Is '21' a private club?
No. In fact, '21' has never been a private members club. Even in the dangerous days of American Prohibition, the front door was always open to the public, although it’s fair to say that certain ‘guests’ wouldn’t be welcome.
A receptionist or ‘screener’ would be employed to keep certain characters out, including gangsters (most notably John Thomas ‘Legs’ Diamond, who wanted a cut of the business) and federal agents (at least until prohibition was repealed in December 1933).
Can I wear jeans and sneakers?
No, jeans and sneakers are not permitted. Gentlemen must wear jackets to gain entry to the Bar Room (our main dining room), Upstairs at '21' and the Wine Cellar. Bar '21' and Lounge is business casual.
What are the opening hours?
Lunch – Monday-Saturday: noon to 2:30pm
Dinner – Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm to 10pm; Friday: 5:30pm to 11pm; Saturday: 5pm to 11pm
*The Bar Room will be closed for lunch Saturdays between May 30th and September 26th.
Bar '21' & Lounge
Lunch – Monday-Saturday: noon to 4pm
Bar Bites – Monday-Saturday: 5pm to close
*Bar '21' will be closed for lunch Saturdays between August 1st and September 5th.
Upstairs at '21'
Dinner – Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
*Please note that Upstairs at '21' is also available for private events.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please cancel your reservation in the Bar Room and Upstairs at '21' prior to 3pm on the reservation day. In the case of no-shows or late cancellations (after 3pm on the reservation day), $25 per person will be charged to your credit card.
Do you have parking facilities at '21'?
For dinner reservations in the Bar Room and Upstairs at '21', evening parking is available for $10 at Central Parking Garage, just a few steps from '21' on 31 West 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) for a maximum of 6 hours between 4pm and 1am (up to the value of $50).
Guests are responsible for all parking fees at the full rate if they exceed the 6-hour limit. (Note: a surcharge for oversized vehicles and SUVs may apply. Contact Central Parking Garage for details on 212-246-9256).
Guests will have their parking ticket validated by '21' when they dine.
Has '21' featured in any famous movies?
Yes and, incredibly, '21' has been featured in more NYC movies than any other restaurant.
The first was in 1950 for the film All About Eve starring Anne Baxter, Bette Davis and a young-and-unknown Marilyn Monroe. Since then, it has played host to cast and crew from Sweet Smell of Success, Written on the Wind, Wall Street, One Fine Day, The Associate, Sex and the City, and The Apprentice.
'21' has also been referenced in many movies, most notably Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, when Lisa Carol Fremont (Grace Kelly) had '21' deliver dinner to a laid-up LB ‘Jeff’ Jeffries (James Stewart).