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Upstairs at '21'

4.4
129 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
Upstairs at '21' will be closed through the end of June for unexpected building maintenance resulting from several burst sprinkler heads in early January. If you have a reservation or private event booked with us, we will be reaching out shortly to you to assist in rescheduling and finding an alternative venue.

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 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 fine American cuisine, a Grand Award-winning wine list and unique, historical surroundings. Our chef’s culinary creativity delivers an array of mouth-watering dishes reflecting the past and present '21' in a sumptuous four course tasting. DRESS CODE: Jackets for gentlemen; no jeans or sneakers, please.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 582-7200
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
Sylvain Delpique
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Catering
'21' also offers 10 beautifully appointed private banquet rooms ideal for corporate events and family celebrations. Parties of 10 to 200 for lunch or dinner and up to 450 for a reception will enjoy the Grand Award-winning wine list, splendid American cuisine, and unsurpassed service. In-house professional planning services ensure every detail of your event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fifth and Sixth Avenue
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Parking details
Self-Park Garage next door (31 W. 52nd Street). Reduced parking details available on www.21club.com.
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Public transit
By subway:
E or M train to 53rd Street/Fifth Avenue,
B, D, F or M train to the Rockefeller Center,
Q, N, or R train to 49th Street/Seventh Avenue,
No 1 train to 50th Street/Broadway,
No 6 train to 51st Street/Lexington Avenue,
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 129 People Are Saying
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

First Class dining experience

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Give yourself plenty of time. An hour and a half is not enough to get all four courses no matter what the waiter says.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

If you're looking for an elegant,civil, quiet, intimate dining experience with wonderful food this is a great choice. Service was superb, friendly but just a bit removed but attentive. The room, which is windowless with a few lovely NYC murals, high ceilings and banquet seating, was all but empty. Tough to rate the noise levels as it was all but silent. I had a wonderful center cut filet mignon, probably about 6 ounces (just right for me). My wife had rack of lamb which was perfectly prepared. Downstairs is more of a 'scene'. Upstairs is a different experience altogether and one I'll look forward to repeating.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Arrived and promptly seated upstairs. Small but very attractive dining room. Pleasant service staff, great timing between courses. Impressed with presentation. Special anniversary presentation for the desserts which was a nice touch. Definitely the place to take someone special.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

I love this place. They are very attentive and the food is wonderful. Everyone should go there for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

The food was delicious - the presentation was very nice. The service was excellent. The ambiance was great.

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1.0Dined on June 16, 2017

We spent over $400, and were served bland, cold food (from a prix fixe menu with very ho-hum options with little description), were overcharged $20 for our wine selection, and had to tell our waiter to please make sure our entrees (lamb and Dover sole) were served hot. The sole and lamb chops (not the rack of lamb as stated) were warm, but the accompanying mashed potatoes (not asparagus as described by the waiter) and scalloped potatoes were not. We were given a complementary sorbet, since it was our anniversary dinner. It was the only item served with any actual sense of presentation. We are midwestern foodies who were looking for a classic fine dining experience in an iconic setting. Our "intimate" dining room was mostly empty on a Friday at 8:00 PM; with only two other tables of patrons (one so loud we could easily hear every word of their conversation). Disappointing, on all counts.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Perfection. From the service to the food to the presentation. The Upstairs at the 21 Club has quickly become my go to place for special celebrations, and now whenever I go to the city. Quiet and serene, you are pampered by Stephen and Jon, the very best there are. Only about 8 tables so it is extremely personal service and I love it. Tuna Tartare (with a nice glass of Schramsberg Sparkling wine), Lobster Ravioli, Filet Mignon with wild mushrooms (and a glass of Honig Cabernet), upside down peach pie, trio of Creme Brûlée. It was an anniversary celebration and a memory we will have always. Kudos for being spot on each and every time.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Best of restaurants in Manhattan. The "21 Upstairs" is very romantic and the level of menu is very high.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Lovely romantic spot for a wonderful four course meal. Service is impeccable and unobtrusive. Upstairs at 21 is private , quiet and surrounded by murals of New York depicting the four seasons. Dinner is $95. Pre Fixe and well worth the price. Don't miss the Tuna Tartare or the delicious lamb, which is cooked and seasoned to perfection. A side order of Pommes Soufflees is a must.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2017

The service was terrible!!!! We had to wait for everything. We were treated like scum. Other tables were getting the royal attention. Never asked if we needed another drink etc... Another couple came in and they are regulars but have never dinned up stairs. The service was so bad they left and did not have dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Quality of the food is sensational!! They gave me a happy birthday chocolate on my dessert. It was fantastic!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

One of the Top 10 meals of my life. -- the service and food were so good, Stephen and John were great hosts for upstairs. -- We felt like old fashioned movie stars from the 1940s.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

The service, cuisine, beautiful murals and romantic venue make this a lovely place to dine with your honey. Always charming.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

This place is great for a date anniversary or a birthday. The food was excellent would recommend the crabcake and filet mignon but save room for desert they are exquisite.
Our waitress Stephen 🍀 was the best always on top of everything and super helpful. Definitely would recommend this restaurant if you visit NY don't miss the opportunity.Reservations in advance 👍

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

All aspects of our dinner were consistent with or exceeded our expectations. Service by Stephen was exceptional.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2016

A formal and elegant dining room which is also comfortable and great for conversation. The food is surprisingly delicious and interesting. The captain provides gracious service but could use better support from his lieutenants.

