21 Club

21 Club

American Restaurant, Bar, and Speakeasy$$$$
Midtown East, New York
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  • PureWow
    "Prohibition may be over, but the bar remains as intriguing as ever."(7 Tips)
    Kristine Y.
    "expensive an has a dress code but the atmosphere"(7 Tips)
    Lauren S.
    "I like to make thongs out of the beef tartar."(6 Tips)
    "Order the burger, get yourself a martini and enjoy classic New York."(3 Tips)
128 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • fancy
  • classic new york
  • burgers
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  • Food Network
    Food NetworkMarch 15, 2013
    Ask for a side of 21 Sauce, a spicy blend of ketchup, English mustard, Worcestershire, horseradish and white wine, the sauce has been a signature staple for over 60 years. Via CityEats.com Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 22, 2016
    The chicken hash — a mixture of cubed chicken, cream, Worcestershire sauce, eggs, butter, and sherry — is a real throwback to a different era. It’s pure, pull-no-punches comfort food. Read more
  • Chris P.
    Chris Pollone3 weeks ago
    Just a cool old-school NYC experience. Mark at the bar is great. I liked the Fireside. Lump crabmeat, lamb bolognese, clam chowder, steak frites, all excellent. Baked Alaska just ok but cool visuals.
  • Sofia C.
    Sofia CaseOctober 18, 2011
    The Wine Cellar Dinner Menu is reserved for private events in an intimate setting, and the resulting food-gasm is incomparable. Hackleback caviar, butter-poached lobster, sautéed duck breast, oh my!
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimNovember 16, 2014
    Ask your waiter about touring the spectacular hidden wine cellar in the basement, which was used to hide booze during Prohibition. It's this place's semi-secret gem.
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan McKeeFebruary 7
    Restaurant week is the way to do this place... but don't expect superior service. All three courses were great (shrimp arrabbiata pictured) and price can't be beat, but service did suffer a tad 🍤🍷🙃
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The lounge's dark wood paneling, fireplace, Frederic Remington horse paintings, the low lighting, and the men in suits and ties—despite a recent loosening of the dress code—still beckon another age. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 4, 2013
    It may be stuffy, but if old-school, Don Draper Manhattan is your thing, there's nowhere better. And much of the food is still quite good. At lunch, get three courses for $24.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursNovember 24, 2012
    1872 townhouse. Former historic speakeasy (now a trendy restaurant). The prohibition era wine cellar is now a dining area accessed via 2.5 ton door opened via 18" hang wire.Full site history via<LINK> Read more
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    The martini here is an unsung hero of the hip NYC mixology scene—big and dry, like Charles Grodin in drink form, it floats to you in a glass so capacious there ought to be a goldfish swimming in it. Read more
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencyOctober 22, 2012
    On everyone's top ten lists. Kicking it old school here will just enhance whatever you decide to do later....Roseland is nearby...always a great time there. Order the cheesecake to go.
  • PureWow
    PureWowDecember 18, 2015
    Prohibition may be over, but the bar remains as intriguing as ever. Pro tip: Take in the large art collection and toys hanging from the ceiling as you sip on a gin rickey. Read more
  • Frank S.
    Frank SFebruary 22, 2012
    One of Frank's favorites, 21, famed Speakeasy, The 21 Burger, being a favorite of Hollywood Stars and the setting of many movies including; The Valley of The Dolls and The Sweet Smell of Success
  • Experiences
    ExperiencesAugust 10, 2012
    This place is very chic and full of history. Super gracious hosts. Wear a suit jacket and be prepared to drink your martinis with sophistication and composure — the first two, at least ... Read more
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaJanuary 10, 2016
    Order the burger, get yourself a martini and enjoy classic New York. Steak tartare, Dover sole and off menu potato puffs are also all must orders.
  • Lindsey L.
    Lindsey LMay 13, 2012
    Vegetarians should not shy away from this New York tradition. They have a very nice *on menu* vegie plate that doesn't feel like an afterthought. And thank the universe cocktails are still vegetarian.
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SJune 13, 2012
    One of the supposed birthplaces of the Southside cocktail, made with gin, lime, simple and mint. Also nice if you are craving a classic NY experience and throwback to another era.
