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'21' Club

Wonderful Cuisine That's Steeped in History


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  • A prohibition speakeasy from 1919 to 1933 the "21 Club" is a New York institution
  • Founded by Jack Kriendler and Charlie Berns, 21 is best known for its secret wine cellar, and inventive way of hiding/destroying liquor during Prohibition-era police raids
  • Former New York Mayor Jimmy Walker had his own room in the wine cellar during the 1920s so that he could imbibe while federal agents searched for contraband
  • Display of jockeys outside the wrought iron gates includes one donated in honor of America's most famous racehorse, Secretariat
  • Contains many private dining rooms of various sizes including the popular speakeasy
  • Bar room ceiling covered with celebrity patron donated toys
  • Historical photographs and past menus decorate the walls
  • Excellent cuisine and frequented by “A” list patrons – sports figure, celebrities, titans of business

  • Executive Chef: John Greeley tweaks 21’s classic menu to perfection
  • Classic cuisine with interesting touches
  • The menu classics from 21's long-standing menu remain
  • Sample Dishes: Tasting of American Caviars/Sauteed Dover Sole/Creamy Chicken Hash
  • Glass of Wine $10 - $20/Appetizer $14 - $28/Entree $30 - $47/Dessert $10.50 - $13.50
  • Prix Fixe Menus Available (e.g., upstairs $73 for 3 courses)
  • Reservations recommended


Service: Professional and friendly
Acoustics: Conversion of three brownstones provides many intimate quiet spaces
Lighting: Appropriate varied club type atmospheric illumination
Table Proximity: Generous spacing with comfortable leather booth and chair seating


21 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Reservations: (212) 582-7200
Hours: Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Mon – Fri); Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Mon – Fri), 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Sat)
Dress Code: Jackets required for men

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