Formerly a Prohibition-era speakeasy and a haunt of Truman Capote's fictional Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's
, 21 Club has stood the test of time as one of New York City's classy and classic fine-dining spots. Locals refer to it as just plain "21."
From the restaurant's website:
"At the heart of '21' is the legendary Bar Room. The hangout of choice for America's rich and famous, it is renowned for its whimsical and colorful selection of 'toys' suspended from the ceiling. ... The menu features classic and contemporary American cuisine. ... Located one flight up from the world-famous Bar Room, Upstairs at '21' is a sophisticated 32-seat restaurant famed for its intimacy and elegance. Our chef's culinary creativity delivers an array of mouth-watering dishes reflecting the culture and history at '21.' "
"... to judge '21' as a restaurant is to miss the point of the place. Like Galatoire’s in New Orleans, '21' is at its best when you treat the food as a solid foundation for the liquid entertainment."
— Pete Wells, The New York Times
, Oct. 23, 2012
"You no longer need to wear a necktie at lunch, and the country-club-classic menu has been slightly modernized. ... But the tablecloths at this famous Prohibition-era speakeasy are still red and white, toys still hang from the ceiling ... and, in spite of the lunchtime dress code, the crowd here doesn't have anything against neckties."
- Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, New York
magazineThe New York Times
: 4.3 food rating
Jacket required. Full bar. Bar Room serving lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. Upstairs serving dinner Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Bar 21 serving lunch Mon-Sat, bar bites and cocktails Mon-Sat after 4 pm. Closed Sun.