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Upstairs at '21'
Upstairs at '21'

Upstairs at '21' Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.21club.com
  • Email: reservations@21club.com
  • Phone: (212) 582-7200
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Tuesday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Avenue
  • Public Transit: E or V train to 53rd Street/Fifth Avenue

    B, D, F or V train to the Rockefeller Center

    Q, N, R or W train to 49th Street/Seventh Avenue

    No 1 or No 9 train to 50th Street/Broadway

    No 6 train to 51st Street/Lexington Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Self-Park Garage next door (31 W. 52nd St.) Reduced parking available through www.21club.com
A word from Upstairs at '21'
Voted Best New Restaurant and acclaimed as one of the most romantic places to enjoy dinner in New York City, Upstairs at '21' is an elegant 32-seat restaurant featuring inspired cuisine in an exquisite salon-like setting framed by vivid murals of New York in the mid-1930s. Located within '21' Club, the Upstairs at '21' offers guests attentive service, fine American cuisine, a Grand Award-winning wine list and unique, historical surroundings. Once a glamorous speakeasy, today '21' 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 special events, including the legendary Prohibition-era Wine Cellar. DRESS CODE: Jackets for gentlemen; no jeans or sneakers, please.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best meals I've ever had. The service was top notch and so was the food. Wine list for days."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Service was good, very friendly, but he seemed rushed. After our first course, we were passed off to a bus/server person to finish our service. The food overall was good, I rate it 'Good' based on quality to value. It was decent tasting food, but for the price it wasn't 'that' good. I tried the mixed grill of wild game and it was very mild meat. I eat elk and venison on a regular basis and if I didn't know it from the menu, I would not have thought it to be either of them. Probably a little of personal taste, but again quality for value. Next time we are in NYC we may give it another try, but in the downstairs bar area. Nothing really bad, just not as special as I thought. It does have a great wine list of some very good vintages."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I dined at this restaurant for a birthday dinner. The food was excellent. I found the room to be a bit small, which I wasn't used to but it was an excellent meal overall."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Last weekend my sister, mum and I visited NY. We booked 21 for our pre-theatre meal. We really put service through its paces by running late (thanks to the great ambience in the bar downstairs), adding another person to the booking at no notice, needing to dash off to make curtain up on 42nd street. The food was delicious with the whole menu tempting all our varied pallets, the wine list extensive. Our waiter was courteous, knowledgeable and above all directed us very well and got us to the show on time. We had to skip dessert but will make a point to return and make our meal at 21 the focus of our night out next time."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We rarely splurge on restaurants of this calibre - this was an anniversary - but I'm glad we did. The food and ambience were excellent, but gentlemen be warned - you WILL be turned away if you're not wearing a jacket. A SERIOUSLY impressive, 70+ page wine list awaits you if you have the wallet for it."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Thank you '21' for the loveliest evening on 18th March 2014. We enjoyed wonderful food, wine and amazing service with attention to detail. It is a night we will never forget. We can't thank you enough!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "21 Club is great for pre-theater dinner or an evening out on the town."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "A perfect combination of intimate dining and the charm of the 21 Club in a twelve table separate room. A dedicated waiter and add to the perfect service expected at this world famous restaurant. My expectations were high and were exceeded by Upstairs at 21."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Upstairs at 21 was everything that we wanted for the evening. Superb food and service, including the very attentive and knowledgeable Captain for the evening, Kyle. Ambiance was wonderful and they kindly catered to our pre-theatre timing needs with great care."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Looking forward to a New York staple left me thinking, "What happened?" Our waiter was friendly and attentive, but the food left a great deal to be desired. Not what I expected at all. Enough said."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our first time here after wishing to go for years. You get a real sense of tradition and history upon entering. Crowded, noisy, bustling, everyone well dressed, what you would think a top tier NYC restaurant would be. We ate upstairs, a totally different atmosphere from the traditional downstairs. We'll do the downstairs next time. The service was impeccable. The food was good, but not memorable for us. Well prepared and nuanced, but I think we are used to bolder flavors."