing and they added in a special dessert for our anniversary which made it all the more special.

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Bowlhard
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Unwelcoming sloppy reception at door, set the tone on a low level for the evening. The concierge recovered professionally and it went up from there. Not acceptable for an establishment of that level.

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JocelynC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Crab cake and escargots starters very good. Mains quite average. Our experience was let down mostly by the failure of the sommelier and waiting staff to coordinate the arrival of food and wine at same time, meaning the starters had to go back for quite a while. Secondly, there was an unfortunate shower of dust from the overhead display of memorabilia which was quite off-putting when about to eat! Overall, we left feeling we could have have a better evening for the price elsewhere.

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vipabbiereed
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

I was super excited about this restaurant. I travel to NYC for work and we love to try different places. We are certainly foodies. The menu looked amazing. We were not at all disappointed in the food -- the filet was great and the whipped potatoes were buttery and smooth. My husband's sea bass was amazing too. What were were disappointed in was the service. My husband and I are young - but we love going to nice places. We literally plan our vacations around food. We felt almost like the staff was not paying as close attention to us as the other 'richer' or 'older' looking guests. It certainly was a turn off. I felt almost like I was annoying the waiter when we wanted help. I think our waiter tended to our neighboring table 4x more than he did ours. Really a disappointment when you are dropping some serious cash on not just a meal, but an experience.

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HappyDiners
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for a celebratory meal in an iconic location

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Rvictoria
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Nice location, attentive service, great cocktail and mosel wine. My husband came with tie but no jacket, so he was furnished one.

We opted for the pre theater menu. Appetisers were very tasty and well presented, my husband had the smoked salmon while I ordered the pork belly.

For entree, my husband chose the cod and I had the basmati veal which was served in chunks and was very tough and bland.

I didn't enjoy the main course. Perhaps the ala carte would have been a better fare.

Ambiance is nice, although it's quite hot inside.

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StephanieB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Definitely a solid ‘Old New York’ experience. Feels super WASPy, and the menu is classic American steakhouse standards. I wish there were a few vegetarian entrees, but places like this rarely modernize their menus. Service was a little laissez faire, but overall a decent evening. In the future, I’d probably just go for drinks.

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vipmargot
Montreal
26 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The absolute best Branzino I have ever had. Delicious. Beautifully prepared. A great place for a pre-theatre dinner. A unique setting !

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JamesD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Atomosphere, ambiance, and care evident at all service touch points during the evening. My wife and I had a really enjoyable time.

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vipdale
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience1

I used to feel it was special to eat at this restaurant. I no longer feel that way. Tables too close, food average, service poor.

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NEILC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

WE LOVE THE PACE GREAT FOOD. GREAT SERVICE CANT WAIT TO GO BACK

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service and high quality food. Restaurant got us in and out in plenty of time to make it to the theater for an evening play.

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vipNewHopeTraveler
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It has been some time since I was at the 21 Club. What a treat! Definitely a venue I must return to again sooner as opposed to later. Food was outstanding. The crab cakes were in the top ten I've ever had and I have had crab cakes at literally hundreds of restaurants. The chicken paillard was the best I have ever had. Just delicious!

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Corinne
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having read positive reviews and also being attracted by the history of the place, we booked 21 Club from the UK for Monday night. We had a warm welcome from everyone: the coat check lady, the doorman and the Head Waiter, who gave us a great table. As a teacher of English Literature I was thrilled to be seated at Steinbeck’s table! Our waiter gave us helpful information about the menu and we chose accordingly. The food did not disappoint. We had a mixture of fish and meat dishes and all were delicious. The baked Alaska is something I haven’t had in years and it was sheer gluttony that I ordered it but I’m glad I did!
We had a booking at a different restaurant for the next night but we’d enjoyed 21 Club so much that we went back there instead. (Note: we DID cancel the other booking!) The staff at 21 Club recognised us and seemed genuinely pleased that we had had such a good time we returned. Once again, food and ambience were fabulous. We would recommend this restaurant without hesitation.
PS. The wine list is very reasonably priced.

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SharonP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A classic, classy, restaurant with so much history. Wait staff very attentive and happy to share stories of the history of the restaurant. The food and drinks were very good, very expensive, but you’re paying for the entire experience.

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Excellent
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Monday Presidents’ Day. The place was empty. Menu at the bar quite limited. I suppose the price is to be expected for a famous traditional midtown watering hole. Excellent wine.

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CarnellaM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was excellent from the time we entered the restaurant. We had to wait about 10 minutes for our table ( not a problem) but we were offered a seat while we waited and a menu to order drinks.
The waiters were attentive without being pushy and the food was excellent.
Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and excellent atmosphere !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines date

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JonH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceeded even our grand expectations. The filet was one of the best steaks I've had, and the chicken hash lived up to the hype. Service was top-notch. By dumb luck, we ended up sitting next to a wonderful couple visiting from Cleveland, who gave us a primer on the place's history (Humphrey Bogart was engaged at their table!). Highly, highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a genuine and unique treat.

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vipCarmenuu
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s an institution, is chic, it’s elegant, it’s classic, it’s a must! Everything was excellent. Food, service, ambiance, people. They have also a bar, and like a lounge. But the best it’s the dining room.
We had turbot and foie grass, really good. The wine list is huge and really excellent. We love this place.

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Tchau
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Iconic! Old style!

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brianb
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply the best!

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vipCMENY
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, the food and service were excellent. We had royal caviar, ceasar and rib eye for two. Italian wine was perfect.
Thank you.

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Angela
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great place to visit, food is always great and the staff are so friendly.

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vipMaria
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

We originally had reservations for Thursday but were not allowed to stay since one of the ladies in our group was wearing jeans. Aaron told us that “this is a fine dining restaurant and no jeans allowed.” We asked to sit in the bar and he said NO JEANS anywhere. Tonight we returned and a lady sitting next to us in the restaurant was wearing jeans, also a man in the bar. When I pointed it out to him, he apologized, but were nonchalant about it. The rules should be the same for everyone. It was extremely upsetting and embarrassing!

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Balmoral
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The dining staff saved the experience after a dismissive experience by the host. Upon reaching the desk, the host, after seeing me, also noticed a previous co-worker, and decided to start small talk with her instead. He then went to another co-worker and introduced him to the young lady, while I stand there incredulously as they continue their conversation in front of me. I asked for assistance, and without apology, the host quickly asked for my reservation name, instructed me to take a seat, and promptly returned his previous conversation.

Although the host was dismissive, fortunately the dining staff was extremely attentive, knowledgeable, and timely. Wine selection was excellent and the som was engaging. The meal was exquisite (truffle mac however, next time we hope professional courtesy starts from the host salutation, and not until being seated.

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vipJackS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the nicest meals you can have in Manhattan

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dinner with my daughter. Fabulous service!!!!

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MWG1
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

This was our fifth trip to the restaurant. The first two were excellent; the next three disappointing. This last time nothing was particularly good, except the wine.

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vipJudiR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just great

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