  • WP Theater
    WP TheaterJanuary 16, 2013
    We love the decor at 21 Club almost as much as we love the menu. Let us suggest two things. Get dressed up and see "Bethany", then come to the 21 Club Bar!
  • Mel Dog
    Mel DogFebruary 5, 2011
    Outstanding food and service. A fantastic and classic New York establishment that embraces the history of this city and the people who live here. And the burger really IS that good.
  • Nation's Restaurant News
    '21' Triple Crown combines classic Kentucky Derby drink ingredients such as bourbon, mint and Peychaud’s Bitters. Read more
  • Trae F.
    Trae FMay 10, 2013
    Went in w/out reservation and they couldn't have been more accommodating. Service was great and food was delicious. Interesting crowd.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128May 29, 2012
    Originally in The Village in 1922. Moved and changed names until its current location in 1929. Frequented by presidents & celebrities. Featured in novels. Jacket required.
  • Hayley M.
    Hayley MillerApril 6, 2013
    pricey place but stop for lunch and order from the 3 course pre-fix menu! Great value there and the place has ambiance!
  • Kristine Y.
    Kristine YappJanuary 16, 2012
    Amazing place to take the parents. It is more expensive an has a dress code but the atmosphere is amazing and the staff is excellent.
  • Stacie D.
    Stacie DoanFebruary 12, 2012
    Lovely dinner and great service! Prix fixe meal was right in line with Manhattan prices if not cheaper. Will definitely try again!
  • Jimmy Astucia
    Jimmy AstuciaJanuary 16, 2012
    Establishments do not stay in business for 9 plus decades without a formula for success. This historical Manhattan restaurant has the right recipe for special occasions.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RozellNovember 18, 2013
    Ask for a tour of their historic wine cellar. I swear...you've never seen anything quite like it.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiJune 17, 2013
    "Once you master the dress code and navigate the gantlet of staff members by the door whose sole purpose seems to be to keep the riffraff out by making them--you--feel like an eighth-grader at a..." Read more
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    The '21' Burger ranked No. 4 in Time.com's round up of 'the most influential burgers of all time'. Read more
  • WICT Leadership Conference
    Manhattan's iconic "21" Club will reopen this fall after a major refurbishment, which will add a brand-new bar area. The reopening will bring 21 wines by the glass, small plates & 6 beers on tap.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelOctober 21, 2015
    Old school cocktails. Martini is huge--you get what you pay for. Burger good, also quite large. Bartenders super friendly.
  • 2Plus2NYCReview
    2Plus2NYCReviewMarch 14, 2012
    I absolutely love 21! I feel apart of history sitting where Frank Sinatra once did… plus there is something so romantic about a REAL prohibition speakeasy! Read more
    HISTORYMay 3, 2012
    The 21 Club is a world famous New York restaurant that started out as a Prohibition-era speakeasy.
  • NYHistory
    NYHistoryJuly 24, 2012
    In June of 1932, "21" Club was raided by federal Prohibition agents in search of liquor. Agents failed to find the two thousand cases of wine hidden in 21 Club's secret wine cellar vault...
  • Grace L.
    Grace LadyecuaMarch 20, 2016
    A beautiful establishment. It took me back in to time. Excellent service. Great cuisine. (Dress Code)
  • Conch V.
    Conch VJanuary 17, 2013
    The cellar is Amazing, the upstairs room more romantic , but any place is a great historic piece of America
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 10, 2010
    Out of our standard vague anti-Williamsburg bias and our fear of saying the wrong thing vis-a-vis contemporary art, we're going to single out the 21 club as our internal A. List pick here. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 16, 2010
    The key to power lunching is landing the right table, the left section of the dining room is preferred and the right, known as “Siberia” to it’s regulars, is by no means coveted.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinOctober 10, 2015
    Classic New York spot with a gorgeous, stuffy dining room. The Cobb salad was fully disgusting, but the vehicle
  • Ken A.
    Ken ArmitageJanuary 6
    High standard dress code No hoods, large logos or casual shoes Went in for a cocktail but were made to feel bit uncomfortable as we did not know there was a dress code Shame as cocktail was great.