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The setting was excellent, including the overall atmosphere. Our location upstairs was perfect for the occasion (celebrating an anniversary). The service was excellent as in the past despite personnel changes. We enjoyed the food and our time at the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were very disappointed. Pretentious would sum it up. Fancy room, fancily dressed waiters, but mediocre food. Most annoying of all, the waiter kept recommending the same menu items to all the guests in a loud booming voice, (with out being asked to do so). It made you want to ask, is there something wrong with the other items? We suspected he recommended the cheaper items and the quickest to make, on a set menu where all paid the same price for a 3 course meal.The smoozing, when the waiter attended the tables seemed insincere. Would not recommend it."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "While in NYC for our 1 year anniversary, I made a reservation at the 21 Club "Upstairs." Research proved the place to be really nice and fitting for our occasion. Let me say, the reviews did it no justice. This was by far THE BEST dining experience that we have ever had. Walking in the door, everyone knew my name. The "wine man" (as we named him, although I think his name was Brian) really knew his stuff about wine. We left it up to him for a choice and nailed it after a couple questions. JJ Prum - Riesling was perfect! Kyle our waiter was very knowlegable about the menu, and was super friendly. Service was spot on all around and the food was awesome! (Highly recommend the game platter). We will definitely be returning. A lot!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Excellent place for special occasion. Staff were super accommodating and friendly. Will definitely recommend to friends and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Always a great experience upstairs, top quality service and food."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We selected this restaurant because of its history and I expected it to be a mediocre dining experience. I was very pleasantly surprised to find excellent food and service and a serene atmosphere. Also, the bar downstairs is a great place to stop for a drink. We'll be back."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "This was my first experience with truly fine dining (as in jacket required). The wine list was intimidating but the servers were VERY helpful. Everything ordered was great - scallops, lobster squash bisque, steak tartar, octopus. Everything was carefully prepared and the overall experience was just plain awesome."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Service is excellent and the food is very good. The upstairs area made our dinner feel more private and the staff was fabulous."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Eating at "21" was on my bucket list. My date and I were absolutely thrilled with the whole experience. When our waiter discovered it was our first visit, he gave us a tour of the restaurant. He spent 45 minutes with us. Every thing was perfect. You must go."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "When it comes to experiencing "OId New York" it is hard to beat "21". We had a lovely drink downstairs amongst the throngs of Holiday parties. Then we adjourned to "Upstairs at 21" - a quiet small (only about 12 tables) restaurant. The food was delicious. Highly recommend the Fig Sorbet for dessert - WOW. Our server Kyle was excellent. The entire experience was wonderful and for a pre-fixe price of $75 a person - hard to beat during the Holidays!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "After a full day at NYC museums, we had dinner at 21 before going to the Met Opera. We didn't know about their "jacket" policy. Thank goodness they offered a "loner" jacket. Please suggest that this restaurant add information about the jacket requirement to each reservation confirmation."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We have been Upstairs at 21 several times and have always had a remarkable dining experience. The food is excellent, the ambience romantic and the head waiter and support staff personable and professional. Cocktails in the lounge and dinner upstairs, life doesn't get much better. The late British singer Matt Munro in one of hit songs sang about "dinners at 21". the name of the song is This is the Life. That pretty well sums up the feelings we have when we dine at 21."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We had a wonderful time. Fabulous server so very helpful. He gave a us a great tip -- to see the Morgan Library and the Edgar Allan Poe exhibit. We did. Awesome."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Treating ourselves to a nice dinner and a theatre show, we decided on 21 with it's rave reviews and proximity to RCMH. The stand alone food and wine would have made this a wonderful experience, but it was the service that made it exceptional. Our waiter (Kyle, I believe), has perfected the balance of friendly service and small talk with privacy during our meal. Kyle asked where we were visiting from, and learned that we came down from West Point. My husband explained he was a recent grad and a new Lieutenant in the United States Army. It turns out, 21 has a rich military history, hosting top brass regularly. At the end of our meal, Kyle brought a surprise dessert for us to share, candles included, for his appreciation. We WILL be back!