Wine Spectator Grand Award 2003 - 2012
"Our highest award is given to those restaurants that show an uncompromising, passionate devotion to quality. These lists show serious depth of mature vintages, outstanding breadth in their vertical offerings, excellent harmony with the menu, superior organization and presentation and 1,250 or more selections." '21' is one of only eight restaurants in New York City to receive this prestigious award in 2012.
The Forbes 2012 All-Star Eateries in NY: Four Stars
Forbes magazine named '21' as one of its few 4 star restaurants for the 13th consecutive year!
2013 Zagat Survey
Food (24); Decor (25); Service (25)
Bringing the “glory of yesteryear to the modern day”, this “timeless” Midtown “sentimental favorite” parlays “Mad Men–era” dining via a “man’s-man” American menu, eclectic “memorabilia hanging from the ceiling” and “efficient, unobtrusive” service from “career waiters”; jackets are required, as is a full wallet – though the $35 prix fixe lunch is a true “bargain”; “extraordinary private rooms” upstairs ice the cake.
'21' is also in the top 9 most popular restuarants in New York City.
Appeal (26); Decor (25); Service (25)
One “very smart spot”, this ex-speakeasy “staple” in Midtown remains the “epitome” of “old-fashioned style” for “power” players planning to “discuss big things” over “sharp martinis” and “savvy” service; all that “exclusive appeal” can “hit you in the wallet”, but it’s “still happening” – so “dress for the occasion” (that’s a jacket at dinnertime) and “go at least once.”
2010 Michelin Guide
A dowager among the city's restaurants, 21 Club started as a speakeasy during Prohibition. In the 1950s, the club debuted in its first film, All About Eve. Since then, the restaurant has starred in several movies, as well as playing host to a galaxy of stars, including Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, and Helen Hayes.
With its dim lighting and once-secret wine cellar (in a basement vault in the building next door), 21 Club still exudes a clandestine air. It’s a place for power brokers, and the presence of a Bloomberg terminal in the lounge reminds guests that, in New York, money is big business.
Cuisine sticks to the tried and true; 21 Classics, including the burger favored by Ari Onassis, provide the best traditional experience.
- 2009 "Best of Citysearch" award for Business Dining
- OpenTable's "Diners' Choice Award" for Best Service and Special Occasions, July 2009
- "Crain's New York Business" awarded '21' with 3 stars
- Featured as the Best Restaurant for Wine in New York City in the Location Matters City Tasting Guide
- The New York Law Journal gave '21' 3½ stars
- Where New York's "Visitors Choice Award" for best fine dining restaurant and best bar.
- Esquire’s Ten Favorite Cocktails in Bars (#4 – Southside, ‘21’ Club)
- 2009 Webby Honoree for website design in the Restaurant category
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