First Class dining experience
Give yourself plenty of time. An hour and a half is not enough to get all four courses no matter what the waiter says.
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.
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.
I love this place. They are very attentive and the food is wonderful. Everyone should go there for a special occasion.
The food was delicious - the presentation was very nice. The service was excellent. The ambiance was great.
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.
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.
Best of restaurants in Manhattan. The "21 Upstairs" is very romantic and the level of menu is very high.
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.
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.
Quality of the food is sensational!! They gave me a happy birthday chocolate on my dessert. It was fantastic!!
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.
The service, cuisine, beautiful murals and romantic venue make this a lovely place to dine with your honey. Always charming.
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 👍
All aspects of our dinner were consistent with or exceeded our expectations. Service by Stephen was exceptional.
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.
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.
We enjoyed our dinner. The atmosphere is much more subdued upstairs so good for conversation or business.
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.
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.
Lo mejor de lo mejor. La comida es una delicia y la atención es de primera.
Great food, very secluded and quiet ambience. The downstairs restaurant is a lot more lively.
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!
Great place, good refined food. Great service.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Our server Stephen was classic:. Dress in black tie and tux, as befits a classic like "21", attentive but not intrusive.
We always coming back! This is one of the best Places in New York !
Really good wines and cocktails, would return in the future!!
We celebrated our 30th Anniversary with Dinner at 21 upstairs. It was quite, romantic and the food exceptional. What a special evening it was.
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.
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.
The service, food and experience was excellent! Will definitely be back during my next trip to NYC!
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.
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.
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.