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Extremely disappointed. It was supposed to be a special dinner for my birthday. Service was poor - we had to ask for water refills and had to flag the waiter down several times because of our meal. Octopus carpaccio was very good. My entree was marginal. Dessert was awful - I have a sweet tooth and didn't even have more then one bite.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner. The atmosphere is much more subdued upstairs so good for conversation or business.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

We made a mistake by booking the fixed dinner upstairs instead of the bar room. However we were pleasantly surprised and WILL return when we come back in town!! This is our new favorite place. Everything was perfect.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

As always the food was marvelous and the service beyond reproach. We dined upstairs where we found the peace conversation-provoking. All had a marvelous time and thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2016

Lo mejor de lo mejor. La comida es una delicia y la atención es de primera.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Great food, very secluded and quiet ambience. The downstairs restaurant is a lot more lively.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

It was wonderful celebrating my daughter's 17th birthday dinner in NYC at Upstairs 21. I can't say enough nice things about Steven and the team there! Just go! Don't think about it!

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Great place, good refined food. Great service.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Some of the best service I've ever had in NYC, the food was 5 stars, and the price was very reasonable. Only downside: it was small and quiet. But undoubtably worth a trip.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Best anniversary ever 39 and counting. The crab was perfect, the room was beautiful, Stefan our waiter was attentive could not have asked for a better anniversary.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

This was a magnificent experience! Truly magical! The Food, service and ambience worked so well together it was like a well orchestrated symphony! Lovely in every way! Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2016

We had an excellent dinner at Upstairs at 21. Our server, Steven, was outstanding.
I will return to 21 in the future. It was a great experience and the food was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

We went for the historic value, and for our wedding anniversary; it is a little pricey but so worth it. Every course was fantastic, service was fabulous, and the desserts especially were out of this world! They even gave us a special tour of the wine cellar. They told us the menu changes occasionally and we plan to go back maybe for the winter. I would definitely recommend it, its quiet, romantic and an all around great place to dine.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

Our server Stephen was classic:. Dress in black tie and tux, as befits a classic like "21", attentive but not intrusive.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2016

We always coming back! This is one of the best Places in New York !

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2016

Really good wines and cocktails, would return in the future!!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2016

We celebrated our 30th Anniversary with Dinner at 21 upstairs. It was quite, romantic and the food exceptional. What a special evening it was.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2016

I have been to Upstairs at 21 at least 5 other times. It is one of our "special occasion places." Last Saturday was awful. There was a waiter and a wait staff person to handle 7 tables with 21 guests. No one in the room was pleased with the lack of service. Very disappointed because we have never experienced that in the past. Really a shame to set the staff up for failure. To allow such superb food with a spectacular location to be poorly served is almost criminal at what you pay for the experience.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2016

A lovely intimate room with beautiful murals of New York in the 30s is the setting for a romantic night perfect for sharing with your romantic partner. The service and food are also excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2016

The service, food and experience was excellent! Will definitely be back during my next trip to NYC!

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2016

The first time we dined at 21 Club was on our honeymoon. 17 years later we returned to enjoy an equally memorable evening. From the first course to the last, Stephen provided service to rival the delectable food. Another memory made.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2015

When I was a kid, I watched Hitchcock's "Rear Window" and became enamored by Grace Kelly. In the film she has dinner from 21 sent up to her boyfriend's apartment while he is incapacitated, and they go on to have quite an adventure while watching the goings on in the apartments across the way. Ever since then I wanted to visit 21, and this past weekend to celebrate my 50th birthday, I got my wish.

Since we were headed to see a play on Broadway afterwards we opted for the prix fixe menu offered upstairs at 21. The room was classic as were the manners and sensibilities of the fine wait staff. Each course built on the next and the meal was without reservation in my top five of all time. I had the crab cake appetizer, which for a former Maryland resident was a leap of faith. They did a magnificent job on the appetizer as well as the amazing filet mignon I had for the main course. Since I decided to have the full NY treatment, I ordered a Manhattan, which was made to perfection and finished off the meal with NY cheesecake. My only wish was that we didn't have to leave for the show so that we could have taken more time to soak in the ambiance and atmosphere of this amazing gem.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2015

The bar was lively and energetic. The upstairs intimate dining room was perfect for dinner with friends. Quiet background music, attentive waiters, excellent wine list and menu.

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