Club 21 Bar Room Review

I had always wanted to go to Bar 21, but never went. Someone very thoughtful in my life remembered and booked us a table so that I would finally go. How could I say no?

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A little history before I go into the food. Bar 21 is the casual dining area of the 21 Club. The 21 Club is a part of New York City history. You may have noticed all the jockey statues when you walked down 52nd street, by Rockefeller Center. That is where 21 Club is located. Originally a speakeasy that was the scene of many raids, though never caught or punished for it due to nifty gadgetry according to Wiki, it became a very exclusive hangout where Presidents and celebrities would patron. Ever hear of Elizabeth Taylor, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and John F. Kennedy? Yeah…they were all there.

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The Bar Room is very whimsical and chill compared to the rest of the club. Toys hang all over the ceiling, and there are a ton of cozy booths and tables to enjoy your meal or drinks in. The food, while pricey, was definitely worth every penny. We talked about the meal for the next week actually.

The oysters were fresh and delicious. I gobbled them all down without saying a word.

And here you have a tender and filling crab cake appetizer that was hard to stop eating, even though you knew you didn’t want to fill up too much before the entrees and dessert. There wasn’t a single bite left.

The grilled filet mignon with polenta was spectacular. You could cut it with a fork, and it was one of those dishes where with each bite you kind of closed your eyes to savor it even more in your mouth. It really was an amazing steak that made you sad when you were done with it.

The ’21’ burger was $32 and let me tell you, it was worth every single dollar. Juicy and flavorful, it was heaven on a plate and worth getting your hands messy for. I was such a happy woman from first bite. I could kill for one right now actually.

The chocolate souffle was baked perfectly. Light, airy and again, another dish that we could not stop eating even though we were stuffed. It took longer than the other desserts to make, but definitely worth the wait, no question about it.

And to end the night, you ended up with a plate of petite fours. There wasn’t anything special about them, but it really didn’t matter at that point since we were giddy from the martinis and our full tummies.

If you are able to stop by Club 21’s Bar Room, I would say GO. Consider it a lesson in New York history.

10 out of 10

-Joyce Huang
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