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Loved It!!!! What a wonderful dining experience will recommenx to everyone !!!!! Extremely delicious food!!!!!!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Fabulous food, attentive service and a very good evening."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "This was our first time to 21 and we loved it! When we walked in we immediately sensed that this was a very special, Old New York type of place. Beautifully decorated for the holidays. Dark wood paneled walls. High,, energetic noise level and bustling bar scene. It was very inviting! We were greeted immediately by the host staff and taken upstairs to the small, quaint yet romantic dining room. Very different vibe than downstairs but for a special occasion this is the perfect setting. Our server Kyle was very attentive but not intrusive. The price fixe menu is very reasonable for such an iconic restaurant. The wine selection is unbelievable and the food was excellent! Loved the entire experience. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The food & service were excellent but it was extremely loud and not the romantic dinner that I had envisioned."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "What a fantastic place, we ate upstairs which was beautiful. Exceptional service and a really intimate dining room. We had a show booked, which meant we couldn't stay as long as we wanted but if given the choice we would have stayed all night!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Had heard great things but it was not to be. Beautiful room but mediocre food. Lackluster service .I ordered all the waiter suggested items. The octopus appetizer was bland and seemed just thrown on the plate . The mixed grill was dramatically overcooked. One diner liked his salmon. My wife's filet was gray and rubbery. I don't normally write bad reviews but there are better choices nearby."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "This classic dinning at it's best without the stuffiest. The Bar area is vibrant with people, the attentive of the bar staff is impeccable. The upstairs has it's separate serving room so it does not feel like the mass of people compare to other high end restaurants. This it the place where you want go for those special moments or just to feel having exceptional service."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "This restaurant is fancy. The food is impeccable and the service is outstanding, the Maitre D down to the the doorman has a very positive attitude and are there to serve you. If your looking for a nice night with your significant other this is the place to be. Upstairs at "21" offers an intimate and excellent ambiance, it is quiet but not so quiet that its like a funeral. The thing that really impressed me is that the room is beautiful as well as small-medium, by that i mean, you feel like you have slice of peace and tranquility in new york. The food was impeccable as well as the suggested wine pairings, the best part is that its totally affordable plus they validate parking (parking garage next door), Definitely will be going back"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "My wife and I were looking for a nice restaurant to go to on our anniversary. After some searching on the internet I found the 21 Club and it looked like a nice place for a very reasonable price. We did the 3 course dinner Upstairs and we had a fabulous meal, with outstanding service. I would highly recommend Upstairs at 21."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "We had VERY high expectations. Everything was better than we expected."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Ambiance was great service super and food excellent . Heartily reccommend for a romantic or serene dining experience when one wants to feel pampered."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Dining at the 21 Club was exquisite! I wanted to surprise my darling partner for her birthday; oh yes, she was indeed surprised! Our maître d' Kyle was wonderfully courteous & helpful as was our waiter Nick. They both worked magic to make the evening of celebration a success! 21 Club will remain a great place to go for special occasions &/or a romantic rendezvous!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "A lovely evening: food was excellent and the service outstanding."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Dinner and service was outstanding,went above and beyond.My dates birthday was that evening and at the end of the evening they brought out a single candle lit and placed it on the table for her, then wished her a happy birthday. They also brought out a glass of water for the long stem rose I had given to her that evening. I was very impressed as was she and was unexpected by both of us.Service was excellent food was outstanding.Decor was very nice as was the atmosphere. Highly recommend and will be going there again."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I have been here before, but this past time a few days ago was so wonderful! Couldn't have asked for better service and the food was delish! We had originally booked at Upstairs, but were contacted and told it was not open that night due to a private event. So we were given a wonderful table and a bottle of champagne and were treated like VIPS! If you are in NYC, this is a must! True old New York, with updated menus. Christopher and Viviana were the best! Will definitely go again! Mary West"
    Dined on 10/24/2013