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John Thomas ‘Legs’ Diamond, who wanted a cut of the business) and federal agents (at least until prohibition was repealed in December 1933).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. Gentlemen must wear jackets to gain entry to the Bar Room, Upstairs at '21' and the Wine Cellar.
What are the opening hours?
Lunch – Monday-Saturday: noon to 2:30pm
Dinner – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5:30pm to 10pm; Tuesday: 5pm to 10pm; Friday: 5:30pm to 11pm; Saturday: 5pm to 11pm
Upstairs at '21'
Dinner – Tuesday-Saturday: 5:30pm to 10pm (also available for private parties)
Bar '21' & Lounge
Lunch – Monday-Saturday: noon to 4pm
Bar Bites and Cocktails – Monday-Saturday: 4pm to close
Do you have parking facilities at '21'?
For dinner reservations in the Bar Room or Upstairs at '21', evening parking is available for $10. (Note: private event guests are eligible for discounted parking, please see the reservations desk)
Alternative parking is available at Central Parking Garage, just a few steps from '21' on 31 West 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) charged at $10 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.
Can I have the recipes for the food served at '21'?
Make some of our most popular dishes at home. Click below to download the recipes.
Has '21' featured in any famous movies?
Yes and, incredibly, '21' has 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).