21 W. 52nd Street (Between 5th & 6th Avenues). (212) 582-7200.
Price Range: Bar Room. Pre-Theatre Dinner, Three courses – $40. (Monday through Saturday – Seatings up to 6:30 pm). A La Carte: Appetizers: $12-$25. Entrees: $30-$47. Tasting Menu: $85. (Wines included – $140) (Monday through Saturday). Secret Wine Cellar for private dining parties only from 14 to 22 guests.
Open For Lunch, Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. Closed Sunday.
’21’ Features One of the World’s Finest Selection of Wines (An over 70 Page list and some 50,000 Bottles.) There are many Wines-By-The-Glass (including 4 Champagnes) and a Fine Selection of Half Bottles.
The Bar Room
Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. Once a glamorous speakeasy, today ’21’ is one of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City. In addition to its fabled Bar Room, this four-story townhouse features ten private dining rooms, including the legendary Prohibition-era Wine Cellar (which can be reserved for private parties). The world’s most glamorous saloon, is better than ever since Orient Express Hotels took it over and restored it to its past glory.
The clientele is a mix of celebrities, tycoons, mature-regulars and an attractive new young set. The aforementioned “Bar Room,” with its red-checkered-cloth-to-cloth tables, and whimsical toys on the ceiling is blessed with some of the most professional service and best food in town. (Tip: Try to snag table number “4” where Donald Trump is a regular to get a bird’s eye view of the action.)
Chef, John Greeley
While prices are not inexpensive, a $40 pre-theater dinner is a bargain. Favored appetizers from Chef, John Greeley’s extensive menu include jumbo lump crabmeat with avocado and lime and crispy sautéed sweetbreads with roasted corn in an elegant truffle vinaigrette. While you won’t fine a fresher or better-prepared Dover sole in town, don’t carp at paying $30 for the world’s best burger and Pommes Frites that rival the best in Paris. Kimberly Bugler’s desserts are as lush as a decadent chocolate marquise, or as subtle as a Meyers lemon bar or superb cookies. And the helpful and knowledgeable(Philip W. Pratt) sommelier can find you a glass of Champagne for a mere $12 from the awesome wine list.
“21” at 21 West 52nd Street one of America’s great restaurants and rates A Major on the Walman Report