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SalsedoAugust 23, 2012
    Classic NY. If you can get yourself down to the secret wine cellar- you won't be disappointed.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RelojAugust 13, 2012
    Ask your server for a tour of the 21 Club wine cellar and along the way, he just might regale you with some juicy tales of old… Read more
  • Jessica N.
    Jessica NgJanuary 26, 2014
    Come here for a memorable dinner and wonderful service! The ceiling was also a source of entertainment.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiMarch 7, 2015
    More for the atmosphere and its legacy than its food. The Prawn for appetizer is good but nothing too special, and the Amish chicken is a little dry and very mediocre
  • Frank S.
    Frank SApril 24, 2012
    "21" CLUB, the one and only and one of Sinatra's favorites where he had many a drink (and Meal) with the likes of Ava Gardner, Dean Martin, Jillly Rizzo, and .. Get The 21 BURGER .. Read more
  • John David O.
    John David OlsenNovember 20, 2011
    The burger's are amazing. Ask to sit by the fireplace and grad a drink in the big red chairs.
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamAugust 28, 2011
    This place is history, and I go there when I visit New York, at least once a year. Frank Sinatra held court at Table 14. Donald Trump sits on the far left. Wall Street was filmed there.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseApril 6, 2015
    Great place for special occasions - gotta have the classic steak tartare
  • The New York Daily News
    The New York Daily NewsOctober 26, 2010
    PHOTO: Across the street, the Three Deuces was a famous jazz club throughout the 30s and 40s. Click "More Info" of this great historic pic! Read more
  • Jonavennci Divad
    Jonavennci DivadAugust 8, 2011
    Awesome service....I went for restaurant week. The portions were perfect and the food was great
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 6, 2010
    Old New York glamour – gentlemen must wear a jacket and no jeans allowed. The service is amazing. Try the ‘21’ Burger.
  • Abby T.
    Abby T.September 24, 2010
    Cool history, plenty to look at if your company's boring, and the garlickiest Caesar salad on the planet. I love it that way.
  • Donna L.
    Donna LehmanDecember 23, 2009
    Iconic New York restaurant with history. Super service, and great people watching opp. Champagne, duck, foie gras for me - steak tartar for hubby. Loved it.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UApril 1, 2015
    It is an institution and food isn't bad but service can be hit and miss and they come after you until they confirm that you checked in coat...
  • WildHorses
    WildHorsesDecember 1, 2013
    Food was ho-hum on Thanksgiving Day. One of my companions said their cafeteria food was better at prep school. Even the apple pie (not pumpkin - huh?) tasted like something from the grocery store.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HughesFebruary 23, 2016
    Highly recommend the crab cake appetizer, and the ribeye
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HansenMarch 29, 2015
    Expensive, but worth going once during restaurant week. Glad we checked it off our list but won't be coming back
  • Mike S.
    Mike StrockoOctober 8, 2012
    Secret Menu Item: Steak Diane - medallions of beef in a cognac-mustard cream
  • Theresa R.
    Great food and drinks. Dress nicely
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SheplandJanuary 10, 2012
    I like to make thongs out of the beef tartar. Great for late night snacks, bad for dodging wolves.
  • Ingrid N.
    Ingrid NagyMay 7, 2014
    So they shift you downstairs feel its dishonest when you book for upstairs - not experience to make you come back
  • Gabriella T.
    Gabriella TutinoMay 27, 2011
    The prix fixe menu is a pretty good deal. For $40, the food is delicious!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJanuary 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my goto places for business lunch meetings. Good service & good food.
  • Steven M.
    Steven McClellandAugust 24, 2014
    They can provide a jacket. Fun memorabilia on the ceiling.
  • Carrie H.
    Carrie HojnickiAugust 1, 2010
    You can't get history like this anywhere else. And not to mention extraordinary food and service. A truly incredible place.
  • Amy K.
    Amy KMarch 8, 2014
    I wouldn't say their food is out of this world but their customer service is impeccable!
