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21 Club?

il Trifulau Nov 27, 2008 04:58 PM

Lifelong New Yorker has wanted to go to 21 since forever, but never gotten there.
Tomorrow (Friday) I'm finally going with the wife.

Should I request one room over another?
Good dishes? Disappointing dishes?

Don't bother telling me it's going to suck and be expensive. I already see that coming.

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  1. Veggo RE: il Trifulau Nov 27, 2008 05:58 PM

    Don't fall for the "upstairs is cool" line. Street level is where it's at. The cellar is worth a look-see, but don't ask until the end of your meal.
    It doesn't suck.

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      cimui RE: il Trifulau Nov 28, 2008 11:30 AM

      il trufulau, i hope you report back and let us know how you liked it.

      i agree that it doesn't suck, but the food is so inoffensive and predictable that i find it a bit boring. and the price to quality ratio is higher than at restaurants i typically seek out. i think a great deal of the appeal is that it's one of the last old-school gentlemen's club type places left in manhattan that isn't a secret society.

      i'm sure you already know this, but the upstairs is schmancier than the knick-knack riddled ground floor rooms. i haven't eaten in the cellar.

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        il Trifulau RE: cimui Nov 29, 2008 07:53 AM

        Yup. That was it exactly. I'm glad we went. We had a nice time and I might go back but no time soon.
        We had the seafood sampler appetizer which was fine but smallish for $52.
        Wife had the venison and I had the veal t-bone. Both were good enough crowd-pleasers if anything. Creamed spinach was the least good I've ever had.
        Anyway, I liked the wine list and the service was excellent. We wound up meeting some friends at the bar after dinner and we stuck around for a while. It was a really good time but I would certainly not go back for the food.

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          bronwen RE: il Trifulau Dec 1, 2008 08:12 AM

          Glad you enjoyed it, I think it has fabulous atmosphere and they've very good liver and onions!

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