21 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
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Phone: (212) 247-8671
Phone: (212) 582-1400
Phone: (212) 265-1900
Phone: (212) 757-1896
Fax: (212) 582-7200
Fax: (212) 586-5065
TollFree: (800) 721-2582
Upstairs At 21
21 Club Restaurant
The Upstairs at 21
21 Club Inc
Belmond 21 Club
21 Club Banquet & Private Dining
Attire: Formal (Jacket Required), Formal
Bike Parking: No
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Cuisine: American, Dessert, Ice Cream, Steakhouse, Pastries
Wheelchair Accessible: Wheelchair Accessible
Good For Groups: Yes
03/03/2011Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
08/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
08/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
12/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
10/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/29/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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!
01/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
12/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Pros- Everything tasted good, the waiter was exceptional.
Cons- Reserved a table at "" the upstairs at 21"", but when I arrived, they seated us downstairs saying the upstairs is not open for the evening. (The downstairs is NOT romantic.) Very expensive for an experience you can have in another restaurant for half the price. Portions were very small.
We were very disappointed.
11/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We started the evening with a perfect chilled bottle of wine. Then proceed to have one of my all time favorite meals in NY! Since there was a big group of us, I think I had a good chance to taste almost everything on the menu. But a few standouts amongst the rest were the sauteed sweetbreads , jumbo shrimp cocktail , the roasted organic chicken and filet mignon.
It will remain all of my all time favorite places to dine in the city. Amazing food, a decor that's both beautiful yet cozy , amazing service and keeps you wanting to come back for more!
10/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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..
05/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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!!
03/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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!
02/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My boyfriend and I had a belated Valentine's Day dinner in the Upstairs friday night. The experience was phenomenal. Generally speaking, he is not all that into fine dining but he loved it! We had lump crab meat and black bass which were to die for and the wine was absolutely delicious. The star of the show is the captain Christopher. You could tell that he owned the room and made all of his guests feel as if they were at a friend's house rather than a fancy restaurant in midtown. We went the first time for a romantic spot, but we will go back for the incredible food and excellent service.