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    Old New York glamour meets modern, chic cuisine. Don't leave without trying the cheesecake (and take a piece home with you!) Read more
  • Kim N.
    Kim NolanJune 17, 2010
    only come here when someone else is treating you! you will want it all....so make sure you can order it all!
  • Cagla M.
    Cagla MezhepogluFebruary 2, 2016
    Food is really good perfect service and accommodation
    CMMAKJuly 5, 2016
    Lamb Bolognese... excellent
  • Ayesha P.
    Ayesha ParekhNovember 17, 2012
    The Rose Cup is a delicious, refreshing signature cocktail
  • Jana F.
    Jana FernandesMay 5, 2011
    Ask to take a tour of the old wine cellar in the basement before leaving!
  • Jolene
    JoleneDecember 23, 2012
    Sit under Mark Ingram's Heisman-winning helmet in the right dining room or Joe Namath's Jets' helmet in the middle towards the back. ROLL TIDE!
  • Phil H.
    Phil HolbertonDecember 1, 2015
    One of a kind experience. Superb Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BatesJuly 27, 2012
    Whistlepig Rye. From Vermont. From Eddie the Irish barman.
  • CCnyc
    CCnycApril 2, 2015
    Burger, octopus carpaccio, service
  • TR T.
    TR ThrestonJanuary 19, 2014
    Book well in advance. Especially for Saturday evenings!
  • Mallory S.
    Mallory StantonMarch 28, 2015
    Can't beat the classics.
  • Esquire
    EsquireJanuary 31, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. We highly recommend getting a Southside.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansAugust 5, 2014
    The $34 burger is pretty awesome. But I mean, like yeah.
  • Biz T.
    Biz TraveldudeNovember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Caesar salad and chicken hash is the best
  • Sanjeev S.
    Sanjeev SreetharanMay 24, 2013
    The food wasn't anything spectacular, but I was here for a corporate event so perhaps that's why
  • Audrey P.
    Audrey PfauAugust 19, 2014
    Blonde brownie sunday
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PlaineOctober 5, 2016
    The food is worth the price. Amazing caesar salad.
  • The Criterion Collection
    The first official meeting place of fledging press agent Sidney Falco and gossip titan J.J. Hunsecker in 1955's SWEET SMELL OF SUCESS. "Match me, Sidney." Read more
  • Noner
    NonerSeptember 13, 2014
    Highly recommend the Dover Sole.
  • Biz T.
    Biz TraveldudeNovember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    An iconic must-do in NYC
  • Lissa G.
    Lissa GoldsmithMay 5, 2013
    Flashback to prohibition! Perfect little speakeasy!
  • Mike R.
    Mike RugnettaApril 10, 2013
    One of the worst, most expensive Old Fashioned cocktails I've ever had. For $16 it should be made with a muddled $5 bill, not maraschino cherries.
  • Kasey K.
    Kasey KirschnerDecember 13, 2012
    Chocolate soufflé is da bomb.
  • Jess P.
    Jess PurdyAugust 14, 2014
    No shorts/jeans allowed. Dress code enforced.
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen RuizFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Rye Old-fashioneds & wasabi peas
  • Charles T.
    Charles ThorpJuly 27, 2009
    Try it for restaurant week, tons of celebrities in and out there. "Legs" Diamond the gangster used to hang out in the prohibition era wine cellar.
  • Quinn C.
    Quinn CotterJuly 13, 2011
    Fine food, fine service. What else do you need to know?
  • Mallory M.
    Mallory MillerNovember 30, 2015
    Steak tartare for the win
  • michael n.
    michael nerenburgAugust 1, 2011
    Phil Collins had an album called No Jacket Required. I wish this place had the same policy. its stupid to make people eat here in jacket. It's 2011, attract a hipper crowd
  • Ray F.
    Ray FowlerJanuary 15, 2013
    great bar and food
  • jeannie
    jeannieJanuary 19, 2013
    $50 for a dram of Balvenie Portwood 21 year old! Sheesh!
  • Bruno C.
    Bruno CruzApril 21, 2011
    Regular meal and very expencive
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChavezJune 27, 2015
    Bar tradicional de cocteles. Antes bar secreto.
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